Eagle Harbor Book Co.

Earlier this month, the island lost one of its most beloved citizens - a true island treasure - in the sudden passing of Ann Combs. On a more personal level at Eagle Harbor Book Co. we lost our pal, a world-renowned author and humorist, a spot-on bookseller, and a sassy and witty woman who kept us all entertained. She lived an interesting life with many charming chapters, leaving nothing on the table. Ann Gowen Combs, we miss you.
Author Events and Readings
Saturday, November 2, 5:00pm
Join beloved EDGE troupe member and cookbook author Cynthia Lair in the BPA lobby for a sourdough starter making demo and book-signing. Cynthia will showcase Sourdough on the Rise, How to Confidently Make Whole Grain Sourdough Breads at Home. Learn how to make delicious whole grain sourdough breads with recipes designed for home cooks - from Danish rye seed bread and English muffins to focaccia and flapjacks. This book is short, friendly, and packed with helpful sidebars. The EDGE Improv will follow this demonstration!
SundayNovember 3, 3:00 pm.
Poet, essayist, and short story writer Tess Gallagher returns to Eagle Harbor Books to read from her latest poetry collection, Is, Is Not. This book is a luminescent exploration of the natural world and of self. Restorative in every sense, Is, Is Not is the kind of book that takes a lifetime to write--a book of the spirit made manifest by the poet's unrelenting gaze and her intimate engagement with the mysteries that keep us reaching. Ms. Gallagher will be joined by Bainbridge Islander Joyce Rudolph and Northwest poet Gary Copeland Lilley.

Tuesday, November 5, 5:30 pm
It's a #wimpywrecktacular Wrecking Ball Release Party! Join us for a celebration of the new release of Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Wrecking Ball. There will be books for everyone, with signed copies awarded to the first 20 attendees to the party. (You must be there in person to claim a signed copy!) There will be activities, including a giant wrecking ball piñata, prizes, refreshments and lots of fun! Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook with the hashtag #wimpywrecktacular to learn more.
See you there!

Sunday, November 10, 3:00 pm.
Join us in welcoming back Bainbridge Island author, Jennifer WilhoitWeaned Seals and Snowy Summits: Stories of Passion for Place and Everyday Nature is a collection of revelations that Jennifer and her co-author Stephen B. Jones, Ph.D. have gleaned through nature exploration. Their lives have taken different trails, yet they are aligned in promoting environmental stewardship through understanding, inspiration, and enjoyment of the ecological world. It is by deep engagement with creatures and landscapes that one feels the interconnection with the web of all living beings and finds wisdom for everyday living.

ThursdayNovember 14, 7:00 pm.
After the Southern Resident orca Tahlequah swam with her newly born dead calf for 17 days in the summer of 2018, scientists, poets, and writers responded to her grief and the plight of the endangered orcas in this moving anthology, For the Love of Orcas. Edited by poets Andrew Shattuck McBride and Jill McCabe Johnson, the anthology features poetry, essays, and environmental writing from more than ninety authors. Wandering Aengus Press is donating proceeds from the book to the SeaDoc Society for its efforts in helping restore the Southern Resident orca population. 

SundayNovember 17, 3:00 pm.
Come and hear Anne Phyfe Palmer discuss her beautiful new book, This Life of Mine: A Legacy JournalShe'll be joined by best-selling Bainbridge Island memoirist Claire Dederer in a demonstration on making a legacy journal. This guided journal will inspire people to record the unique details and stories, both for themselves and for those they will one day leave behind. This gorgeously crafted journal, featuring the whimsical work of papercut artist Sarah Trumbauer, is an inspired and unique holiday gift idea.

Wednesday, November 20, 5:00 pm.
Eagle Harbor Book Company will host an in-store book fair to benefit The Island School . George Shannon will have a fun program for kids, while parents are encouraged to shop. The store will donate 20% of all sales during those hours to the long-time Island institution. There will be fun activities, refreshments, and great book recommendations - just in time for the holidays!
Thursday November 21, 7:00 pm.
Join us for an evening with Marilyn Price, co-author of From Gratitude to Blessings and Back. This is an exquisite combination of Judaism's common blessings, stories from everyday life, and tales and wisdom from Jewish tradition. It provides a source of inspiration and a cause for self-reflection. A resource of over fifty blessings, in addition to thoughts about gratitude, this slim volume opens the door for readers to acknowledge the opportunities for thankfulness as they reflect on their personal history and their day-to-day lives. We think that this book would make a great gift for the holidays!

Saturday Nov. 30
Small Business Saturday & Indies First

Start the holiday season off with great fun on  Small Business Saturday / Indies First Saturday!  We'll have authors in the store throughout the day acting as your personal booksellers, ready to help you select some great holiday gifts or to sign their own books for you. With our partner  Libro.fm , we will be offering special digital audio book deals to every customer. And there will be hot cider, goodies, and prizes throughout the day!   Please join us and other Island businesses on Small Business Saturday. Buying local is good for our whole community!
May we recommend...
A Pilgrimage to Eternity: From Canterbury to Rome In Search of Faith, by Timothy Egan
Pulitzer Prize winning historian Timothy Egan puts himself into the story in this remarkable memoir. Raised in a devout Irish Catholic family, Egan has wrestled with his faith as the clerical abuse scandal and the Church's position on women have impacted his family. He also notes the increasing popularity of secularism throughout the world. To work out his feelings about religion, whether or not it has been good for the world, and whether or not his faith can be restored, Egan makes a Pilgrimage along the Via Francigena. You will learn much about European history, and you will want to visit every town along the way. This is a remarkable story! ~ Jane

The Starless Sea,  by Erin Morgenstern
After dazzling the world with The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern is finally back with another glorious contemporary fairy tale, filled with magical sparkling imagery. The story begins with graduate student Zachary Ezra Rawlings' discovery of a mysterious book in the college library. The book leads to sinister intrigue and a journey through painted doorways into an underground universe filled with rich symbolism, elaborate scenery, and fascinating characters. It is a hero's tale involving a quest journey in a world where stories are layered and connected, and never quite what they seem. You will want some quiet time to absorb this magical tale. ~ Jane

The Cockroach, by Ian McEwan
England's towering novelist, Ian McEwan (Man Booker award for Amsterdam and now this novella.) has decided to have some fun writing a political satire. (Good idea, that, since our two countries seem like they're trying hard to self-destruct.)   On the surface, it's all about Brexit and Boris but his readers will know he had his eye on a certain other political leader as he wrote it. With more than a nod to Kafka's Metamorphosis, he's turned the Prime Minister into a cockroach. In his new exoskeleton, the PM bludgeons his cabinet into support something he calls Reversalism. Henceforth, the flow of money is upended so workers pay a salary to be allowed to work. To get the needed cash, they earn it by going shopping, where the shops pay them for their purchases. Sounds like a country run by a maniac, doesn't it?
 ~ Dave

The Dutch House,  by Ann Patchett
Cyril Conroy purchases an estate in the suburbs of Philadelphia. The architectural gem becomes the undoing of all that Cyril holds dear. Truly a riches to rags tale, the story is told by Danny, Cyril's son, and Maeve, his brilliant and resilient daughter. Cyril's family is upended by his early death and his wife's sudden departure. But Danny and Maeve are their father's children. In the shadow of the once grand house, they find that redemption and forgiveness are possible. Ann Patchett once again thrills us with a family saga populated by people we cannot fail to care about and a fairy tale setting that wows us with its substance and artistry. ~ Susan

The (Honest) Truth About Democracy: How We Lie to Everyone - Especially Ourselves,  by Dan Ariely
Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke whose popular lectures have aired on TED. Here he reports the often surprising findings from a series of fascinating experiments that he designed, revealing the conditions under which we're likely to be honest or not so honest. Ariely enables us to be mindful of how we might, in practice, be less ethical than we like to believe we are. ~ David

The Education of an Idealist: A Memoir,  by Samantha Power
As its title suggests, The Education of an Idealist is an education for its reader. A fascinating read, it follows Powers' life starting in Ireland, and includes her experience as our UN Ambassador and her service in the White House. From her early days at the pub with her father, to the private meetings with President Obama, the Pulitzer Prize winning author and human rights advocate will keep you engaged with her inspiring life story.  ~ Kathie

Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me): Why We Justivy Foolish Beliefs, Bad Decisions, and Hurtful Acts,  by Carol Travis and Elliott Aronson
Social psychologists Travis and Aronson focus here on our all-too-human tendency to rationalize our mistakes, often due to our discomfort with the "cognitive dissonance" between our obvious faults and our inflated views of our character and intelligence. Fascinating and enlightening, with lively real-world examples. ~ David

Kitty and the Moonlight Rescue: Kitty #1,  by Paula Harrison, illus. by Jenny Lovlie
Girl by day, cat by night! This sweet, charming early chapter book is perfect for the young reader who likes cats and adventure. The illustrations are delightful and the writing style entertaining and accessible. We can't wait for more books in this series! Ages 4-8 ~ Bernice

The War that Saved My Life,  by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
This historical novel about the protection of London children during WWII is at once heartbreaking, insightful, and yet like a hot cup of tea on a cool autumn evening. Bradley does not hold back on brutal honesty in depicting what it's like to be young, unwanted, and uneducated, all while living near "ground zero" during a time of war. The psychology explored in this novel is just as important as the incredible growth of the main character. Additional topics include mental and physical abuse, self-esteem, PTSD, depression, a LGBTQ+ relationship, and so much more. Highly, highly recommended to readers aged 10 and up. ~ Jenna

New in Hardcover Fiction
The Man Who Saw Everything
by Deborah Levy
Blue Moon
by Lee Child
The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols
by Nicholas Meyer
The Starless Sea
by Erin Morgenstern
Agent Running in the Field
by John Le Carre'
Siberian Dilemma
by Martin Cruz Smith
The Revisioners
by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
The Deserter
by Nelson DeMille & Alex DeMille
Under Occupation
by Alan Furst
New in Hardcover Nonfiction
The Body
by Bill Bryson
Home Work
by Julie Andrews, with Emma Walton Hamilton
Catch and Kill
buy Ronan Farrow
Prince: The Beautiful Ones
by Prince
The Eight Master Lessons of Nature
by Gary Ferguson
Information Wars
by Richard Stengel
The Witches Are Coming
by Lindy West
Love Poems (for People with Children)
by Antony Beevor
Dreams of El Dorado
by H.W. Brands
New in Paperback Fiction
Celestial Bodies
by Jokha Alharthi
The Witch's Kind
by Louisa Morgan
The Man That Got Away
by Lynne Truss
An Anonymous Girl
by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen
The Current
by Tim Johnston
The Rain Watcher
by Tatiana De Rosnay
In Dependence
by Sarah Ladipo Manyika
Half Way Home
by Hugh Howey
The Familiars
by Stacey Halls
New in Paperback Nonfiction
Classic Krakauer
by Jon Krakauer
On Desperate Ground
by Hampton Sides
Valley Forge
by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin
I Think, Therefore I Draw
by Thomas Cathcard & Daniel Klein
The Cure for Hate
by Tony McAleer
The Battle of Arnhem
by Antony Beevor
The Patch
by John McPhee
Walking With Peety
by Eric O'Grey
In Extremis
by Lindsey Hilsum
New Books for Kids
The Big Little Thing
by Beatrice Alemagna
Parker Looks Up
by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry
Henry and Bea
by Jessixa Bagley
Legacy: Keeper of Lost by Shannon Messenger
Wrecking Ball: Diary of a Wimpy Kid #14
by Jeff Kinney
by J.J. and Chris Grabenstein
The Midwinter Witch
by Molly Knox Ostertag
by Svetlana Chmakova
Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
by Kwame Mbalia
New Books for Young Adults
Call Down the Hawk
by Maggie Stiefvater
by Marissa Meyer
The Toll
by Neal Shusterman
by Shea Ernshaw
The How & the Why
by Cynthia Hand
Girls Like Us
by Randi Pink
Eagle Harbor Book Groups
Drop in - You are welcome!
All Store Book Group titles are discounted 15%           
up until the date of discussion

Reader's Circle
Book Group
November 5, 7:00 pm
Speculative Fiction
Book Group

November 6, 7:00 pm
Book Group
November 26, 7:00 pm

The River
by Peter Heller
The Gone World
by Tom Sweterlitch
by Ragnar Jonasson

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