Eagle Harbor Book Co.

Is it possible that March 2020 is here already? The passage of time is the theme this year, as we enter our 50th year serving as Bainbridge Island's community bookstore. We have many memories to share, and we hope to hear yours as well. For now, we are grateful for this supportive community, our new and long-time friends, authors who write fabulous books, and our amazing staff, as we continue to develop this bookstore into the most vibrant hub of our community. Follow us on social media for events, promotions, and literary trivia to celebrate this major milestone.

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The Mirror & the Light
by Hilary Mantel
Release date 3/10/20
The Glass Hotel
by Emily St. John Mandel
Release date 3/10/20
Recollections of My Nonexistence
by Rebecca Solnit
Author Events and Readings
Thursday, March 5, 6:00 pm
The most beloved and respected gardening expert of the Pacific Northwest, Ciscoe Morris, will present his new classic, Oh, La La!: Homegrown Stories, Helpful Tips, and Garden Wisdom. Please come to hear him entertains us with gardening stories, share advice, information, and wisdom from a career that has spanned 45 years and is still going strong. 
Saturday, March 7, 6:00 pm
We are delighted to be hosting a family friendly book event with  Nikki McClure! Join us to celebrate McClure's newest book  What Will These Hands Make? Illuminating themes of community, creativity, and collaboration,  What Will These Hands Make? dares the reader to dream up everything they can be and all the ways they can leave their little corner of the world better than they found it.

Sunday, March 22, at 3:00 pm
Join us for an afternoon poetry reading by award winning local poet Holly Hughes to explore her newest work Hold FastIn her second full-length collection, Holly turns her attention to challenging times personally and politically, asking in an epigraph: "What will we cling to in the confusion of the tides?" In moving, compassionate poems, she excavates past memories while bearing witness to the present moment, turning to the natural places, communities, writers and family who sustain her, and affirming the "ten thousand sorrows and ten thousand joys" to which she invites us all to hold fast.
Thursday, March 26, 6:00 pm
Get ready to have some fun with actor / author/ comedian Thomas Lennon! Lennon will present his middle reader novel Ronan Boyle and the Swamp of Certain Death - an hilarious sequel to the instant NY Times Bestseller, set in the world of law-breaking leprechauns! You may remember Thomas Lennon as the actor who has worked on dozens of movies and TV shows, including his role as Lieutenant Jim Dangle on Reno 911! and Night at the Museum. Bring the kids for a rollicking evening of family fun!
Friday, March 27, 6:00 pm
We are thrilled to finally host nature writer and journalist Gary Ferguson, for a presentation of his latest book, The Eight Master Lessons of Nature: What Nature Teaches Us About Living Well in the World. Prepare to be enthralled and enlightened with beautiful prose and amazing insights from spending a lifetime outdoors in the most beautiful places in the country. We have partnered with Wild Society, a nonprofit based in North Kitsap working to cultivate wonder and belonging to the natural world, to bring Gary Ferguson to Bainbridge Island.
Sunday, March 29, 3:00 pm
We will host the Bainbridge Island launch of Jon Mooallem's nonfiction thriller, This is Chance! The Shaking of an All-American City and the Voice That Held It Together. Mooallem is a longtime writer at large with The New York Times Magazine and a contributor to numerous other radio shows and magazines, including This American Life and Wired. His first book, Wild Ones: A Sometimes Dismaying Weirdly Reassuring Story About Looking at People Looking at Animals in America was chosen as a notable book of the year by The New York Times Book ReviewThe New Yorker, NPR's Science Friday, and Canada's National Post, among others. He lives on Bainbridge Island with his family.
Thursday, April 2, 7:00 pm
An Evening of Poetry with John Willson

May we recommend...
Untamed, by Glennon Doyle
This is an exquisite memoir, written with brave prose in short-themed chapters. You will want to savor each one. Doyle takes us on her journey of a painful divorce and finding unexpected new love, while fiercely protecting her family. She is known for leaning into difficulties to find the beauty in all situations. In this book, however, she gives herself and us permission to lean into joy. And the results are amazing.
~ Jane

Margaret Thatcher: Herself Alone, Charles Moore
Margaret Thatcher was probably the most significant PM in modern UK's history since Churchill, and her nativist views are doubly of interest in the age of Trump. Yet aside from that imperfect parallel, Moore's third Thatcher biography stands alone as both authoritative and fascinating. The telling of her Euroskeptism and how it led to her ultimate downfall helps readers better understand Brexit, and how a woman with such dogged and unwavering views could so effectively bludgeon her male cabinet members to do her bidding, year after year. Even the boys who captured her old job never managed to escape her raptor like presence. Perhaps, still quietly circling high over Britain until - provoked by a deviation too far from the way things should be - she will again dive down for the kill. ~ Dave

Underland: A Deep Time Journey,  by Robert Macfarlane
Macfarlane is a writer of great brilliance and wonder. In this marvelous and moving book, he takes us along on descents into the worlds below our feet, including the catacombs of Paris, a storage vault for nuclear waste far below the Polar ice cap, and numerous caverns both natural and manmade. Dividing his book into three sections - "Seeing," "Hiding," and "Haunting" - he skillfully melds scientific and personal mysteries into these underground explorations, touching on various ways we both violate and honor the earth. These places below the surface can harbor great darkness and sometimes great horror, Macfarlane suggests, but they can also hold much beauty, awe and delight. ~ John

Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World, by Christopher de Hamel
These are all manuscripts you've encountered before. Accessible, beautiful and presented in full color, they may make you may feel as though you're also turning the pages of the Book of Kells. De Hamel's commentary is enriched by deep scholarship. ~ Kathleen

Trouble is What I Do, by Walter Mosley
In this latest addition to Mosley's new Leonid McGill series, P.I.  McGill is contacted by an elderly Mississippi jazz musician, "Catfish" Worry, who asks him to deliver a letter to a wealthy young heiress. This seemingly simple task becomes immediately complex when the contents of the letter reveal the black lineage of an assumedly white young woman. The task of delivering the letter and its explosive contents is tantalizing for Leonid but causes him to navigate some treacherous waters, putting himself and his son at great risk.  This short but powerful story is not to be missed. Mosley is a fabulous storyteller and despite the book's brevity, its impact is very powerful. More McGill books please! ~ Susan

Lincoln's Code: The Laws of War in American History,
by John Fabian Witt 
Witt, a professor of law at Yale, narrates the fascinating story of how American attitudes regarding war evolved from the Revolution to the 1900-era counterinsurgency in the Philippines. He also explores the origins of a set of military regulations bearing on Union troops during the Civil War, drafted by a law professor named Francis Lieber and signed by President Lincoln. How should captured enemy be treated? How should our side respond if enemy troops commit atrocities? Ethical rules seeking to limit the destruction of war are almost as old as war itself. But international treaties embodying those moral concerns are fairly recent developments. Lieber and Lincoln's Code helped to inspire the creation of the Hague and Geneva conventions. ~ David

Healing the Divide: Poems of Kindness and Connection, 
edited by James Crews 
Like a pair of welcoming arms, this warm and accessible anthology invites us to connect with each other and with the world through poems that celebrate interactions in our everyday lives. Those seeking to pull away from the electronic screens that would dominate our attention will find plentiful signposts here. Some of my favorites include "Glitter," p. 15, "Ablution," p. 24, "A Drink of Water," p. 37, "I Ask My Mother to Sing," p. 60, and "Two Arab Men," p 85. ~ John

Sarah Jane, by James Sallis
Sarah Jane Pullman is a dedicated cop with a sketchy beginning; from an abusive childhood in a chicken-raising small town, to enforced military service, to a stint as a short order cook after a short-lived marriage. Her life has given her a remarkably grounded grasp of reality that serves her well when she is suddenly promoted to de facto sheriff in a small rural town when the real sheriff disappears. Everyone has skeletons in their closets and neither Sarah Jane nor her predecessor are exempt, and herein lies the tale. James Sallis is a master of noir - not too dark, characters not too broken, and writing full of ethical contemplation and honest reflection. Its slender size belies the significant impact of this wonderful story. ~ Susan

Grand Union: Stories, by Zadie Smith 
Zadie Smith's most recent short story collection starts out on risqué notes, then meanders into Smith's true form - simply playing with her audience, with her characters, and with socio-politically fraught concepts. Most of her short stories are intriguing and fun, while others punch you in the gut. If you're a Zadie Smith fan, this book is certainly worth checking out. ~ Laura Kay

Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America's Origins to the Twenty-first Century, 
by Geoffrey R. Stone
Stone, a distinguished professor of law at the University of Chicago, is an expert on American constitutional law, especially how freedoms of speech and assembly have frequently been constrained during wartime. In this fascinating volume, Stone traces the history of legal regulations on sexual behavior, marriage, pornography, contraception and abortion, and how religious values have influenced those laws at different stages. ~ David

The End of the World Running Club,  by Adrian Walker 
Although lengthy, this sci-fi novel is a fascinating read - fun, devastating, yet an engaging book that leads you to question your own responses to each new turn of its events and what matters most to you in life. ~ Laura Kay

The Runaway Princess, b y Johann Troianowski
In this short story collection for middle readers, a princess finds herself going on grand adventures as the result of, sometimes unintentionally, running away. In addition to the drawings, silly situations and quirky characters, I especially love the interactive elements of this delightful graphic novel. The reader is occasionally asked to help our intrepid adventurers, leading to book flipping or shaking, completing mazes or connecting the dots. It's a joyful experience! Containing three short and colorful adventures in one volume - with stories tailored to the interests of both boys and girls - this book has something all readers, old and young, will enjoy. Ages 8-12. ~ Jenna

Bug Boys: bug boys series #1,  by Laura Knetzger 
Go ahead and get this unusual graphic novel for the kids. But first, you have to read it for yourself. This deceptively intelligent tale of two beetle friends and their bug buddies will have you laughing on one page, then thinking deep, philosophical thoughts the next. The lessons learned will delight you and warm your heart. Get ready to fall in love. Ages 7-10. ~ Jenna

Small in the City, by Sydney Smith
Canadian author/illustrator Sydney Smith has created a very special picture book. It's about a young boy on a bus going into the city. He's looking for something, and thinking about how one needs to take care when one is small in the city. The amazing watercolor illustrations are beautiful, and they set the mood perfectly. After the boy returns home you find out, in a very subtle way, who he was looking for. The story will warm your heart and make you want to read it again! I give it five stars! Ages 4-7 ~ Kathie

Prairie Lotus, by Linda Sue Park
As a child, the author loved the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. But as a person of Asian descent, she struggled to find herself in the pages. Prairie Lotus does just that. It's a charming, reflective, and highly readable novel about a girl of Chinese-Korean descent and her battle to find a life and acceptance on the American prairie in 1880. As the heroine, Hanna fights to make her own way in the school, church, and dress making business of the prairie town of La Forge. She also learns of the injustices put upon the Native American people who once inhabited the land. Her thoughtful pursuit of justice and fairness, as well as her exploration of her own talents and views, make for a delightful read. Highly recommended for middle age readers and adults alike. Ages 10 & up.  ~ Bernice

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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
March 3, 7:00 pm

Speculative Fiction 
Book Group
March 3, 7:00 pm
Book Group
March 24, 7:00 pm

by Fredrik Backman
Embers of War
by Gareth L. Powell
A Woman of No Importance
by Sonia Purnell

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