Titcomb's Bookshop Newsletter
August 2020
What's in This Issue?
-August events
-September events
-Online Event FAQs
-Blind date with a book to support WE CAN
-Books, books, books!
-August bestsellers at Titcomb's
-Hours & Guidelines for shopping
-Shenanigans from the Rock Bottom Remainders
August Events
Kirkland Hamill in conversation with Beth Macy
Filthy Beasts: A Memoir / Dopesick
Tuesday, 8/4, 7pm
Join us as we listen to a conversation between Kirkland Hamill (Filthy Beasts) and Beth Macy, (Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug that Addicted America)
on Zoom!

Running with Scissors meets Grey Gardens in this gripping, true riches-to-rags tale of a wealthy family who lost it all and the unforgettable journey of a man coming to terms with his family’s deep flaws and his own long-buried truths...
Beth Macy: Dopesick
In this extraordinary work, Beth Macy takes us into the epicenter of a national drama that has unfolded over two decades. From the labs and marketing departments of big pharma to local doctor's offices; wealthy suburbs to distressed small communities in Central Appalachia; from distant cities to once-idyllic farm towns; the spread of opioid addiction follows a tortuous trajectory that illustrates how this crisis has persisted for so long and become so firmly entrenched.
Larry Tye
Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy
Wednesday, 8/5, 4-6pm
Lowell Park, Cotuit

But there's still space in the Facebook livestream!

Zoom with Jamie Brenner
Summer Longing
Thursday, 8/6, 7pm
Join us as we listen to Jamie Brenner talk about her newest novel,
Summer Longing!
With heartfelt storytelling, Summer Longing is Jamie Brenner's eagerly anticipated return to Provincetown. Another unforgettable tale about motherhood, friendship, and finding your way home.
TaraShea Nesbit
Tuesday, 8/11, 7pm
Join us for the anticipated discussion of TaraShea Nesbit's novel, Beheld!
Just in time for the Mayflower's anniversary, get ready for a great discussion on Zoom.
Beheld is the riveting story of a stranger’s arrival in the fledgling colony of Plymouth, Massachusetts―and a crime that shakes the divided community to its core.
Zoom with Nancy Curci
Know Me
Thursday, 8/13, 7pm
Join us as we virtually welcome Nancy Curci!
Nancy has conducted over 100 interviews with veterans from World War II to Afghanistan to write this book. It includes verbatim interviews, as well as information from Nancy's research about each war. This intimate collection is sure to spark an enlightening discussion.
Melanie Conroy-Goldman
The Likely World
Monday, 8/17, 7pm
Join us as we virtually welcome Melanie Conroy-Goldman, author of The Likely World!

Twenty years of addiction to cloud, a drug which wipes the user's short-term memory, have left single mom Mellie with her mind in fragments. With the help of a tough-minded sponsor, and motivated by her own medically-challenged daughter, Mellie clings to a fragile sobriety...
Virtual Book Club with Pam Houston
Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country
Tuesday, 8/18, 7pm
Let's give a howdy to Pam Houston as she talks to us on Zoom about her book, Deep Creek: Finding Hope in the High Country!
In essays as lucid and invigorating as mountain air, Deep Creek delivers Houston’s most profound meditations yet on how “to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief… to love the damaged world and do what I can to help it thrive.”
Zoom with Patty Dann
The Wright Sister
Tuesday, August 25, 7pm
Join us for an enlightening evening with Patty Dann, the author of The Wright Sister!

An epistolary novel of historical fiction that imagines the life of Katharine Wright and her relationship with her famous brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright.
An inspiring and poignant chronicle of feminism, family, and forgiveness...
September Events
Zoom with Francine Mathews
Death on Tuckernuck
Thursday, 9/3, 7pm
Join Francine Mathews as she talks about the 6th book in A Merry Folger Nantucket Mystery Series!

In the Category 3 winds of a late-season hurricane, Nantucket police detective Merry Folger and her team attempt a rescue off the secluded island of Tuckernuck—only to discover a deadly secret.
Zoom with Lisa Wingate
The Book of Lost Friends
Thursday, 9/10, 7pm
We are so excited to host Lisa Wingate on Zoom!

This book tells the dramatic story of three young women searching for family amid the destruction of the post–Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who learns of their story and its vital connection to her students’ lives.
September Virtual Book Club with
Marjan Kamali
The Stationery Shop
Tuesday, 9/15, 7pm
Join us for September book club with Marjan Kamali, author of The Stationery Shop!

Roya, a dreamy, idealistic teenager living amid the political upheaval of 1953 Tehran, finds a literary oasis in kindly Mr. Fakhri’s neighborhood stationery shop, stocked with books and pens and bottles of jewel-colored ink...
Virtual Tea with Susan Branch
Home for Christmas
Sunday, September 20, 3:30pm
We invite you to join us from the comfort of your home. To get into the spirit of the event, we encourage you to brew a cuppa tea and make a treat from one of Susan's fabulous cookbooks that you can enjoy while listening to the conversation.  

Tickets are $5.00 or FREE with purchase of her new book from Titcomb's Bookshop. The book will come with a specially designed bookplate SIGNED BY SUSAN BRANCH. This will be a FIRST PRINTING of the book, while supplies last. Books will begin shipping around early September.
We are delighted that New York Times bestselling author and artist Susan Branch has invited us to her home on Martha's Vineyard (via Zoom) to celebrate the publication of her beautiful new book, Home for Christmas. So grab a cuppa and join us for a lovely afternoon!
Susan will offer two very special raffle prizes to event participants: a beautiful English bone china Susan Branch Santa cup and her fantastic new 1000 piece puzzle, "For the Love of Books."

Susan Branch calendars, puzzles, mugs and books are available on our website and in our store. Home for Christmas releases in September and the puzzle "For the Love of Books" will be shipping in October.
Zoom FAQs
Do I need a Zoom account to access Zoom events?
  • No! All you have to do is register for the event with your name and email address. No account necessary.

How do I register for a Zoom event?
  • In this newsletter, and on our website, we provide registration links for our events. When you click on the link, it will take you to the registration page, where you will enter your name and email address. We will then send you a confirmation email with the link to the event.

The event is starting soon - What do I do??
  • We will send you a reminder email the day before the event, and 1 hour before the event. The link to the webinar is in these emails, as well as in the initial confirmation email. Simply click on the link highlighted in blue that says "Click here to join," then click the box that pops up and says "launch zoom."
Who likes free books?
Blind Date with a book to support WE CAN!
As booksellers, we receive advanced reader's copies of books before they are released, so that we can review them and choose what we want to carry in the store. We have an overflow of ARCs right now and want to share the wealth! We encourage you to make a donation to WE CAN when you pick up a book.

So stop by and peruse the FREE mystery books on the table in front of the shop, and make a donation to this wonderful organization.

WE CAN (Women's Empowerment Through Cape Area Networking) provides practical services for women undergoing challenging life transitions.
Books, books, books!
New Fiction
Utopia Avenue
David Mitchell
The long-awaited new novel from the bestselling, prize-winning author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks.
Maggie O'Farrell
England, 1580: The Black Death creeps across the land, an ever-present threat, infecting the healthy, the sick, the old and the young, alike. The end of days is near, but life always goes on.  
The Order
Daniel Silva
From Daniel Silva, the internationally acclaimed #1 New York Times–bestselling author, comes a riveting new thriller featuring art restorer and legendary spy Gabriel Allon.
The Lions of Fifth Avenue
Fiona Davis
Elizabeth’s review: "In recognition of the 125th anniversary of the NY Public Library Davis has written a fascinating historical novel celebrating the library through the stories of book thefts and tales of strong willed women of two time periods. The first one begins in 1913 -- Jack Lyons is hired as superintendent of the library and lives with his wife Laura Lyons and their children in an apartment in the library. Eighty years later in 1963 Sadie Donovan has her dream job as a curator in the Berg collection in the library. She struggles with the legacy of her grandmother Laura Lyons." 
The Boy in the Field
Margot Livesey
8/11/20 - PREORDER
The New York Times bestselling author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy delivers another “luminous, unforgettable, and perfectly rendered” (Dennis Lehane) novel—a poignant and probing psychological drama that follows the lives of three siblings in the wake of a violent crime.
Charlotte McConaghy
For fans of Flight Behavior and Station Eleven, a novel set on the brink of catastrophe, as a young woman chases the world’s last birds—and her own final chance for redemption.
Propelled by a narrator as fierce and fragile as the terns she is following, Charlotte McConaghy's Migrations is both an ode to our threatened world and a breathtaking page-turner about the lengths we will go for the people we love.
New Nonfiction
Vesper Flights
Helen MacDonald
8/25/20 - PREORDER
Rae writes: "Helen MacDonald has a way of writing about nature that intertwines with her own personal life, and remains relatable while also offering such deep insight into the human spirit and the natural world.
A Furious Sky: The Five-Hundred-Year History of America's Hurricanes
Eric Jay Dolin
(Expected in stock 8/6)
Dolin draws on a vast array of sources as he melds American history, as it is usually told, with the history of hurricanes, showing how these tempests frequently helped determine the nation’s course. 
Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir
Natasha Trethewey
A chillingly personal and exquisitely wrought memoir of a daughter reckoning with the brutal murder of her mother at the hands of her former stepfather, and the moving, intimate story of a poet coming into her own in the wake of a tragedy
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents
Isabel Wilkerson
The Pulitzer Prize–winning, bestselling author of The Warmth of Other Suns examines the unspoken caste system that has shaped America and shows how our lives today are still defined by a hierarchy of human divisions.
Women in the Kitchen
Anne Willian
8/11/20 - PREORDER
Culinary historian Anne Willan traces the origins of American cooking through profiles of twelve essential women cookbook writers—from Hannah Woolley in the mid-1600s to Fannie Farmer, Julia Child, and Alice Waters—highlighting their key historical contributions and most representative recipes.
How Zoologists Organize Things
David Bainbridge
Humankind’s fascination with the animal kingdom began as a matter of survival – differentiating the edible from the toxic, the ferocious from the tractable. Since then, our compulsion to catalogue wildlife has played a key role in growing our understanding of the planet and ourselves,
New in Paperback
The Butterfly Girl
Rene Denfeld
After captivating readers in The Child Finder, Naomi—the investigator with an uncanny ability for finding missing children—returns, trading snow-covered woods for dark, gritty streets on the search for her missing sister in a city where young, homeless girls have been going missing and turning up dead.
The Memory Police
Yoko Ogawa
Trans. by Stephen Snyder
A haunting Orwellian novel about the terrors of state surveillance, from the acclaimed author of The Housekeeper and the Professor.
The Orphan Collector
Ellen Marie Wiseman
From the internationally bestselling author of What She Left Behind comes a gripping and powerful tale of upheaval—a heartbreaking saga of resilience and hope perfect for fans of Beatriz Williams and Kristin Hannah—set in Philadelphia during the 1918 Spanish Flu outbreak—the deadly pandemic that went on to infect one-third of the world’s population…
The Black Kids
Christina Hammonds Reed
Perfect for fans of The Hate U Give, this unforgettable coming-of-age debut novel explores issues of race, class, and violence through the eyes of a wealthy black teenager whose family gets caught in the vortex of the 1992 Rodney King Riots.
Midnight Sun
Stephanie Meyer
It's here! #1 bestselling author Stephenie Meyer makes a triumphant return to the world of Twilight with this highly anticipated companion: the iconic love story of Bella and Edward told from the vampire's point of view.
Children's Books
The Unadoptables
Hana Tooke
Neil Gaiman meets Hans Christian Andersen in this delicious fairy tale full of mysterious spirits, daring escapes, and a beautiful message about the power of found families.
History Smashers: The Mayflower
Kate Messner,
Dylan Meconis
Myths! Lies! Secrets! Smash the stories behind famous moments in history and expose the hidden truth. Perfect for fans of I Survived and Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.
Shirley & Jamila Save Their Summer
Gillian Goerz
This middle-grade graphic novel for fans of Roller Girl and Smile introduces Jamila and Shirley, two unlikely friends who save each other's summers while solving their neighborhood's biggest mysteries.
Picture Books
Antiracist Baby
Ibram X. Kendi, Ashley Lukashevsky
Take your first steps with Antiracist Baby! Or rather, follow Antiracist Baby's nine easy steps for building a more equitable world.
Choo Choo School
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Mike Yamada
No racing in the haul-ways! From the late, beloved author Amy Krouse Rosenthal (Uni the Unicorn), a look at seven adorable train cars on their first day of school.
I Promise
Lebron James
8/11/20 - PREORDER
**A perfect BACK-TO-SCHOOL tool for students and teachers who need an encouraging boost to start the year!**
NBA champion and cultural icon LeBron James pens a slam-dunk picture book inspired by his foundation’s I PROMISE program that motivates children everywhere to always #StriveForGreatness.
August Bestsellers
What were thee top ten bestselling books at Titcomb's in July?
Hours & Guidelines for Shopping
Please note: Our hours are subject to change. Please check our website for updates.

Curbside Pickup:
  • Orders may be picked up from the table under the tent in front of the bookshop on Monday-Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10-4.
  • We encourage people to continue to take advantage of curbside pickup as the safest way to shop at Titcomb's. Call us during regular hours and we will be happy to assist you in selecting books, toys and gifts. You can also email us at info@titcombsbookshop.com or order from our website 24/7.

Open to the general public:
  • 9-5 Monday-Saturday
  • 10-4 Sunday
  • Limited amount of people allowed in the store at one time, masks required, social distancing of 6 feet between people while browsing.
The Rock Bottom Remainders Perform "(Don't) Stand by Me" to Support Binc!
The Rock Bottom Remainders (a band including authors such as Stephen King, Amy Tan, John Grisham, and Dave Barry) are encouraging fans to make a donation to the Binc Foundation to support booksellers. The first 50 donations of $750 or more will receive a limited-edition lithograph of the Rock Bottom Remainders created by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist David Horsey and signed by all members of the band. Watch the video here!
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