Titcomb's Bookshop Newsletter
September 2020
What's in This Issue?
  • Books, books, books!
  • September events
  • Zoom FAQ
Books, books, books!
Helpful Books for Families
A Family Guide to Covid: Questions & Answers for Parents, Grandparents and Children
A Covid Back-to-School Guide: Questions and Answers For Parents and Students 
How to Talk so Little Kids
Will Listen
A survival guide for life with children ages 2-7. New stories and strategies based on the mega-bestseller How to Talk so Kids will Listen and Listen so Kids will Talk
New Fiction
The Evening and the Morning
Ken Follett
9/15 preorder!
The prequel to the Pillars of the Earth! Click here to listen to Ken Follett read the first chapter!
Piranesi
Susanna Clarke
9/15 preorder!
"Piranesi is a gorgeous, spellbinding mystery that gently unravels page by page. Precisely the sort of book that I love wordlessly handing to someone so they can have the pleasure of uncovering its secrets for themselves. This book is a treasure, washed up upon a forgotten shore, waiting to be discovered." -- Erin Morgenstern, author of THE STARLESS SEA and THE NIGHT CIRCUS
Transcendent Kingdom
Yaa Gyasi
"Absolutely transcendent. A gorgeously woven narrative about a woman trying to survive the grief of a brother lost to addiction and a mother trapped in depression while pursuing her ambitions. Not a word or idea out of place. Completely different from Homegoing. "
--Roxane Gay
One by One
Ruth Ware
9/8 preorder!
Snow is falling in the exclusive alpine ski resort of Saint Antoine, as the shareholders and directors of Snoop, the hottest new music app, gather for a make or break corporate retreat to decide the future of the company. When an avalanche cuts the chalet off from help, and one board member goes missing in the snow, the group is forced to ask - would someone resort to murder, to get what they want?
The Paper Daughters of Chinatown
Heather B. Moore
Historical fiction about the Occidental Mission Home for Girls in San Francisco which worked to rescue Chinese girls and women from slavery conditions in the late 1800's through the early 1900's.

Winter Counts
David Heska
Wambli Weiden
"Winter Counts is both a propulsive crime novel and a wonderfully informative book. David Heska Wanbli Weiden has written the first of what I hope is a series of books about life on Rosebud Reservation. Virgil Wounded Horse, his nephew Nathan, and Marie Short Bear are more than characters; they brim with intrigue and authentic life." - Louise Erdrich

New Nonfiction
His Truth is Marching On
Jon Meacham
Twilight of the Gods: War in the Western Pacific, 1944-1945
Ian W. Toll
World of Wonders: In Praise of Fireflies, Whale Sharks, and Other Astonishments 
Aimee Nezhukumatathil
In a Class All Their Own
Tom Verde
Sailing yachts, working vessels, and small boats--they're all here, their stories told as lovingly as their owners have cared for them through the ages." - Peter Gow, co-author The Concordia Yawls: The First Fifty Years
Just Us: An American Conversation
Claudia Rankine
Just Us is an invitation to discover what it takes to stay in the room together, even and especially in breaching the silence, guilt, and violence that follow direct addresses of whiteness.
Alone Together: Love, Grief, and Comfort in the Time of Covid-19 is
a collection of essays, poems, and interviews to serve as a lifeline for negotiating how to connect and thrive during this stressful time of isolation as well as a historical perspective that will remain relevant for years to come. All net profits will be donated to The Book Industry Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit organization that coordinates charitable programs to strengthen the bookselling community.
New in Paperback
Teen
We Are Not Free
Traci Chee
"A brilliant and intimate portrayal of several San Francisco teenagers during the mass incarceration of Japanese-Americans in World War II. Chee's nuanced and unforgettable characters will serve to enlighten readers about this devastating and shameful piece of America's past. A beautiful, painful, and necessary work of historical fiction."
—Veera Hiranandani, Newbery Honor winning author of The Night Diary
The Inheritance Games
Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Perfect for fans of One of Us is Lying and Knives Out: "A thrilling blend of family secrets, illicit romance and high-stakes treasure hunt, set in the mysterious world of Texas billionaires. The nonstop twists kept me guessing until the very last page!"-- Katharine McGee, bestselling author of American Royals
Kind of a Big Deal
Shannon Hale
A down-on-her-luck teen singer-actress literally escapes into the world of reading in this hilarious genre-hopping fantasy romp from the versatile Shannon Hale (Best Friends; the Princess Academy series).
Children's Books
Paola Santiago and the
River of Tears
Tehlor Kay Mejia
A twelve-year-old girl overcomes evil with science and the power of love in this adventure fantasy based on the Mexican legend of La Llorona.
The Silver Arrow
Lev Grossman
Kate wasn't expecting much when she wrote to her wealthy estranged uncle to ask for a birthday present. Certainly she wasn't expecting a colossal steam train called the Silver Arrow to arrive on her doorstep.
A rip-roaring adventure!
Skunk and Badger
Amy Timberlake
Wallace and Gromit meets Winnie-the-Pooh in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship, from Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake with full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.
Alice's Farm:
A Rabbit's Tale
Maryrose Wood
A brave young rabbit must work with her natural predators to save her farmland home and secretly help the farm’s earnest but incompetent new owners.
"Alice's Farm is a restorative read, tender and wonderful. It's a fantasy, it's real, it's just a joy. And absolutely a book for our times."-Rebecca Stead, Newbery Medalist
One Time
Sharon Creech
9/8 preorder!
From Newbery Medal winner Sharon Creech, comes a powerful coming-of-age story of a girl who discovers the endless possibilities her future may hold, with help from a brilliant teacher and a boy with a generous smile.

Pine Island Home
Polly Horvath
Orphaned and alone, the four McCready sisters, aged eight to fourteen, move to a house off the coast of British Columbia left them by their great aunt, and get by with the help of neighbors. Newbery Honor author Horvath weaves a story of resilience with gentle humor and tough obstacles.
How Super Cool Tech Works
New and updated for 2020, How Super Cool Tech Works is a one-stop shop for kids who want to know what the latest and greatest technologies are.
The Lego Games Book
Who can stack the tallest tower in 60 seconds? Can anyone solve the puzzle cube? With more than 50 fun challenges, puzzles, brainteasers, and games, get out your Legos - and the bricks that come with this book - and put your friends and family to the test.
Kamala Harris:
Rooted in Justice
Nikki Grimes
Discover the incredible story of a young daughter of immigrants who would grow up to defend the rights of people everywhere in this moving picture book biography of Senator Kamala Harris.
Best Sellers 8/19 - 9/01
What are the top ten bestselling books at Titcomb's?
  1. The Wright Sister by Patty Dann
  2. Rowley Jefferson's Awesome Friendly Adventure by Jeff Kinney
  3. Caste by Isobel Wilkerson
  4. The Stationery Shop by Marjan Kamali
  5. The Seven or Eight Deaths of Stella Fortuna by Juliet Grimes
  6. How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi
  7. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
  8. All the Devils are Here by Louise Penny
  9. Death on Tuckernuck by Francine Matthews
  10. American Dirt by Jeanine Cumins
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.
Book Launch!
Pebbles in the Stream
Sunday, 9/6, 1-4 pm
Sandwich Arts Alliance
124 Route 6A in Sandwich
Pebbles in the Stream is a collection of 34 poems and 31 illustrations created by literary arts members and friends. This free 3-hour (outdoor) event will give writers, book buyers and those who commissioned poems a chance to meet and get autographs. ​

All net proceeds from Pebbles in the Stream will benefit the Sandwich Arts Alliance and the Sandwich Food Pantry. Books are available for pre-sale now and will be for sale at the launch, at the SAA center after the launch and at Titcomb's Bookshop.
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.
Kamilla Benko is the bestselling author of Frozen II: Forest of Shadows and The Unicorn Quest trilogy. She spent most of her childhood climbing into wardrobes, trying to step through mirrors, and plotting to run away to an art museum. Now, she visits other worlds as an author. Originally from Indiana, she currently lives in New York with her bookshelves, teapot, and hiking boots.
Zoom with
Kamillo Benko!
Saturday, 9/12
11:00 - 11:30 am
Do you like unicorns? Do you enjoy reading fantasy novels? Children's author Kamilla Benko will be joining us on Saturday, September 12 at 11AM on Zoom! Kamilla will discuss her middle grade trilogy, The Unicorn Quest. The program will include a brief history on unicorns, as well as an introduction and reading from the first book in the series. Q & A to follow at conclusion of the program. All ages welcome!
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. 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.
Toys, Gifts, & More!
We're excited about Waboba's new "Rewild" line of sustainable sporting goods! This football is made from the Jute plant and rubber tree, packaged in recycled materials, and is good for wet or dry play.
$17.99
We love this new line of arts & crafts kits from Bright Stripes, like this elephant decoupage kit!
$19.99
Exciting products coming from Plus Plus this year, like their new additions to the Learn-to-Build series: Sports, Jewelry, and Astronaut!
$24.99
No need to touch hi-traffic surfaces with your fingers anymore! Use the contactless hygienic key to touch pin pads, open doors, push elevator buttons, and more!
$11.99
These literary-themed candles from Fly Paper Products smell so good, you'll want to collect them all! With names like "Plot Twist" and "The Writer, you'll want to get lit...erary!
$19.99
You'll never need another book bag! These literary totes from Storiarts are square at the bottom and feature original text from classic books! We also have literary scarves and writing gloves!
$25.99-$49.99
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."
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