April Events at Island Books

We are pleased to announce a small return to normality in not one, but two in-person events at Island Books!

On Tuesday April 19th at 6:30pm Island Books is welcoming author Lee Kravetz, in conversation with local author Joshua Mohr and our very own blogger emeritus Miriam Landis, to celebrate the publication of The Last Confessions of Sylvia P.  A historical fiction, based on real events, this novel imagines the inspiration behind Sylvia Plath’s penning of The Bell Jar.

Hailed as: “Bold, compelling, and gorgeously written, The Last Confessions of Sylvia P. is slightly reminiscent of AS Byatt’s Possession, but instead of a love story, this is a tale of rivalry and betrayal. A truly satisfying page-turner.“

— Karen Joy Fowler, Booker Prize Finalist for We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and author of The Jane Austen Book Club


A Promising Beginning

I’ve been pleasantly surprised in the first few months of this year by the number of books I’ve enjoyed. Last year I was still waiting around in August and September for something to really stand out. I’m talking about the kind of reading experience where in the midst of the story I’m already thinking and talking about how good it is. The prose that does something so artistic with language I have to pause in the middle of a sentence just to read it again. The novel with a plot so immersive I forget everything else I am supposed to be doing just to turn another page and see what happens next.

Here we are, at the barest beginning of March, and I already have a handful of books that have impressed and surprised me, with even more coming out in the next few months I can’t wait to start selling. What literary richness!


Island Books Best of 2021: Nonfiction

We’re starting off 2022 at Island Books with part two of our best of 2021, those titles from the nonfiction side of the aisle. As Cindy so eloquently put it in our last journal entry, choosing the titles we deem to be the “best” of 2021 is a challenging task. It’s not objective. It’s incredibly specific to us, the staff, and our particular reading tastes. We each gravitate towards different interests, and hopefully our top picks reflect that, from poetry to food writing and cookbooks to memoirs and nature writing. We hope you find something to add to your TBR from our favorites below!



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