We're Thankful for You

Dear readers, patrons, long-time Island Books customers and first-time-through-the-door browsers,

We are thankful for you.

Whenever a person says to me, as they’re checking out or getting something wrapped, “We’re just so glad you’re still here,” I have to respond, “We’re here because of you.”

Island Books is still around after 49 years because you, our community, continues to prioritize investing in a small independent bookstore. You’ve spent a little more, ensuring we can continue to keep our doors open. You’ve decided you prefer the personal recommendations of experienced booksellers who take the time to listen before making a suggestion. You’ve come to us when you need, or simply want, a new book, be it a vacation read, a book club pick, a distraction for a friend recovering from surgery, entertainment for your dad who only wants nonfiction, encouragement for your kid who just doesn’t want to read, or fuel for your kid who reads so much you can’t keep up (and frankly, sometimes, neither can we).

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Book Notes: The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks

Books about bookstores, books and reading always intrigue me and when I saw that Shauna Robinson had followed up her debut novel, Must Love Books, with The Banned Bookshop of Maggie Banks, I couldn’t wait to start it!

Maggie Banks doesn’t know what to do with her life. After moving around from job to job in the San Francisco area and ending up back at home following her latest failure, she jumps at the chance to help out her friend in the small town of Bell River. Her college roommate, Rochelle, needs someone to look after her bookstore for a few months while she goes on maternity leave. What Maggie doesn’t know is that Bell River is a tourist destination celebrating the author Edward Bell, and Cobblestone Books only sells books that Edward Bell would have likely read.

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