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August 2012 eNewsletter

      "Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it."  —P.J. O'Rourke

Island Books

Island BooksAugust is a great month for just about anything, but especially for our favorite vice, reading. There's no better time to unplug and indulge in a good book. As Sam Keen put it, "Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability." The long dog days of August afford ample opportunity to earn the respect of family and friends by settling down to turn a page or two (or more). This might be the only time of year when you have full permission to indulge your whims. No assignments, no "you must read this," just pick up something fun and set your mind in motion. Everything else can catch up later.

Roger Page
Owner and Bookseller


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Reading-Related Rambles

We've cut our teeth as bloggers in 2011-2012, and as of August 11th, we'll have been at it for a full year. Our staff has written over 150 original pieces, and you'll still find new content weekly as we continue our sophomore effort. In addition to what's online, there are printouts of some of our favorite pieces available to peruse in the store.

Don't miss James's recent post about how readers are finding our store journal online. You might be surprised at how many random Google searches lead readers to us. Yes, even the phrase "drugs jungle central america" directs people to one of our posts!

By the way, did you know you can get our Store Journal by email?



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Emma and Cindy's August Pick: A Hologram for the King

We read a lot, and despite ourselves, we're guilty of playing favorites. For example, this month both Emma and Cindy are particularly excited about Dave Eggers' new novel, A Hologram for the King. Follow the link to see more of our booksellers' August recommendations.

See More Staff Picks


Island Books

3014 78th Ave. SE

MI, WA 98040

(206) 232-6920

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Thurs: 9:30 - 8:00

Fri: 9:30 - 7:00

Sat: 9:30 - 6:00

Sun: 11:00 - 5:00


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Upcoming Events
We're unplugging in August. Check back in September for new store happenings!

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Open Book Club

Open Book Club

Island Book's open book club normally meets the last Thursday of every month at 7:30pm, but we're taking August off. We hope to see you at our next book club at the end of September.