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August 2017 eNewsletter

"Books … they’re kind of a compulsion for me. To find a great bookstore is a great thing. "

—Philip Seymour Hoffman

On Sundays I often walk to the bookstore with one of my daughters, but this past week I walked alone (with George Michael blasting in my earphones). As I walked past the Congregational Church their marquee read, “Share what lights you up." I sent a telepathic thank you to Reverend Roberta for the inspiration. 

The Mercer Island and Island Books community took my breath away this week. The outpouring of love, support, flowers, and food you shared with us after the armed robbery at the store has been overwhelming. To say thank you from all of us feels like a paltry repayment. Please know that you–the community that loves and supports our bookstore–light me up.

Speaking of community, in just a few weeks my son Erik moves on to a new community when he leaves for college at WSU. Watching another one fly the coop is always a bittersweet time, and in preparation we’ve shared The Naked Roommate by Harlan Cohen and others to help him begin this transition into adulthood. He has also been reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, the required read for incoming students. I will miss observing his reading pile, which is always a window into what someone we love has on their mind.

I may not have as close a look into Erik's reading mind soon, but at the store we've spent the summer opening that window into the minds of our beloved booksellers. Each has taken a turn filling two display shelves with their favorite summer reads from all corners of the store, including everything from books they read in high school or as recently as last week. Cindy, James, Lori and Lillian have all had their time owning the shelf and Marni, Miriam, Nancy and I will take our turns soon. Check it out next time you’re in the store. You might be surprised by some oldies but goodies.

We also want to congratulate our Pacific Northwest writers grab-bag winner, Dori Jones Yang, for mentioning her favorite blog post (Pay It Forward) on social media in response to last week's missive. Dori, come on in and pick up your prize.

Thanks for continuing to walk in the door every day and make us your community bookstore, your third place, somewhere we know your name. Our hope is that Island Books “lights you up."

Onward to August,

Laurie Raisys

Coming Soon:
Anticipation Station

Here are some upcoming titles that publishing insiders are buzzing about. These forthcoming books should fill up your reading list and get you excited for fall. Expect to see most of them hit the bestseller lists!


Picture Books
for Back to School

Start sharpening those pencils. It's that time of year again, when summer days shorten, and kids need to focus on going back to school. These picture books will help make that transition an easier for parents, students, and teachers alike.


Destination of the Month: India

One-third the size of the United States but with five times the population. A culinary tradition that sent its spices all around the world. The oldest literature, the most beautiful buildings, a thriving industry, but also abundant strife and grinding poverty. When you're talking about India, it seems that superlatives are the only words to use. Luckily, we have the books you need to put it in perspective.

To browse previous destinations of the month, go here.


Counter Intelligence:
Lori R., Marni, and Lillian's August Pick

It's always an especially good sign when 3 staff members fall for the same book. Lori R. recommended The Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz in July, a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction in which the reader becomes the detective. Marni and Lillian picked it up thanks to Lori's recommendation, and now it's their August book of choice.

See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

In July, we celebrated our 500th blog post, Miriam returned from maternity leave to explain why Rosie Revere, Engineer was a more age appropriate choice for her four-year-old twins than She Persisted, and we previewed Taylor Jenkins Reid's visit to the store to discuss The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, August 2, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, August 3, 6:30pm: 
Jennifer Burd & Laz Slomovits

Tues, August 8, 6:30pm: 
Game Night at Island Books

Wed, August 9, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Tues, August 15, 6:30pm: 
Movie Night at Island Books

Wed, August 16, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Tues, August 22, 6:30pm: 
Music Night at Island Books with Henry Mansfield

Wed, August 23, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, August 27, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

Wed, August 30, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Books That Read Like Movies

Take a break from your Netflix binge and check out one of these books. We rounded up a reading list to rival your film addiction.


Open Book Club

For our August Open Book Club, we'll be reading Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, a riveting suspense novel about the cause of a mysterious plane crash and the truth about the passengers on that fatal flight.

Don't forget if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.


20% Off Indie Bestsellers

We always offer a 20% discount on the top ten bestsellers in non-fiction and fiction for the week, as reported by independent booksellers across the country.