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Book Notes and Author Event: The Same Bright Stars

Island Books is delighted to host author Ethan Joella on Thursday, July 18th. Stop by the store at 6:30pm, meet Ethan in person, and hear all about his wonderful new release, The Same Bright Stars. I first came across Ethan Joella in his novel A Little Hope, and the title was entirely apropos for the book. His writing reminds me so strongly of Anne Tyler, capturing all the personal catastrophes and missed opportunities, small joys and minutiae that make up an ordinary life.

The Same Bright Stars is Ethan Joella’s love letter to Rehoboth Beach, as I gathered from his dedication:

“Also, to Rehoboth Beach, the storybook town that saved us.”

He treats the location like he does his characters, with a tenderness for all their quirks, their beauties, and their less lovely sides. I’ve never spent any time in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, but now I feel like I have a sense of the town given all the detail infused in the prose. If you want to armchair travel to a beach town on the eastern seaboard, this is the book for you.

But the book is just as much about the people who inhabit Rehoboth Beach as it is about the town itself.

Book Notes: The Comfort of Ghosts

Chatting with Cindy about Nancy Drew a few weeks ago reminded me that I had yet to read the latest (and last) Maisie Dobbs novel from Jacqueline Winspear. I’m not ready for The Comfort of Ghosts to be the last chapter in Maisie’s story, and yet I couldn't resist finding out what her final case would entail.

For those of you who haven’t come across the Maisie Dobbs novels, this historical mystery series begins in post-World War I London. In her late 20's, Maisie Dobbs is a psychologist and investigator with an unusual background. Her working life began at 13, as a housemaid, but her intelligence and ingenuity in educating herself catches the eye of Lady Rowan, who decides to help Maisie in her pursuits. While academic ambitions lead Maisie to Girton College, the war pulls her to enlist as a nurse. By the time she begins her career as an investigator, she’s seen and experienced enough for two lifetimes.

The Search is On

It's that time of year again, everyone. The time of year when tiny Waldos infiltrate Mercer Island businesses for the month of July. This is one of our favorite annual events, and we love having a reason to get outside and visit our local businesses. Waldo passports will be available to pick up at Island Books starting on July 1st.

A good place to start your hunt is at the bookstore. There will be 15 little Waldos hiding out high and low, near typewriters and between books. After you've found all of those, it's time to go out on the town; we have 20 local businesses participating this year. Each of the following shops will have one Waldo hidden somewhere inside:

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