You are here

February 2016 eNewsletter

      "Book love is something like romantic love. When we are reading a really great book,
burdens feel lighter, cares seem smaller, and commonplaces are suddenly delightful."
—Steve Leveen
The reward for making it through January is February. January is a long month, especially after a holiday retail season. The days are short but feel long. We make resolutions, lists of projects, books to read, and improvements to make. We look ahead to new books by Yann Martel, Joyce Maynard, and Diane Rehm, a compelling event with local author Brian Doyle, and more fun in the store as the days growing longer.

And then comes February. The month filled with the color red and love, flowers chocolate, glitter & cards, and did I mention chocolate? 

When my dear friend Paula Hall lived on the Island she used to host the most lovely Valentines Day coffee. She would create this magical bakery world of pink and gold and red deliciousness in every room of her house. We would all stay as long as we could, not only to eat all the amazing treats but to soak in the smell and love that brought everyone there.

As the month of February begins, we hope you feel the love, eat the chocolate and smell the beauty.

Laurie Raisys
Love Makes All Stories Possible

Whether you're in love, remembering love, or hoping for it, Valentine's Day is the perfect time to be swept away by a beautiful love story.

Young at Heart

Before you get to the adult section filled with star-crossed romance and epic tragedy, there are the love stories that still keep love innocent and pure. Perhaps because of those rose-colored lenses, kids and teens often like Valentine's Day even more than the grown-ups.

Counter Intelligence:
Lori, James, and Miriam's February Pick

Choosing a featured monthly staff pick is a no-brainer when at least three of us are talking about the same book. Paul Kalanithi's When Breath Becomes Air is a beautifully-written memoir by a young neurosurgeon dying of lung cancer. Despite the tragic premise, this book serves to inspire and offer fresh perspective on the beauty of life.

See More Staff Picks
Reading-Related Rambles

In January we made some resolutions, like keeping a log of every book we read in 2016.  We took a closer look at this year's PNBA awards, which honor writers from our neck of the woods. Best of all, we renewed our faith in humanity when something special happened right in our store. 

To keep up with our newest posts,
sign up to get our Store Journal by email.


Upcoming Events

Wed, Feb 3, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sat, Feb 6, 6:30pm: 
PJ Story Time with Meg Lippert and Nancy Stewart

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

Wed, Feb 17, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Feb 24, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Feb 24, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: Room by Emma Donoghue

Sat, Feb 27, 7:00pm: 
Brian Doyle, author of Children and Other Wild Animals

Open Book Club

In February, we'll read and discuss Room by Emma Donoghue, now an Oscar-nominated major motion picture. Come and share your thoughts.

Island Book's open book club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. All are welcome to attend, and 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.


If this month's newsletter seems different to you, it's because we've switched to a new, more efficient email service. We like the new look and we hope you do too.