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February 2018 eNewsletter

"Grief is the last act of love we have to give to those we loved. Where there is deep grief, there was great love."

The past few weeks have been filled with grief for all of us at Island Books after the loss of Marni Gittinger. We not only lost a member of our book store family, we lost a dear friend. To say that Marni was a bright spot in many of our days is an understatement.

Mondays were my favorite day to see her bounding in the front door, with her Big Gulp and large handbag, checking the clip for specials, then walking and talking her way to the back room.

Marni was my biggest cheerleader. She wanted me to succeed as the owner of Island Books, she wanted us to be bigger and better than we have ever been. As many of the items purchased at the the gift show arrived this past week, I  longed to show them to her. She would have loved the Unicorn Snot and I already missed the way she oohed and ahhed over the new arrivals.

Thanks to the many bookstore friends who have shared flowers, food, cards and warm hugs with all of us during a difficult time. We are grateful.

Speaking of community, this week is the annual Mercer Island Youth and Family Services breakfast. MIYFS is a public/private partnership of the City and the sole full service provider for social and human services on Mercer Island. On February 7th and February 8th, we will be open from 9:00am to 7:00pm and 10% of sales will benefit this stellar local organization.

Valentine's Day is coming up also and to celebrate we will be offering Valentine pictures in the store this Friday, February 9th with Lisi Wolf Photography. Come by from 10am-2pm or 3pm-5pm and get a great deal on photos in a special setting. You can stock up on gifts, cards, and chocolate for your sweetheart at the same time.

Customers like you are the heart of our business, and this Valentine's day, we love and appreciate you more than ever. 

Laurie Raisys

Books Marni Loved

Marni took great pleasure in recommending books to her beloved customers and friends. Here is a list of her personal favorites.


New on the Shelf: Fiction and Nonfiction

From a collection of stories from Zadie Smith to Kristin Hannah's latest novel, there's a book for every taste in this list of February's new releases.


Counter Intelligence:
Nancy's February Pick

Nancy's recommendation for February reading is Amy Bloom's new historical novel, White Houses. For fans of The Paris Wife, this love story was inspired by the intriguing and scandalous relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and prominent reporter Lorena Hickok.

See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

In January, we discussed our 2017 reading accomplishments, previewed our event with Seattle Weekly editor Mark Baumgarten discussing the new political action anthology, Fly to the Assemblies!looked ahead at the next few months of Open Book Club, and advertised our February giveaway of a set of books in the Flavia de Luce series.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, Feb 7, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Fri, Feb 9, 10:00am: 
Valentine Photos with Lisi Wolf Photography?

Wed, Feb 14, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Feb 21, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Feb 22, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Wed, Feb 28, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Kids Books for Black History Month

Celebrate Black History Month with stories about everything from activists and athletes to Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.


Open Book Club

For our February Open Book Club, we'll be reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, the #1 New York Timesbestseller is a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

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.