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July 2016 eNewsletter

"Reading. That was the sport I was good at."
—George R.R. Martin
It's been a year! And while we hear that often in good context and bad, in this case I mean it in the best possible way. I remember driving back by the store after our post-inventory celebration and just looking in the window, then feeling brave enough to go in alone with my new key. The store was mine. We bought Island Books. I jumped a little, did a cartwheel down the center aisle of the store, and haven't looked back since.

It's been a year of great learning. These are the three things I am most grateful for:

1. The community. Thank you for your continued support. It is a pleasure to see each of you walk in the front door with your smiles, questions, stories, suggestions, and even food to share. 

2. The Island Books team. Thank you all for staying and coming on board. We had a learning curve to work through but along the way we've had a lot of fun and laughter, listened to some great music, ate a ton of food and enjoyed a beer or two.

3. My family. Thank you for letting me have this year to figure it all out. Your love and support, especially when I am always late or "forget" to pick you up, has kept me going.

To celebrate in July we will have a number of fun events, including happy hour, $2 Card Day, Cookbook Book Club, a Harry Potter event, a sidewalk sale, and our regular book club.  We'll have plenty of great summer reading too, including new books from Stephen KingAnnie Proulx, and Mary Roach.

There's more good Island Books news, especially if you're strolling through the farmer's market on a Sunday morning. We'll be opening slightly earlier on the summer weekends: 9 a.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. on Sundays. 

Happy 4th of July!

Laurie Raisys


Summer Reading: Fiction

Creepy cults, plane crashes, foodie fiction, and modern retellings of Shakespearean classics: that's a few of the highlights from novels being published this summer. Whether you’re headed to the beach, climbing a mountain, or staying home, these stories will be memorable accompaniments. 


Summer Reading for Kids

Our children's section is full of new books to enjoy this summer. Here are some of the latest titles we're most excited about for younger readers, middle readers, teens, and the picture book crowd.


Destination of the Month: Brazil

Rio de Janeiro is always a great place to go, but it's all the hotter this summer as it hosts the Olympic games. Athletes, coaches, and fans will be descending on the city by the thousands and soccer balls will be bouncing everywhere. Of course, there's much more to Brazil than sports. Take a tour of the 5th-largest country in the world (by both area and population!) via our book list.

To browse previous destinations of the month, go here.


Counter Intelligence:
Miriam's July Pick

Miriam wholeheartedly recommends The Girls by Emma Cline. Occasionally a book not only deserves but exceeds the hype, and this story of a 14-year-old girl who joins a Charles Manson-like cult in 1960s California deserves every accolade. A stunning debut about power and manipulation, the near-perfect and original prose will captivate readers as much as the author's insight into the way society can prey on a young woman's insecurities.

See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

In June, our blog featured a a postinspired by Obama's recent visit to Hiroshima, a reading guide to the phenomenon that is Hamiltona look at whyfollowing the Stanford rape verdict controversyit's useful to read about sexual violence, and a feast of current books to enjoy in honor of summer reading.

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Upcoming Events

Mon, July 4:
Closed for Independence Day

Wed, July 6, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Wed, July 10-July 16:
Sidewalk Sale

Tues, July 12:
Two-Dollar Tuesday

Wed, July 13, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, July 14, 5:00pm: 
Anniversary Happy Hour

Wed, July 20, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Thurs, July 27, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, July 29, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler

Sat, July 30, 10:00pm: 
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Release Party

Summer Reading: Nonfiction

A scientific look at the effects of war, a vision of contemporary life as it becomes history, and a memoir of a celebrity journalist are just a few of the challenging new nonfiction works that may just change the way you look at the world.


Open Book Club 


Our July book club will discuss Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler, a new and much anticipated coming-of-age novel set in the trendy world of Manhattan restaurants.

Island Book's open book club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. 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.