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July 2019 eNewsletter

"One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by."
—Jeanette Walls

Monday was my four year anniversary as owner of Island Books. The years have had their ups and downs, but the job is always satisfying. It's become my life, and as Roger told me when I bought the store, “no two days are ever the same.”

I hear variations of, "you are living my dream!" and "how cool is it to read all day!" from customers every week. If that were only true! In reality, we are always working at the bookstore. We shelve, sort, receive, and re-shelve books, perhaps glance through a new colorful release, but do not sit to read with ease. The perks, though, are many. We sometimes meet our favorite authors and are sent advanced copies of books before they come out to the public. It's thrilling, but we all fear that we won't remember the story line by the time it hits our shelves!

Some of the new releases this month include Rachel Linden's The Enlightenment of Bees. We will be hosting a release party with her on the 9th of July. The following week on July 16th, we are having a reading with local author Elena Louise Richmond for her newest novel Advancing the Retreat. We also have local historian Margaret O'Mara joining us on July 24th in celebration of the release of her new book The Code. Last but certainly not least, we are bringing in Garth Stein on the 30th of July to have a release party for the movie tie-in edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain. Make sure you don't miss the continuation of our Poetry + Wine series with poet Kary Wayson earlier that night.

For the kiddos, we are hosting the Where's Waldo passport again, bringing in even more locations to support our small business community. Come by and see if you can spot him in the store!
To say thank you does not cover my appreciation for the support, encouragement, and hugs this community has shown me . . . you honor all of us at Island Books every time you walk through the doors. For that I am forever grateful. Cheers to many more years at Island Books!
Happy Fourth of July week!
Laurie Raisys
Featured Event: Garth Stein, Author of The Art of Racing in the Rain
Garth Stein is joining us on July 30, 2019 to celebrate the release of the movie tie-in edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain. There will be mingling, drinks, book signings, and a talk from Garth.

The New York Times bestselling novel from Garth Stein -- a heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately story of family, love, loyalty, and hope -- is a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it. We love this book and are delighted to celebrate this accomplishment with him!
On July 15th, 10:30am, we will be meeting to read If I Had Two Lives by Abigail N. Rosewood.

This luminous debut novel follows a young woman from her childhood in Vietnam to her life as an immigrant in the United States - and her necessary return to her homeland. It follows two timelines: Her as a child, isolated from the world in a secretive military encampment with her distant mother and her as a young adult in New York, cut off from her native country and haunted by the scars of her youth where she is still in search of a home.

An inspiring meditation on love, loss, and the presence of a past that never dies, the novel explores the ancient question: do we value the people in our lives because of who they are, or because of what we need them to be?
Don't forget if you purchase your book in store you'll always get a 10% discount.

Counter Intelligence: Lori's Pick

This month, Lori recommends Evvie Drake Starts Over by Linda Holmes.

Lori says: "A charming debut that I used to fill in my 'you couldn't put it down' box for SAL Book Bingo. I was truly caught from the opening chapters by the witty and refreshingly realistic dialogue and the sweetly flawed main characters. Told from alternating points of view, the book gives a year in the life of both Evvie Drake and Dean Tenney, brought together through a circumstance of convenience. Their friendship helps each begin to face the things they've been avoiding. A thoughtful rom-com, this would be a perfect vacation read."

See More Staff Picks
Reading-Related Rambles
In July, Kelleen recommended some picks to celebrate pride and ways to fill in your SAL book bingo, and Lori explored some great summer reads.

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July Events

Mon, July 1:
Where's Waldo Kick-Off

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

Thurs, July 4:
Fourth of July -- CLOSED

Sat, July 6, 6:00pm:
PJ Story Time with Nancy Stewart

Tues, July 9, 6:30pm:
Rachel Linden, Author of The Enlightenment of Bees

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

Thurs, July 11, 4:00pm:
Summer Tween Book Club

Mon, July 15, 10:30am:
Daytime Open Book Club: If I Had Two Lives by Abigail N. Rosewood

Tues, July 16, 6:00pm:
Elena Louise Richmond, Author of Advancing the Retreat

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

Tues, July 20, 4:00pm:
Apollo Party!

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

Wed, July 24, 6:30pm:
Margaret O'Mara, Author of The Code

Thurs, July 25, 7:00pm:
Open Book Club: There There by Tommy Orange

Tues, July 30, 5:00pm:
Poetry + Wine with Kary Wayson

Tues, July 30, 6:00pm:
Garth Stein Movie Release Party, Author of The Art of Racing in the Rain

Wed, July 31, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

July 4th in the Kids Section

Learn about our country's history and many cultures with a great selection of reads!


This July, our Open Book Club will read and discuss There There by Tommy Orange.

Orange's shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to each other in ways they may not realize. This chorus of voices tells of the plight of the urban Native American. Hailed as an instant classic, There There is utterly unforgettable.

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.