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June 2014 eNewsletter

                                                          "Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?"
                                                                             —Henry Ward Beecher

Island Books

Nancy mentioned last month that our second and last child, Lewis, is graduating from high school in June. June is also the month we celebrate Father’s Day. The combination of these two events makes me think that I really need to step up and deliver some serious parting wisdom for the departing lad in the coming weeks. It's not like I don’t offer him little gems almost everyday. Nancy, of course, does the heavy lifting in our household but I like to see myself as a compass...a guiding star…the deep well of enlightenment for our little tribe.


I often find breakfast to be the best time to share my view of the world (it gets everyone off on the right foot) and I can tell it's working by the way they routinely smile and say, “Yes, father,” and “Sure, you bet, Dad,” in response. It gives a dad real confidence.


That said, with this watershed moment approaching I have been perusing the graduation gift literature just to be sure that I have the gravitas at my disposal to match the occasion. Scanning the shelf, Dr. Seuss immediately pops out (Oh, the Places You’ll Go!) but Lewis may be a bit jaded for the lyrical Doctor. His tastes run more toward the metaphysical and darkly comic, so I grabbed and plumed Kurt Vonnegut’s collection of graduation speeches and David Foster Wallace’s brilliant This is Water.


Honestly, reading these made me reevaluate my life, so I had to read on with Bill Gates Sr. (Showing Up for Life), Anna Quindlen (Being Perfect), Neil Gaiman (Make Good Art) and David McCullough Jr. (You Are Not Special) for their different inspiring and therapeutic effects.


Two books of quotes seemed especially helpful: Sunbeams: A Book of Quotations from the fascinating Sun Magazine, and Breathing on Your Own by Richard Kehl.


Then there was the funny stuff, such as 10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said by Charles Wheelan or How to Sharpen Pencils by David Rees. It is really unbelievable how much wisdom the authors can pack into these little books. I guarantee if you spend an afternoon reading them you will lose 10 pounds and be more optimistic and less materialistic in the days ahead.


Just to be safe I am going to give the boy a stack o’ books for graduation and a maybe card with some favorite borrowed parting wisdom:


no luggage

no map

no guru

no apologies

Catherine Alice


That’s just the way I’m going to roll this Father’s Day.


Roger Page

Owner and Bookseller




Suitcase Filler

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Sure Fire Winners

On June 15th give Dad what he deserves: a good book.



Roger's June Pick

Our fearless leader has been steering customers toward Indie Next pick Point of Direction by Rachel Weaver. It's a first novel and a romantic psychological thriller set in Alaska. After Kyle picks up Anna hitchhiking, they form a relationship and take a job caretaking a lighthouse.  The lighthouse’s unforgiving environment and the remote landscape of Alaska brings threatening secrets to the surface.

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Reading-Related Rambles

Our recent store-related musings included a list of dragon books to read after visiting our local dragon at Deane's Children's Park, suggestions for fans of vintage military machines, and reviews of Joshua Ferris's latest, To Rise Again at a Decent Hour and Joseph Boyden's The Orenda. To keep up with our newest posts, sign up to get our Store Journal by email. 



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Upcoming Events

Fri, June 6, 6:30pm: Book Fair to Benefit Team Survivor
Sat, June 7, 6:30pm: PJ Storytime with Norm Brecke and Nancy Stewart
Thurs, June 26, 7:30pm: Open Book Club: Mink River by Brian Doyle

Island Treats

Island Treats


You don't have to feel guilty indulging in our new chocolate line called Island Treats. They're made by a local and we think might be better than Fran's.


Gifts for Grads

Gifts for Grads


These coming-of-age novels make graduation seem just as exciting and daunting as it is in real life.


Young Adult Summer Reading

Young Adult Summer Reading


Here are the books your teenager will be using as an excuse to ignore you this summer.


Open Book Club

Open Book Club






Island Books hosts an open book club that meets the last Thursday of each 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

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.


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