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June 2015 eNewsletter

                                      "There is a temperate zone in the mind, between luxurious indolence and exacting work;
                                        and it is to this region, just between laziness and labor, that summer reading belongs."
                                                                                           —Henry Ward Beecher

Island Books

One of the perks of owning a bookstore and being a dad is that you have to work on Father's Day.

For some reason, most folks are clueless when it come to picking books for dad. Even worse, they think that I, being some sort of old dad, will know just the thing for their dear old dad. Well, I'm afraid it doesn't work like that. Believe it or not, dads are under the impression that they are each unique. They have put great effort into amassing a treasury of knowledge and talents that are one of a kind. It's the all-men-love-ties-and-barbeque equation that we bristle at.​ Most ​spouses and offspring don't fully appreciate our "​special" interest, whatever it might be. That's the key. The doorway into our hearts.

Like five-year-old boys with lists of dinosaurs or pockets of rocks, mature menfolk are always collecting some sort of nuggets. Facts about motorcycles, wines, WW2 bombers, bread baking, particle physics, poetry, house wiring, and villages in France. A million different subjects, some sensible, some weird, but all held close to the heart as a special gift to the world. So my advice to you shoppers is to stop for a moment and consider what is "his interest"--his special hoard, the well he draws on to recharge. If you can name it, we can find you a terrific book. The publishers have provided a full array this season; here is a sampling that satisfies my personal obsessions.

Good Mexican food: The new James Beard Award-winning cookbook Yucatan by David Sterling

Why can't we live in something smaller and simpler?: Sustainable: Houses with Small Footprints from Rizzoli

Wander the West dream:  All the Wild that Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West by David Gessner

See how ingenious I am: But I don't hold a candle to the The Wright Brothers, as David McCullough proves

Take the road not taken: Oliver Sacks' amazing, unbelievable, and slightly sad life story On the Move

Sometimes when no one is  looking I am actually a spy: Palace of Treason,  an excellent espionage thriller by ex-CIA agent Jason Matthews

Epic survival against all odds: In the Kingdom of Ice, last year's bestseller now in paper, or 81 Days Below Zero, which I bought for myself last weekend

See how it works? See how much fun it is?

Bring us your pa's list and we will play the matching game. Come by, make someone happy. We will put a bow on it.


Owner and Bookseller




Now What?

We celebrate graduations because they're important milestones, commemorating how much  students have learned. Of course, before the caps and gowns even come off, they realize that there's still a lot they don't know.

Whether you're gifting to mark where you grad has been or to chart a path where he or she can go, we've got you covered.



Cindy's June Pick

 Cindy has been talking up Disclaimer by Renee Knight, a psychological thriller that asks a rather disturbing question: What if you realized the terrifying book you were reading was all about you? Suspenseful and claustrophobic, this is a story that will keep readers guessing until the very end.

See More Staff Picks


Reading-Related Rambles

 In May, Miriam revealed the secret of good parenting that she learned from author/illustrator Todd Parr, James shared some exciting stories of the past as it might have been, and we celebrated the 100th birthday of the multitalented Orson Welles.

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Thurs: 9:30 - 8:00

Fri: 9:30 - 7:00

Sat: 9:30 - 6:00

Sun: 11:00 - 5:00


Island Books

Upcoming Events
Sat, Jun 6, 6:30pm: PJ Story Time with Margaret MacDonald
Thurs, Jun 25, 7:30pm: Open Book Club: Euphoria by Lily King
Sun, Jun 28, 3:30pm: Mary Dispenza, author of Split


Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!




Why do they say men are hard to shop for? Do they not know about Island Books?




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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.