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March 2017 eNewsletter

"Let us read and let us dance—two amusements that will never do any harm to the world."

In March, we march forward, we spring forward another hour, and we have March Madness.

Growing up as the only girl in a highly involved sports family, I learned to enjoy football in the fall and basketball in the late winter. Basketball was always my favorite. Since I was born in North Carolina, I will always be rooting for Duke, Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest. Kentucky, U-Michigan, and Kansas are always fun to watch, and I can't help but jump up and cheer for the Cinderella story teams like Seton Hall, Butler, VCU and Wichita State. One of my favorite moments every year is when they play One Shining Moment by Luther Vandross at the end of the NCAA tournament and recap the best moments. I have never missed it! 

In our own backyard, we have Gonzaga starting strong. They just recently experienced their first loss. To keep it all in perspective I've recently enjoyed two books for basketball fans: The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano, and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry by John Feinstein and Glory Hounds: How a Small Northwest School Reshaped College Basketball. And Itself by Bud Withers. If you read them, catch me in the store and let me know what you think. I know I'll be sad when college hoops are over.

As much as I'd like to, I can't spend all my time on basketball this month because we have a busy March schedule at the store. In addition to our weekly Wednesday Storybook Corners, we'll welcome local author Michael Medved to talk about his book The American Miracle, pick a winner for our short story contest, sell books at the Mercer Island Women's Club luncheon featuring author Kelli Estes, host local author James Osborne, sell books at Laura Kastner's event with Parent Edge, celebrate the one-year anniversary of our Cookbook Book Club featuring Short Stacks, present Leif Whittaker, author of My Old Man and the Mountain, and Lauren Goldstein, author of Our Short History, read The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend for our Open Book Club, and sell books at Aljoya for their event with author J.A. Jance. See the store calendar in this newsletter or check our website for more details.

On Sunday March 19th, I'll continue marching forward by walking in the Mercer Island Half Marathon with Victor and a handful of friends as an Island Book team. Let me know if you want to join us! March, March, March forward.


Laurie Raisys

What's New From Old Faves

Many beloved authors are back this season with new works. If you're a fan of authors like Viet Thanh Nguyen, J.M. Coetzee, Tracy Kidder, and Michael Lewis, you'll be interested in this list.


Books on NPR

NPR Books is specifically designed to help a busy audience find great reads. Here are some of the books recently featured on National Public Radio’s on-air interviews, recommendations, and lists.


A Sport and a Pastime

March is the month of madness, at least where college basketball fans are concerned, and it's also when pitchers and catchers report to sunny fields in Florida and Arizona. Enjoy the games, and during halftime or a break between innings, enjoy some of our favorite sports titles of the current season.


Destination of the Month: Uneasy Lands

Much of the public conversation about travel recently has focused not on where to go, but where people are coming from. Wherever that may be, whether it's Europe or Asia or Africa or the Middle East, it's sure to be a place with a compelling history and a vibrant culture. This month we're highlighting several little-understood nations on the other side of the globe. Thanks to Oxford University Press and the American University of Cairo for tipping us to many of the titles listed below.

To browse previous destinations of the month, go here.


Counter Intelligence:
Cindy's March Pick

Cindy confidently chose The Night Ocean by Paul La Farge as her recommendation this month, a provocative work of alternative history about a man who becomes obsessed with the horror-fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft and then mysteriously disappears. A clever mix of love, sex, and lies, The Night Ocean compellingly explores the mystery at the heart of any intimate relationship.

See More Staff Picks

Reading-Related Rambles

In February, James discussed his recent fixation on Haitian history, Miriam shared her text conversation with Marni about The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney, and we introduced you to our newest email offering, a monthly Indie Next bestseller update.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, Mar 1, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Mar 2, 6:30pm: 
Michael Medved, Author of The American Miracle

Sat, Mar 4, 6:00pm: 
PJ Story Time with Katherine Gee Perrone and Nancy Stewart

Wed, Mar 8, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sun, Mar 12, 5:00pm: 
Deadline for Short Story Contest

Wed, Mar 15, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sun, Mar 19, 4:00pm: 
James H. Osborne, Author of Will Your Way Back

Wed, Mar 22, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, Mar 22, 7:00pm: 
Cookbook Book Club: Short Stack Editions

Thurs, Mar 23, 7:00pm: 
Leif Whittaker, Author of My Old Man and the Mountain

Tues, Mar 28, 6:30pm: 
Lauren Grodstein, Author of Our Short History

Wed, Mar 29, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Thurs, Mar 30, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald

Children's Book Awards

When looking for children's book recommendations, the annual winners of the Newbery, Caldecott, and other esteemed medals are a reliable source. Here are some of the newest winners we particularly like.


Open Book Club

In March, we'll read and discuss The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommendby Katarina Bivald. A debut novel to charm all readers, TROBWRshows beyond all doubt that it’s books, along with love, that make the world go round. 

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.