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May 2016 eNewsletter

 "No person who can read is ever
successful at cleaning out an attic."
—Ann Landers
These past few months I’ve read two compelling novels about family: The Nest and Eligible. For years it was always my dream (that always ended up pushed aside) to write a novel. Crazy things always happened around me growing up, in my 20s and 30s and certainly in my married and family life. While those stories might not be dramatic enough as a work of nonfiction, I loved the idea of turning my life experience into a novel. Who doesn't? But for now, there aren't enough hours in the day, and there are plenty of family dramas on our shelves to pick up and satisfy my imagination. We all love to think about our families, and as we head towards Mother's Day that subject is at the forefront of my mind. 

I am the mother of four children. They range from 12 to almost 19 years old; still in the nest yet quickly leaving. I remember bringing the first one home. She was just shy of five pounds and two months ahead of her due date. Her diapers looked like those you put on a doll. She is now a freshman in college who stands six feet tall and is part of the UW Women’s crew team. It seems like only yesterday she had two little pigtails, a tricycle, and needed a nap. Everyone will tell you it goes by quickly and you never believe them, but it’s the truest thing I’ve ever heard.

This month, I want to thank the woman who raised me who am lucky enough to call Mom. Thanks to my children for letting me be their mother on good days and bad, and also to all of the amazing women who are mothers and play a role in my life. You inspire me every day.

Laurie Raisys
Legendary Ladies of Literature 

Some authors transcend their time and even their own books. That's the case for 19th-century legends like Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Emily Brontë, and Louisa May Alcott. The recent books listed here reinvent classic plots for the 21st century or fictionalize the lives of legendary artistic foremothers.

Historic Heroes

True heroes are rare. Maybe because of that, we recognize and appreciate their positive character traits more than ever. These epic stories reveal heroes whose lives exemplified manners of courage--lives against which each of us might measure our own.

Kids Who Conquered

Not all of these kids actually "win." But their stories all have a thread of challenge and growth and success, which is not always the same thing as winning. These stories will inspire kids to face the struggles of growing up and the journey to find their inner voice.

Destination of the Month: Italy

The current Destination of the Month celebrates la dolce vita on everyone's favorite boot-shaped peninsula. Catch up with our selection of favorite guidebooks, histories, cookbooks, travelogues, art books, and works of fiction from or about Italy. 

Counter Intelligence:
Curtis Sittenfeld and Kate Morton

Almost our whole staff recently picked up books by Curtis Sittenfeld or Kate Morton. Laurie, Miriam, Lillian, Lori, and Marni all enjoyed Sittenfeld's Eligible, and Laurie also recommends her earlier novel, Sisterland. Laurie's other pick was Kate Morton's The House at Riverton and Marilyn chose Morton's The Secret Keeper.  And if that all sounds too much like women's fiction, give James's choice, Heart of Europe, a try. 

See More Staff Picks
Reading-Related Rambles
In April, we delighted in some baseball history when an ancient ticket fluttered off our shelves, reviewedCurtis Sittenfeld's new take on Pride and Prejudice,Eligiblecelebrated the 400th Deathiversary of one William Shakespeare, and interviewed bestselling Northwest author Brian Doyle.

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Upcoming Events

Wed, May 4, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Sat, May 7, 6:30pm: 
PJ Story Time with Nancy Stewart

Tues, May 10, 7:00pm: 
Jeff Levy, author ofMaking the Jump into Small Business Ownership

Wed, May 11, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner with Clare Meeker, author of Rhino Rescue

Thurs, May 12, 9:30am: 
Northwood Elementary Fundraiser

Thurs, May 12, 7:00pm: 
Poetry on Mercer Island

Tues, May 17, 7:00pm: 
Robbie Bach, author of Xbox Revisited

Wed, May 18, 10:30am: 
Storybook Corner

Wed, May 18, 7:00pm: 
Cookbook Book Club

Tues, May 24, 6:30pm:
Spotlight on Biz Chicks on the Rock

Wed, May 25, 10:30am:
Storybook Corner

Wed, May 25, 7:30pm: 
Open Book Club: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

Thurs, May 26, 7:00pm: 
Jim Lynch, author of Before the Wind

Mon, May 30: 
Closed for Memorial Day

Open Book Club

Our May book club will discuss And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, often considered to be the best mystery novel ever written.

Island Book's open book club meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7:30pm. Our staff facilitator chooses both fiction and nonfiction titles. 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.