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November 2014 eNewsletter

"Always read something that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it."
P. J. O'Rourke

Island Books

November has arrived with its inevitable rain and note of impending dark days of winter. In the retail world, shopkeepers are scurrying about like squirrels gathering the last of holiday titles and goodies and stuffing them in to all our corners and crevices. 

Book fairs are coming soonwhich are great fun (and fundraisers), publishers have launched their best books of the year, and Nancy’s toys are piled to the rafters. Both the customers and staff seem to be in a groove. 

This is not a season of flux or transition. Everyone knows what to do and where to go when they rise in the morning. No need to reinvent, just follow the routine. Then, best of all, at the end we get our favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, served up on a platter.

Nancy has often hosted a grand table of 12-16 family and friends at our house and it’s a long day of great meals, conversation, and leafy walks. This year, our wayward children have decided to meet each other in Montreal for the holiday and so, feeling abandoned, we have cancelled the holiday at our house and are headed to Port Townsend to eat with some bumpkin friends. I tell you all this because this might be the best cookbook year in twenty years, and SOMEBODY should take advantage of the bounty and bevy. 

I'll include a quick list here of some highlights, but you really need to come in and crack them open. Locally famous Renee Erickson may have the book of the season with A Boat, a Whale, and a Walrus. Out of Pike Place market by way of Mercer Island is Julie Kramis Hearne’s World Spice at Home. Celebrity Chefs Ina Garten, Yotam Ottolenghi, Nigel Slater, and Mark Bittman all have particularly nice books out this year. A Kitchen in France by Mimi Thorrisson is a stunner of a coffee table dream book. Lastly, my personal favorite is Twelve Recipes by Cal Peternell, the story of a chef/dad trying to teach his children how to cook through 12 simply perfect and perfectly simple recipes. There is an element of grace, graciousness, and gratefulness that resides in his book that matches this season.

As we start this our 41st year, gratefulness is a feeling very present in our minds. Thank you, dear friends, for all the gifts we are about to receive. 

Your Bookseller,

Roger Page 

Owner and Bookseller




Meet the Contenders

The National Book Foundation gives out annual awards for the best fiction and non-fiction, and this year's will be handed out on November 19th. The National Book Awards are consistently surprising and one of our favorite benchmarks for quality reading. Check out the list of 2014 nominees in advance of this month's award ceremony.



Garry's November Pick 

What is technology doing to us? Garry's November pick, A Deadly Wandering, tackles the question through a riveting narrative about a tragic accident caused by texting and driving. This one-of-a-kind thought piece sparks a meaningful and timely discussion.

See More Staff Picks


Reading-Related Rambles

In October, we profiled Nancy Stewart's first fall PJ story time,  shared anecdotes about our efforts to match customers with the right book, revisited The Giving Tree debate, and discussed the emotional trigger of a physical book. To keep up with our newest posts, sign up to get our Store Journal by email. 



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Island Books

Upcoming Events
Sat, Nov 1, 6:30pm: PJ Story Time with Norm Brecke
Wed, Nov 5, 6:30pm:Pixie Hill Preschool Book Fair
Thurs, Nov 6, 6:30pm:Lakeridge Elementary Book Fair 
Fri, Nov 7, 6:30pm:Learning Lab Book Fair
Sat, Nov 8, 7pm: Cheese Deluxe release party 
Sun, Nov 12, 11am: Mercer Island High School Book Fair
Fri, Nov 14, 6:30pm: West Mercer Elementary Book Fair
Sat, Nov 15, 9:30am: St. Thomas School Book Fair 
Tues, Nov 18, 6:30pm:Emmanuel Day School Book Fair
Thurs, Nov 20, 6:30pm:Island Park Elementary Book Fair 
Fri, Nov 21, 6:30pm: Page Ahead Book Fair

Book Fairs

Book Fairs


Every fall, we host evening book fairs to raise money for our local schools. In 2013 we gave over $14,000 to community schools. Come help us exceed that amount in 2014.



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.