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📚📚📚It’s National Read a book Day !
What’s everyone reading ?
I’m reading “Show Me a Sign “by Ann Clare LeZotte & super anxious to start “This is the Night our House Will Catch Fire “ by Nick Flynn!!! #nationalreadabookday2020
Janet’s Picks this week are Fussy Flamingo by Shelly Vaughn James & One Red Sock by Jennifer Sattler 😃📚
A hysterical flamingo children's book about a picky eater and her encouraging parents, perfect for fans of Grumpy Monkey and I Don't Want to Be a Frog. Great for toddlers, preschoolers and early readers who may be fussy about certain foods!
Meet Lola, the "no, no" flamingo. Lola will NOT eat shrimp, thank you very much. She does NOT care that it will turn her feathers pink. It is just plain yucky. But when Lola sneaks other snacks, she discovers that you really are what you eat. Each time Lola tries a new food, she turns that color, with hilarious results! This very silly story will delight even the pickiest of young readers and resonate with parents eager to see just one bite.
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One Red Sock-A little purple hippo faces a dilemma. While getting dressed one day, she realizes that she is missing a red sock. But as she searches throughout her sock drawer, she cannot find a suitable replacement. From blue to green and gray to white, nothing she finds will match. But does that really matter? This new picture-book offering from Jennifer Sattler (Bully) reminds readers of all ages of the enjoyment that may occur when one lets go and embraces imperfection.
A beautiful collection of World Atlas’s to help your child with geography ! It definitely makes learning FUN! #statecapitals #worldatlas #geographykumonworkbook #beginnersunitedstatesatlas #ispy50states #20piecepuzzleofunitedstates
Kendra's pick is the new memoir from Scituate native, Nick Flynn, "This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire".
A searing memoir from critically acclaimed author Nick Flynn, on how childhood spills into parenthood.
When Nick Flynn was seven years old, his mother set fire to their house. The event loomed large in his imagination for years, but it’s only after having a child of his own that he understands why. He returns with his young daughter to the landscape of his youth, reflecting on how his feral childhood has him still in its reins, and forms his memories into lyrical bedtime stories populated by the both sinister and wounded Mister Mann.
With the spare lyricism and dark irony of his classic, Another Bullsh*t Night in Suck City, Flynn excavates the terrain of his traumatic upbringing and his mother’s suicide. This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire unravels the story of the fire that Flynn had to escape, and the ways in which, as an adult, he has carried that fire with him until it threatens to burn down his own house. Here Nick confronts his failings with fierce candor, even as they threaten to tear his family apart. His marriage in crisis, Flynn seeks answers from his therapist, who tells him he has “the ethics of a drowning man.”
This Is the Night Our House Will Catch Fire takes us on the journey of a man struggling to hold himself together in prose that is raw and moving, sharp-edged and wry. Alternating literary analysis and philosophy with intimate memoir, Flynn probes his deepest ethical dilemmas. #nickflynn
📚😃Joey’s pick this week is “Show Me a Sign” by Ann Claire LeZotte age 8-12
Deaf author and librarian Ann Clare LeZotte weaves a riveting Own Voices story inspired by the true history of a thriving deaf community on Martha's Vineyard in the early 19th century.
Mary Lambert has always felt safe and protected on her beloved island of Martha's Vineyard. Her great-great-grandfather was an early English settler and the first deaf islander. Now, over a hundred years later, many people there -- including Mary -- are deaf, and nearly everyone can communicate in sign language. Mary has never felt isolated. She is proud of her lineage.
But recent events have delivered winds of change. Mary's brother died, leaving her family shattered. Tensions over land disputes are mounting between English settlers and the Wampanoag people. And a cunning young scientist has arrived, hoping to discover the origin of the island's prevalent deafness. His maniacal drive to find answers soon renders Mary a "live specimen" in a cruel experiment. Her struggle to save herself is at the core of this penetrating and poignant novel that probes our perceptions of ability and disability. It will make you forever question your own ideas about what is normal. 📚📚📚📚📚
#showmeasign #scholastic #joeyspick
Exciting day tomorrow for new books hitting bookstore shelves ! September 1 2020
Get set Dog Man fans #9 Dog Man, Grime & Punishment by Dav Pilkey !!
Woot woot ! 📚Homerooms & Hall Passes by Tom O’Donnell, Millionaire’s for the Month by Stacy McNulty, I survived : The California Fires 2018 by Lauren Tarshis , Babysitter Club Logan likes Mary Ann by Ann M. Martin & New Who Would Win titles by Jerry Pallotta , Mac B. Kidspy by Mac Barnett #onsaletuesdays #newtitles #dogman #dogmanseries
For Adults New titles hitting the bookstore shelves tomorrow !
We love Louise Penny and tomorrow her series continues with” All the Devils are Here”
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood , The Dynasty by Jeff Benedict and the new Farmers Almanac for 2021 😃📚#onsaletuesdays #louisepenny
Happy Independent Bookstore Day !! 📚📚
Author Tori Cameron with a message about her book “Awesome Brain Games for Kids “
🎈🎈Exciting virtual author events to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day tomorrow !
Links are available on our website . 📚😃
MIDDLE GRADE FUN
Sat., Aug. 29 @ 11am (PT)/2pm ET
Middle-Grade Fun with Rene Watson (Ways to Make Sunshine) and illustrator Nina Mata (I Promise) with moderator Isaac Fitzgerald (How to Be a Pirate).
YA FEMINIST FANTASY FICTION
Sat., Aug. 29 @ 12pm (PT)/3pm ET
Join bestselling YA fantasy authors Kat Cho (Wicked Fox and Vicious Spirits), Rena Barron (Kingdom of Souls and Reaper of Souls), and Rebecca Kim Wells (Shatter the Sky). Moderator: Abby Rauscher of Books Are Magic!. #bookstoreday2020 #indiebookstoreday
Janet's pick for this week is the Schneider Family Book Award winner for middle grade readers. This award is for a book that "embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience". "Song for a Whale" by Lynne Kelly is about Iris, a 12cyear old deaf girl who is determined to communicate with Blue 55, a whale that "sings a song" that no other whale can hear. Chapters of the book are the whale's thoughts and he will win your heart. You will cheer with Iris, a radio repair whiz, as she works to achieve her goal.
Time to get those dictionaries out ! We have a great selection for your kiddos , from children’s to college we have something that’ll work for you . 😃📚
Picture Dictionary , student Dictionary, children’s Dictionary , High School Dictionary , college Dictionary , pocket dictionary . Please call if you have any questions 781-826-6060
Please join Independent Bookstore Day and 600+ local bookstores around the country INCLUDING STORYBOOK COVE for a full day of virtual author events.
Join us for a fun and interactive drawing demonstration with illustrator and author Lisa Brown.
GOLDFISH GHOST DRAWING CLASS SAT AUGUST 29 @ 10:00am (PT) 1:00pm ET. (On our website)
Graphic novel Discussion and drawing class with Gene Luen Yang
Saturday August 29 @ 10:30am (PT) 1:30pm ET
Normally celebrated on the last Saturday of April, this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic that effected most of our industry, Independent Bookstore Day is happening on this Saturday August 29th 😀📚In order to keep our beloved community members safe there will be a plethora of online events.
A Storybook Cove sponsored virtual event by Tori Cameron author of Awesome Brain Games For Kids. ( on our website)
ONLINE, across the country. Every store is unique and independent, and every event is different . But in addition to authors, kid’s events , readings, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day IN OUR STORE, OR THIS YEAR , ON THIS WEBSITE. Not before. 😀📚
Everyone loves a good road trip ! 🚗
Kendra’s pick is Around the World in Eighty days by Jules Verne & The Getaway Girls by Dee MacDonald ! A hilarious feel good summer read .
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by Phaedra Patrick , all enjoyable reads . #roadtrip #julesverne #deemacdonald #phaedrapatrick
This is Joey’s pick this week . “ a good girl’s guide to murder” by Holly Jackson
Excellent read for YA , 15 + & Adults who enjoy YA
📚There was a murder in Fairview five years ago . Pretty and popular high school senior Andie Bell was murdered by her boyfriend , Sal Singh, who then killed himself . It’s all anyone would talk about .
Five years later Pip, who knew Sal when she was a child and was always so kind to her couldn’t shake the feeling there was more to the story . How could he have been a killer . Pip, now a senior decides to re-examine the closed case for her final school project . This story of an investigation turned obsession , full of twists and turns with an ending you’ll never forget !
Here are a few samples of our new subscription box “Books from the Cove” which arrives once a month . You have an option of two paperbacks and one surprise gift item or a hardcover and one surprise gift item for 19.99 a month plus shipping . You may sign up for one month, three months or six months . Each box is filled with books that have been chosen specific to your child’s interests￼ . What fun it is to have this special box arrive with new titles to help keep that spark of love for reading alive this year for your child . 📚📚more info on our website or call store if you have questions .781-826-6060
📚📚Janet's pick for this week is "Butterfly Yellow" by the award-winning author, Thanhha La I. This story shows the determination of Hang to reunite with her brother, Ling, who had been airlifted from Vietnam 6 years earlier when he was 5 years old. Arriving in America from Vietnam with little knowledge of English and Texas, Hang, with the reluctant help of LeeRoy, a want-to-be cowboy, is determined to pursue her goal. Alas, 6 years is a long time and things don't always work as planned. Available in hardcover now and coming in paper on Oct. 13.
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It’s almost that time again , “ Back to School” 📚📚we have to admit this year will be different no matter what . Sometimes just reading a book will help make that school experience a little bit easier . We are hoping everyone’s September won’t be too difficult and will be a great beginning to start the Fall off on the right foot . #wearehereforyou #schoolstartssoon #relax #allarewelcome
Joeys pick this week is The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell ia book that tells the story of a young boy bullied in school, protected by his mother, made to be a man by his father, and loved by his true friends. I found it unique that it was a story told by the main character in both the present time and the past. Such a fabulous book & a must read !!
📚Kendra's picks for today ! Books about Books ! 😃 Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. Little Bookshop on the Seine by Rebecca Raisin Escape from Mr. Lemoncelllo's.Library by Chris Grabenstein and The Library Book by Susan Orlean
Janet recommends "The Summer We Found the Baby" by Amy Hest. Imagine finding a baby on the steps of the library. In the book, The Summer We Found the Baby", we find how 3 children perceive this incident and how their perceptions are influenced by the happenings of the past summer. This is a sweet book about friendships and the need for "mothering" (to get and to give) and teachers - a great book about "point of view".
Are you enjoying SHARK WEEK ? We definitely are ! We have many awesome titles for your shark enthusiast!
Come on in & take a look or if you see something you like call us and you can do curb side pickup . 781-826-6060 #sharkweek #sharks #sharklife
Today Kendra recommends seek and find books for hours of fun and learning. They can learn new concepts and fun facts as well as develop observation skills. 📚😃
Hide and Seek Boston by Erin Guendelsberger and Mattia Cerato, Where's Waldo by Martin Handford, A Day at the Zoo by Carolin Goatler, and Looky Looky Little One Things That Go! by Sandra Magsamen. #seekandfind
This week we are sharing two of Joey’s favorite YA books . I am
So thrilled we discovered this author , #nancyrichardsonfischer , these books are amazing . We know some of you adults read YA and I highly recommend these titles . We always try to recommend these to the teens that come into the store along with the adults . They do have a love interest but it’s done very tastefully and real . Your teen will love them . Nancy , we can’t wait for the next one ! 😊📚
The Speed of Falling Objects :
Danger “Danny” Danielle Warren is no stranger to falling. After losing an eye in a childhood accident, she had to relearn her perception of movement and space. Now Danny keeps her head down, studies hard, and works to fulfill everyone else’s needs. She's certain that her mom’s bitterness and her TV star father’s absence are her fault. If only she were more―more athletic, charismatic, attractive―life would be perfect.
When her dad calls with an offer to join him to film the next episode of his popular survivalist show, Danny jumps at the chance to prove she’s not the disappointment he left behind. Being on set with the hottest teen movie idol of the moment, Gus Price, should be the cherry on top. But when their small plane crashes in the Amazon, and a terrible secret is revealed, Danny must face the truth about the parent she worships and falling for Gus, and find her own inner strength and worth to light the way home.
When Elephants Fly:
Don’t miss one of the most heartwarming young adult novels of the year. Perfect for fans of Water for Elephants, Wonder and All the Bright Places, When Elephants Fly shows that how we choose to live our lives matters, and that there are some battles worth fighting even if it means losing yourself.
T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she’s not developing schizophrenia.
Genetics are not on Lily’s side. When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily’s odds are even worse than she thought. Still, there’s a chance to avoid triggering the mental health condition, if Lily can live a careful life from ages eighteen to thirty, when schizophrenia most commonly manifests.
But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can’t abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf’s life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way.
Emily St. John Mandel
The absorbing follow-up to ‘Station Eleven’ is a haunted, genre-bending page turner
BookPage interview by Alden Mudge
Success, we often hear, is a double-edged sword. Just ask Emily St. John Mandel. Her surprise bestselling fourth novel, Station Eleven (2014), launched her into the literary stratosphere. That was a very good thing. For the most part.
“When you have a wildly successful book, you have a sense of audience that wasn’t there before,” Mandel says during a call to her home in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where the Vancouver Island native has lived for almost 17 years. “That’s about the least sympathetic problem in the entire world, so I don’t talk about it too much. But before Station Eleven, I had no sense of anybody waiting for my next book. I could just go out and write. Afterward, I had this internal pressure that I needed to replicate its success. I was aware that people were waiting for the new book, speculating about it.”
“Everybody in [this novel] is haunted in some way by memory or by actual ghosts.”
Much of that speculation had to do with whether or not the new novel would also be a chilling, post-apocalyptic tale like Station Eleven. It is not. Instead, The Glass Hotel tells a more intricate, haunting and enthralling story, drawing some of its narrative energy from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme. It’s about money and the compromises and moral panics of gaining it, having it and losing it—a topic that Mandel acknowledges is rarely talked about, let alone written about in fiction.
“I grew up in a very working-class environment,” Mandel says. “I have no complaints. I had great parents and a really good childhood, even though we really didn’t have much. But what growing up without much money gives you is a sort of painful awareness of money. You’re very aware that you’re wearing secondhand clothes and your friends aren’t. Then, as you get older, you encounter people who have grown up in very different circumstances, and you start to see how much of life can be influenced by how much money your family has.”
Mandel’s literary success has placed her at events where she spends time with very wealthy people like the ones she so sharply characterizes in The Glass Hotel. “To be clear, they’re often lovely people I adore,” she says, “but I do sometimes feel like a tourist in the kingdom of money.” This phrase is echoed in the novel by one of Mandel’s most riveting characters, a woman named Vincent who grows up in working-class circumstances on Vancouver Island and, through intelligence and personal magnetism, goes on to become the “trophy wife” (loosely speaking, since they’re not actually married) of a Madoff-style investment-scheme mogul named Jonathan Alkaitis. (This is one of three lives Vincent inhabits in the story; she also takes on the roles of bartender at the titular hotel and, later, cook on an international shipping freighter.)
ALSO IN BOOKPAGE: Read our review of The Glass Hotel.
Now that Mandel has some money herself, she is paying for a younger brother’s college education. “It’s an honor to do it,” she says. “For him it would have been a matter of deciding between getting an education and taking on massive debt.” Her newfound affluence is also helping her and her husband (and their very young daughter) renovate their Brooklyn home. At the time of our conversation, her house is in chaos. Her office, she says, is filled with all the couple’s books and “thousands of boxes.” The hammering thunder of workers is, to say the least, distracting.
Her husband, Kevin Mandel, is also a writer. “Probably it’s not the easiest thing to have two anythings—two writers, two lawyers, two therapists—in one household,” she says, laughing. “But I would say that it’s wonderful to live with someone who profoundly understands the way you want to spend your days. . . . There’s not that kind of bafflement you sometimes get from people who don’t understand why you would want to close yourself in a room for six hours just to write about fictional people. Also, having an in-house editor is a really nice thing.” Kevin, she says, is her first reader.
Regarding the ideas that eventually bodied forth as The Glass Hotel, Mandel says she didn’t have much interest in Bernie Madoff himself. “He seems like a garden-variety narcissist,” she says. “What was fascinating to me was that this was a sort of double mass delusion, where on the one side there were the investors, who were smart people who were getting [financial] statements that really made no sense but were just letting it go because they were making so much money. And on the other side was the staff that was actually carrying out the Ponzi scheme.”
At the time the Madoff story broke, Mandel still had a day job as an administrative assistant in the Rockefeller University’s cancer research lab. “For years, I couldn’t stop thinking about the camaraderie that one has with one’s co-workers,” she says. “Just think of how much more intense that camaraderie would be if you were showing up at work every Monday to perpetuate a massive crime. These people had to somehow convince themselves that they weren’t bad people, that what they were doing was somehow OK.”
Each of Mandel’s characters is haunted in one way or another. Vincent is haunted by the death of her mother, who drowned off the coast of Vancouver Island when she was a child. Her half brother, Paul, is haunted by his betrayal of his sister and others. While in prison, Ponzi-schemer Alkaitis is visited by apparitions and vivid images of an unlived counterlife. Alkaitis’ mostly younger criminal associates have their own ghosts and regrets. In the novel, Mandel writes, “There are so many ways to haunt a person or a life.”
“I see that as almost the entire thesis of the book,” Mandel says. “Everybody in every section is haunted in some way by memory or by actual ghosts. . . . I’ve always loved ghost stories. I’ve found them fascinating since I was a kid. I can offer a lot of very plausible reasons for why it makes sense to put that in the story, but the real truth is, I just wanted to write a ghost story. It just kind of developed.”
Still, Mandel says, the development of this novel was difficult. First, she was writing it after having just given birth to her daughter. And then there is her standard messy process.
“I’ve never had an outline for any novel I’ve written,” she says, laughing. “That has some plusses and minuses. The downside is my first draft is a big mess. The positive is there’s a good possibility of surprise. You might start out writing a white-collar drama about a Ponzi scheme that somehow evolves into a ghost story.”
And about Vincent’s dangerous post-trophy wife existence as a cook on a freighter? “Until I did my research, I hadn’t really thought about how vulnerable people are [when] working in international waters,” she says. “I read a story about a young woman working on a container ship who accused a co-worker of rape. She disappeared from the ship that night. It was in international waters, under the jurisdiction of no country nearby. Legally a ship is a tiny floating piece of whatever country it’s flagged to. So if you’re flagged to Mongolia, Mongolia is not going to investigate a possible crime in international waters. That’s just not happening.”
The perplexing practical and moral predicaments that build throughout The Glass Hotel may seem random—but in the end, the story packs a powerful punch.
“To my eye,” Mandel says, “The Glass Hotel is a more interesting novel than Station Eleven. Because it’s weirder. It has a lot of different threads. It’s more complicated than my previous novels. And more subtle. Because it was so much harder to write than my previous books, it feels like more of an achievement. I’m proud of it.”
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