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Banned Book Week

What do Harry Potter, Captain Underpants. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Anne Frank and Catcher in the Rye all have in common? They have all been a Banned or Challenged Book.

Many are personal favorites: Feed by M.T. Anderson; The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (on the Top 10 Banned/Challenged of 2014), Totally Joe by James Howe and And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson. Authors include Chris Lynch, Laurie Halse Anderson and Laura Ingles Wilder.

While we all pretty much know Go Ask Alice (another favorite) and To Kill a Mockingbird did you know Draw Me a Star by Eric Carle; Drama by Raina Telgemeier; The Amazing Bone by William Steig and a bookstore favorite, Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell were too? Not to mention even Dr. Suess and Hop on Pop?

Many have also been made into popular movies such as Paper Towns by John Green. A number of required reading lists have had one or two titles challenged/banned: The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett and Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

Reasons for banning a book range from language, sexuality, sexual situations, race issues, violence, or even “I have not read it, but I have heard….” Every book is not for every reader (or perhaps, every reader is not for every book) but there is a colorful selection out there and hopes that you will someday find it and put it on your “Must Read” and not a “This Book has Been Banned/Challenged” list.

To celebrate this years Banned Books Week (September 26 to October 3, 2015) you can find these, other banned/challenged books and just old-fashion good reading on the shelves of the Northshire Bookstore (conveniently located in Manchester Center, VT or Saratoga Springs, NY) or here on our delightful website!

The ship in the distance

On the bright morning of April 15, 1912, two ships met in the North Atlantic about 400 miles off the coast of Newfoundland. One of them, a smallish Cunard liner called the Carpathia left soon after, bound for New York with 705 survivors of one of the worst maritime tragedies in history. The other, the Leyland Lines’ cargo/passenger vessel, Californian, agreed to stay on the site in which the brand new White Star liner, Titanic, had foundered to recover bodies.

The largest moving object ever created by man had left little behind to mark her passing. Deck chairs, some sodden clothing, and pieces of wood bobbed on the surface of the frigid water. After a few hours of fruitless searching, the Californian continued on to Boston. (READ MORE)

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The Midnight Watch: A Novel of the Titanic and the Californian Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250080936
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: St. Martin's Press - April 5th, 2016

A raining, pouring kind of day

As I sit here writing this, today is a rainy kind of day. A day for something special. A day for reading books to ourselves and our little ones! A few gems one can read to that special someone in their life are as follows (in no particular order….)

It is also a raining, pouring kind of day for Lulu, in Lulu’s Party by Kit Chase. And Lulu wants to do something special. Her first tea party does not work out (the friends she invites are a bit on the quiet side), so she calls Charlie and Oliver to come over for a special treat. But a mishap makes the party ruined! Or does it? Chase shows that with a little ingenuity a couple of friends can make a special treat for all of them! (READ MORE)

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Lulu's Party Cover Image
By Kit Chase, Kit Chase (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399257018
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers - August 11th, 2015

An Interview with Dennis Mahoney

Set in a fantastical 18th century world where rain falls up and color storms wash the land with bright hues, “Bell Weather” is, at its core, the story of a spirited young woman fighting for the freedom to choose her own path. Although Molly tells the townsfolk of Root almost nothing of her past, readers learn about her childhood with an overbearing governess, a cold father, and a brilliant, cunning brother who will stop at nothing to ensure that he and Molly are together and unbridled. Mahoney has created a marvelous world that readers will want to visit again and again. 

I loved Bell Weather—it pulled me out of a slow reading slump—and, to my great pleasure, author Dennis Mahoney agreed to exchange emails with me. (READ MORE)

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Bell Weather Cover Image
ISBN: 9781627792677
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Henry Holt & Company - July 7th, 2015

Telling a Tale or Fourteen

Once upon a long time ago (the mid-1960s) in a land far away (Great Britain) a young man wrote stories. Many years later a few of them would become his first novel. Those (and others) are now in this collection for generations later to enjoy the wit, wisdom and the oddity of a man named Pratchett.

I picked up Dragons at Crumbling Castle and Other Tales by Terry Pratchett a few months before his death. And put it down. Recently I found it again. The cover interested me (a dragon, lounging in a lovely bubble bath, reading a novel). The author had always interested me (Wee Free Men is a must for fans of his and those new to Pratchett) and now at his passing, this will be one of his last original works. (READ MORE)

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Dragons at Crumbling Castle: And Other Tales Cover Image
By Terry Pratchett, Mark Beech (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780544466593
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Clarion Books - February 3rd, 2015

An Interview with Hanya Yanagihara

Readers: If you keep up with the Northshire Bookstore staff picks, you’ve undoubtedly heard us raving about “A Little Life.” What starts as the story of four friends in a standard post-college, New York City setting, becomes the tumultuous journey of Jude’s life. Abused and crippled as a child, Jude finds some measure of redemption through his friendship with Willem, JB and Malcolm. The after-effects of trauma are balanced against the power of love and kindness so that each page is wrought with emotion. It is exhausting, heart breaking, and utterly unforgettable.

Universally loved by the Northshire staff and indie booksellers around the country, I don’t hesitate to call “A Little Life” one of the greatest books I’ve ever read.

Author Hanya Yanagihara graciously agreed to discuss A Little Life with me. (READ MORE)

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A Little Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385539258
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday Books - March 10th, 2015


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