Notes From the Shire

Launch Party for Local Author Eric Rickstad

Launch Party for local author Eric Rickstad

The Names of Dead Girls Friday,

September 15th 6:00 pm

We don’t throw parties for every new book release but when a local author hand delivers an ARC (advanced readers copy) and our booksellers fight over it, we know it’s likely worth toasting to! Stop in and help us celebrate! We'll kick off the night at 6:00 pm with wine, soft drinks and small bites. At 7:00 enjoy an author presentation followed by Q&A and a book signing. Eric is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author. The Names of Dead Girls is the much-anticipated sequel to The Silent Girls and it does NOT disappoint! The story once again features detectives Frank Rath and Sonja Test as they track a depraved killer through rural Vermont


Relax, Don't Worry, Brew Your Own

The early 2000s were an exciting time for beer drinkers. The microbrew movement was turning into a revolution. The variety and quantity of beer was on the rise, showing no sign of abetting. For several years this was pretty cool. Lots of good, if not great, beer at reasonable prices was the order of the day. Sadly, something changed. Beginning four or five years ago I started to notice a number of low-quality yet pricey offerings from small, recently established microbreweries. At the same time and at the other end of the spectrum several very expensive and hard-to-find  beers started to crop up. The quality was (and still is) good, but not good enough to warrant prices several times that of average micros. Given this new terrain on which we beer lovers find ourselves deployed, perhaps it’s time to consider homebrewing. Today there are many really great homebrew supply stores and online retailers, making it accessible to all. If you enjoy DIY and a variety of well-made beer, homebrewing is a viable alternative to buying the latest, greatest craft brew. With prices creeping up and the increasing number of low-quality offerings being made by small breweries, I’m ever so glad I became a home brewer.

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Fourth Edition: Fully Revised and Updated Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062215758
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - September 30th, 2014

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How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time Cover Image
ISBN: 9780937381885
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Brewers Publications - May 17th, 2006

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Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew Cover Image
ISBN: 9780937381922
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Published: Tradeselect - October 8th, 2007

What is Your Wish?

Good day, dear reader, I am your genie for the day. I will grant you three book-wishes. What book-related wish would you like me to grant? I do not mean endless supplies of books. Or books that never end. No, I mean wishes such as:

Would you like to time travel like some of the Outlander characters do? Or find a magical world where animals talk and White Queens keep the world in ice and snow as in Narnia? Perhaps you would like to know which road Robert Frost took that made all the difference? How about drive a flying car with English schoolchildren as Harry and his best friend, Ron, did? Or perhaps you would prefer to fight Apaches with men like L’Amour’s Hondo?

Dragons Love Tacos 2: The Sequel Cover Image
By Adam Rubin, Daniel Salmieri (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780525428886
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Published: Dial Books - May 2nd, 2017

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Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie Cover Image
By James Dean, James Dean (Illustrator), Kimberly Dean
ISBN: 9780062404343
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Published: HarperCollins - May 9th, 2017

The Emily Dickinson Museum: A Poetic History

A few years ago my wife and I were planning a trip to coastal Massachusetts. I had gotten her to agree to a detour to the Springfield Armory Museum in Springfield. She wasn’t unhappy about going, but she would not have elected to go of her own accord. While looking for other diversions along the travel route she recalled that the Emily Dickinson Museum was also in Massachusetts. Having majored in English and being a long-time Dickinson fan, she was pleased to find that the Museum is in Amherst, along the I-91 corridor, along the route to Springfield. It was settled. We were going.

I am not a poetry enthusiast and never really have been. There was a brief time in high school when I thought I was, but it didn’t last long. I was exposed to Dickinson in my high school American Literature class but was lucky enough to dodge the poetry bullet in college. Surprisingly, I was not at all down on visiting the Dickinson homestead. (Read More...)

Emily Dickinson's Poems: As She Preserved Them Cover Image
ISBN: 9780674737969
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Published: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard Universi - April 11th, 2016

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ISBN: 9780974638980
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Published: Shirespress - October 29th, 2013

Six Nonfiction Picks for People Who Don’t Think They Like Nonfiction

Textbooks don't usually top the list of fun reading. Most of us can recall the dry prose and formal style from our high school and/or college textbooks, but few of us recall them fondly. This is a tragedy. The world is an interesting place and a lot of really amazing things have happened (and continue to happen). Fortunately, not all nonfiction writing is textbook-dull. These six exciting titles will entertain as well as smarten you up. (Read More...)

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The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Tales of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316051637
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Published: Back Bay Books - June 6th, 2011

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Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307277459
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Published: Vintage - January 6th, 2009

Resurrecting a theatrical warhorse

After a rocky try-out period in Detroit and Washington, no one was prepared for the rave reviews and the lines-around-the-block business that “Hello, Dolly!” received when it opened at the St. James Theatre in New York in January of 1964. The show won a record 10 Tony Awards and became the longest running musical in Broadway history until it was surpassed by “Fiddler on the Roof.” Carol Channing’s performance even eclipsed her memorable turn as Lorelei Lee in “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.” She would play Dolly Levi more than 5,000 times, winning a Tony over a formidable new star on Broadway -- Barbra Streisand, who would exact a sort of unintentional revenge five years later when she was cast over Channing as Dolly in an expensive and ill-fated movie adaptation. (Read more...)


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