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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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By Kit Chase, Kit Chase (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780399257018
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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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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
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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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ISBN: 9780385539258
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Published: Doubleday Books - March 10th, 2015

Most Kids...and Pigs.....

Summer time is fun time....well so is Spring and Fall and Winter...But now that we have some nice Spring (hinting at summer) weather, I enjoy a good book to read while sitting out on the porch. I also enjoy a good book (or in this case three) to read to someone else. These titles are some entertaining gems that you can read to that special someone (or just enjoy yourself).

Most kids want a pet. Usually a dog or a cat. And Edgar is no exception with wanting a dog. Instead, he gets Jarvis, an Octopuppy. He cannot play dead or lay down like normal dogs. No, Jarvis has to always go overboard. But Edgar still tries to take Jarvis to the dog show. But when Jarvis (being Jarvis) makes Edgar embarrassed, Jarvis runs away. It is only then that Edgar learns a very important lesson. The Octopuppy is a lovely book to read with your pet... (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780545751407
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 31st, 2015

The dreaded knock on the door

Alex Kershaw’s new book, Avenue of Spies, is about one of the darkest periods in the long history of the City of Light that began on June 14, 1940 when Hitler’s armies entered Paris.  A place famous for its sparkle and color was systematically sapped of its vibrancy, as if a massive pall had slowly settled down upon it. Cars were a luxury that most residents were denied. The predominant sound on the city’s broad thoroughfares was generated by the boots of soldiers marching in lockstep. Huddled hungry and cold in their homes, residents lived in mortal fear of a knock on their front doors.

The Avenue de Foch was so designated to honor the general who negotiated peace terms with Germany after the First World War. It was the Park Avenue of Paris. The names of the people who resided in the mansions that adorned the broad, tree-lined avenue often appeared in the nation’s history books. The recent history of France and, in particular, General Foch’s imposition of what Germany regarded as suffocating war reparations, made a street named in his honor the perfect setting to establish their various bases of operation. (READ MORE)

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Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris Cover Image
ISBN: 9780804140034
Availability: Special Order
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - August 4th, 2015


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