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Hidden History: 3 Books That Crack Open Past Secrets

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We’ve all been thrilled by the hidden corners of history so deftly incorporated into the novels of suspense writers like Steve Berry and Dan Brown, but you don’t have to wait for your next thriller to discover them for yourself. Our history is a treasure trove of fascinating information, much of which remains hidden until we crack open a truly revealing book. If you’re looking to revel in the previously unknown, Copperfield’s Books has some terrific reads. Copperfield’s of California will celebrate its 35th year in 2016 and with bookstores in seven locations (and an eighth coming next year), they might be just around your corner. These picks were selected by Copperfield’s frontlist buyer Sheryl Cotleur: Ivory Vikings: The Mystery…

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Your National Independent Bookstore Guide for Small Business Saturday

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Do you love shopping for books, but want to help ensure the survival of independent bookstores? Then take this Small Business Saturday as an opportunity to shop locally for all of your book-related holiday gift needs. We’ve worked with many fantastic independent booksellers this year to put together our #FridayReads recommendations, so we wanted to give them shout-outs while helping shoppers looking for old fashioned customer service and topnotch gift ideas. Stop by one of these bookstores if you’re in their neck of the woods! Northeast Strand Bookstore “18 Miles of Books” 828 Broadway New York, NY 10003 (212) 473-2591 Recommendations: New contemporary classics New England Brookline Booksmith 279 Harvard Street Brookline, MA 02446 (617) 566-6660 Recommendations: Historical fiction  …

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Apocalypse Now: 3 Tales for the End of the World as We Know It

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From The Road to Armageddon, we’re riveted by apocalyptic tales. It goes well beyond the despair and explosions; we’re always intrigued when humans must face insurmountable odds. This is why our friends at McLean & Eakin booksellers have given us their favorite apocalyptic tales. One of the best independent bookstores in all of Michigan, they’ve got book clubs, numerous store events, and one heckuva staff. Previously, they delivered several fantastic summer lovin’ books and now, owner Matthew Norcross has given us three more must-reads. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (Vintage, 2015) “A Shakespearean troupe wanders the northern shores of lake Michigan after a pandemic has ravaged the world. Short listed for the National Book Award, this novel is…

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Going South: 3 Books That Explore Life Below the Mason-Dixon Line

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In The World’s Largest Man: A Memoir author Harrison Scott Key tries to explain the southern United States: “The South is a strange place, one that can’t be fit inside a movie, a place that dares you to simplify it, like a prime number, like a Bible story, like my father.” For our latest round of Shelfie picks, we return to our friends at Square Books, located in the historic town square of Oxford, Mississippi and boasting three separate buildings and its own café. Back in September, they gave us three great books to keep you up past your bedtime. This week manager Lyn Roberts is focusing on the rich tapestry of the South. South Toward Home: Travels in Southern…

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All in the Family: 3 Books that Explore the Ties that Bind

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There’s no getting around it—as we build toward the holidays we’re going to have to spend at least some time with family. To put it all in perspective we have three books about families in emotional crisis. There’s nothing like peeking at someone else’s family drama to appreciate your own family. This week’s recommendations are brought to us by Jill Miner, owner of Saturn Booksellers, a popular independent bookstore that has won the Michigan Retailer of the Year Award for small businesses and the local Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Pineapple Award for Best Customer Service. The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro (Algonquin Books, November 3, 2015) “During Roosevelt’s WPA program, artists were put to work creating large-scale pieces for public spaces.…

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Scary Stories: 3 Books for When the Halloween Candy Disappears

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As the moon rises on another Halloween night, candy is the thing. But as the festivities wind down – and the sugar rush is in full swing – you’ll want to settle down with a deliciously scary book. That’s when R.J. Julia Booksellers and general manager Lori Fazio step in to satisfy your craving. Going strong for over a quarter-century and winner of several major awards, including Publishers Weekly Bookseller of the Year and Connecticut Magazine’s Best Bookstore, R.J. Julia previously helped us out with some fantastic Y.A. titles. Now, they’re back with three diverse Halloween goodies: Illustrated Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling and Jim Kay (Arthur A. Levine Books, October 6, 2015) “What is Halloween…

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Everyday Heroes: 3 Novels about the Road to Redemption

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When facing life’s biggest challenges, even ordinary folk can become heroes. Events coordinator Sam Kaas of Village Books in Bellingham, Washington chose this week’s theme; “Three Tales of Messy Redemption and Defiant Perseverance.” He was influenced by the great Northwest writer Brian Doyle (Mink River, The Plover), who says that his books are about “ordinary, strange, flawed people who stare into the face of terrifying darkness, join hands, and march forward.” City On Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg (Knopf, October 13, 2015) “A massive, gritty, and ultimately triumphant novel, City On Fire follows an ensemble cast—artists, writers, journalists, cops, punks, kids—through six tumultuous months in New York City, from New Year’s Eve, 1976 to the devastating, city-wide blackout of July 13…

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