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December 2011 eNewsletter

"The greatest gift is a passion for reading." —Elizabeth Hardwick
 

Island Books

Roger and Nancy PageIn 1973, the mighty Lola Deane opened the first bookstore on Mercer Island and it was called “Island Books Etc.” The original staff is pictured here with Lola in the foreground. The “Etc.” referred to the local pottery, stained glass, candles, and macramé (!) that they sold alongside the adult and children's books in those days. Though we don’t use the “Etc.” anymore, we do still sell pottery (some locally produced and some from as far away as Poland), silk scarves, jewelry, soap, toys, stationery, games, puppets, and a list of other items much too long for this space. Look around the store and you will be surprised to find a pretty complete card shop, toy store, and gift shop hidden in the nooks and crannies. Whatever your gift-giving needs this season, we can accommodate them. But the hurly-burly of the holidays will soon recede. As we're sitting indoors on a dark, cold January day watching the rain slide down the windowpanes, what we want most is one good book to read and the time to reflect on it. When you're searching for that special volume for a friend or relative (or for yourself) we're happy to help guide you through the shelves to find the perfect and personal match for anyone on your list. We love our "Etc.," but we love books even more.


Roger and Nancy Page
Owners and Booksellers

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More Than a Bookstore

You probably already know that Island Books has been serving readers on the island and off for almost forty years, but you may not realize that it's also the best place around for other kinds of gift-giving. We feature a wide selection of cards, toys, games, chocolates, and other exceedingly interesting and useful items.

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20% OFF INDIE BESTSELLERS

 

Get Great Reads for Less

Catch up on the titles dominating the indie bestseller lists, like Jeffrey Eugenides's compelling bildungsroman, and save 20% when you order online.

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TOP CHILDREN'S PICKS FROM PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY

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This Year's Best

Publisher's Weekly reviews almost every book that comes out, and at this time of year they come up with a list of the best. We like that they're not out to push a particular product and ve chosen our favorites from their longer list.

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COUNTER INTELLIGENCE

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Meet the Staff

Our booksellers share their December recommendations.

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HOLIDAY PICKS

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Get in the Spirit

'Tis the season for holiday books!

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BEST OF THE YEAR: FICTION AND NONFICTION

 
 

Topping Off 2011

This isn't a definitive list by any means, but the product of one afternoon's back and forth about which books we liked this year, including what we've read about in reviews and what we've heard from numerous customers.

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KOOKY BOOKS TO GIVE YOUR CRAZY RELATIVES

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The Dreaded Family Gift

Everyone has that weird cousin who likes tarantulas and a nutty aunt with a passion for underwater basket weaving. What in the world do you give these people?

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GET IN TOUCH

Island Books

3014 78th Ave. SE

MI, WA 98040

(206) 232-6920

islandbooks@seanet.com

Store Hours

Mon-Wed: 9:30 - 7:00

Thurs: 9:30 - 8:00

Fri: 9:30 - 7:00

Sat: 9:30 - 6:00

Sun: 12:00 - 5:00

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Island Books

Fri, Dec 2, 6:30pm: Book Fair/St. Monica Catholic School
Sat, Dec 3, 6:30pm: PJ Story Time with Margaret Read MacDonald
Thurs, Dec 29, 7:30pm: Open Book Club: Consequences by Penelope Lively

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Google ebooks

Did you know you can download eBooks and read them instantly from our website?

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Stocking Stuffers

Stocking Stuffers

Come on, you can do better than a candy cane. Let us help.

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Music We Love

Music We Love

If you look closely near the front counter, you'll find we sell a hand-picked selection of addictive CDs. Here's a list of the albums we play during the work day, just because we like listening to them.

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Store Journal

Store Journal
Stay posted on books we're excited about, our literary musings, and other reading-related rambles.

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Open Book Club


Island Books hosts an open book club run by our staff facilitator that meets the last Thursday of each month at 7:30pm.  All are welcome to attend, and if you purchase your book here in the store you'll always get a 10% discount.

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For Coffee Tables

Coffee Table Books

We admit it. We're shallow. We like these books because they're that good-looking.

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Sports Central

Sports Central

Rip your eyes off the game with a sports book.

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