little over a year ago we added this newsletter to our online presence.
It was a way to reach out to all customers but especially those who had
sunken into their screens and weren't visiting the store on a regular
basis. Since then we have also developed our store journal into a widely
read and respected blog, made nearly a thousand Facebook friends (I
went viral last week!), joined the Google+ network, tweeted incessantly,
and added a Kobo ebook store.
We truly have an unusually rich selection of online offerings for you
to explore and I invite you to visit our website, its various doorways
and its archives.
That said, it just doesn't hold a candle to an afternoon in the store in
December. The time to come is NOW. The place is packed with treasures
and variety. The staff is caffeinated and jolly. You'll see your
friends. We wrap. We ship. We jump when called. We will make you forget
your worries, your job, your self discipline, and what day it is.
It's rich, it's wonder-full, and it's real. Unplug. Walk in. We will be here for you.
Owner and Bookseller
It's not too late to buy your holiday gifts at Island Books. We
have a surprising number of treasures tucked into the nooks and
crannies of the store. Everything you need for holiday gift giving (or
for yourself) is right here on our shelves.
Every year we create a list of the best fiction of the last twelve
months, and every year we learn again that there's no such thing as a
definitive list. There are so many good books to choose from, and so
many of us with different tastes, that the task is an impossible one.
Nonetheless, we persevere. For your amusement and enjoyment, we present
the Top Ten Works of Fiction for 2012, as seen through our eyes.
We've read the reviews, listened to our customers, and racked our
brains to come up with a list of the Top Ten Works of Nonfiction for
2012. It was hard work, what with all the excellent choices, but the
process was rewarding and so are the results. True story.
We read a lot, and despite
ourselves, we're guilty of playing favorites. For example, this month
Lori's excited about Richard Russo's first foray into memoir. The bard
of the small towns of upstate New York, Russo's portrait of his own
youth, his parents, and his community has the same blend of charm and
reality that his award-winning fiction does.
Here, our booksellers share their December recommendations.
See More Staff Picks
There's never a dull moment at Island Books, but as 2012 comes to an end
we're taking a moment to remember our favorite store memories from the
club is taking December off, so enjoy the holidays with your friends and
families, and rejoin us in January to tell us about your favorite books
of the year!
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Did you know you can download ebooks and read them
instantly from our website? We have a brand-new partner and more options
Read on your desktop, smart phone, tablet, or dedicated reading device. Don't have one? We can even sell one to you!
Click through for more information, or just drop in to find out in person. You'll be glad you did.