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Store Re-Opening Guidelines

We are thrilled to invite you, our cherished customers and neighbors, back into the store!

Please bear in mind that the covid-19 pandemic is NOT over yet.  In order to ensure your safety and ours, the following guidelines MUST be followed during this initial phase of re-opening.

  1. You MUST wear a face mask while in the store.
  2. Please limit handling of books and merchandise. There is hand sanitizer at the front of the store for your use.  (Please be spare)
  3. Maintain proper social distancing practices.  Remain at least 6 feet away from other customers and staff.
  4. Please limit your time in the store to 20 minutes or less.
  5. In store seating is not available during this time.
  6. Be nice to everyone.

Thank you for your understanding and compliance.  We are VERY HAPPY to see you again. smiley

Staff Picks

Between the World and Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812993547
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: One World - July 14th, 2015

The Underground Railroad: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345804327
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anchor - January 30th, 2018

Exhalation: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101947883
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Published: Knopf - May 7th, 2019

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Exhalation is a collection of nine science fiction stories.  The stories deal with heady subjects including a time portal through which various characters can visit the past but not change it told in the style of the Arabian Nights, a sentient being performing a live dissection of the inner workings of his own brain, the raising and training of digitally created beings, a scientist disproving young earth creationism and a tale derived from quantum mechanics where a scam is perpetrated through communication with parallel selves in alternate versions of the universe.  While the stories take some concentration and dedication, perseverance is rewarded in the end.  Each one is an inspiring work of storytelling, intellect and imagination.


Breakwater Books

Nothing to See Here Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062913463
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - October 29th, 2019

The Glass Hotel: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525521143
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Knopf - March 24th, 2020

The Glass Hotel by Emily St. John Mandel

The glass hotel in this novel is the Hotel Caitte, built on a small island off the north coast of Vancouver Island. It is only accessible by boat and is a luxury hotel owned by Jonathan Alkatis who works in finance. This hotel is not so much the focus of the book as the center point where the characters paths cross and chance meetings are made that will affect all their futures. Jonathan becomes involved with Vincent (a woman) who leaves the hotel to start a new life with him. You'll discover that Jonathan's financial empire is built on a Ponzi scheme whose collapse will affect multiple characters in this story. The narratives skip forwards and backwards. It is a very inventive and mesmerizing novel. 

Sue, Breakwater Books

The Henna Artist Cover Image
ISBN: 9780778309451
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Published: Mira Books - March 3rd, 2020

Just Kids Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060936228
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - November 2nd, 2010

Little Fires Everywhere: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780735224315
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - May 7th, 2019

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

With its recent run in the streaming world, this book is rightfully enjoying a second surge in popularity.  The story takes place in Shaker Heights, a well to do planned community outside of Cleveland in the late 90's.  It's a beautifully crafted story of two families, with very different lifestyles, whose lives become intertwined for a few months.  The author uses the characters to explore different kinds of mothers and the choices they make.  She also explores some aspects of what it was to be Asian in this community.  The book has the winning combination of a story lines that grab you from the beginning, interesting characters that I cared about and beautiful writing. I found the book impossible to put down once I started it.

Jen, Breakwater Books

Lab Girl Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101873724
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - February 28th, 2017

Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren 

Hope Jahren’s father taught physics and earth science for forty-two years.  The laboratory he worked in was her childhood playground.  Hope knew from a very young age and with unwavering certainty that she would grow up to become a scientist.  And so she did.  A geochemist and geobiologist to be precise.  She’s made a career out of her endless fascination with things that grow from the ground and with the ground itself.  With this engrossing memoir you will be fascinated with the science as well, told with respect and reverence for the study but with simplicity and the familiarity of an old friend reciting a brownie recipe.  In and among these extraordinary revelations is her story of perseverance and success in a vocation primarily populated with men and her lifetime friendship with her inimitable lab partner.  You’ll like her and you’ll root for her, and you will never look at a tree the same way again.     



Breakwater Books

Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374268091
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 22nd, 2019

Still Here: The Madcap, Nervy, Singular Life of Elaine Stritch by Alexandra Jacobs

Still Here chronicles the singular life of the Broadway actress and singer Elaine Stritch, from her Catholic upbringing in Detroit, Michigan through her triumphant, award winning one-woman show, Elaine Stritch at Liberty.  In between, Stritch goes on a date with drama school classmate Marlon Brando, understudies Ethel Merman in Call Me Madam and brings the house down as Joanne in Company, singing the Stephen Sondheim classic, The Ladies Who Lunch, all the while carousing her way through the bars of Manhattan.  While the mere facts of her life would be entertaining for any theater aficionado, Jacobs sensitively explores the complexities of Stritch’s insecurities with the opposite sex, her savage wit, her perfectionism as an actress and her alcoholism.


Breakwater Books

The Song of Achilles: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062060624
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Ecco - August 28th, 2012

Razzle Dazzle: The Battle for Broadway Cover Image
ISBN: 9781451672176
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - October 11th, 2016

Unfettered and Alive Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781743318416
Availability: Backordered
Published: Allen & Unwin - March 1st, 2019

The Testaments: The Sequel to The Handmaid's Tale Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385543781
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Published: Nan A. Talese - September 10th, 2019

I Am C-3PO: The Inside Story: Foreword by J.J. Abrams Cover Image
By Anthony Daniels, J.J. Abrams (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781465486103
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Published: DK - November 5th, 2019

I Am C-3PO The Inside Story by Anthony Daniels

This memoir by Anthony Daniels about his lifetime experiences portraying the droid C-3PO in

the Star Wars films is a heartfelt recounting of the challenges he faced in creating a meaningful

character portrayal from inside an expressionless shell. Behind the scenes tales from the

making of all nine feature films and ancillary productions will thrill devotees of the saga and

causal fans alike. Tales of the physical suffering he endured in the costume as well as his

struggles to be recognized as a contributing actor playing a role, and not just a prop, remind us

all that within the beloved gold robot was a flesh and blood human being.  


Breakwater Books

Dune (Penguin Galaxy) Cover Image
By Frank Herbert, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by), Brian Herbert (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780143111580
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2016

Living Beautifully: with Uncertainty and Change Cover Image
ISBN: 9781611806809
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Published: Shambhala - May 21st, 2019

Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385494786
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Published: Anchor - October 19th, 1999

Redhead by the Side of the Road: A novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780525658412
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Published: Knopf - April 7th, 2020

Redhead by the Side of the Road by Anne Tyler

Once again, Anne Tyler takes us back to her beloved Baltimore with a story about Micah Mortimer.  Micah is a likable oddball who lives rent free in the basement apartment of a small building in exchange for being its super. He is a very organized 43 year old geek who also runs a one man on-call tech help service called "Tech Hermit".  We follow Micah as he goes about his orderly life and suddenly someone messes with his routines - actually two upsets: his girlfriend is threatened with eviction from her apartment and a young man shows up claiming that Micah is his father. These upsets will cause him to re-evaluate himself and his life. This is a heartwarming story filled with humor and compassion. Anne Tyler is my favorite author and she never disappoints. 

Sue, Breakwater Books




Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603589086
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - March 8th, 2019