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What’s New This Week

Did you love The Bear and the Nightingale? Katherine Auden is back with a sequel The Girl in the Tower , “a sensual, beautifully written, and emotionally stirring fantasy.” [Publishers Weekly]

Cuba on your mind? In Cuba on the Verge twelve writers, all experienced Cuba hands, from the New TImes’ Jon Lee Anderson to Latinos Francisco Goldman and Leonardo Padura explore everything Cuban in this time of dramatic change.

Or for something different, Leaving the Wild:The Unnatural History of Dogs, Cats,Cows, and Horses explores the world and life of domesticated animals, what they, and we, have gained and lost.

There’s so much more. But you have to come in to see it. We’re open every day from 10 to 6.


BINC to the rescue!

We’re happy to report that the Book Industry Charitable Foundation (BINC) has provided $4,000 in financial assistance to some of our employees who suffered losses from Hurricane Irma. We are very thankful for its help.

This foundation was started for Borders Bookstore employees, but when that chain went our of business, it opened its coffers to all bookstore employees suffering financial duress from problems ranging from natural disasters to medical problems.

Donation to help support the work of BINC can be made by clicking here.

It’s Biography Week!

 This week’s new books bring a tantalizing stack of biographies.
— Walter Isaacson (Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein) adds Leonardo Da Vinci to his subjects in a “majestic . . . enthralling, masterful, and passionate” biography.
— David Yaffe brings us Reckless Daughter, an intimate biography of Joni Mitchell, composed of dozens of in-person interviews with Mitchell and the songwriters she influenced, from Joan Baez to Leonard Cohen.
— Cristina de Stefano’s Oriana Fallaci: The Journalis, The Agitator, The Legend explores the life of  this remarkable woman whose groundbreaking work and torrid love affairs will not soon be forgotten.
— Astronaut Scott Kelly tells his own story in Endurance, from his rough and tumble childhood to his year-long stay in space.
— And not to be outdone by these humans,Nate Blakeslee’s American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West brings us the enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her.

Time to stop by and pick us some reading about your fellow mammals.

While You Were Gone (or Surviving) …..

For Key West, September may have been the month of Irma but the book biz was been on a roll. New books are out from a string of A-list authors. Our staff loves Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere, Entertainment Weekly’s #1 Must-Read Book for Fall. Alice Hoffman brings us The Rules of Magic, a prequel to her triumphant Practical Magic. Dan Brown sets Professor Robert Langdon on a new quest in Origin, with his trademarked combination of tricky clues and sinister characters. Pulitzer Prize winner Jennifer Egan (Welcome to the Goon Squad) takes us back to the 1940’s with Manhattan Beach, a noir tale of a young woman caught up the world of the gritty Brooklyn waterfront.

If biography is your thing, Ron Chernow’s Grant promises to reshape thinking about the famed general, much as he did with Hamilton. Or you might want to check out new major biographies of Mohammad Ali, Herbert Hoover, Martin Luther, or Bunny Mellon — what a range of characters!

Other non-fiction includes The Origins of Creativity by the distinguished biologist E.O. Wilson and The Third Reich: A History of Nazi Germany by Thomas Childers. On the political front Hilary Clinton explains What Happened, conservative columnist Charle Sykes provides an insightful analysis of How the Right Lost Its Mind and Ta-Nehisi Coates.offers a lament We Were Eight Years in Power.

We’ve got them all in our stacks of new books. Come on down to Key West’s local independent bookstore and inhale the aroma of all the new goodies.

Hurricane Irma begone!

We’re open again, from 10:00 to 6:00 every day.

We’ve got a special sale on some slightly damaged books from the hurricane. Come and see the treats that Irma prepared for you. And our 20% off sale for Loyalty Club members has been extended to Oct. 14.

The Studios served as a hurricane shelter for 20 or so hardy souls, including pets and children. They all fared well. The store was buttoned up tight and suffered only limited damage. We’re ready to roll into the upcoming season.

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