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The Only Story – Julian Barnes

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, a novel about a young man on the cusp of adulthood and a woman who has long been there, a love story shot through with sheer beauty, profound sadness, and deep truth.

Most of us have only one story to tell. I don’t mean that only one thing happens to us in our lives: there are countless events, which we turn into countless stories. But there’s only one that matters, only one finally worth telling. This is mine.

One summer in the sixties, in a staid suburb south of London, Paul comes home from university, aged nineteen, and is urged by his mother to join the tennis club. In the mixed-doubles tournament he’s partnered with Susan Macleod, a fine player who’s forty-eight, confident, ironic, and married, with two nearly adult daughters. She is also a warm companion, their bond immediate. And they soon, inevitably, are lovers. Clinging to each other as though their lives depend on it, they then set up house in London to escape his parents and the abusive Mr. Mcleod.

Decades later, Paul looks back at how they fell in love, how he freed Susan from a sterile marriage, and how–gradually, relentlessly–everything fell apart, and he found himself struggling to understand the intricacy and depth of the human heart. It’s a piercing account of helpless devotion, and of how memory can confound us and fail us and surprise us (sometimes all at once), of how, as Paul puts it, “first love fixes a life forever.

Come Work with Us!

Ever want to know what goes on behind-the-scenes at a bookstore? Love boxes? Come work with us.

Books and Books @ the Studios is looking for a part time staff person for an inventory management position. This afternoon staff member is primarily responsible for receiving new inventory, processing outgoing shipments and helping managing the flow of new books and merchandise into the store. Other duties as assigned. Please send resume and cover letter to booksandbooks@tskw.org to schedule an interview.

Art Book Extravaganza!

Wait until you see this!

The Liman Gallery and Bookshop in Palm Beach, Florida recently closed the doors of its book department and donated tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of large format art books to Books & Books @ The Studios.On February 25, for one day only, the Sanger Gallery will be transformed into a bookstore, and hundreds of titles originally selected and curated by a professional art historian will be available for purchase, including many first editions and collectibles, all deeply discounted.

(*If you’d like to get exclusive early access to the collection at 11am, click here  to pre-purchase a $25 voucher.)
Early bird admission for voucher buyers at 11:00am. General admission at 1:00pm.

It’s a feast for the eyes…and a bonanza for buyers! Louise Bourgeois, Picasso, Beardsley. Beautifully illustrated collections about visual artists — Bonnard, Lautrec, Chagall, O’Keefe and many others. Profusely illustrated catalogs from major auctions, all available at a small fraction of the Liman Gallery prices. Some as low as $5. These are new books, but in some cases less than mint because of customer handling.

Want to be sure you get first access to the collection? Pre-buy a $25 voucher applicable to your purchases, and you’ll be allowed in to the sale at 11am – two full hours before the doors open to the general public. All proceeds go directly to support Books & Books @ The Studios.

Voucher holders will be limited to 100 and be admitted in order of their time/date of purchase.
Dealer purchases limited until 1pm.

11am – *Doors open to voucher holders.
1pm – Doors open to the general public.(*If you’d like to get exclusive early access to the collection at 11am, click here  to pre-purchase a $25 voucher.)

Beautiful Days – Joyce Carol Oates

A new collection of thirteen mesmerizing stories by American master Joyce Carol Oates, including the 2017 Pushcart Prize-winning “Undocumented Alien”

The diverse stories of Beautiful Days, Joyce Carol Oates explore the most secret, intimate, and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance.

“Fleuve Bleu” exemplifies the rich sensuousness of Oates’s prose as lovers married to other persons vow to establish, in their intimacy, a ruthlessly honest, truth-telling authenticity missing elsewhere in their complicated lives, with unexpected results.

In “Big Burnt,” set on lushly rendered Lake George, in the Adirondacks, a cunningly manipulative university professor exploits a too-trusting woman in a way she could never have anticipated. In a more experimental but no less intimate mode, “Les beaux jours” examines the ambiguities of an intensely erotic, exploitative relationship between a “master” artist and his adoring young female model. And the tragic “Undocumented Alien” depicts a young African student enrolled in an American university who is suddenly stripped of his student visa and forced to undergo a terrifying test of courage.

In these stories, as elsewhere in her fiction, Joyce Carol Oates exhibits her fascination with the social, psychological, and moral boundaries that govern our behavior–until the hour when they do not.

Small Business Saturday — November 25

Join us on the Saturday of Thanksgiving Weekend for a holiday shopping tradition.

Indies First and Small Business Saturday® is a day that celebrates small businesses like ours, and it wouldn’t be a celebration without customers like you joining us. The day brings together authors, readers, and publishers in support of independent bookstores.

So mark your calendar for Nov 25  and get ready to Shop Small® with us. Grab a friend or family member and come by BOOKS & BOOKS @ THE STUDIOS between 10am and 6pm on the big day.

You can help get the word out and maybe win $1,000 of books for yourself and another $1,000 worth to be donated, by posting on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #shopindiesfirstsweepstakes..

Thank you for all your support, and see you Saturday, Nov 25!

American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West – Nate Blakeslee

The enthralling story of the rise and reign of O-Six, the celebrated Yellowstone wolf, and the people who loved or feared her

Before men ruled the earth, there were wolves. Once abundant in North America, these majestic creatures were hunted to near extinction in the lower 48 states by the 1920s. But in recent decades, conservationists have brought wolves back to the Rockies, igniting a battle over the very soul of the West.

With novelistic detail, Nate Blakeslee tells the gripping story of one of these wolves, O-Six, a charismatic alpha female named for the year of her birth. Uncommonly powerful, with gray fur and faint black ovals around each eye, O-Six is a kind and merciful leader, a fiercely intelligent fighter, and a doting mother. She is beloved by wolf watchers, particularly renowned naturalist Rick McIntyre, and becomes something of a social media star, with followers around the world.

But as she raises her pups and protects her pack, O-Six is challenged on all fronts: by hunters, who compete with wolves for the elk they both prize; by cattle ranchers who are losing livestock and have the ear of politicians; and by other Yellowstone wolves who are vying for control of the park’s stunningly beautiful Lamar Valley.

These forces collide in American Wolf, a riveting multigenerational saga of hardship and triumph that tells a larger story about the ongoing cultural clash in the West–between those fighting for a vanishing way of life and those committed to restoring one of the country’s most iconic landscapes.

Larry McMurtry – Thalia: A Texas Trilogy

Larry McMurtry burst onto the American literary scene with a force that would forever redefine how we perceive the American West. His first three novels– Horseman, Pass By (1961), * Leaving Cheyenne (1963), and The Last Picture Show (1966)– all set in the north Texas town of Thalia after World War II, are collected here for the first time. In this trilogy, McMurtry writes tragically of men and women trying to carve out an existence on the plains, where the forces of modernity challenge small- town American life. From a cattleranch rivalry that confirms McMurtry’s “full- blooded Western genius” (Publishers Weekly) to a love triangle involving a cowboy, his rancher boss and wife, and finally to the hardscrabble citizens of an oil- patch town trying to keep their only movie house alive, McMurtry captures the stark realities of the West like no one else. With a new introduction, Thalia emerges as an American classic that celebrates one of our greatest literary masters.

*Just named in 2017 by Publishers Weekly the #1 Western novel worthy of rediscovery.

Gift Services

There’s nothing that says “Thanks,” “Congratulations,” or “I Love You” as well as a personally selected gift book. Whether someone likes fiction, fact, fantasy, or frivolity, we can find something to please and provoke them.

Of course, we’d love for you to come into our store and browse for a gift. But if you don’t have the time, take advantage of our gift services. Call us (305-320-0208) or send a note to booksandbooks@tskw.com with the salient facts and we’ll provide suggestions. And we’ll be happy to gift-wrap and mail the gift.

New baby? Our founder Judy Blume sends a select group of books to welcome her friends’ new babies. She’d be happy to help you do the same, from a single book to a box to grow with. Just give us a price point and we’ll take it from there.

Let us be your gift-giving headquarters for the smartest gifts of all.

 

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.