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Hearts of Men – Nickolas Butler

– A] tender, insightful book… Perfectly paced and leavened with humor, it’s a wonderful read.- — People

An epic novel of intertwining friendships and families set in the Northwoods of Wisconsin at a beloved Boy Scout summer camp–from the bestselling author of Shotgun Lovesongs

Camp Chippewa, 1962. Nelson Doughty, age thirteen, social outcast and overachiever, is the Bugler, sounding the reveille proudly each morning. Yet this particular summer marks the beginning of an uncertain and tenuous friendship with a popular boy named Jonathan.

Over the years, Nelson, irrevocably scarred from the Vietnam War, becomes Scoutmaster of Camp Chippewa, while Jonathan marries, divorces, and turns his father’s business into a highly profitable company. And when something unthinkable happens at a camp get-together with Nelson as Scoutmaster and Jonathan’s teenage grandson and daughter-in-law as campers, the aftermath demonstrates the depths–and the limits–of Nelson’s selflessness and bravery.

The Hearts of Men is a sweeping, panoramic novel about the slippery definitions of good and evil, family and fidelity, the challenges and rewards of lifelong friendships, the bounds of morality–and redemption.

Book Clubs! Book Clubs! Book Clubs!

We love book clubs, no surprise. And we’d like to be their friend.

Register your club with us and we’ll order your assigned book and supply it  to club members at a 20% discount. It’s win-win, as we support your club and you support your local independent bookstore.

We can supply print books and audio books.If you are a group member, just notify us when you make your purchase to qualify for the discount.

Currently registered with us are:
>> Bookies – Reading “Days Without End” by Sebastian Barry
>> Key West Gay & Lesbian Cub – Reading “Inferno” by Eileen Myles
>> Wise Guys – Reading “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien
>> Readers’ Group 007 – Reading “The Zookeeper’s Wife” by Diane Ackerman

Let us know about your book club so you can get in on the action.

The Book Jumper – Mechtheld Glaser

Amy Lennox doesn’t know quite what to expect when she and her mother pick up and leave Germany for Scotland, heading to her mother’s childhood home of Lennox House on the island of Stormsay.

Amy’s grandmother, Lady Mairead, insists that Amy must read while she resides at Lennox House but not in the usual way. It turns out that Amy is a book jumper, able to leap into a story and interact with the world inside. As thrilling as Amy’s new power is, it also brings danger: someone is stealing from the books she visits, and that person may be after her life. Teaming up with fellow book jumper Will, Amy vows to get to the bottom of the thefts at whatever cost.

YA author Mechthild Glaser is an award-winning author in her native Germany. The Book Jumper is her first book to be translated into English.”


Want something unusual? How about an author-signed copy?

Amanda Palmer, the fabulous singer-song writer who was here last week, left us a bunch of signed copies of The Art of Asking.

And her husband Neil Gamin, who as with her, signed a ton of books for us, including the Graveyard Book.


Paula Whyman was here recently in conversation with Roz Brackenbury. We’ve got several copies of  her beautiful new book of short stories, You May See a Stranger.

That’s just a few of our autographed books. There’s Jim Gleick’s new best seller Time Travel. For kids you can pick up either of two books set here in Key West: Jennifer Holm’s Turtle in Paradise or Laurent de Brunhoff’s Babar on Paradise Island.

Sports fan? Get up something signed by legendary sportswriter Frank De Ford. He’s a local resident, as are Anne Beattie and Meg Cabot, who have also come by to sign stock.

And, of course, Judy Blume is usually around to sign and personalize any of her books.

Come for the books, and stay for the autographs.


book-gifts Books are the best gifts.  From stocking stuffer to coffee table ornament, we’ve got what you need, and they’re surprisingly affordable.


Don’t know what to give? Our expert staff will help you find the right thing — not just for the reader, but for the artist, for the hobbyist, for the young and the young at heart, for someone who has everything — just ask us.


We even have a carefully curated collection of beautiful and intriguing non-book gifts. Stop in and browse any day from 10 to 6, and until 8pm from December 19 to 24.


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The Red Car – Marcy Dermansky

A wildly imaginative, rebellious, and tender tale of independence from the critically acclaimed author of Bad Marie.

With each new novel, Marcy Dermansky deploys her “brainy, emotionally sophisticated” (New York Times) prose to greater and greater heights, and The Red Car is no exception.

Leah is living in Queens with a possessive husband she doesn’t love and a long list of unfulfilled ambitions, when she’s jolted from a thick ennui by a call from the past. Her beloved former boss and friend, Judy, has died in a car accident and left Leah her most prized possession and, as it turns out, the instrument of Judy’s death: a red sports car.

Judy was the mentor Leah never expected. She encouraged Leah’s dreams, analyzed her love life, and eased her into adulthood over long lunches away from the office. Facing the jarring disconnect between the life she expected and the one she is now actually living, Leah takes off for San Francisco to claim Judy’s car. In sprawling days defined by sex, sorrow, and unexpected delight, Leah revisits past lives and loves in search of a self she abandoned long ago. Piercing through Leah’s surreal haze is the enigmatic voice of Judy, as sharp as ever, providing wry commentary on Leah’s every move.

Following her “irresistible” (Time) and “wicked” (Slate) novel Bad Marie, Dermansky evokes yet another edgy, capricious, and beautifully haunting heroine—one whose search for realization is as wonderfully unpredictable and hypnotic as the twists and turns of the Pacific Coast Highway. Tautly wound, transgressive, and mordantly funny, The Red Car is an incisive exploration of one woman’s unusual route to self-discovery.

American Ulysses – Ronald C. White

In his time, Ulysses S. Grant was routinely grouped with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in the “Trinity of Great American Leaders.” But the battlefield commander–turned–commander-in-chief fell out of favor in the twentieth century. In American Ulysses, Ronald C. White argues that we need to once more revise our estimates of him in the twenty-first.

Based on seven years of research with primary documents—some of them never examined by previous Grant scholars—this is destined to become the Grant biography of our time. White, a biographer exceptionally skilled at writing momentous history from the inside out, shows Grant to be a generous, curious, introspective man and leader—a willing delegator with a natural gift for managing the rampaging egos of his fellow officers. His wife, Julia Dent Grant, long marginalized in the historic record, emerges in her own right as a spirited and influential partner.

Grant was not only a brilliant general but also a passionate defender of equal rights in post-Civil War America. After winning election to the White House in 1868, he used the power of the federal government to battle the Ku Klux Klan. He was the first president to state that the government’s policy toward American Indians was immoral, and the first ex-president to embark on a world tour, and he cemented his reputation for courage by racing against death to complete his Personal Memoirs. Published by Mark Twain, it is widely considered to be the greatest autobiography by an American leader, but its place in Grant’s life story has never been fully explored—until now.

One of those rare books that successfully recast our impression of an iconic historical figure, American Ulysses gives us a finely honed, three-dimensional portrait of Grant the man—husband, father, leader, writer—that should set the standard by which all future biographies of him will be measured.