New in June

The Girls by Emma Cline; available June 14

“An indelible portrait of girls, the women they become, and that moment in life when everything can go horribly wrong this stunning first novel is perfect for readers of Jeffrey Eugenides’s The Virgin Suicides and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad.

Northern California, during the violent end of the 1960s. At the start of summer, a lonely and thoughtful teenager, Evie Boyd, sees a group of girls in the park, and is immediately caught by their freedom, their careless dress, their dangerous aura of abandon. Soon, Evie is in thrall to Suzanne, a mesmerizing older girl, and is drawn into the circle of a soon-to-be infamous cult and the man who is its charismatic leader. Hidden in the hills, their sprawling ranch is eerie and run down, but to Evie, it is exotic, thrilling, charged a place where she feels desperate to be accepted. As she spends more time away from her mother and the rhythms of her daily life, and as her obsession with Suzanne intensifies, Evie does not realize she is coming closer and closer to unthinkable violence.

Emma Cline’s remarkable debut novel is gorgeously written and spellbinding, with razor-sharp precision and startling psychological insight. The Girls is a brilliant work of fiction.”

The After Party by Anton DiSclafani; available May 17

“From the nationally bestselling author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls comes a story of 1950s Texas socialites and the one irresistible, controversial woman at the bright, hot center of it all. Joan Fortier is the epitome of Texas glamour and the center of the 1950s Houston social scene. Tall, blonde, beautiful, and strong, she dominates the room and the gossip columns. Every man who sees her seems to want her; every woman just wants to be her. But this is a highly ordered world of garden clubs and debutante balls. The money may flow as freely as the oil, but the freedom and power all belong to the men. What happens when a woman of indecorous appetites and desires like Joan wants more? What does it do to her best friend? Devoted to Joan since childhood, Cece Buchanan is either her chaperone or her partner in crime, depending on whom you ask. But as Joan’s radical behavior escalates, Cece’s perspective shifts–forcing one provocative choice to appear the only one there is. A thrilling glimpse into the sphere of the rich and beautiful at a memorable moment in history, The After Party unfurls a story of friendship as obsessive, euphoric, consuming, and complicated as any romance.”

The Fireman by Joe Hill; available May 17

“From the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of NOS4A2, Horns, and Heart-Shaped Box comes an unnerving novel about a worldwide pandemic of spontaneous combustion that threatens to reduce civilization to ashes

Stay cool . . .

No one knows exactly when or where it began. A terrifying new plague is spreading like wildfire across the country, striking cities one by one . . . Dragonscale, a highly contagious, deadly spore that tattoos its hosts with beautiful black and gold marks before causing them to burst into flames.

Harper Grayson, a compassionate, dedicated nurse treated hundreds of infected patients before contracting the deadly virus herself. When the outbreak first began, she and her husband, Jakob, had made a pact: they would take matters into their own hands if they became infected. To Jakob’s dismay, Harper now wants to live at least until the fetus she is carrying comes to term.

Convinced that his do-gooding wife has made him sick, Jakob becomes unhinged, and eventually abandons her as their once-placid New England community collapses in terror.

But Harper isn’t as alone as she fears: a mysterious and compelling stranger, a man wearing a dirty yellow firefighter’s jacket and carrying a hooked iron bar, straddles the abyss between insanity and death. Known simply as The Fireman, he strolls the ruins of New Hampshire, a madman afflicted with Dragonscale who has learned to control the fire within himself, using it as a shield to protect the hunted . . . and as a weapon to avenge the wronged.

. . . The Fireman is coming.”


Modern Lovers by Emma Straub; available May 31

“From the New York Times’ bestselling author of The Vacationers, a smart, highly entertaining novel about a tight-knit group of friends from college–their own kids now going to college–and what it means to finally grow up well after adulthood has set in.

Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band’s heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose–about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them–can never be reclaimed.

Straub packs wisdom and insight and humor together in a satisfying book about neighbors and nosiness, ambition and pleasure, the excitement of youth, the shock of middle age, and the fact that our passions–be they food, or friendship, or music–never go away, they just evolve and grow along with us”


Smoke by Dan Vyleta; available May 24

“England. A century ago, give or take a few years.
An England where people who are wicked in thought or deed are marked by the Smoke that pours forth from their bodies, a sign of their fallen state. The aristocracy do not smoke, proof of their virtue and right to rule, while the lower classes are drenched in sin and soot. An England utterly strange and utterly real.

An elite boarding school where the sons of the wealthy are groomed to take power as their birthright. Teachers with mysterious ties to warring political factions at the highest levels of government. Three young people who learn everything they’ve been taught is a lie; knowledge that could cost them their lives. A grand estate where secrets lurk in attic rooms and hidden laboratories. A love triangle. A desperate chase. Revolutionaries and secret police. Religious fanatics and coldhearted scientists. Murder. A London filled with danger and wonder. A tortured relationship between a mother and a daughter, and a mother and a son. Unexpected villains and unexpected heroes. Cool reason versus passion. Rich versus poor. Right versus wrong, though which is which isn’t clear.

This is the world of Smoke, a narrative tour de force, a tale of Dickensian intricacy and ferocious imaginative power, richly atmospheric and intensely suspenseful.”

Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley; available June 7

“Combining the emotional depth of The Art of Racing in the Rain with the magical spirit of The Life of Pi, Lily and the Octopus is an epic adventure of the heart.
When you sit down with Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride.
The magic of this novel is in the read, and we don’t want to spoil it by giving away too many details.
We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can’t live without.
For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion Lily, who happens to be a dog.
Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.
Remember the last book you told someone they “had “to read?
Lily and the Octopus is the next one.”

May Calendar

Join us for the entire month of May for… Murder in MAYhem!!

For the entire month of May we will be playing a mystery game leading up to the visit of New York Times Bestselling suspense author, Lisa Unger, on June 13th. In order to play:

  1. Download the game card by clicking here or pick one up at the Newtown Bookshop.
  2. Solve the clues. Clues will be posted weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays on Facebook, Instagram, and on our website. Hints will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays (no hints for Friday clues.)
  3. Fill in your answers on the game board for the corresponding day and date. First clue: all answers are from the suspense genre.
  4. By June 10th, either drop off your game board or e-mail it to for a chance to win a signed copy of Lisa Unger’s new novel Ink and Bone when she comes to The Free Library of Northampton Township on June 13 at 7pm. Join us for an evening with the author!


Children’s Storytime 


Join us every week for a picture book read aloud and a fun activity!


An Evening with Jerry Martin

Wednesday, May 4 – 7pm








Please join us as we welcome Jerry L. Martin, the author of “God : An Autobiography as told to a philosopher”!  Jerry will be joining us on May 4th at 7pm for a book talk and signing at the Newtown Bookshop.   This is a FREE event, all are welcome!

He was a lifelong agnostic. But one day he had occasion to pray. To his vast surprise, God answered– in words. Being a philosopher, he has a lot of questions.
And God had a lot to tell him.

An Evening with Giada de Laurentiis

Tuesday, May 10 – 6:30pm

Giada de Laurentiis is coming to Newtown featuring her new children’s book “Philadelphia #8 (Recipe for Adventure)”

     Appearing at the McKenna Center at Grey Nun Academy

Please join us as we welcome Emmy Award-winning celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis, author of seven cookbooks as well as a bestselling children’s chapter book series, Recipe for Adventure to the McKenna Center at Grey Nun Academy on May 10th at 6:30pm.    The location of the book was selected after a nationwide contest where kids sent in their favorite family recipes and nominated their hometowns. Ten year old Emma from Warminster, PA won the competition with her recipe for Italian Pizzelles and Emma will be appearing withGiada.

There is limited seating so please reserve your spot early.

$11.00 per seat, includes one paperback copy of “Philadelphia #8 (Recipe for Adventure)”.

$13.00 per family with children ages 14 and under attending together including one paperback copy of “Philadelphia #8 (Recipe for Adventure)”.


When Zia Donatella comes to live with the Bertolizzi family, little do Alfie and his older sister, Emilia, know what’s in store for them. Zia Donatella is determined to show them how a home-cooked meal is better than even the best takeout pizza. And when Zia’s plan actually transports Alfie and Emilia to famous food cities around the world, they learn firsthand how food can not only take you places but also bring you back home.

In this adventure, Zia sends the entire Bertolizzi family to the city of brotherly love – Philadelphia! Known as the “birthplace of America,” Philadelphia welcomes the family with its historic blend of colonial buildings, national landmarks, and equally revolutionary cuisine. Their Philadelphia tour guide, Emma, shows the family that foodie destinations like Reading Terminal Market and 9th Street have as rich a history as the Liberty Bell.



Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, May 12 – 6:30-7:30pm

Welcome Poetry Lovers!   All Are Invited!

We are delighted to have Phyllis Purscell joining us on May 12 at the Newtown Bookshop to read from her first book of poetry! To learn more about Phyllis’s poetry writing process and creative inspiration, read her interview at  Bring a poem and a friend!

Phyllis Purscell spent her earlier writing life as a playwright. She was able to develop several plays as a member of the Women’s Project in New York City, and her play “Separate Ceremonies” was published in their first anthology of women’s plays. Ms Purscell had a several years’ long involvement with the Princeton Rep Company, and had plays produced in other theaters across the country. She’s been the recipient of grants from the arts councils of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For the past few years she has been an active participant in the community of poets found in and around Bucks County, Pennsylvania. “Remind Me Next Spring …” is her first book of poetry. Ms Purscell has lived in Newtown for over thirty years.

The first half hour of the poetry meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet. The second half hour is allocated for open mike. There will be time for questions and discussion following the readings. If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at


Main Street Voices Poetry Contest

Sunday, May 15 – 3:00pm

VIA Auditorium, Health & Wellness Center

847 Easton Road, Warrington PA

Join us for the awards ceremony of the Main Street Voices Poetry Contest! Attendees will enjoy poetry read by all of our winners, as well as refreshments and an opportunity to meet these talented poets.

Entries were submitted by residents of Bucks County and monetary awards will be given to entries in both the adult and student categories. The contest will be judged by four talented, award-winning poets, including two former Bucks County Poet Laureates and professors at Bucks County Community College.


Cookbook Club “Literate Epicures” 

Tuesday, May 17 – 7:00pm

Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Summer Flavors and Beyond by Deborah Smith

The May Cookbook will be “The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Summer Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond” by Deborah Smith. The author will be joining us, so be sure to come!  All are invited for this free event.  Please choose a recipe out of “The Jersey Shore Cookbook” and let us know what recipe you will be bringing to get on our cookbook club contact list.

Deborah Smith is the founder of New Jersey’s most popular independently owned food blog, Launched in 2007, the site is now home to more than 30 food writers and welcomes more than 50,000 visitors every month. Jersey Bites engages with over 30,000 fans daily on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Deborah served as a founding member of Jersey Shore Restaurant Week and most recently as a judge for Jersey Shore Restaurant Week’s Taste Awards. Over the years, she has served as a judge for numerous food competitions and been invited to speak about food in New Jersey both live and on the air. Deborah was born and raised on the Jersey Shore. She lives in Point Pleasant Beach, New Jersey.


Newtown Bookshop Educator’s Night

Wednesday, May 18 – 7:00pm

You are invited to Newtown Bookshop’s Educator Night on Wednesday, May 18th at 7pm!   We will have Reps from different Publisher’s: Random House, Penguin, and Barron’s on hand to show you what is new, plus other Publishers have sent information for you.  Our focus will be grades K-6.  You will also find out about the different programs available at the Newtown Bookshop.   We will have give-aways, raffles and discounts available and of course, refreshments!

This event is free, but space is very limited, so you must sign up ASAP by calling 215-968-2400 or email

Click here for a flyer for your teacher’s room at school.


Daytime Book Club

Thursday, May 19 – 11:15am

Crash Course: Essays from Where Writing and Life Collide by Robin Black

Author Robin Black (“Life Drawing”) will be joining us to discuss her book “Crash Course: Essays from Where Writing and Life Collide” during the
May Daytime Bookclub!  All are invited!  FREE EVENT!



Evening Book Club

Tuesday, May 31 – 7:00pm

Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams

“In the summer of 1966, Christina Tiny Hardcastle stands on the brink of a breathtaking future. Unlike her spirited sisters, Tiny was the consummate well-behaved debutante, poised and picture-perfect, raised to serve as a consort to a great man. Now, as her handsome husband, Frank, runs for a Massachusetts seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, that long-sought destiny lies nearly within reach.
But behind her glamorous facade, Tiny’s flawless life is cracking. She and Frank both have secrets in their pasts that could shatter their political ambitions and the intricate truce of their marriage. So when two unwelcome visitors arrive at the Hardcastle family’s Cape Cod estate Frank’s cousin Caspian, a Vietnam war hero who knows a thing or two about Tiny’s hidden past, and an envelope containing incriminating photographs Tiny is forced into a reckless gamble against a house that always, always wins.”