Susan’s Staff Pick – “The Fireman”

The Fireman by Joe Hill

First, the Fireman isn’t really a fireman. He wears a fireman jacket and boots to mix and mingle with the fireman who put out blazes and sometimes join Cremation Squads to kill and cremate anyone showing signs of the new plague… dragonscale.

Dragonscale, carried by a spore, beginning with the advent of black and gold scrollwork visible on the skin and usually resulting in spontaneous combustion.

Unless you learn to accommodate the spore within your body. This is the story of some who did just that. At times heartbreaking, sometimes terrifying and usually unpredictable. A good story!

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July Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

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

 

An Evening with David Sibley

Monday, July 11 – 7:00pm

Churchville Nature Center
501 Churchville Lane
Churchville, PA 18966

Please join the Churchville Nature Center and the Newtown Bookshop as we welcome David Sibley on July 11th at 7pm at the Churchville Nature Center.  David will be speaking and talking about his newly update guide “The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Eastern North America”!   There is limited seating so please reserve your spot early.   $5.00 per seat that can be used toward the purchase of one of David Sibley’s books.

CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS NOW

All Sales are Final – No Refunds Given

Only books bought from the Newtown Bookshop for the event will be allowed to be signed.

David Allen Sibley is an American ornithologist. He is the author and illustrator of The Sibley Guide to Birds, considered by many to be the most comprehensive guide for North American field identification.

 

An Evening with Beatriz Williams

Tuesday, July 12 – 7:00pm

Free Library of Northampton Township
25 Upper Holland Road
Richboro, PA 18954

Please join us as we welcome New York Times Bestselling Author of A Hundred Summers and Tiny Little Thing, Beatriz Williams! She will be joining us at the Free Library of Northampton Township on July 12th at 7pm to talk about her new book, A Certain Age. This is a FREE EVENT and all are welcome!   Please reserve your seat now!

Click Here to Reserve Your Seat for this Free Event

“As the freedom of the Jazz Age transforms New York City, the iridescent Mrs. Theresa Marshall of Fifth Avenue and Southampton, Long Island, has done the unthinkable: she’s fallen in love with her young paramour, Captain Octavian Rofrano, a handsome aviator and hero of the Great War. An intense and deeply honorable man, Octavian is devoted to the beautiful socialite of a certain age and wants to marry her. While times are changing and she does adore the Boy, divorce for a woman of Theresa’s wealth and social standing is out of the question, and there is no need; she has an understanding with Sylvo, her generous and well-respected philanderer husband.

But their relationship subtly shifts when her bachelor brother, Ox, decides to tie the knot with the sweet younger daughter of a newly wealthy inventor. Engaging a longstanding family tradition, Theresa enlists the Boy to act as her brother’s cavalier, presenting the family’s diamond rose ring to Ox’s intended, Miss Sophie Fortescue and to check into the background of the little-known Fortescue family. When Octavian meets Sophie, he falls under the spell of the pretty ingenue, even as he uncovers a shocking family secret. As the love triangle of Theresa, Octavian, and Sophie progresses, it transforms into a saga of divided loyalties, dangerous revelations, and surprising twists that will lead to a shocking transgression . . . and eventually force Theresa to make a bittersweet choice.

Full of the glamour, wit and delicious twists that are the hallmarks of Beatriz Williams fiction and alternating between Sophie s spirited voice and Theresa’s vibrant timbre, A Certain Age is a beguiling reinterpretation of Richard Strauss’s comic opera Der Rosenkavalier, set against the sweeping decadence of Gatsby’s New York.”

Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, July 14 – 6:30-7:30pm

Welcome Poetry Lovers!   All Are Invited!

The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they’ve written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets.  In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group’s activities.  If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at lynn.fanok@gmail.com

The meeting will be facilitated by Lynn Fanok, who has written a collection of poems about her experiences as a survivor’s daughter examining her family, memory, and history. Her poetry has appeared in Burnt Bridge and other journals. Lynn holds degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University and Arcadia University. You’ll find some of her poetry at lynnfanok.weebly.com.

 

 

 

Daytime Book Club

Thursday, July 21 – 11:15am

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The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.
Tom, who keeps meticulous records and whose moral principles have withstood a horrific war, wants to report the man and infant immediately. But Isabel insists the baby is a gift from God, and against Tom s judgment, they claim her as their own and name her Lucy. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Evening Book Club

Tuesday, July 26- 7:00pm

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The Garden of Burning Sand by Corban Addison

Zoe Fleming, an accomplished young human rights attorney, has made a life for herself in Zambia, far from her estranged father–an American business mogul with presidential aspirations–and from the devastating betrayals of her past.
When a young girl with Down syndrome is sexually assaulted in a Lusaka slum, Zoe joins Zambian police officer Joseph Kabuta in investigating the rape. Piecing together clues from the victim’s past, they discover an unsettling connection between the girl–Kuyeya–and a powerful Zambian family who will stop at nothing to bury the truth.
As they are drawn deeper into the complex web of characters behind this appalling crime, Zoe and Joseph forge a bond of trust and friendship that slowly transforms into love. Opposed on all sides, they find themselves caught in a dangerous clash between the forces of justice and power. To successfully prosecute Kuyeya’s attacker and build a future with Joseph, Zoe must risk her life and her heart–and confront the dark past she thought she had left behind.

 

Where’s Waldo Celebration

Wednesday, July 27 – 7:00pm

Help us wrap up our month-long Where’s Waldo Scavenger Hunt with a grand celebration! There will be refreshments, prize drawings, and even more Waldo fun!

Waldo will be hiding in 20 businesses around Newtown. Get a passport from the Newtown Bookshop or any participating business and start the hunt or click below to print your copy.  When you find Waldo in each business, they will stamp or sign your passport.

Click Here for the Where’s Waldo Passport

When you’ve collected at least 10 different store stamps/signatures, bring them to The Newtown Bookshop, your FIND WALDO LOCAL headquarters, to claim a “Waldo” button and a “$1 Off” coupon (limited to first 100 Waldo spotters).

If you collect at least 16 of the 20 possible store stamps/signatures, bring your passport to The Newtown Bookshop to get a Waldo button and a coupon PLUS be entered in a drawing for set of Waldo books and other great prizes.

Where’s Waldo? is back!

Announcing . . . FIND WALDO IN Newtown!

This July, our bookstore will once again be hosting an exciting month-long scavenger hunt to find Waldo in participating local businesses. July 1st – 27th!

Waldo will be hiding in 20 businesses around Newtown. Get a passport from the Newtown Bookshop or any participating business and start the hunt or click below to print your copy.  When you find Waldo in each business, they will stamp or sign your passport.

When you’ve collected at least 10 different store stamps/signatures, bring them to The Newtown Bookshop, your FIND WALDO LOCAL headquarters, to claim a “Waldo” button and a “$1 Off” coupon (limited to first 100 Waldo spotters).

If you collect at least 16 of the 20 possible store stamps/signatures, bring your passport to The Newtown Bookshop to get a Waldo button and a coupon PLUS be entered in a drawing for set of Waldo books and other great prizes.

Plan to attend the Waldo grand celebration and prize drawing at 7pm on Wednesday, July 27th at the Newtown Bookshop!

Click Here for the Where’s Waldo Passport

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Susan’s Staff Pick – “Everyone Brave is Forgiven”

Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

There isn’t enough room here to describe this novel and how much I loved it.

Chris Cleave is British; all of his grandparents were involved in some way in WWII and he incorporated some of their stories within this novel to give us pictures of the women at home in London, teaching children in a makeshift school and driving ambulances at night during the bombings; we can picture some of the hardship of the blockade, siege and bombing of Malta and we lean how through all odds, people could still remain optimistic and hopeful for the future.

The writing is beautiful, insightful and often witty. The character become important to us and some of the horror of war is revealed. 5 stars

Julie’s Staff Pick – “Before the Fall”

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley

 Two people survive a chartered plane crash into the Atlantic Ocean — the young son of a very powerful man and a struggling artist. The boy’s family and everyone else on the flight perish. What happened and who is this artist?

I’ve recently struggled to find a book that will really hook me. This one, I’m happy to say, did the trick. It’s well crafted, cleverly plotted, and completely engaging… in an I-can’t-put-it-down way. At its heart, the book is about how we see ourselves and how others see us. This theme is communicated through suspense, smart dialogue, and an all-around excellent story.

June Calendar

Children’s Storytime 

EVERY THURSDAY! 10:15am

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

 

An Evening with Michael Pogach

Thursday, June 2 – 6:30pm

Please join us as we welcome Michael Pogach, the author of The Spider in the Laurel!  Michael will be joining us on June 2nd at 6:30pm at the Newtown Bookshop. This is a FREE event, all are welcome!

About the book:   “In the Citizen’s Republic of America, religion is outlawed. Professor Rafael Ward is an everyman capable of the kinds of decisions most everymen cannot stomach, and he has been tasked by Relic Enforcement Command with destroying the very artifacts he cherishes. It will take the uncompromising faith of an outlaw as an ally, and the acceptance of his guilt for his mother’s death, to help Ward break free of the government’s yoke. If he’s lucky, he might also prevent an apocalyptic future for which his secular world is completely unprepared. The Spider in the Laurel questions the methods of both governmental authority and those attempting to subvert the status quo. It presents two unique visions: a new, never-before-heard fairy tale; and an alternate take on the concept of creation from Genesis and other narratives based on ancient and Dark Age mythologies. It straddles the line between simple adventure and the type of novel that can force a reader to question their beliefs.”

About the author:    Michael Pogach grew up in Holland, Pennsylvania, with parents who encouraged him to read, read, read. Somewhere in those early years he began writing. His mother is fond of telling him (and anyone else) that in those early stories, everyone died.

Currently an English Professor in the Lehigh Valley, Michael spent a number of years traveling the US, studying in Scotland, and backpacking across Europe. Many of the cities and cathedrals he visited during that time are highlighted in The Spider in the Laurel. Yes, every time protagonist Rafe stares up at a basilica’s tower, he is following in Michael’s neck-aching footsteps. Every time the mysterious MacKenzie charges through an alley, Michael was there first, trying to find his way back to his hostel.

The Spider in the Laurel is Michael’s first novel. He is hard at work on a sequel, plus a new novel project and numerous short stories.

 

Monthly Poetry Club

Thursday, June 9 – 6:30-7:30pm

Welcome Poetry Lovers!   All Are Invited!

Summertime is here and so is vacation time! I’ll be out, but our group continues on course with Larry Bullock as the evening’s host. Bring a poem and a friend! Cheers, Larry!

Coming in July : Featured poet, Steve Nolan.

*** If you are interested in sharing a collection of poems, please email Lynn at lynn.fanok@gmail.com

The first half of the monthly meeting is devoted to a reading by a featured poet from the group or by a published poet. The second half hour allows open mike time for group members to share a few poems they’ve written, or they may choose to read poems written by their favorite poets.  In the future, we may include poetry workshops to the group’s activities.

The meeting will be facilitated by Lynn Fanok, who has written a collection of poems about her experiences as a survivor’s daughter examining her family, memory, and history. Her poetry has appeared in Burnt Bridge and other journals. Lynn holds degrees in English from The Pennsylvania State University and Arcadia University. You’ll find some of her poetry at lynnfanok.weebly.com.

All are invited and welcome to join us!

An Evening with Lisa Unger

Monday, June 13 – 7:00pm

Please join us as we welcome New York Times Best-selling author, Lisa Unger on June 13th at the Free Library of Northampton Township where she will be speaking and telling us about her new novel “Ink and Bone”. Lisa Unger is an award-winning New York Timesand internationally bestselling author.  Most recently, In the Blood won the Silver Falchion Award for Best Crime Thriller.  Her novels have sold more than 2 million copies and have been translated into twenty-six languages.  Unger lives in Clearwater Beach, Florida with her husband, daughter, and labradoodle.

Now, in INK AND BONE available June 7th, Unger immerses us in the world of a young woman whose mysterious psychic abilities draw her into the middle of the dangerous investigation of a little girl’s abduction.

Visited by apparitions and haunted by prophetic dreams since childhood, twenty-year-old Finley Montgomery has never fully been able to control or understand the things that happen to her.  With her powers growing and her personal life in a shambles, she turns to the only person who may be able to help—her grandmother.  Finley moves in with Eloise Montgomery, a renowned medium living in The Hollows, a seemingly quiet place in upstate New York, hoping to harness her “gift.”  Yet her troubles follow her in more ways than one.

Merri Gleason is nearing the end of her rope after a ten-month-long search for her missing daughter, Abbey.  With nearly all hope extinguished, she resorts to hiring Jones Cooper, a no-nonsense police officer turned private detective who often calls upon Eloise’s supernatural aid when traditional leads run dry.  Merri’s not a believer, but she’s desperate enough to try anything, certain that time is running out.

Concealed in a cold, tiny barn room, far from anything she used to know, Penny is captive to strangers she knows only as Mama, Poppa, and Bobo.  Like Finley, Penny sees things that other people can’t see, hears things that others can’t hear.  That’s why she was brought to this awful place—and why she can’t leave.

As a harsh winter blows into The Hollows, Finley, Merri, and Penny are on an inexorable path toward a snowy showdown with much more at stake than even the fate of a missing girl.  As Finley digs deeper into the endless layers and shades of her new small town, she is forced to examine the past, even as she tries to glimpse the future.  Only one thing is clear: The Hollows gets what it wants, no matter what.

Delving deep into issues of identity, family, trauma, fear, and the corrosive nature of secrets and lies, INK AND BONE is full of Lisa Unger’s signature twists and turns, all leading to a heart-wrenching, shocking conclusion.

 

 

Cookbook Club “Literate Epicures” 

Tuesday, June 14 – 7:00pm

We will be reviewing Dishing Up New Jersey: 150 Recipes from the Garden State by John Holl! And we are very excited and honored that John Holl will be joining us in the discussion! All are invited!   Choose a recipe out of Dishing Up New Jersey, please let us know what recipe you will be bringing and to get on our cookbook club contact list.

 

Daytime Book Club

Thursday, June 16 – 11:15am

A Hundred Summers by Beatriz Williams

We will be discussing “A Hundred Summers” by Beatriz Williams.   All are welcome to join us!
Memorial Day, 1938
Lily Dane has returned to Seaview, Rhode Island, where her family has summered for generations. It s an escape not only from New York’s social scene but from a heartbreak that still haunts her. Here, among the seaside community that has embraced her since childhood, she finds comfort in the familiar rituals of summer.
But this summer is different. Budgie and Nick Greenwald, Lily’s former best friend and former fiance, have arrived, too, and Seaview’s elite are abuzz. Under Budgie’s glamorous influence, Lily is seduced into a complicated web of renewed friendship and dangerous longing.
As a cataclysmic hurricane churns north through the Atlantic, and uneasy secrets slowly reveal themselves, Lily and Nick must confront an emotional storm that will change their worlds forever.

 

Evening Book Club

Tuesday, June 28 – 7:00pm

The Residence: Inside the Private World of  The White House by Kate Andersen Brower

A remarkable history with elements of both In the President’s Secret Service and The Butler, The Residence offers an intimate account of the service staff of the White House, from the Kennedys to the Obamas.

America’s First Families are unknowable in many ways. No one has insight into their true character like the people who serve their meals and make their beds every day. Full of stories and details by turns dramatic, humorous, and heartwarming, The Residence reveals daily life in the White House as it is really lived through the voices of the maids, butlers, cooks, florists, doormen, engineers, and others who tend to the needs of the President and First Family.

These dedicated professionals maintain the six-floor mansion’s 132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, three elevators, and eight staircases, and prepare everything from hors d oeuvres for intimate gatherings to meals served at elaborate state dinners. Over the course of the day, they gather in the lower level’s basement kitchen to share stories, trade secrets, forge lifelong friendships, and sometimes even fall in love.

Combining incredible first-person anecdotes from extensive interviews with scores of White House staff members many speaking for the first time with archival research, Kate Andersen Brower tells their story. She reveals the intimacy between the First Family and the people who serve them, as well as tension that has shaken the staff over the decades. From the housekeeper and engineer who fell in love while serving President Reagan to Jackie Kennedy’s private moment of grief with a beloved staffer after her husband s assassination to the tumultuous days surrounding President Nixon’s resignation and President Clinton’s impeachment battle, The Residence is full of surprising and moving details that illuminate day-to-day life at the White House.

Susan’s Staff Pick – “Smoke”

Smoke by Dan Vyleta

Vyleta has given us an alternative history of England — one in which a person’s wicked deeds, bad thoughts or unsavory character is revealed by the way in which his body smokes and leaves soot and gray residue behind on clothes, furniture and in the air. The story begins in a boys’ boarding school. The aristocracy sends their sons to an exclusive school in order to be educated but most importantly in order to learn how to control themselves so they don’t smoke. The upper classes are meant to be above the sooty city streets and their workers with grimy homes. They are meant to rule over these others. Simple enough until you add the secrets, the politics, the revolutionaries, the faulty knowledge, the scientists and the criminal subculture whose drugs enable one to avoid smoking.

This is a well written, imaginative adventure filled with romance, intrigue, murder and the quest for truth. I loved it.”