Books and Giftsi
This photo is of Henry, one of our adopted bookstore cats. We have had several over our 40 plus years of business. First was Puddy Wuddy Bell, a black and white cat who appeared from under our aged building. There is a great picture of her posing herself next to an exact china replica of herself.
Shreddy is the cat most people remember. He would fall asleep, upright, on top of any flat surface, then gradually, his head would droop until it touched his toes, and there he would remain. Henry was our most recent cat. The only funny cat we’ve ever known. He may have had an injury to his hindquarters, or a birth defect, because he was incredibly clumsy. He couldn’t jump to a rail, but had to haul himself up, then he’d probably fall off, completely unconcerned.He wagged his tail, very thick and muscular, when he was happy. He loved our garden, and would stalk through beds with just the tip of his tail showing,then run to us, and fall over midway.
HAMISH is here! Another orange cat, perhaps two years old, he came to
us from Judy Latta’s glass shop on the bayfront. She does a cat rescue/neuter program, supported by proceeds from her shop. Hamish was
a part feral cat who lived around an old man’s home. He is a charmer. Loves to be outside, at ease with dogs. When the weather cools enough to have the doors closed here, we will bring him in a few days a week. After six weeks, he is adjusting well, comes to meet us each day, also a great tail
The bookstore is open from 10 a.m to 5 pm Monday through Thursday, 10 til 8 p.m.on Friday, . We are closed on Saturday & Sunday. For any changes in hours please see the about hours page
WE HAVE EXCELLENT SECTIONS OF MYSTERIES, FICTION, HISTORY
BIOGRAPHY, ESSAY. COOKING, OREGON both fiction and history, AND
WE SPECIALIZE IN CHILDREN’S’ BOOKS: FROM BOARD BOOKS FOR BABIES; PICTURE BOOKS FOR 2-7 YEAR OLDS; AND FICTION FOR
7-12 YEAR OLDS AND YOUNG ADULT, 12 AND UP. WE CARRY ALMOST
ALL OF THE POPULAR SERIES, AND KEEP CURRENT ON NEW ADDITIONS TO THEM. DOVER COLORING BOOKS ARE IN CONSTANT
DEMAND, AND WE GET THEM IN WEEKLY,
SINCE WE CAN NO LONGER CARRY ALL THE BOOKS WE WOULD LIKE, IF YOU ORDER BY 3.30 P.M. WE WILL HAVE YOUR BOOKS BY 10 A.M. THE NEXT DAY WITH THE OCCASIONAL EXCEPTION.Researching and finding books people are looking for is something we love doing, and we are good at it!
We offer good service, good communication, a sense of humor, and an eye for detail. We stock books we like, and our customers appreciate that, while current bestsellers and back stock are also well represented. We have work by local authors too.A quote from a customer today, I’ve been looking on the internet for this
(not a book!), and here is exactly what I want in my local bookstore.
DECEMBER 2014 WAS OUR 43rd ANNIVERSARY. ED AND ROGUEY OPENED THE BOOKSTORE ONE SMALL ROOM, WITH ABOUT 30 SHELVES OF BOOKS.
THANKS TO YOU, WE WERE ABLE TO GROW INTO HALF OF THE BUILDING. THE RESTAURANT OCCUPIES THE OTHER HALF OF OUR
6,000 SQ. FOOT BUILDING.
SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE SALE Our 43rd annual sale will be Wed. Jan 6th 2016,
cash, check and debit with pin only!!! NO CREDIT CARDS!!!
30% OFF EVERYTHING IN STOCK**. ALL BOOKS, CLOTHES, JEWELRY, GIFT ITEMS, CALENDARS, MUSIC, CARDS.
**NO layaways, holds, special orders, pre-sale sales,
We have a display of publisher’s releases every week. All books now have what’s called a street smart date, which is almost always a Tuesday for some reason, so we thought it would be fun to have a special place just for those books. So far, it has had considerable interest especially for those who don’t get to read Publisher’s Weekly.
During the many years we have been reading PW, in the last 25 years or so, we have cut out reviews for books people are unlikely to know about; also if they are especially good reviews. We save them when the book is sold, and put them back in the books when they are in stock again. Look throughout the
store for books with these reviews, they stick up about an inch above the top.
Because we read so many of the books that are reviewed, we have found
we agree with most of the reviewers’ opinions. (good or bad!), so the reviews have become a daily feature of our lives. Fun, and frustrating when a review
cannot be found immediately. We have cut back the reviews we keep from about 1,000 to about 400: we were spending too much time filing and looking
for them. We add several reviews each week, and try to find reviews that
are no long relevant (book sells well without them) to keep the numbers even.
Starred reviews are ones PW considers exceptionally good. (*rev)
MICHAEL GILBERT wrote prolifically during the 40s 50s 60s and 70s.
Primarily a mystery writer, he set many in Europe during World War 11,
combinations of spy thriller and mystery. Now mostly out of print,
I have found a copy of SMALLBONE DECEASED, in a reprint. It is one of my all time favorite Gilbert books, and one of my favorite mysteries.
BISHOP’S WIFE, a contemporary mystery written by a Mormon woman about
mysterious happenings in her ward. I found it to make me quite a bit less
prejudiced about Mormonism. The main character is a very strong woman,
who dislikes many of traditional Mormon values. She is particularly driven
to understand the disappearance of the wife, because of her love for and fear
for her safety, of the child of the marriage. *rev.
MARCO VICHI is a youngish contemporary Italian author who writes about the ’60s in Italy. His detective is middle aged, and was a patriot against the
Germans in WW 11, which leads to fascinating historical insights, and
pretty graphic descriptions of their fighting. Excellent. Has a *Rev
LONGBOURNE charming, terrific, real, true to Austen’s book (Pride and
Prejudice), the below-stairs version, Author Jo Baker is a winner. *rev
One of my favorite comfort authors is Hazel Holt. She writes what could
be classed as cozy mysteries, along the lines of Agatha Christie.
Her detective is a middle aged housewife, in a small village along the southwest coast of England. She has dog/s, cat/s, a growing to adult son, throughout the series. Wicked descriptions of regular characters (her best friend’s mother for example). “fans will enjoy Holt’s stylish writing, dry wit, and clever plots.” (Booklist.) They are mostly out of print, but are gradually being re-released.
During the second world war my mother kept all of Jane Austen’s books on her bedside table, and read from first to last over and over again, for comfort. We lived on the east coast of England, in Suffolk, surrounded by English and American airforce bases, and were in direct line of the bombers heading for London, although not usually a bombing target. Hazel Holt is by no means a Jane Austen, but has some of the qualities of character, village life, and country side descriptions
Who isn’t a cloudspotter? One thing I miss about leaving England is the lack of clouds, or rather, the all or nothing of clouds, here. There they race or dawdle across the sky constantly. A completely blue sky is rare, also a solid gray one. My cloud guide is CLOUDSPOTTER’S GUIDE, by Gavin Pretor-Pinney. Each chapter is headed by a woodcut-like illustration that is
worthy of framing. His information is in a narrative style, and refers to
painters, (della Francesca chose to populate his azure skies with Altocumulus lenticularis). Lenticular clouds are the first ones I learned from
his book, also the easiest. They are the flying saucer clouds seen at mountain tops. You’ll see them on Highway 20. This book can be read almost like a novel. Roguey