A Carnival of Losses: Notes Nearing Ninety

By Donald Hall. Presents a collection of essays on old age, touching upon such topics as the pleasures of solitude, the death of his wife, and the author’s literary friendships over the decades.

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Clock Dance

By Anne Tyler. After receiving a call from a stranger about her son’s ex-girlfriend being injured, Willa flies across the country to Baltimore to take care of her and her nine-year-old daughter.

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Bookmark Contest Winners 2018

Congratulation to all of our Bookmark Contest Winners!…..and thank you to our judges for their time.

Each of you gets 25 copies of your bookmark in print and a $25 gift certificate!

PreK-3: Sienna Troetti- Berry School

4-5: Sophia Goncalves- RMT Johnson School

6-8: Isabella Trejos- Bethel Middle School

9-12: Adelina Fardella- Immaculate High School

Adult: Kate Broomhead

AND congratulations to all of our Honorable Mentions! you each get a $10.00 gift certificate to the store!

Honorable Mention: PreK-3- Abrar Karim

6-8: Lilly Carter- BMS and Rachel Greene-BMS

9-12: Celia Preveza- Immaculate High School

Adult: Michaela Beaudry

NOTE: we had SO many entries from all the categories- this was a very tough year to choose. We had 87 entries in the middle school category alone-wow!

We are closed July 4th

Byrd’s Books is closed July 4th, and will re-open to regular hours on Thursday July 5th. Enjoy the holiday!

Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction

By Jeff Vandermeer. Wonderbook has become the definitive guide to writing science fiction and fantasy by offering an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism. It also exploits the visual nature of genre culture and employs bold, full-color drawings, maps, renderings, and visualizations to stimulate creative thinking. On top of all that, the book features sidebars and essays from some of the biggest names working in the field today, including George R. R. Martin, Lev Grossman, Neil Gaiman, Michael Moorcock, and Karen Joy Fowler.

For the fifth anniversary of the original publication, Jeff VanderMeer has added an additional 50 pages of diagrams, illustrations, and writing exercises creating the ultimate volume of inspiring advice that is also a stunning and inspiring object.

When the English Fall

By David Williams.

A riveting and unexpected novel that questions whether a peaceful and non- violent community can survive when civilization falls apart.

Again, all are asleep, but I am not. I need sleep, but though I read and I pray, I feel too awake. My mind paces the floor.

There are shots now and again, bursts here and there, far away, and I cannot sleep. I think of this man in his hunger, shot like a rabbit raiding a garden. For what, Lord? For stealing corn intended for pigs and cattle, like the hungry prodigal helpless in a strange land.

I can hear his voice.

When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community is caught up in the devastating aftermath. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) in the cities become increasingly desperate, they begin to invade nearby farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the gentle communities.

Written as the diary of an Amish farmer named Jacob who tries to protect his family and his way of life, When the English Fallexamines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos. Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they do, can they survive?

David Williams’s debut novel is a thoroughly engrossing look into the closed world of the Amish, as well as a thought-provoking examination of how we live today and what remains if the center cannot hold.

Bethel Summerfest & Sidewalk Sale

Byrd’s Books will be out on the sidewalk and inside the store with specials on Saturday July 14th! Many books and gifts on the sidewalk Saturday will sell from $1.00-$5.00 with special offers in the store, as well.

Here are some special coupons just for you.

See you then…

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My Absolute Darling

By Gabriel Tallent.

INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
LA TIMES BOOK PRIZE FINALIST
NBCC JOHN LEONARD PRIZE FINALIST
ONE OF THE NEW YORK TIMES’S MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017
ONE OF THE WASHINGTON POST’S MOST NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2017
ONE OF NPR’S ‘GREAT READS’ OF 2017
USA TODAY BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
AN AMAZON.COM BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
BUSINESS INSIDER BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR

“Impossible to put down.” NPR

“A novel that readers will gulp down, gasping.” —The Washington Post

“The word ‘masterpiece’ has been cheapened by too many blurbs, but My Absolute Darling absolutely is one.” —Stephen King

A brilliant and immersive, all-consuming read about one fourteen-year-old girl’s heart-stopping fight for her own soul.

Turtle Alveston is a survivor. At fourteen, she roams the woods along the northern California coast. The creeks, tide pools, and rocky islands are her haunts and her hiding grounds, and she is known to wander for miles. But while her physical world is expansive, her personal one is small and treacherous: Turtle has grown up isolated since the death of her mother, in the thrall of her tortured and charismatic father, Martin. Her social existence is confined to the middle school (where she fends off the interest of anyone, student or teacher, who might penetrate her shell) and to her life with her father.

Then Turtle meets Jacob, a high-school boy who tells jokes, lives in a big clean house, and looks at Turtle as if she is the sunrise. And for the first time, the larger world begins to come into focus: her life with Martin is neither safe nor sustainable. Motivated by her first experience with real friendship and a teenage crush, Turtle starts to imagine escape, using the very survival skills her father devoted himself to teaching her. What follows is a harrowing story of bravery and redemption. With Turtle’s escalating acts of physical and emotional courage, the reader watches, heart in throat, as this teenage girl struggles to become her own hero—and in the process, becomes ours as well.

Shot through with striking language in a fierce natural setting,My Absolute Darling is an urgently told, profoundly moving read that marks the debut of an extraordinary new writer.

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The Lost Continent

By Tui Sutherland. After finding another continent on the planet, the dragons discover a new tribe.

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Hurricane Katrina Rescue

By Kate Messner. Ranger, the time-traveling search-and-rescue dog, travels to New Orleans as Hurricane Katrina approaches, threatening a young girl who is separated from her family members when the levees break. By the award-winning author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.

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