Closed Sunday April 16th

We will be closed Sunday April 16th to allow staff to celebrate the Easter Holiday with family.

David Leite’s New memoir is “Notes On a Banana”

Please join us when David returns for a book discussion of this book on Thursday June 15th with our Book Group.

Byrd’s Books welcomed back author David Leite in celebration of his memoir, “Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love, and Manic Depression”. For those of us who were fortunate enough to attend David’s author talk on his last book, “The New Portuguese Table” we got a preview of this new, wonderful book.

Released by Harper Collins April 11th: 

The stunning and long-awaited memoir from the beloved founder of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite s Culinaria a candid, courageous, and at times laugh-out-loud funny story of family, food, mental illness, and sexual identity.

Born into a family of Azorean immigrants, David Leite grew up in the 1960s in a devoutly Catholic, blue-collar, food-crazed Portuguese home in Fall River, Massachusetts. A clever and determined dreamer with a vivid imagination and a flair for the dramatic, “Banana” as his mother endearingly called him, obsessed over proper hair care, yearned to live in a middle-class house with a swinging kitchen door like the ones on television, and fell in love with everything French, thanks to his Portuguese and French-Canadian godmother. But David also struggled with the emotional devastation of bipolar disorder. Until he was diagnosed in his mid-thirties, David found relief from his wild mood swings in cooking, Julia Child, and a Viking stove he named “Thor.”

Notes on a Banana is his heartfelt, unflinchingly honest, yet tender memoir of growing up, accepting himself, and turning his love of food into an award-winning career. Reminiscing about the people and events that shaped him, David looks back at the highs and lows of his life: from his rejection of being gay and his attempt to “turn straight” through Aesthetic Realism, a cult in downtown Manhattan, to becoming a writer, cookbook author, and web publisher, to his twenty-three-year relationship with Alan, known to millions of David s readers as “The One,” which began with (what else?) food. Woven throughout these stories are the dishes David loves the tastes that led him to happiness, health, and success.

A blend of Kay Redfield Jamison s An Unquiet Mind, the food memoirsof Ruth Reichl, Anthony Bourdain, and Gabrielle Hamilton, and the character-rich storytelling of Augusten Burroughs, David Sedaris, and Jenny Lawson, Notes on a Banana is a feast that dazzles, delights, and, ultimately, heals.

About the author:

The winner of multiple James Beard awards, Leite grew up in a blue-collar Portuguese home in Fall River, MA, longing for middle-class stability and struggling with bipolar disorder, which was not diagnosed until his mid-thirties. Meanwhile, he threw himself into cooking.

My review of the book on Goodreads:

In a beautifully written memoir of self-discovery, David Leite takes us on a journey of finding the true balance in his heritage, his sexual orientation, his bi-polar disorder and his deep and abiding love of food. With the anchor of strong family and culture, the author mines the depths of mental illness and the aching journey of diagnosis to find balance and, ultimately, happiness. From the author of the James Beard Award-winning website Leite’s Culinaria, David Leite has given us a feast of a journey to devour in this piercing memoir.

Would like a signed book? Click HERE, and pick it up at the store.

Would you like a signed book mailed to you or a friend? Click HERE.

 

Closed due to weather

We are closed Thursday February 9th due to weather conditions. We hope you have plenty of books to read on your snow day!! Our website is open 24/7 for special orders, or you may call the store and leave a message.

Knitting CANCELED

Knitting Night for Tuesday 1/31 is rescheduled to Tuesday February 7th due to the weather. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Pre-Inventory SALE

book-saleBefore we close for four days to take inventory, we are having a big in-store sale from Tuesday January 3rd through Sunday the 8th! No coupons, just great bargains – check out our list HERE, and drop in for some surprises.

(CLOSED Monday 1/9-Thursday 1/12 to take inventory)

Happy Holidays

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All of us at Byrd’s Books wish you joy in this season of good will. We are open December 31st until 4:00pm, closed January 1st, and will re-open to regular hours Tuesday January 2nd at 10:00a.m.

Holiday Catalogue 2016

To see the full list of books in our 2016 Holiday Catalogue, please click HERE. We have put all the latest titles in one place for your holiday shopping.

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Tea with Henry Whiskers on Saturday February 25th at 3:00pm

the-adventures-of-henry-whiskers-9781481465748_hrTHIS EVENT IS COMPLETELY FULL. If  you signed up, you should have received a confirmation of your registration. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the store. (203) 730-2973.

 

“Tea with Henry Whiskers” is on Saturday February 25th at 3:00pm. Author Gigi Priebe will join us to celebrate the first book in her new series, “The Adventures of Henry Whiskers”. This event is free, but registration is suggested due to space. Click HERE to register.

Lisa, from UK Gourmet, will be here to share “Fun Tea Tips” and help us learn how to make a proper cup of tea! The “Will & Kate” scones will be supplied by Robin of Daily Fare.

 

About the book:

Henry Whiskers must face his fears and rescue his little sister from the scary Rat Alley in this fun, fast-paced debut chapter book set in Queen Mary’s historical dollhouse at Windsor Castle.

Twenty-five generations of Whiskers have lived in Windsor Castle’s most famous exhibit: Queen Mary’s Dollhouse. For young, book-loving Henry Whiskers and his family, this is the perfect place to call home.

But when the dollhouse undergoes unexpected repairs and Henry’s youngest sister, Isabel, goes missing, he risks everything in a whisker-whipping race against time to save her. His rescue mission will take him to the murky and scary world of Rat Alley, and Henry will have to dig deep and find the courage he never knew he had in order to bring his sister back home.

To read the Publisher’s Weekly review, click here.

About the author:

Gigi Priebe is the mother of three, the founder of Stepping Stones, an award-winning children’s museum in Norwalk, CT and the author of The Adventures of Henry Whiskers, the first in her middle grade series. When she is not writing – or rewriting – she is a philanthropic advisor and community volunteer in Fairfield County, Connecticut where she lives with her husband, a cat named Tigger, a dog named Clover, and probably some mice.

To learn more about Queen Mary’s Doll House, click HERE.

An Afternoon of Poetry

In celebration of April’s National Poetry Month, please join us for a very special afternoon of poetry on Sunday April 2nd at 3:00pm. We have lined up Gail Carson Levine, David K. Leff, Lisa Schwartz, Sydney Eddison, Brian Clements with WCSU MFA alumna Kateri Kosek and WCSU MFA student Ben Chase. Light refreshments will be served.

To save a spot, click HERE.

 

Independent Bookstore Day Saturday April 29th

Independent Bookstore Day is a one-day national party that takes place at indie bookstores across the country on the last Saturday in April.  Every store is unique and independent, and every party is different. There are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online. We will have IBD merchandise, refreshments  have lots of in-store specials available ONLY on that day!! We will have in-store specials running throughout the day!

 

Digital Audio for Independent Bookstore Day
In honor of the third annual Independent Bookstore Day on Saturday, April 29th, we are giving away five digital audiobooks from Libro.fm, plus two incredible samplers! Audiobooks include the #1 Indie Next Pick, The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck and David Foster Wallace’s A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again. How do you participate? Easy. Create your Libro.fm account now and you’ll get an email reminder on April 29th to download the free audiobooks. The offer is only valid on April 29th so sign-up today!

Some of the Independent Bookstore Day items available that day only:

 

 

 

 

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