The Animal’s Companion: People & Their Pets, a 26,000-Year Love Story

By Jacky Colliss Harvey. A unique, compelling exploration of the universal human need for animal companions — from dogs and cats to horses, birds, house-rabbits, and even exotica such as lizards and snakes — through the eyes of an historical detective and devoted pet-lover.
The earliest evidence of a human and a pet can be traced as far back as 26,000 BC in France, where a boy and his “canid” took a walk through a cave. Their foot and paw prints were preserved together on the muddy cave floor, and smoke from the torch the boy carried was left on the walls, allowing archaeologists to carbon-date their journey. Our innate and undeniable need to live in the close company of animals is evident since pre-historic times.

In The Animal’s Companion, bestselling author, acclaimed cultural detective and lifelong pet owner Jacky Colliss Harvey uses her compelling storytelling skills and keen eye for historical investigation to examine our role as animals’ companions, in this exploration of the history not of the pet, but of us as pet owners.

Drawing on literary, artistic, and archaeological evidence over thousands of years of human experience, she examines the when, the how, and the why of our connection to those animals we take into our lives, assessing these against the latest scientific thinking, and suggesting new insights into this most long-standing of all human love affairs.

“Voices of Freedom, Resistance & Change” on May 21st at Byrd’s Books

Join us Tuesday May 21st at 7:00pm as we explore books that “Celebrate Black History and The African-American Experience For Youth & Young Adults”. This is a talk and slide show given by Robert A. Zupperoli, Educator and Children’s Literature Consultant.

Do you want more diversity in your classroom literature selection? Do you need to update your classroom selection for Black History Month? Do you personally want to know more about the most recent offerings in multicultural literature? Join us for an evening presentation of the newest and award-winning literature that focuses on black history in the United States.

 

Free and open to all. Please register to save a spot.

A special 25% off sale will be featured on selected titles for attendees.

Manifest Your Year with Melanie Barnum at Byrd’s Books on June 6th

Join us Thursday June 6th as Byrd’s Books welcomes back Melanie Barnum with her new Book, “Manifest Your Year: Exercises to Make Your Wishes Come True”  To save a spot or save a book, click HERE.

About the book:

Manifest your best life! If you are looking to create a life you’ll love this book is for you. Manifest Your Year gives you 52 simple to use manifestation exercises to bring about all of the changes you want. You need only believe it to achieve it! So often we are afraid or even embarrassed to think we deserve to have what we want–but that time is over! This book will help you discover just how painless it can be to attain exactly what we want and more! What have you been waiting for? This easy to use guide can be used weekly, following the book in the order it was written, or you can pick and choose which positive spell works for you, in the moment, to fulfill your desires. Each exercise has been created by Melanie Barnum, intuitively, to be fun and straightforward, yet effective, to produce the shifts you are hoping for.

 

About the author:

Melanie Barnum (Bethel, CT) is a psychic medium, intuitive counselor, life coach, and hypnotist who has been practicing professionally for more than fifteen years. She was a VIP Reader at Psych Out, a gathering of the nation’s foremost psychics, organized by Court TV. Barnum is also an Angelspeake Facilitator, a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH), and the International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT).

Easter Story Time & Craft Time Wednesday at 10

On Wednesday April 17th we will have Easter stories for little ones at Byrd’s Books is followed by Craft Time at The Toy Room.

No registration is required and all ages are welcome. We usually read to ages 2-5 years old, but will read stories catered to the ages that attend that morning!

Chicken Soup for the Soul Life Lessons from the Dog: 101 Tales of Family, Friendship & Fun

By Amy Newark. (Bethel’s Sharon Struth has a story in the book!) You can’t help but be changed when you have a dog. They teach us about devotion, loyalty, and the value of living in the moment. They show us how to appreciate every day, and somehow, in those deep eyes, we learn about ourselves as well, becoming better humans.Our canine companions teach us many lessons, from their puppy days to their quiet senior years. Along the way they keep us company, provide unconditional love, and share in the ups and downs of our lives. These 101 real-life stories will delight dog lovers of all kinds. You’ll laugh a lot, tear up at times, and nod your head in recognition as you read these tales about the wonderful experience of sharing life with a dog. Part of the proceeds go to support the work of American Humane, providing a better life for dogs everywhere.

Lost Roses

By Martha Hall Kelly.The million-copy bestseller Lilac Girls introduced the real-life heroine Caroline Ferriday. Now Lost Roses, set a generation earlier and also inspired by true events, features Caroline’s mother, Eliza, and follows three equally indomitable women from St. Petersburg to Paris under the shadow of World War I.

“Not only a brilliant historical tale, but a love song to all the ways our friendships carry us through the worst of times.”Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours

It is 1914, and the world has been on the brink of war so often, many New Yorkers treat the subject with only passing interest. Eliza Ferriday is thrilled to be traveling to St. Petersburg with Sofya Streshnayva, a cousin of the Romanovs. The two met years ago one summer in Paris and became close confidantes. Now Eliza embarks on the trip of a lifetime, home with Sofya to see the splendors of Russia: the church with the interior covered in jeweled mosaics, the Rembrandts at the tsar’s Winter Palace, the famous ballet.

But when Austria declares war on Serbia and Russia’s imperial dynasty begins to fall, Eliza escapes back to America, while Sofya and her family flee to their country estate. In need of domestic help, they hire the local fortune-teller’s daughter, Varinka, unknowingly bringing intense danger into their household.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Eliza is doing her part to help the White Russian families find safety as they escape the revolution. But when Sofya’s letters suddenly stop coming, she fears the worst for her best friend.

From the turbulent streets of St. Petersburg and aristocratic countryside estates to the avenues of Paris where a society of fallen Russian émigrés live to the mansions of Long Island, the lives of Eliza, Sofya, and Varinka will intersect in profound ways. In her newest powerful tale told through female-driven perspectives, Martha Hall Kelly celebrates the unbreakable bonds of women’s friendship, especially during the darkest days of history.

Educator Night at Byrd’s Books!

Dear Educators,

We would like to thank you for all that you do with a night just for educators! You are invited to join us Friday June 7th from 5:30pm-8:00pm for a festive evening of a Wine & Cheese reception, discussions with authors, publisher promotions and gifts with a 30% OFF SALE any book in the store.

Registration required, click HERE. We reserve the right to limit attendance due to space.

Very casual, just a chance to visit and talk books!

The sale does not include author event books, special orders or already deep discounted books. 

Please bring school ID if this is your first time visiting Byrd’s Books!

Independent Bookstore Day is Saturday April 27th!

Byrd’s Books is thrilled to participate in the 5th annual Independent Bookstore Day!

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. But in addition to authors, refreshments, kids events, contests, and other fun stuff, there are exclusive books and literary items that you can only get on that day. Not before. Not after. Not online.

 

Some of the exclusive Independent BookstoreDay merchandise:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signings:

SIGNINGS: James Smith will be at the store from 1:00-2:30pm to sign his book, “Opinionated Women in the Land of Steady Habits”. Sharon Struth will be here from 2:30-4:00pm to sign her chapter of “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Life Lessons from the Dog: 101 Tales of Family, Friendship & Fun”

 

SPECIAL ITEMS: On Saturday April 27th, all day, we will have special merchandise and store specials throughout the day in celebration of Independent Bookstore Day.

FREE LISTENING: Also, Libro.fm will be giving away FREE digital audiobooks to folks who visit us during the day- wow!! Learn more by asking at the store.

CT BOOK CRAWL: In addition, Connecticut Bookstores have a scavenger hunt that could get you a total of $850 in gift certificates to Connecticut’s bookstores! Visit all 17 stores in two days to get qualified!! (see details below).

 

Connecticut Book Crawl RULES AND PRIZES:

• This event takes place over IBD weekend (Saturday, April 27th, and Sunday, April 28th) during each bookstore’s business hours.

  • Participants can pick up a passport at any of the 17 bookstores on Independent Bookstore Day.
  • Participants must visit ALL bookstores to qualify for the passport prize and gain entry to win a Grand Prize.
  • No purchase is required to participate.
  • Each participating bookstore will issue an original stamp/sticker in the passport during your visit.
  • Upon completion of the passport, a bookseller at the final stop will review the stamps and confirm your eligibility to win. You will be asked to fill out a form with your contact information, which will be used to mail Passport Prizes and for entry into the Grand Prize.

• Participants can finish their passport at ANY of the stores and are welcome to keep their passports.

Passport Prize: A coupon from each of the 17 participating stores for 20% off a purchase on a future visit (some exclusions apply). Awarded to everyone who completes the passport by visiting ALL 17 participating bookstores!

Grand Prize: One $50 gift certicate to each of the 17 participating bookstores (a $850 value), awarded to five, randomly-drawn Passport Prize winners.

Click HERE for the passport and have two days of fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime; Stories from a South African Childhood; Adapted for Young Readers

By Trevor Noah. Trevor Noah, the funny guy who hosts The Daily Show, shares his remarkable story of growing up in South Africa, with a black South African mother and a white European father at a time when it was against the law for a mixed-race child like him to exist. But he did exist–and from the beginning, the often-misbehaved Trevor used his keen smarts and humor to navigate a harsh life under a racist government.

This compelling memoir blends drama, comedy, and tragedy to depict the day-to-day trials that turned a boy into a young man. In a country where racism barred blacks from social, educational, and economic opportunity, Trevor surmounted staggering obstacles and created a promising future for himself, thanks to his mom’s unwavering love and indomitable will.

It’s Trevor Noah: Born a Crime not only provides a fascinating and honest perspective on South Africa’s racial history, but it will also astound and inspire young readers looking to improve their own lives.

Knights vs. Dinosaurs

Renowned for their courage, their chivalry, and their ability to fight mythical creatures, the Knights of the Round Table must face their most dangerous opponents yet—DINOSAURS!

By Matt Phelan. This heavily illustrated middle grade novel from award-winning author and artist Matt Phelan is a hilarious, rip-roaring tale of derring-do perfect for reluctant readers and fans of How to Train Your Dragon and The Terrible Two.

Let me tell you a secret about the Knights of the Round Table: they don’t have much to do. The realm is at peace and dragons are few and far between. So Merlin decides to send the knights out on a real adventure to a world filled with the most terrible lizards of all: DINOSAURS!

Knights vs. Dinosaurs is a highly illustrated, fast-paced adventure full of uproarious knightly hijinks, surprising secrets, and terrifying dinosaurs. With art on nearly every page, including an epic fight scene depicted in several graphic-novel style spreads, this engaging story is Monty Python for young middle school readers.

A great choice for reluctant readers, aspiring knights, and fans of Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot.

wwd