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Weekly Book News

April 23, 2018

Parting is such sweet sorrow...

This Sunday I'm feeling so grateful for the sweet peace that Summer brings. With my first season as shop owner under my belt, I'm relieved and thankful for the hustle and bustle, the daily personal connections and the many great book conversations with all of you. This new slower pace has me reflecting on what we've accomplished and what we can improve. It also has me excited about the extra reading time I've found! I'm happy to say that the newsletter is back on my radar and I will be sending it to you weekly and improving it in ways that I hope will keep us more connected all year round. I'd love to hear your thoughts and suggestions. Thank you for your support and happy reading! Rebecca

Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

Praised by Karin Slaughter and Megan Abbott, The Marsh King’s Daughter is the mesmerizing tale of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father.

Helena Pelletier has a loving husband, two beautiful daughters, and a business that fills her days. But she also has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in nature, and despite her father’s sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too…until she learned precisely how savage he could be.

More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesn’t know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marsh. The police begin a manhunt, but Helena knows they don’t stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh King–because only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter. BUY NOW


Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney

She took 1930s New York by storm, working her way up writing copy for R.H. Macy’s to become the highest paid advertising woman in the country. It was a job that, she says, “in some ways saved my life, and in other ways ruined it.”

Now it’s the last night of 1984 and Lillian, 85 years old but just as sharp and savvy as ever, is on her way to a party. It’s chilly enough out for her mink coat and Manhattan is grittier now—her son keeps warning her about a subway vigilante on the prowl—but the quick-tongued poetess has never been one to scare easily. On a walk that takes her over 10 miles around the city, she meets bartenders, bodega clerks, security guards, criminals, children, parents, and parents-to-be, while reviewing a life of excitement and adversity, passion and heartbreak, illuminating all the ways New York has changed—and has not.

A love letter to city life in all its guts and grandeur, Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney paints a portrait of a remarkable woman across the canvas of a changing America: from the Jazz Age to the onset of the AIDS epidemic; the Great Depression to the birth of hip-hop.

Lillian figures she might as well take her time. For now, after all, the night is still young. BUY NOW


Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber

Serial meets Ruth Ware’s In A Dark, Dark Wood in this inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a megahit podcast that reopens a murder case—and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim’s daughter.

The only thing more dangerous than a lie…is the truth.

Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family and with good reason. After her father’s murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay.

The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past—starting with her last name.

When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a mega hit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie’s father’s murder, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future. BUY NOW


Cookbook Open House

Tuesday, April 24th from 4-6 p.m.

Join us for samples from our current favorite cookbooks, along with wine and special discounts. This month we'll be serving something delicious from the Tacos of Texas by Mando Rayo & Jarod Neece AND Simply Citrus by Marie Asselin.


Celebrating 50/50 Day

Thursday, April 26th from 5-6:30 p.m.

April 26th is International 50/50 Day! What is that you ask? It is all about getting to 50/50…a gender balanced world that is better for EVERYONE. And you are invited to join the celebration!

As some of you know, our fabulous Nori Ann Reed is a Florida delegate for the national organization Vision 2020 from Drexel University. In celebration of the upcoming 100th anniversary of women’s right to vote, Vision 2020 is working, along with many partners including the League of Women Voters, to complete the unfinished business of economic, political and social equality for women.

They have 4 goals in their vision:


  • 50/50 shared leadership in business and government,
  • civic engagement to encourage every eligible woman to vote in 2020,
  • economic parity for women,
  • youth education that supports gender equality.


NO PURCHASE IS REQUIRED! Come have a drink and a nibble, learn about Vision 2020, enter for our door prize and talk to other individuals who care about these issues.

Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 28th is National Independent Bookstore Day and we'll be celebrating ALL DAY with local authors, one-of-a-kind IBD items and fun FREEBIES for book lovers of all ages. Here's just a sample of what we're offering-



10-12 Read to Wila, our Shop Dog. She loves a good story and she'll be happy to let your reluctant reader tell her a story or two!

10-12 Ron Base will be our guest bookseller. He'll be happy to help you pick out a new book or tell you about his wildly popular Sanibel Sunset Detective Series.


All Day- Cookies and coffee, FREE reusable Blu Bag with a $50+ purchase, FREE ice cream cone for kids 12 and under with a book purchase courtesy of the Sanibel Deli. FREE Llama, Llama coloring book and crayons while supplies last. Special gift items only available on IBD and last, but not least, BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF on all in stock hardcovers!

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