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4/19/20 9:00am update. The New York Times did not make it here yesterday. Its flight from Seattle was cancelled -- as are so many flights these days. We are hoping it will be on the flight arriving this afternoon, in which case, it should be at Joe's Parkway Market around 4pm. Please note that we may not be able to answer your email immediately, and Joe's Parkway staff are not responsible for this delay, so please be kind and patient. We will put all future updates about the New York Times on our Facebook page: facebook.com/countrybookshelf. 

Thank you for your support. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

 

Sunday New York Times now at Joe's Parkway Market

Dear Bookshelf Friends & New York Times Readers,

We're thrilled to announce that the Sunday New York Times will be available again starting this Sunday, April 19th thanks to a partnership with another fabulous local business, Joe's Parkway Market

Until further notice, you can pick up the Sunday New York Times at Joe's Parkway Market, 903 West College, from 10am to 7pm daily. Papers are now $8, and will be cash only unless you add the paper to a grocery order. Sounds like a lovely way to get Sunday brunch goodies!

While open to the public, Joe's Parkway is also offering -- and highly encouraging --  curbside pick up, so call ahead at 406-586-2005, and plan to have exact change for one of their great staff to meet you outside. 

We're so grateful for all the ways our community comes together. Please thank the lovely folks at Joe's!

And for all your book needs, our staff are still hard at work -- fully employed and insured thanks to you! -- filling orders from our website and email. Plus we are also working constantly on improvements to the website, so be sure to check out some of the new features, including lists of recommended books for homeschooling.

Not sure what you want right now? Either email us for suggestions or treat yourself to a gift certificate to use when the mood strikes. 

Be in touch and let us know how we can get great books and gifts to you and yours!

Happy reading,
Country Bookshelf

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Wendy Recommends Pandemic Reads 4/14/20

Hello out there! I’m checking in from where I am hunkered down in the boonies. Today I am launching my blog, Wendy Recommends:  Originally, I was going to talk mostly about mysteries, and I will go there in future posts. However, in light of what’s happening in the world I want to recommend some of my favorite post-apocalyptic novels. Some are classics and some newer, but all are wonderful reads! You’ll see the recurring theme of world destruction (lotsa pandemics), but all of these treat the subject matter in unique and inventive ways. They are in no particular order.

A Canticle for Liebowitz by Walter Miller

     Many years after civilization has crumbled, Brother Francis of the Albertian Order of Leibowitz tends the sacred relics of the blessed blueprint and the sacred shopping list.

The Passage by Justin Cronin

            A vampire apocalypse causes society’s downfall, but one of the original twelve victims might just save the world.

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

            After a nuclear strike kills millions, neighbors in a small Florida town try to heal themselves and restore civilization.

Fever by Deon Meyer

            A father and son try to build a community after a virus sweeps the world.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

             When a virulent flu destroys civilization, survivors cope with the aftermath in unusual and creative ways.

The Stand by Stephen King

            99% of the world’s population is wiped out by a flu, so survivors band together, even as an evil cult leader tries to take over.

I am Legend by Richard Matheson

            The last human survivor of a New York City plague tries to stay alive and find a cure.

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

            A lone flu survivor in rural Colorado flies his 1956 Cessna, hangs out with his dog, and looks for hope and a future.

The Postman by David Brin

            Years after a devastating war, a wanderer comes upon an old postal worker jacket, and a new vocation is born.

Zone One by Colson Whitehead (Right? Who knew?)

            After a pandemic, soldiers in New York City are tasked with clearing out the remaining zombies in lower Manhattan.

The Last Policeman by Ben Winters

            In the days leading up to an asteroid strike destined to destroy the world, most people go nuts, but one policeman tries to just do his job. (Technically not a post-apocalyptic novel, but so what?)

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Newsletter 4/10/20

Hi Bookshelf friends!


This period of social isolation has slowed down a lot of things in the book world. Our publishing partners and distributors are taking a little extra time to fulfill our requests so they can keep their staff safe. So too, are our shipping partners, and we are so grateful to our delivery people for helping keep us stocked and books heading out to our community. Switching our business online only has also slowed down our staff a bit, as we take extra safety precautions including wearing gloves and cloth masks and extra time to make in-town deliveries and get books shipped around the country.


We dearly miss face-to-face interaction with all of you, helping with gifts and picking out your next great read in person, but we are still doing all that through our website and email. While our doors may be closed, Bookshelf staff are busy behind the scenes filling web orders and answering your email questions, so keep those orders coming! You can find us open 24 hours a day here on our website or drop us a line at staff@countrybookshelf.com.

Our staff are still eager to recommend books, wrap gifts, and celebrate great books. Check out our staff recommendation pages to see what your favorite bookseller is reading, or visit our Kids and YA section for great resources for students learning at home. We miss you, and we want to thank you for all the support you’ve shown us especially these last couple weeks. So let us know how we can help with your reading needs -- or just pop by our Facebook or Instagram and tell us what you’re reading. We can’t wait to hear from you.

Sincerely,

Country Bookshelf Staff

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Website Updates and Other News 4/8/20

Hello! 

Our staff has been working on updating our website to make it easier to find the books you need. Today, there is a new "Kids and Young Adults" part of our main menu. We will be working over the next few days to expand this tab to bring you our staff recommendations for kids of all ages. 

This includes some exciting new pages, such as: 

Homeschooling Resources: We have a number of different supplementary resources available to help transition to learning from home. We have created new lists of these resources that we have at the store or that we can order. It's separated into two groups to make it easier to navigate between age groups: Preschool - 6th grade, and 7th - 12th grade. These lists are also avaliable if you hover over the tab under “Kids & YA”. 

Kids Indie Next List: We usually carry this list in the store, but now you can browse it from the comfort of your home. Find books reviewed and selected by booksellers from around the country. It's a great resource for finding new reading materials for your young reader at home. 

Staff Recommendations: We will be updating age appropriate pages to include materials our staff have picked as their favorites. This will range from 0-5, 6-11, 12-14, and 14+. We look forward to sharing our recommendations with you. 

We are still working hard to get your orders done in a safe and timely manner, but due to everything taking longer than it used to -- from our suppliers to shipping times to our own processes, please be patient and allow a few extra days. If you would like to request a book for delivery or mail, please email us at staff@countrybookshelf.com or order it through the website! At this time, this is the best and most reliable way to reach us. Our staff members will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you! You are all the best and we appreciate all the support the community has given us during this time. 

Sincerely,

Country Bookshelf Staff

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The Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood

Claire L is a reading machine - or there are just an amazing amount of good books coming out this summer. Check out her review below!

Lou has always longed for something more than her life in Penlyn, but she has never known exactly what she was searching for. That is until she becomes entranced with the Cardew House. Every so often, people in elegant attire drive over to the Cardew House for that night’s festivities. Curious as to what the parties are like, Lou sneaks over to the house one evening. Unexpectedly, she ends up making the acquaintance of Robert Cardew who seems to have an air of mystery and intrigue about him. The following day, Lou receives an invitation from his sister Caitlin, inviting her to their next gathering. Suddenly, Lou is thrown into the glamorous lives of the Cardews. As she spends more and more time at the house, she begins to learn more about this opulent world, and in turn, herself.

Complete with glamor, parties, and secrets, as well as a spark of romance, A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood is exciting and compelling to read. Set during 1929 in England, flapper dresses and suits describe the sophisticated appeal of the Cardews’ events. One of my favorite aspects of the book is that the story is told from the perspective of Lou, an outsider to the glitzy world. Her thoughts and observations invite the reader to join in the lavish summer schedule of the Cardews. In addition to Lou, there is a cast of interesting characters that are simultaneously fun and mysterious. The result is of new friendships and romances that guide Lou through an exciting lifestyle so different from her own. A Sky Painted Gold by Laura Wood is an enjoyable read reminiscent of my favorite elements of The Great Gatsby. 

Books: 
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$17.99
ISBN: 9780593127223
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - June 23rd, 2020

The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor

Claire L is reading up a storm! Check out this review:

Alice is in Paris for the summer with her parents to view the apartment her grandmother left her. As she explores the elegant rooms of the apartment, Alice discovers a family never talked about by her grandmother. The biggest mystery is of Adalyn, her grandmother’s sister. When Alice looks through Adalyn’s desk, she finds a diary that begins in 1940—the beginning of Germany’s occupation of France during WWII. Adalyn, a teenager in 1940, is terrified when Germany invades France. Frustrated when it seems no one is fighting for France, Adalyn joins a resistance group to do everything she can for her country. Told through interweaving perspectives, The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor unravels Adalyn’s remarkable story.

Taylor’s effective weaving of Alice and Adalyn’s stories creates an impactful reading experience. The details that Alice uncovers in Adalyn’s diary coincide with the moment Adalyn is living through, making each revelation more meaningful. Together, the reader is able to piece together the truth behind Adalyn’s actions. Taylor’s powerful writing and the way she develops the story of both girls is moving. As well, the poignant remembrance of the bravery of the many Resistance members is a reminder that there are always people who are fighting for what is right even in the most difficult of times. The Paper Girl of Paris is an important story inspired by the courageous Resistance of WWII.

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780062936622
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperTeen - May 26th, 2020

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

Claire L is hyped for the new Kiera Cass novel - check out her review below.

Ever since catching the attention of King Jameson, Hollis has been waiting for his attention to shift to another girl. To her surprise, the King finally seems to have settled on who will be his queen, Hollis. At first, Hollis is pleased that the King has chosen her. Unlike the girls before her, she has the privilege to join him on outings, wear specially chosen jewels, and even move into the Queen’s apartments. But as her world becomes more glamorous, Hollis realizes that being Queen is not all it is made out to be, especially when she makes the acquaintance of someone who can promise her a life where she can be her whole self.

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass is a fresh take on stories centered around the Crown. Set in the 1500s, the glamour of gowns, jewels, and courting are the backdrop to this intriguing book. More than a story about the elegance of royalty, The Betrothed questions and challenges the role a Queen plays in her marriage. I appreciated the feminist undertones that are especially present in thoughtful Hollis, who dares to change her fate. Furthermore, the unexpected friendships that develop add to the overall appeal of the story and allow the reader to see the opulence of royalty in a new light. Kiera Cass’ return with The Betrothed is triumphant with her care in writing perceptive characters and glamorous settings.

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780062291639
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: HarperTeen - May 5th, 2020

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare

Claire L has caught the Shadowhunter bug and is diving in with The Infernal Devices Series! Check our her review of book #1 in the series below.

When Tessa Gray travels to London to visit her brother, she discovers that he is missing. Suddenly, Tessa is thrown into a world she never knew existed: a world of danger. In this world, Shadowhunters, descendents of the Angel Raziel, battle demons to save the human race. Guiding Tessa through this confusing new world are Shadowhunters Will and Jem. Together, they race to find her brother and unravel the secrets that have entrapped him. As she learns about her new environment, Tessa learns more about herself.

Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Angel, the first book in The Infernal Devices trilogy, the prequel to The Mortal Instruments series, is set in the late 1800s in London. The fantastical and historical elements of the story work to create a lush world in which the reader is quickly immersed. Although this is not Clare’s first book about the Shadowhunters, her consistent and detailed world-building allows new readers to be able to begin with this new trilogy and still understand the intricacies of the Shadowhunter world. Furthermore, Clare’s technique of incorporating serene moments in between intense fighting helps balance the story. She also begins to develop possible romances that further engage the reader. Cassandra Clare’s expertly crafted Clockwork Angel integrates rich story lines and compelling characters, making it hard for the reader to leave this magical world.

Books: 
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$14.99
ISBN: 9781481456029
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Margaret K. McElderry Books - September 1st, 2015

A Home for Goddesses and Dogs by Leslie Connor

Here's more from Marly B - 

After Lydia’s terminally ill mother dies, she is uprooted from her home and moves in with her Aunt Brat in a tiny farming town in Connecticut. As she adjusts, a beautiful yellow dog finds its way into the home of Lydia’s new family. The dog whines all night when crated, pees on rugs, has found a way to slip out of his collar, and proves to be a general nuisance. Lydia expects the dog to figure out how to behave eventually, but he’s not showing any signs of improving. The key to training him could be knowing his past, but with only the phone number of his old owner, Lydia will have to do a bit more digging to find out where the dog that stole her heart came from.

After reading Leslie Connor’s previous book, The Truth as Told by Mason Buttle, I had fairly high expectations for A Home for Goddesses and Dogs. Conner absolutely destroyed them and wrote an amazing book centered around grief and growing up. It felt like a breath of fresh air with its amazing characters and beautiful plot. 

One of the first things I notice about A Home for Goddesses and Dogs is that the cast is almost entirely female. The second thing I noticed is all of the female characters are incredibly fleshed out and diverse. I don’t think I could name a middle-grade book that comes close to having better written females. The characters' interactions with each other are hilarious and realistic and just lovely in general. The relationships throughout were very tender and heartwarming which was helped by the brilliant character designs and developments. Also, the fact that there was no mean-girl troupe was appreciated greatly. We need tons more books with healthy female relationships and this book covers that very very well, both with Lydia’s parental figures and her friendships with the other girls at her school.

A Home for Goddesses and Dogs handles grief in a pretty unique way. Since Lydia’s mother was terminally ill, Lydia already had time to come to terms with her death for the most part, so it mostly handles adjusting after a loved one dies. It shows Lydia missing her mom, but it also shows her learning to form relationships with the new adults in her life. It deals with grief in a way that feels very real, showing it as an adjustment in life rather than an end to it. 

I give Leslie Conner so much respect for writing realistic preteen/teen conversations. Authors have a tendency to either make preteens sound like preschoolers or tiny fifty-year-olds, but Conner definitely avoided that. Not only does she write teens well, she writes thirteen-year-olds well. The discussions Lydia has with her friends feel like things my friends and I would have talked about when we were thirteen. She totally captures that weird between middle and highschool stage perfectly and brilliantly.  

A Home for Goddesses and Dogs is a book everyone should consider reading. It’s heartwarming and hilarious and just amazing in general. Despite its subject matter, it’s really a pretty happy read. I give A Home for Goddesses and Dogs a 4.75/5. Go read it!

Books: 
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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062796783
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - February 25th, 2020

Time to Stay at Home -- Really! updates from the Bookshelf 3/27/20

 

Dear Bookshelf Family,

You are the best! Thank you for all the orders you’ve placed and the lovely notes and kind words you’ve shared with us this last week. You make us blush! We love being your go-to source for everything literary, and that’s not going to change. 

However, there are a few changes to how we will get books and other goodies to you in the next few weeks. Starting Saturday, March 28, our doors will be closed, but our website and email will be open. You can order books online and we will ship them to your house. Visit countrybookshelf.com or email staff@countrybookshelf.com. If you are interested in some of the non-book items -- cards, games, puzzles, kids activities -- that are not on the website, email us, and we will be your personal shoppers. We will not be answering the phones, but we will be happy to still make recommendations and give you all the service you love from our stellar booksellers. 

Saturday and Sunday, March 28 and 29, we are giving our booksellers a much needed rest, and then we will start filling orders again on Monday. Please do continue to place orders over the weekend, but our staff will not be monitoring email or social media these two days, so just be patient with us as we rest and regroup. We will get back to all of you and fill all orders as soon as possible. We are honored to be part of this amazing community. Be good to each other, and stay safe and well. 

Much love, 

Country Bookshelf Staff: Ariana, Anna, Kasey, Jessica, Harry, Kathy, Wendy, Kaycee, Maris, and Nora

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