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You Should See Me In A Crown by Leah Johnson

Star student and clarinetist Liz Lighty cannot wait to attend college in the fall as she will be attending her dream school—the same school her mother attended. Liz is looking forward to following her mother’s footsteps, but she is most excited about the select music ensemble she auditioned for. However, when she receives the news she did not make it, Liz is heartbroken—especially because she will not receive the scholarship she needed to attend the school. Liz is losing hope when she remembers that the prom queen and king both receive a full scholarship to the school of their choice. Never having considered participating in prom before, Liz is suddenly determined to make the prom court, and most importantly, win prom queen. But to complicate matters, Liz finds that she may be falling in love with one of the other prom queen contestants.


You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson is an inspirational story that reminds us to believe in our true selves. Liz is such a likable character, and I found myself immediately cheering for her. I love how she completely applies herself to her passions, and I especially love how she cares deeply about the people closest to her; she is willing to drop everything she is doing to give them the support they need. The elements of family, friendship, romance, and self-love that are included in the story made my heart feel full. And I especially enjoyed watching the relationships between Amanda, Jordan, and Robbie grow as the story progressed. You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson is an uplifting story that will make you smile.

 

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$17.99
ISBN: 9781338503265
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scholastic Press - June 2nd, 2020

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Justyce, one of a few black teens who attends a private school is Georgia, has encountered racism on a daily basis. One day, Justyce is walking when he notices his ex-girlfriend is trying to drive home while intoxicated. Doing the right thing, Justyce decides to drive her home. Before he can, a police officer stops him and puts him into handcuffs thinking Justyce was robbing this girl. In a few hours, the situation has been cleared up, but Justyce can still feel the handcuffs around his wrists. As Justyce reflects on the evening, he begins writing letters to Martin Luther King asking him what he would do in Justyce’s situation. As Justyce continues to experience racism at school, he researches more about King’s methods and works to apply them to his own life.


Dear Martin by Nic Stone is moving. Her story discusses white privilege and the misguided impressions white people have towards the country’s equality through conversations in Justyce’s societal evolution class. Many of the discussions the class has are the same conversations that are being talked about nationally. She seamlessly debunks these misconceptions through classroom debates. Stone also addresses police brutality and the often biased trials that determine the officer’s guilt when one of Martin’s friends is shot by an off-duty police officer. Stone succeeds in acknowledging the problems we are facing right now and provides perspective for us who are looking to understand both what and how we need to change as people and as a nation. Dear Martin by Nic Stone is a powerful story that captures the racism of our country and educates us about national issues. It is a must-read.

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Dear Martin Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781101939529
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Ember - September 4th, 2018

Get 'em while they're hot!

The holiday shopping season is flying by! This weekend is the deadline to place your order to arrive in time for the Christmas holiday. Of course 2020 is different in many ways, and that includes the time it takes to receive shipments from our suppliers and for our staff to process them -- orders are taking much longer than ever before. 

Orders received after Sunday 12/13 may have a chance of arriving in time for the holiday, but the likelihood will be significantly diminished. Our staff are working extra hard to help with all your gift-giving needs, so send us your orders as soon as possible! 

See it now, buy it now! If you see something you like, don’t wait, as it might not be available later. Publishers are running out of books much faster than usual, and some books just won't be back in stock again until after the New Year. This also goes for our nonbook merchandise like puzzles, cards, calendars, and other gift items -- most of which are not on our website, but with an email or a phone call we can help you shop these items from a distance. We are doing our best to keep in-demand titles and items well stocked, but we are approaching the event horizon of printing shortages and longer shipping times, so much of this is out of our control. 

All the major shipping companies are working extra hard while having an extra heavy load, and this will likely only get worse the closer we get to Christmas, so plan your shipping early. But hey, there's nothing wrong with getting a gift for New Year's, right?

And as a reminder - Country Bookshelf may be large, but we still must limit our capacity for everyone’s safety. Our first priority is people: customers and staff. Shopping online is a great way to avoid crowds. If you decide to come in person, we recommend bundling up in case you have to wait outside for a few minutes when we are at capacity. We promise it will be worth it! Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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Exclusive Virtual Event with Meateater host Steven Rinella

Exclusive Virtual Event With Meateater host Steven Rinella

Join Steven Rinella, the host of the Meateater podcast and Netflix series, and author Michael Punke to discuss Rinella's new book The Meateater's Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival.

Books in Common NW welcomes podcaster, television host, and author Steven Rinella to share his hard-earned experience and wilderness wisdom conveniently bound in his newest book The Meateater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival. Rinella will be joined by the bestselling author of The Revenant, Michael Punke.

Your ticket includes a signed copy of The Meateater's Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival.

An indispensable guide to surviving everything from an extended wilderness exploration to a day-long boat trip, with hard-earned advice from the host of the show Meateater, as seen on Netflix.

For anyone planning to spend time outside, The Meateater Guide to Wilderness Skills and Survival is the perfect antidote to the sensationalism of the modern survival genre. Informed by the real-life experiences of renowned outdoorsman Steven Rinella, its pages are packed with tried-and-true tips, techniques, and gear recommendations.

Among other skills, readers will learn about old-school navigation and essential satellite tools, how to build a basic first-aid kit and apply tourniquets, and how to effectively purify water using everything from ancient methods to cutting-edge technologies. This essential guide delivers hard-won insights and know-how garnered from Rinella's own experiences and mistakes and from his trusted crew of expert hunters, anglers, emergency-room doctors, climbers, paddlers, and wilderness guides--with the goal of making any reader feel comfortable and competent while out in the wild.

Can't Make the Event?

Pre-order your copy of Steven Rinella's newest book from Country Bookshelf. 

Click here to place your book only order today!

Check out more from Steven Rinella here! 

Michael Punke

is the author of four books including The Revenant, #1 New York Times bestseller and basis for the Academy Award-winning film. In his diverse professional career, Punke has served as the US ambassador to the World Trade Organization in Geneva, history correspondent for the Montana Quarterly, and an adjunct professor at the University of Montana. As a high school and college student, he worked summers as a "living history interpreter" at Fort Laramie National Historic Site in Wyoming. He lives with his family in Montana and is an avid outdoorsman.

Check out Michael's Books Here!

Visit our website to choose your favorite Michael Punke title today.

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Celebrate Downtown Bozeman and join us for two special virtual events this week!

 

Books in Common NW welcomes historian Cassandra Tate to share her book UNSETTLED GROUND, with writer Jane Kirkpatrick.


A nineteenth-century attack by Native Americans on a Presbyterian mission in what would become the Oregon Territory, now called the Whitman Massacre, proved to be a turning point in the history of the American West. Unsettled Ground examines the tangled legacy of that event.


In 1836, Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, devout missionaries from upstate New York, established a Presbyterian mission on Cayuse Indian land near what is now the fashionable wine capital of Walla Walla, Washington. Eleven years later, a group of Cayuses killed the Whitmans and eleven others in what became known as the Whitman Massacre. The attack led to a war of retaliation against the Cayuse; the extension of federal control over the present-day states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and parts of Montana and Wyoming; and martyrdom for the Whitmans. Today, the Whitmans are more likely to be demonized as colonizers than revered as heroes. Historian and journalist Cassandra Tate takes a fresh look at the personalities, dynamics, disputes, social pressures, and shifting legacy of a pivotal event in the history of the American West.

Tickets: Free - $32.00

Register for the event here

 

We're thrilled to be spending an evening with two fierce writers of the American West! Books in Common NW hosts Pam Houston and Amy Irvine, as they share their recently published collection of letters, Air Mail. 

The two were paired together for Orion's Magazine's "Together Apart" series of letters from isolation. During a time when the country was wrought with turmoil as residents struggled with coping with the pandemic, rising numbers of infected and dead, as well as addressing social inequalities, Houston and Irvine found their letters to one another nearly as necessary as breath. Air Mail: Letters of Politics, Pandemics, and Place is a revealing collections of moments captured in these historic times. This evolution of friendship reveals intimate reflections on land, motherhood, the strength inherent in woment, and the strength inherent in us all as we navigate these turbulent times and take steps forward to build a new nation. Their discussion on current events touches on the movement sparked by Eric Garner's death and the fabrication of reality in Tiger King. These notes, these thoughts, are evidence of the strength of community and connection, even as distance and disease kept the authors apart.

The two, who met in person only after publication, kept writing--their letters forged a friendship and became Air Mail.

Tickets: Free - $23.00

Register for the event here

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New Cookbooks

With lengthening nights and colder temperatures, we find ourselves seeking the homey comforts of a well cooked meal (or it's lunch time and we're just hungry). Check out these great new cookbooks to add to your collection and give as gifts this holiday season. 

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Local Dirt: Seasonal Recipes for Eating Close to Home (Farm-to-Table Cookbooks #2) Cover Image
$32.99
ISBN: 9780062970275
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Harper Wave - October 13th, 2020

Jacques Pépin Quick & Simple Cover Image
By Jacques Pépin, Tom Hopkins (By (photographer))
$35.00
ISBN: 9780358352556
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Mariner Books - October 6th, 2020

The Rise: Black Cooks and the Soul of American Food: A Cookbook Cover Image
$38.00
ISBN: 9780316480680
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Voracious - October 27th, 2020

Ottolenghi Flavor: A Cookbook Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780399581755
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Ten Speed Press - October 13th, 2020

The Flavor Equation: The Science of Great Cooking Explained in More Than 100 Essential Recipes Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9781452182698
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Chronicle Books - October 27th, 2020

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Best American Series 2020 is Here!

They're here! The Best American series is the premier annual showcase for the country's finest short fiction and nonfiction. Each volume's series editor selects notable works from hundreds of magazines, journals, and websites. A special guest editor, a leading writer in the field, then chooses the best pieces to publish. This year's guest editors include: Andre Aciman, J. Kenji López-Alt, Jackie McMullan, Robet McFarlane, Curtis Sittenfeld, CJ Box, Michio Kaku, and Diana Gabaldon. This unique system has made the Best American series the most respected—and most popular of its kind. Grab your copies today!

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The Best American Short Stories 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Curtis Sittenfeld (Editor), Heidi Pitlor (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328485373
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2020

The Best American Mystery Stories 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By C. J. Box (Editor), Otto Penzler (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328636102
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2020

The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By John Joseph Adams (Editor), Diana Gabaldon (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781328613103
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2020

The Best American Essays 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By André Aciman (Editor), Robert Atwan (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358359913
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2020

The Best American Science and Nature Writing 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Michio Kaku (Editor), Jaime Green (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358074298
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2020

The Best American Travel Writing 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Jason Wilson (Editor), Robert Macfarlane (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358362036
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2020

The Best American Food Writing 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358344582
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2020

The Best American Sports Writing 2020 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Jackie MacMullan (Editor), Glenn Stout (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358196990
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Mariner Books - November 3rd, 2020

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Virtual Lunch Date with John Grisham

Country Bookshelf and Books in Common NW is so excited to spend our lunch hour with New York Times bestselling author John Grisham discussing his newest legal thriller A Time For Mercy. Jake Brigance is back! The hero of A Time to Kill, one of the most popular novels of our time, returns in a courtroom drama that showcases #1 New York Times bestselling author John Grisham at the height of his storytelling powers.

Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/books-in-common-nw-john-grisham-tickets-125213241175 to register today, and add a copy of A TIME FOR MERCY when you do! We have signed copies available so be sure to purchase your copy while supplies last!

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A Time for Mercy (Jake Brigance #3) Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9780385545969
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Doubleday - October 13th, 2020

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A Note About the Holidays

Dear Country Bookshelf Readers,

Thank you for your continued support through this chaotic year. 2020 has been unprecedented in many ways, including this note about the holidays -- which may seem out of season but stick with us. In short, we are highly encouraging folks to shop early for holiday gifts. 

We’ve never been one to rush the holiday season, but 3 primary factors this year have coalesced to make this necessary.

Printing issues

Shipping issues

COVID safety and capacity issues

When the country shut down back in March, many spring book releases were postponed or canceled because manufacturers, warehouses, and shipping companies had to abide by local lockdown mandates and social distancing guidelines. Those postponed releases are all happening now -- along with those already scheduled for this fall. This has led to paper shortages and backlogs at the two (yes, only two) book printers in the US. 

We expect this year’s hottest titles to sell out FAST. If the publishers run out and can’t reprint, we may not be able to restock. So, if you see something you like, don’t wait, as it might not be available later. This also goes for our nonbook merchandise like puzzles, cards, calendars, and other gift items. Most of those we will not be able to reorder again before the holidays.

Shipping is taking longer than usual -- to us from our suppliers and to you. All the major shipping companies are working extra hard while having an extra heavy load, and this will likely only get worse as the season progresses. 

Country Bookshelf may be large, but we still must limit our capacity for everyone’s safety. Our first priority is people: customers and staff. Shopping early avoids crowds and gives everyone time to select special holiday gifts. We don’t want you to suffer waiting outside in wintry Montana weather. 

So what should you do?

SHOP EARLY: Usually a last-minuter but have specific titles in mind? Shop in October and November for the best selection or to allow time for us to get in your special requests.

PREORDER: If you already know you want new books such as The Promised Land by Barack Obama, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 15: The Deep End by Jeff Kinney, or The Best of Me by David Sedaris, preordering now will guarantee your copy. This also helps us know how many to order and keeps you from being disappointed.

SHOP ONLINE: The safest way to shop is at countrybookshelf.com. Not quite sure what you’re looking for? Call or email and our booksellers will personally shop for you. And yes, we still gift wrap for free. Just leave a note in the comments section. We offer easy in-store pick up, local delivery, and nationwide shipping.

SHIP EARLY: To guarantee delivery in time, we recommend shipping gifts no later than October 25 for Hanukkah and November 15 for Christmas and Kwanzaa.

We are working our hardest to make this a safe, fun, memorable holiday season for everyone. We hope to see you downtown soon!

 

Be safe and be well, 

Country Bookshelf Staff

 

Books: 
A Promised Land Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781524763169
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

The Deep End (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 15) Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781419748684
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 27th, 2020

The Best of Me Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780316628242
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 3rd, 2020

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Pre-Order Now: A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Yes! You can place your pre-order now for the just-announced new book by Barack Obama, A Promised Land

Prefer digital audiobooks? No problem! Pre-order through Libro.fm and still support Country Bookshelf.

When you pre-order A Promised Land by Barack Obama in print from Country Bookshelf between October 27th and November 3rd, you will get to select one of these audiobooks for free, courtesy of Libro.fm!

Customers will choose from these audiobooks:

The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama
Thanks, Obama by David Litt

Just email hello@libro.fm with the receipt* from Country Bookshelf (a picture of the physical receipt or a forward of the email purchase confirmation), along with the title of the free audiobook you'd like from the three choices above, and we’ll send them an email by 11/5 with a link to redeem their free audiobook.

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A Promised Land Cover Image
$45.00
ISBN: 9781524763169
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781400082773
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - August 10th, 2004

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307237705
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Crown - November 6th, 2007

A Promised Land Cover Image
By Barack Obama, Barack Obama (Read by)
$65.00
ISBN: 9780525633716
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Random House Audio - November 24th, 2020

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