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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

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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

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Faster, Salmon, and Father's Day Cards!

Father's Day is coming up quick! Check out these great gift options. 

We have a limited supply of FASTER by Neal Bascomb with signed bookplates. It's a narrative non-fiction history of an American heiress, outcast Jewish driver, and an old, almost bankrupt automobile company who take on Hitler’s Silver Arrow Grand Prix cars at the brink of WWII. 

We also have signed bookplates for SALMON by Mark Kurlansky. It's a tribute to a magnificent species whose cycles of life are entwined with every aspect of nature -- freshwater, saltwater, and land -- and whose survival is inextricably tied to the survival of the planet. A tribute to a magnificent species whose cycles of life are entwined with every aspect of nature -- freshwater, saltwater, and land -- and whose survival is inextricably tied to the survival of the planet. 

Let us know if you would like a signed bookplate verison of the book while completing your purchase. Supplies are limited!

After you've checked out these books, take a look at our selection of Father's Day cards avaliable hereJust tell us the number for card you want, or have a bookseller pick one for you. 

As always, we offer free gift wrapping for all occassions. Give us a call, email, or order online and we will help you out. 

Much love,

Country Bookshelf Staff



Dr. Gretchen Minton's Virtual Event

Check out this clip from our virtual event with Dr. Gretchen Minton! If you'd like to watch the whole video, click the link below the clip. 

Tracing more than two centuries of history, Shakespeare in Montana uncovers a vast array of different voices that capture the state's love affair with the world's most famous writer. From mountain men, pioneers, and itinerant acting companies in mining camps to women's clubs at the turn of the twentieth century and the contemporary popularity of Shakespeare in the Parks throughout Montana, the book chronicles the stories of residents across this incredible western state who have been attracted to the words and works of Shakespeare. 

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Updated Staff Picks, Q&A with Russell Rowland and More!


Hi New York Times Fans - we just received word that the papers did not arrive today, and so will not be making their way to JOE'S PARKWAY MARKET this afternoon. We are hoping they will make it tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for your patience and understanding.


Friday, May 1st, 2020

We have updated the website to reflect what our staff are currently recommending, and added more resources for Kids and YA. First, we added new faces to our staff recommendations. Please give our booksellers Kaycee and Maris a big welcome, and check out what books they loved.

Barn 8 by Deb Olin UnferthKaycee just finished reading Barn 8 by Deb Olin Unferth . “Witty, dark, passionate, and absurd. This novel had me suddenly engulfed in a plot to steal thousands of chickens and the perps behind it. It was a sheer joy to read, but I would not recommend it to the faint of heart. I switched to the Libro.FM audiobook about halfway through so I could listen to it on my way to work, and it really made the words come to life.”

Maris picked Falcon Thief by Joshua Hammer. “I am gripped by Joshua Hammer's The Falcon Thief, a new true crime/wildlife adventure book that follows the exploits (both hair-raising and ire-provoking) of a man who stole rare birds and rare bird eggs from the wild to sell on the black market. Along the way, I'm learning about wonderful birds of prey, the history of wildlife crime and the inexplicable fascination some people have with rare eggs.”

We're working on a virtual reading with local author Russell Rowland and his new book Cold Countrysubmit your questions about Cold Country and his writing here. Get your questions in by Monday, May 4th

Lastly, do you need a card with that? Add Mother’s Day or graduation cards to any book purchase, or individually on their own for $5 each. Click the links to see photos and for more information. More cards coming to our website soon or ask a bookseller to pick something out for you.


Happy Reading,

Country Bookshelf

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.


Country Bookshelf Staff

Website Updates and Other News 4/8/20


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. 


Country Bookshelf Staff

Jennifer Ryan's Romance Recommendations

We have partnered with Avon Romance to bring you a curated selection of romance novels from New York Times and USA Today best selling author Jennifer Ryan. A few times a year Ryan will provide us with her recommendations for romance novels you're sure to love.



Something Old
Whitney, My Love by Judith McNaught

Though I write suspenseful contemporary romances, I love to read historical romance. They take you to another time and place and prove that love is timeless.

Judith McNaught started my love of historical romance. She’s one of the few authors I reread.

With a feisty heroine who refuses to settle for anything less than true love, WHITNEY, MY LOVE proves no matter the time or place love is worth fighting for.


Something New
All Chained Up by Sophie Jordan

If you’re an avid romance reader, or always want more when you finish a great book, there’s nothing better than diving into a series.

So if you’re looking to start a new series, and love something unexpected, Sophie Jordan delivers that and so much more in her Devil’s Rock series. ALL CHAINED UP is gritty, sexy, and intense.

Everyone, including an ex-con, deserves a second chance, especially when he’s willing to put his life on the line for a volunteer nurse at the prison. Approved for paroled and fighting what he wants, Knox will discover when it comes to Briar, love will not be denied. 


Something Borrowed
Second Chance Cowboy by AJ Pine

I’m always looking for a great book recommendation from other authors, friends, and fans, and when I get one, I can’t wait to share it with other readers.

My very best friend and fellow author Lia Riley is the amazing author of the Brightwater, Everland, Georgia, and Hellions Angels series. Her emotional stories are sexy and filled with humor and heart. I find myself laughing out loud at her brand of snark and the crazy things her characters do.

Lia’s most recent romance obsession is SECOND CHANCE COWBOY (Crossroads #1) by A.J Pine.

"I'm a sucker for all things cowboy. Second Chance Cowboy is a well-written, emotional read with intense chemistry. There's family turmoil, broken hearts, a secret baby, redemption and all the feels. One to sigh and swoon over."


Something Blue
Million Dollar Cowboy by Lori Wilde

I love everything about this cover. What’s not to like about a hot cowboy in the Texas desert. Those abs! That dark, intense look. It makes me want to dive right in…to Lori Wilde’s MILLION DOLLAR COWBOY – A Cupid Texas Novel

Getting everything you want doesn’t mean you have everything you need to be happy. This Cupid cowboy will discover love is a priceless gift.



New York Times and USA Today bestselling author - 2018 Romance Writers of America RITA® Romantic Suspense Finalist - Jennifer Ryan writes suspenseful contemporary romances about everyday people who do extraordinary things. Her deeply emotional love stories are filled with high stakes and higher drama, family, friendship, and the happily-ever-after we all hope to find.

Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isn’t writing a book, she’s reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, you’ll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

Heartwarming Romances

We're firm believers that books make the best valentines. Take a chance on one of these heartwarming romances this Valentine's Day and find true bookshelf love:


The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

After a chance meeting in a stuck elevator, Alexa agrees to be Drew's fake date to his ex-girlfriends wedding. As their feelings grow, they discover if a fake date can go the distance in this fun and flirty multicultural romance debut.



The Princess Bride by William Goldman

William Goldman's modern fantasy classic is a simple, exceptional story about quests--for riches, revenge, power, and, of course, true love--that's thrilling and timeless.




Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn't have less in common--a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart?

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

 In this tale of passion and obsession, Diana Bishop, a young scholar and a descendant of witches, discovers a long-lost and enchanted alchemical manuscript, Ashmole 782, deep in Oxford's Bodleian Library. Its reappearance summons a fantastical underworld, which she navigates with her leading man, vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont.

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld

Wonderfully tender and hilariously funny, Eligible tackles gender, class, courtship, and family in this modernized classic.



The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

Raised by a stern mother and a kind-hearted father, Rachel is forced to marry a widower to save her family's business and later follows forbidden passions, creating a scandal that turns her community against her.


Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

When Lincoln, the office "internet security officer", comes across Beth's and Jennifer's personal, against policy messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories. By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself. 


The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George

Monsieur Perdu calls himself a literary apothecary. From his floating bookstore in a barge on the Seine, he prescribes novels for the hardships of life. Using his intuitive feel for the exact book a reader needs, Perdu mends broken hearts and souls. The only person he can't seem to heal through literature is himself.


Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

 Claire is just reunited with her husband when she walks through a standing stone in one of the ancient circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is an "outlander"--in 1743 Scotland. Marooned amid danger, passion, and violence, Claire learns her only chance of safety lies in Jamie Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior. What begins in compulsion becomes urgent need, and Claire finds herself torn between two very different men, in two irreconcilable lives.

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

A beautiful afternoon on Mothering Sunday - now known as Mother's Day -- in 1924 provides the backdrop for this exquisite tale of love, longing, and memory. Jane Fairchild, a housemaid, has been the longtime lover of the heir-apparent of the estate next door. Their final cataclysmic afternoon together will alter the course of her destiny in ways that she never contemplated.

Our 2017 Favorites

We asked the Country Bookshelf staff to pick their favorite book from the last year. Who knew it would take booksellers time to pick through their best reads? After much deliberation, here are our favorite books read in 2017 and most anticipated reads for 2018:



2017: The Widow Nash by Jamie Harrison
2018: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje


2017: Future Home of the Living God by Louise Erdrich
2018: Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers    


2017: My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix
2018: Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu


2017: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson
2018: Bloody Rose by Nicholas Eames     


2017: Sourdough by Robin Sloan
2018: Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner


2017: Tower of Dawn by Sarah J. Maas
2018: Obsidio by Amy Kauffman and Jay Kristoff


2017: To the Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey
2018: Promise Me, Dad by Joe Biden



2017: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
2018: The Temptation of Forgiveness by Donna Leon



2017: Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders
2018: Disoriental by Negar Djavadi



Like our taste in books? Be sure to click through to the staff pages for more recommendations!