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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.

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$45.00
ISBN: 9781524763169
Availability: Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781400082773
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Broadway Books - August 10th, 2004

The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780307237705
Availability: Backordered
Published: Broadway Books - November 6th, 2007

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A Promised Land Cover Image
$65.00
ISBN: 9780525633716
Availability: Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Random House Audio - November 24th, 2020

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Get your Tickets! Senator Jon Tester Shares His New Book Grounded

Join Senator Jon Tester for a virtual discussion of his new book Grounded: A Senator's Lessons on Winning Back Rural America. An inspiring and eye-opening memoir showing how Democrats can reconnect with rural and red-state voters, from Montana’s three-term democratic senator.

 Your ticket includes a copy of Grounded  with signed book plate, and a unique link to join this virtual conversation.

Senator Jon Tester is a rare voice in Congress. He is the only United States senator who manages a full-time job outside of the Senate—as a farmer. But what has really come to distinguish Tester in the Senate is his commitment to accountability, his ability to stand up to Donald Trump, and his success in, time and again, winning red state voters back to the Democratic Party.

In Grounded, Tester shares his early life, his rise in the Democratic party, his vision for helping rural America, and his strategies for reaching red state voters. Leaning deeply into lessons on the value of authenticity and hard work that he learned growing up on his family’s 1,800-acre farm near the small town of Big Sandy, Montana—the same farm he continues to work today with his wife, Sharla—Tester has made his political career a testament to crossing the divides of class and geography. The media and Democrats too often discount rural people as Trump supporters; Tester knows better. His voice is vital to the public discourse as we seek to understand the issues that are important to rural and working-class America in not just the 2020 election but also for years to come.

A heartfelt and inspiring memoir from a courageous voice, Grounded shows us that the biggest threat to our democracy isn’t a president who has no moral compass. It’s politicians who don’t understand the value of accountability and hard work. Tester demonstrates that if American democracy is to survive, we must put our trust in the values that keep us grounded.

Tester will be joined in conversation by author Sarah Vowell.

Sarah Vowell is the New York Times’ bestselling author of seven nonfiction books on American history and culture. Her most recent book is entitled Lafayette in the Somewhat United States.

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Books in Common NW -- Virtual Events Every Week

We’ve partnered with some of our indie bookstore friends - Paulina Springs Books in Sisters, Oregon and Madison Books in Seattle, Washington - to offer Books in Common NW: A Regional Literary Event Series. From literary fiction to mystery and fantasy, from nature writing to memoir and history and all the spaces in between, we’re packing the calendar with authors to inform and delight. You'll find interesting authors, engaging discussion, and maybe even your next great read. Enjoy world-class authors brought to your living room each Thursday, all while staying safely socially distant and supporting your favorite local bookstore!

We kicked things off on Thursday, July 7th with mystery mavens Elizabeth George and Iona Whishaw. If you missed it, you can still watch it here: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/vkitbcc8. Don’t forget to grab copies of their books while you’re here.

And there’s even more where that came from with a great lineup for July, August - AND September! When you attend live you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions of the authors, and interact with other attendees in the live chat. If you can't make it in real time, still sign up for the event to get the link to watch later. 

7/9/20 - Phillip Margolin
7/16/20- Kendra Atleework
7/23/20 - Erica C Barnett and David Schmader in conversation
7/30/20 - Steve Olson and Sharma Shields in conversation
8/6/20 - Larry Watson
8/13/20 - Sarah Smith and Bookstore Romance Day
8/20/20 - Catherynne M Valente and Jeff VanderMeer in conversation
8/25/20 - Keith McCafferty and Craig Johnson
8/27/20- Daniel Mathews and Valerie Trouet in conversation
9/1/20 - Vanessa Veselka & Peter Geye
9/3/20 - Jane Kirkpatrick & Greg Nokes
9/8/20 - Geraldine Woods
9/10/20 - Janet Fox & Rosanne Parry in conversation
9/15/20 - Chuck Palahniuk & Grady Hendrix
9/17/20 - Jason Diamond & Andi Zeisler
9/24/20 - Ginger Gaffney and Pam Houston in conversation

 

And this is just the beginning. We’re adding more authors and dates all the time - so keep watching our calendar for more special virtual events.

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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

 

 

Books: 
Salmon: A Fish, the Earth, and the History of Their Common Fate Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9781938340864
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Patagonia - March 3rd, 2020

Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781328489876
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - March 17th, 2020

$5.00
SKU: fatherdaycard

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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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Shakespeare in Montana: Big Sky Country's Love Affair with the World's Most Famous Writer Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780826361561
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: University of New Mexico Press - May 15th, 2020

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Russell Rowland and Cold Country

We checked in with local author Russell Rowland about his newest book Cold Country

He was kind enough to answer some fan questions for our blog! 

Mike Penfold asks: I love Cold Country. The characters you developed in Cold Country seemed real. Did you have in mind specific people you know as you developed these people? 

Russell Rowland: Thank you, Mike! This book is very loosely based on a period in my life, when I was ten years old and my father took a job managing a ranch near Ranchester, Wyoming. So yes, many of these characters are based on people from that small ranching community. Which is why I moved the story to Paradise Valley and obviously changed the names.

LuAnne Halligan Carbaugh: Do you have different strategies when approaching writing your books? You’ve written both fiction and non-fiction, so I was just wondering if the process was different as you worked through your writing.

RR: Hello LuAnne! Yes, each book does seem to require a slightly different approach. And of course that's especially true in the case of nonfiction vs. fiction. I was kind of surprised when I started writing Fifty-Six Counties, how hard it was for me to stick to facts. It's so much more fun to make shit up. But in the case of my novels, the story really dictates what's different about how I tell the story. In the case of Cold Country, the more times I edited this book (I was working on it for more than 15 years), the more I realized I needed to pull back on the drama. I think the initial tendency in writing a story that has action in it is to go overboard with the action. But understatement has always been way more effective, in my opinion. Plus it's closer to real life. And it's more my style. Great question!

Patricia Calaghan: A reviewer found the opening scene shocking. I found it powerfully real and moving, maybe because I grew up on a farm. Were you surprised at her reaction and have you heard that reaction from others? 

RR: Hey Pat - I'm not sure what review you're referring to, but I suppose it might be shocking to someone who hasn't grown up around that kind of thing. That opening scene is lifted directly from an incident that happened when I was ten, and accompanied my dad as he checked on the pregnant cattle on the ranch where we lived. It obviously made a huge impression on me, and I thought it provided a nice metaphor for much of what happens later in the book.

Sarie Mackay: Why did you write the book, and how does it fit into your growth as an author?

RR: Hey Sarie! Thanks for this excellent question. My main goal with this story was to explore how tragedy impacts a small, tight-knit community. And one of the secondary themes was how pretty much everyone in a community like this ends up feeling like a bit of an outsider, depending on how secure they are in themselves. So you have a couple like Junior and Angie, who are pretty comfortable in their own skin, and are thus less affected by the events around them. But people like Babe and Tom, or even the Logans, because they are fighting with some demons of their own, always feel a little out of step with what's happening around them, no matter how popular they are. The murder is really a secondary event in this story. It's much more about community dynamics. How Cold Country fits into my growth as a writer is harder to answer, but one thing this book allowed me to explore more is branching out into a new narrative approach. I've always stuck pretty closely to one point of view in my novels, but this one demanded more than one narrative POV in order to tell the story. It was harder than I expected to tell a story that way, but once it clicked, it was very satisfying to learn this new approach.

Don’t miss this great small town mystery- be sure to pick up your copy of Cold Country from Country Bookshelf today!

 
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$16.95
ISBN: 9781945814921
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Dzanc Books - November 12th, 2019

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

UPDATE: SUNDAY MAY 10TH

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

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Updates on Pick Up and Not Quite Re-Opening

Monday, April 27, 2020

Dear Country Bookshelf Readers,

Big thanks to all of you for your continued support! Our staff have been working hard filling your orders safely, delivering and shipping them to you. Please keep the orders coming! Just be patient that it takes a bit longer than usual for us to respond, and our suppliers and delivery companies are taking longer to fulfill orders on their ends.

Although we now have permission to be open to the public, we have decided not to open immediately for the continued safety of our staff and our community. Before we can reopen, we will have to make a lot of changes in the store, and these will take time. Watch our email newsletter, website, and social media for updates.

The good news is that we are offering pick up service again! Once you have been notified that your order is ready, and if you have selected the Pick Up option, we will send you a link to sign up for a pick up time slot. We are offering pick up from 12-4pm Monday through Friday and other times by special appointment. Pick up orders will be placed on a table at the front door, labelled with your name. Just open the door and grab your order. We are not open for browsing or in-person transactions at this time. And remember that orders can’t be ready immediately, so please wait to hear from us. We are also still offering local delivery and shipping around the country.

We are also now doing our best to answer the phones between 12pm and 4pm Monday through Friday, and other times as we are able, so please call to have a bookseller personally assist you! Note that we have limited staffing on weekends and are less able to answer the phones these days.

The Sunday New York Times will continue to be available at Joe’s Parkway Market until further notice, though the last two weeks the Saturday evening flight they arrive on from Seattle has been cancelled, and we expect that to continue which means that papers are not available until around 4pm on Sundays. 

Thank you again for keeping us slinging books! Watch for other news coming soon.

 

Happy reading,

Country Bookshelf

 

 

 

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An interview With Author Grady Hendrix

Bookseller Harry is back with a review of Grady Hendrix’s new release The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. “We’re a book club. What are we supposed to do? Read him to death?” A group of tired and unappreciated moms get together to read true crime, drink wine, and form meaningful friendships when a vampire moves to town. We've all been there, right? I honestly can't tell you how much I loved this book. This book kept me up many a sleepless night as I finished just one more chapter, got actually frustrated at antagonists, and cheered for the protagonists. I feel like Grady gets better and better with each new book, and I never wanted this story to end. I was able to ask him a few questions about The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires. Check it out!

Harry J: Best Friend's Exorcism and Southern Book Club's Guide both have a strong theme of overcoming monsters with the power of female bonds. Is there a specific reason for this? 

Grady Hendrix: Unhappy endings always feel like you stopped telling the story too early, because life goes on and I always want to know what happens next. Unhappy endings just feel cheap and unrealistic to me. Cynicism is a sad and pointless way to look at the world. 

HJ: How much is the protagonist in The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires based off of your actual mother? 

GH: Every character I write is based on a real person, whether it’s someone I know or someone I see on the subway, but by the time they make it to the page, they’re virtually unrecognizable. Patricia has some things in common with my mom — they’re both former nurses, they both belong to book clubs, they’re both parents — but Patricia is a lot more naive than my mom. On the other hand, she’s also a lot more likely to try to kill a vampire than my mom.

HJ: You seem to favor strong female protagonists fighting against paranormal odds in your books. What inspired this? 

GH: I have no idea why I seem incapable of writing male characters. It’s clearly something I need to address with my therapist! Guys just don’t interest me as much.

HJ: What gave you the idea for The Southern Book Club's Guide? 

GH: I’ve always wanted to write a book about adult friendship and I’ve known the women in my mom’s book club since I was a kid. The longer I knew them the more interesting they became, but when I initially suggested this book to my editor they really pushed back against it, telling me that no one was interested in reading about a bunch of middle-aged housewives. That sealed the deal: I was going to write this book no matter what.

HJ: If Southern Book Club’s Guide became a movie or tv series, what would be your ideal casting? (Mine would be Winona Ryder for Patricia and Chris Sarandon for James Harris.)

GH: I like the Winona Ryder idea, but I have a hard time with these kinds of questions because I feel like I’ll jinx things. But if Patrick Wilson was younger, he’d be a great James Harris, and I’d love to see Octavia Spencer as Mrs. Greene. 

HJ: You've already covered a number of horrifying things; vampires, demons, Ikea. What's the next monster that you'd like to (forgive the pun) sink your teeth into?

GH: I actually already have a monster and their book is slated for publication in June 2021. So I’m not saying anything until closer to that date. But I will say that the one monster I really want to write and can’t find a way into: werewolves. I love werewolves but I just can’t seem to find that extra piece that makes them work for me. But maybe I’m just not inspired enough? I’m going to keep wandering around the moors at night and waiting to be bitten.

Books: 
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The Southern Book Club's Guide to Slaying Vampires: A Novel Cover Image
$22.99
ISBN: 9781683691433
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Quirk Books - April 7th, 2020

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