And the New Year rituals begin...

It's January. Here at SB, that means inventory. We count every book in the store: new, used, upstairs and down. It's a necessary and tedious process, one that hurts both back and brain. The uptick is that we put our hands on the entire stock, refresh our memories, and reconnect with all of them.  We also cull what's been sitting around for a while to make room for new titles. Some of them are tough to let go, but if there's one certainty in this business it's this: there is always the Next Great Book.  And below we've spotlighted a few of them, but be sure to click on the New Releases box to see this week's entire list. 


The overstock department -  a few of the books waiting to be sorted and sent back to publishers. 



A mother's secret

A riveting family drama evocative of Angela’s Ashes and The Glass Castle, about a woman who discovers the shocking secret at the center of her mother’s life.

It sounds like something out of a Dickens novel: the Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Young Children.  It existed for over 200 years, into the mid 20th century, and Cowan's mom was a product of it. 

Here and now

Populated by a cast of luminaries ranging from Timothy Leary and Allen Ginsberg Aldous Huxley and Alan Watts—this intimate memoir chronicles Ram Dass's experience of the cultural and spiritual transformations that resonate with us to this day, a journey from the mind to the heart, from the ego to the soul.

Dass's classic Be Here Now has been a consistent seller during my entire 20+ year tenure here at SB. 

From Big Sky country

Set against the wild beauty of Montana as a woman attempts to heal from a devastating accident, this generational saga from the award-winning author of The Widow Nash is a heartfelt examination of how the deep bonds of family echo throughout our lives.

(Jamie is Jim Harrison's daughter.)

Russian lit master class

Paired with iconic short stories by Chekhov, Turgenev, Tolstoy, and Gogol, the seven essays in this book are intended for anyone interested in how fiction works and why it’s more relevant than ever in these turbulent times.

It's not just about how great writing works but how the mind itself works while reading, and of how the reading and writing of stories make genuine connection possible.

Back to Garden Heights

A searing prequel to Hate U Give.

If there’s one thing  17 year-old Maverick Carter knows, it’s that a real man takes care of his family, even when life gets... complicated.  Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart, especially after the brutal murder of a loved one. He’ll have to figure out for himself what it really means to be a man. (ages 14+)

How he got here

His name is synonymous with high-stakes wilderness survival stories. Now, the beloved author of Hatchet portrays a series of life-altering moments from his turbulent childhood as his own original survival story.  (ages 8+)

Starred reviews all around for this middle-grade memoir.

Best Cover of the Week

Gurganus is a seriously funny writer... Now he offers nine classic tales—never before between covers.  Offering characters antic and tragic, Gurganus charts the human condition—masked and unmasked—as we live it now.  Among others, we meet a mortician whose dedication to his departed clients exceeds all legal limits and a virginal seventy-eight-year-old grammar school librarian has her sole erotic experience with a polyamorous snake farmer.

What we're doing next week

If you've mastered Pantsdrunk - the Finnish art of drinking at home alone in your underwear - maybe it's time to move on to doing even less.  

This week's new releases and Point-n-Go entryway shopping experience. 
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