Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Boswell Staff Top 5 for 2016 Part 2

We are now a few more days closer to the end of the year, so I will commence with more top 5 selections from our staff.

Today's theme: Booksellers that start with the letter C:

Caroline's Top 5 Books of 2016:

LaRose by Louise Erdich (Washington Post Notable Fiction 2016 & NYT Notable Books 2016)

"LaRose is a portrait of the oldest and most intuitive form of justice - that of the human heart. Tracing generations of a family and the wounds that mark them, Louise Erdrich delivers characters entangled in a web of their own making. When one grave tragedy threatens to unravel everything they know, the families turn to ancient tradition to guide them through their pain. In the name LaRose lies the promise of healing, and it becomes clear that hurt does not belong to one person alone. With sensitivity and lyric wisdom, Erdrich explores the contours of love and loss in lines that dance off the page. She leaves you with a better understanding of community, and a wash of relief after weathering a storm with people you've come to hold most dear." $27.99 $22.39 in the shop.

Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett

"Technically set in a rural, coastal village in Ireland, it's perhaps more accurate to place this debut in the self-contained space of a mind. We're delivered to the quiet and delicate dreamscape of a young woman's interior, where we encounter musings on nature, career, sexuality, and the everyday that pay special tribute to the minutiae of it all. Bennett has created a new language for our most deeply-experienced solitude, and in so doing captured what lives buried just beneath the surface of our own consciousness. Painted in 20 short vignettes, this work moves both forward and backward in time, exploring one woman's interactions with herself and her surroundings in a way that's never been done before." $26.00 $20.80 in the shop.

SwingTime by Zadie Smith (Washington Post Top 10 2016 & NYT Notable Book 2016)
"Here she is again, in all her glory. Zadie Smith turns our attention in Swing Time to two girls growing up in a poor neighborhood in London, keepers of each other as much as they are their own selves. Inseparable in childhood, a shared dream to become dancers sets a foundation for their respective journeys, Tracey to live out exactly that, and our unnamed narrator to study its different threads – rhythm, song, blackness, and the meaning behind it all. As adult realities weigh in, the two spin apart. Our narrator is increasingly swept up in her new life as assistant to a famous music star, and moments with Tracey come less and less. But rather than fading from focus, she haunts our periphery until she's re-affirmed her place in our world. This book captures the magic that so often exists within female friendships without romanticizing it, and so just as we see their relationship for the well of strength that it is, we're also made to understand its capacity for violence. With the hard-hitting insights we've come to expect, Zadie Smith explores the making of a self, and reminds us that roots will never disappear." $27.00 $21.60 in the shop.
Rounding out her Top 5 of 2016 are In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri ($26.95) and The Story of My Teeth by Caleria Luiselli ($16.95).
Chris's Top 5 Books of 2016:
Allegheny Front by Matthew Neill Null
"History marks its territory. The past scars the land, erodes rocky soil and streams. It lives in the shape of boulders and peaks. In Null's stories, people shudder against the seismic pressure of time that shapes their lives in the ancient Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia. This collection is hard, deep, and true as the mountains' darkest hollows, as Null sweeps through moments in the last century, making each feel as urgent as your foot caught in the rocks and your body pulled under swirling white water rapids." $15.95

"In this haunting debut Dana Cann has created a hybrid genre, the supernatural suburban suspense, a dope fiend domestic drama. In the wake of two seemingly unrelated deaths, the lives of three survivors are unhinged, a woman drifting into addiction and a couple’s marriage dissolving. In deftly plotted chapters these lives intertwine as the characters’ grief and guilt manifest as ghosts both metaphoric and real. The emotions are big and complicated, drawn so expertly the discomfort of their experience is felt before it’s understood, a feat not easily accomplished. The novel drives to its conclusion like a traditional mystery, but the question of ‘whodunit’ is an afterthought to Cann asking how we repair our lives after bearing witness to death." $15.95
Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer (Washington Post & NYT Notable Book 2016)
“In the space of four weeks a marriage crumbles, leaving each member of the Bloch family adrift, grasping for one another from their own separate worlds. Layered into this family's story is a natural disaster and Israeli conflict, and the personal and political are interwoven to raise questions of self-definition, heritage, and nationalism. While the book doesn't shy away from the political, Foer's exploration of these ideas serves a larger purpose. The book investigates our ability to be fully present in our lives and to recognize the moments that mark the beginning of an inevitable end - of a childhood, a marriage, a life, and a nation. A searching novel of how we live when our lives as we know them cease to be, Foer has turned in a masterful performance, one of great depth of feeling for those who want to feel it all, that should cement his reputation as one of America's finest writers.” $28.00 $22.40 in the shop.
Rounding out his Top 5 of 2016 are The Cook Up by D. Watkins ($26.00) and Megg and Mogg in Amsterdam and Other Stories by Simon Hanselmann ($19.99).
Conrad's Top 5 Books of 2016:
God is Round by Juan Villoro
"Javier Marias mused that the typical soccer fan partakes in sport as a weekly return to childhood: full of wonderment, and enthralled by heroes engaged in contests with no gray areas, only clear winners and losers. Juan Villoro replies: "In his or her lesser moments, the football fan is an ogling imbecile, mouth full of pie, head full of useless information." This is a sports book that appeals to the cynical temperament of the most jaded fan (so I loved it, of course). God is Round explores with a jaundiced and unblinking eye the players, fans and history of the world's most popular obsession. Villoro revels in the telling details, for example the notoriously histrionic and melodramatic Argentine great Diego Maradona (author of what is considered by many to be the greatest goal ever scored - 'the goal of the century' - and also the most infamous cheat ever perpetrated - 'the hand of God' - both in the same game): "On the island of the pitch, Maradona showed exemplary humility; away from it, he exploded like a dramatic supernova." Sports writing doesn't get any better than this." $16.99
The Nix by Nathan Hill  (Washington Post & NYT Notable Book 2016)
“The nix (or nisse) are Norwegian house spirits that usually live in your basement. For the most part they ignore you and you ignore them, but if you do something to tick them off: say spill water on their feet or betray their trust in some seemingly insignificant way, they will haunt you and your descendants for generations. Minor actions lead to major repercussions. Small decisions made on the spur of the moment double back to torment us years later, and become the overwhelming forces that shape the quality of our life. Such is the spirit, and the choices, that come to haunt three generations of Andressons: Faye, her son Samuel (who she abandoned when he was eleven) and her father Frank, who made a poor choice as a young man in Norway in 1940, and has been paying the price ever since. This family, as unlikable as they are, as pathetically inept at life as they are, will keep you entranced as the 600+ pages fly by, and you resist the temptation to skip ahead. You will devour this book.” $27.95 $22.36 in the shop.

Rounding out his Top 5 of 2016 are The Inquisitor's Tale by Adam Gitwitz ($17.99), Moonglow by Michael Chabon ($28.99 $23.19 in the shop) and Thus Bad Begins by Javier Marias ($27.95 $22.36 in the shop).

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Boswell Staff Top 5 picks for 2016

Best of lists, 100 notable lists and other lists pop up everywhere this time of year. I imagine we all think back to the books, movies and music that influenced our lives in the past year. Every year at this time, I ask our booksellers for their favorite five books of 2016 (I do let them choose one book published before 2016, if they want).  Below are the results of much painful pondering that three of our booksellers went through.

Jane's 2016 Top 5 selections:

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Washington Post Notable Fiction 2016)

"Russian aristocrat, under Bolshevik rule, is sentenced to live out his life under house arrest--moving from a luxury suite in Hotel Metropole to a confining attic room. Encounters through hotel hallways becomes a modern day pilgrims progress."
$27.00 $21.60 in the store.

Miss Jane by Brad Watson (Washington Post Notable Fiction 2016)

"This is a compassionately portrayed story of a young woman born with a rare genital disorder that renders her incapable of fulfilling the early 20th century feminine roles of marriage and motherhood. Though her parents are unable to fully cope with their daughter's condition, it is the steadfastly kind support of the doctor who delivered her that results in giving Jane the strength and freedom she needs to accept her limitations and choose the life she is meant to live. Inspired by the true story of the author's maternal great aunt, Miss Jane is an unforgettable literary heroine whose vivid sense of wonder, undaunted trust and generous love is the essence of this brilliantly written novel."
$25.95 $20.76 in the store.

The Mistletoe Murder by P.D. James

"Four previously uncollected stories, published posthumously, two of which include the infamous Adam Dalgliesch. Clever plotting, witty narration, this is a perfect stocking stuffer!"
$24.00 $19.20 in the store.

Upstream by Mary Oliver

"Blurring lines between poetry and prose, readers will go on a literary journey celebrating both beauty of nature and the written word. A transcending retreat from the hurried life! Treat Yourself."

$26.00 $20.80 in the store.

Women in Science by Rachel Ignotofsky

"It's a scientific fact: Women rock
A charmingly illustrated and educational book, New York Times best seller Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world."

Daniel's 2016 Top 5 (make that 6) selections:

And Again by Jessica Chiarella

"So it’s the near future, or maybe it’s even now, and a blind study is going on that’s testing our ability to be literally born again. Four subjects are on death’s door, but with this experimental process, their bodies are cloned and aged to their present age, and then the part of their brain with memories are implanted in the new host. Of course these new shells are missing details that are due to natural use, such as tattoos, muscle strength, or even freckles. But the real fun begins when each has to wrestle with the complications of starting life over; the truth is that a fresh start doesn’t undo their messy lives and bad habits are often hard to break. I found And Again surprisingly engaging and thought provoking for a book that first seemed outside my comfort zone."

Drifter by Nicholas Petrie

"When Peter Ash finds out that his former Marine buddy committed suicide, he shows up at his widow’s house to help with some home repairs. Under the crawl space, he finds a mangy dog and a mysterious suitcase filled with cash. Needless to say, the contents are much desired by another party, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Nicholas Petrie has written a compelling thriller that knows all the right moves, from the loner character to the family in peril to the multiple plot turns, but infuses a fresh twist with Ash, a vet with PTSD manifested in acute claustrophobia. There’s a bit of an Elmore Leonard vibe going on here, only with everyone playing at more contemporary, higher stakes. And as a bonus for locals, the Milwaukee setting is distinct, but not so over-detailed to get in the way of the nail-biting plot."

Evicted by Matthew Desmond (Washington Post Top 10 & New York Times Top 10 books of the year)

"There are so many studies out there about living conditions among the poor, but most apparently focus on public housing and not the private market. Seeing a gap in research, Sociologist Desmond immersed himself in their world, living in a trailer park on the far South Side of Milwaukee and a rooming house on the North Side. He covers the plight of eight families, whose lives are in various states of disrepair, much of which is caused by their inability to get stable housing. Their stories are shocking, and so are the stats; it’s hard to believe what a high percentage of their funds go to housing, and how few people below the poverty line get any subsidy. It’s eye-opening how quickly tenants are evicted, and how much of that comes from government regulation and law enforcement, as opposed to the landlords themselves (though plenty comes from the landlords too), His research alone is a triumph but he also does a tremendous job telling the stories of Arleen, Larraine, Crystal, Scott, and the other folks struggling to survive in Milwaukee. Let’s hope that this book actually helps change policy."
$28.00 $22.40 in the store.

The Excellent Lombards by Jane Hamilton (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Holiday Pick)

"Mary Frances Lombard, alternately Frankie, Francie, Marlene, The Imp, and MF, has spent all her life in the family apple orchards. Her dad Jim owns the farm with his cousin Sherwood and Aunt May Hill, and while Jim’s wife Nellie is a librarian in town, he’s quite dependent on Gloria, whom Mary Frances calls his second wife. I don’t want to set you up for some high drama here – sure the cousins are not always happy with each other and the farm is under development pressure. But Hamilton’s latest is really about a girl confronting change - that her brother will one day need space, that the beloved Gloria who manages the orchard might one day leave, or any number of other things that could upset the delicate balance of her idyllic childhood. Why she might even want a little change herself! The Excellent Lombards is a wonderful coming-of-age story, filled with acute observations, warm memories, and keen wit, reminding me most of Hamilton’s own The Short History of a Prince. So glad it’s finally out - it's been seven years since her last novel!"
$26.00 $20.80 in the store.

The Mothers by Brit Bennett (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Holiday Pick) EVENT ON FEBRUARY 6, 2017!!
"The suicide of Nadia Turner’s mom has left Nadia distraught, to say the least. Her acting out leads to a fling with Luke, the minister’s son, and that leads to Nadia being pregnant. That alone is enough to stir up the Upper Room Church, but when she decides to terminate the pregnancy, that is either much better or way worse, depending on whether you’re talking publicly or privately. Somehow Nadia gets a job at the church office, working for Luke’s mom. And when the quiet and quirkily observant Aubrey shows up, they wind up being friends, well before they know each other well, and certainly long before their relationship gets even more complicated. Bennett’s characters ponder their identities, in terms of race, gender, belief system, all with a distinctive and vibrant San Diego setting and a Greek chorus of church ladies having their say. The Mothers is a passionate and nuanced novel about love, friendship, choices, and of course, mothering." (NBCC John Leonard Prize Finalist for 2016)
$26.00 $20.80 in the store

Summerlost by Ally Condie

"A town with a summer Shakespeare festival is the setting for Condie’s first middle-grade novel, told through the eyes of a girl who has recently lost her father and eldest brother, a kid with special needs, in a car accident. Mom buys a summer home hoping to mend the family. Cedar and her brother Miles sneak off to watch a soap opera with a buried alive heroine. Leo, a neighbor kid, bicycles by in costume and intrigues Cedar, who gets a job handing out programs at the festival, and falls in with Leo when he comes up with a plan to give unauthorized tours that highlight the life of a now-deceased star of the festival. A gentle dew of mourning permeates the story, which also meditates on what it’s like to be different. There’s a little bit of mystery here, but the family drama and budding friendship take center stage. I also got the feeling that there were autobiographical elements to the story, and while the time period of the story isn’t revealed, it feels like the 1990s. But who cares about what part of the story is real and where it was set? This lovely tale feels completely true to me."

Sharon's 2016 Top 5 selections:

Dog Medicine by Julie Barton

"Clinical Depression is one of those diseases that is almost impossible to understand unless you have experienced it. Usually when a depressed person attempts to explain just how they are feeling, a healthy person responds by saying things like ‘It can’t possibly be that bad,’ and ‘Have you tried Yoga?’ The truth is that clinical depression is so unbelievably awful, that you really can’t imagine it unless you have gone through it. Julie Barton’s book Dog Medicine manages to do the impossible. She tells her story with great detail and candor, in a way that allows for a reader who is unfamiliar with this illness to attempt to comprehend it. After she experienced a breakdown in her apartment, she came home to live with her parents, and adopted a dog that changed her life, by allowing her to change his."

Eligible by Curtis Sittenfeld

"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a retelling of Pride and Prejudice must be cleverly written and wickedly funny. Curtis Sittenfeld has accomplished that with her fantastic new novel. The Bennet sisters have been transported to modern day Cincinnati. Jane is a yoga instructor, Liz, a writer for a women’s magazine, Lydia and Kitty do nothing but work out, and Mary spends most of her time in her room. The two older sisters live in New York, but have come home to check on Mr. Bennet, who is recovering from a heart attack. The storyline is one that will be familiar to most Austen readers, but with some extremely funny twists. I thoroughly enjoyed Eligible from start to finish. Even for a confirmed Austen fan like myself, there were some pleasant surprises."
$28.00 $22.40 in the store.

The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown

"Eleanor Brown’s latest novel is nothing like The Weird Sisters, but it is every bit as wonderful. Madelaine lives an unhappy life in 1999 Chicago, and her grandmother Margie lives out her dreams in 1920’s Paris. The story moves back and forth between the two characters who are connected by their temperaments and hopes for their lives, as well as by blood. Madelaine is married to Phillip, a rich and controlling man who tells her how to dress, what to eat, and how to behave. Margie is a spinster who is sent to Paris to chaperone a younger cousin with better prospects. When the cousin runs off with a man, Margie decides to stay in Paris and pursue her wish of becoming a writer. Madelaine gets to know her grandmother through her journals, and is inspired to change her own narrow existence for the life that she wants."

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub (Washington Post Notable Fiction 2016)

"Elizabeth and Zoe are best friends. They met in college and were in a band called Kitty’s Mustache, along with Andrew, who is now Elizabeth’s husband. Elizabeth and Andrew have a teenaged son named Harry, and Zoe and her wife, Jane, have a daughter, Ruby, who is a year older than Harry. The original group are all approaching fifty, and discovering that their children are now the cool kids that they once were, having adventures and sex, unbeknownst to their parents. Elizabeth is approached by a Hollywood agent who is making a film about Lydia, the most famous member of Kitty’s Mustache, who went on to a solo career and then died of a heroin overdose. Elizabeth wrote the song that made Lydia’s career. While she is grappling with her feelings about the movie, Andrew is undergoing a midlife crisis, and Zoe and Jane are contemplating divorce. Straub’s characters are spot on, and she perfectly captures both fumbling teenage romance as well as long term friendship and marriage."
$26.00 $20.80 in the store.

Tales of Accidental Genius by Simon Van Booy
This is a new collection of stories by one of my favorite authors. The tales cover such varied subjects as a teenaged boy working in a pet shop, an amateur magician from New Jersey, and a street vendor from Beijing. They all share a common thread that is the lovely and spare prose that Van Booy is a master of.

That's it for this week, next week I will post two sets of Bookseller's Top 5 Books from 2016!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Octoberfest at Boswell

If you like the seasons changing and the days getting a bit colder, then you might also be excited about all the beers that get produced this time of year, like me. The dark porters and the Octoberfest beers definitely get me in the holiday mood. While, we are not into selling the alcoholic drinks (or any drinks really) we do have many fabulous books here about this fantastic drink. This is something I am calling Booktoberfest!
Beer FAQ by Jeff Cioletti answers all the questions you have about beer. Well, most of them at least.
He will give you the lowdown on Beer History, styles, and the explosion of the world of craft beer. We know a bit about that stuff here in Milwaukee. So does Jeff Cioletti, he has been an editor-in chief of Beverage World magazine and has written for both Draft and All About Beer magazines, which are both great for the beer lover in your midst. There is just a plethora of information from the different styles (using sweet potatoes or different flowers) to a detailed picture of regional brewing history throughout the world.

If you want a more detailed look at a Brewing history, then new this season is Beer of Broadway Fame by Alfred W. McCoy. He looks at the Brooklyn brewery Piel Bros., as they grow from a small production of 850 kegs a year, into the 16th largest brewery by 1952, when they were brewing over a million barrels a year. As you can figure out, the breweries history travels through Prohibition, which is amazing to think about now, we have no reference for this in our lives, but the fact that Piel Bros. sustained and expanded through and after Prohibition is a remarkable achievement. The story that McCoy unfolds through this period makes for fascinating and scandalous history of the brewery and the beer.

Enough of history, let's look at places where you can go to imbibe. Chris Santella's book, Fifty Places to Drink Beer Before You Die does just that.   The book is set up in alphabetically order by state, country or province that the beer destination lies in. He takes you Alabama to Melbourne to Denver and then over to Berlin, to name just a few. His destinations are pretty much all recommendations given to him by friends. For the Milwaukee section, he recommends going to Lakefront Brewery, Sprecher, Best Place at Historic Pabst Brewery, Romans' Pub, Sugar Maple, and Burnhearts. This seems like a good book to grab if you are planning a vacation that takes you to one of these areas.

Lucy Burningham did go on such a trip for beer imbibing in her new beer memoir, My Beer Year. The start of the description of this book captures the essence perfectly, 'A love note to beer--appreciating the hstory, craftsmanship, and tast of craft beer as told by a woman striving for beer-expert status.'  And I would say, she knows a whole lot more than myself. She visits hop farmers, craft brewers, rare beer tasting parties, as well as going to all the usual places that we would find ourselves (beer festivals, taprooms...) A brilliantly engrossing book that I can't wait to finish!

If you decide, after reading Lucy's beer memoir that you would like to host or attend a beer tasting party, then you should bring along a Craft Beer Tasting Kit (even if it is just a party of two!). It contains 200 tasting notes to fill in, a flavor wheel, beer mats, and a nifty bottle opener. The book included gives you a quick rundown on how to taste beer and all the different styles that you could possibly run into. Perfect for the party!

That's it! That's all I got. Happy Octoberfest to everyone and be safe!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

The Summer of Chris

I declare this the summer of Chris! No, I'm not just sitting at home in my velvet pajamas all day, calling the store to ask Daniel what's happening. Not yet, anyway. Rather, I've been at home reading through a stack of this summer's new releases. This summer, this is me:
Now Boswell's New and Noteworthy shelves are loaded with my summer recommendations. So here's a guide to the Summer of Chris reading list:
City of Secrets by Stewart O'Nan
Just after World War II, holocaust survivor Brand lives in hiding in Jerusalem's walled Old City and becomes reluctantly involved in the violent resistance to British colonial rule. The novel is disguised as a historic thriller, and it exposed me to a troubling chapter in Great Britain's history, but the real story is that of a man's conflicted heart. O'Nan is particularly adept at delving deep into his characters' internal conflicts, and explores how much a man can lose and still fight for life, and how much of his own moral code a man is willing to break for a larger cause.
Nitro Mountain by Lee Clay Johnson
Welcome to "the lost dog capital of the world." This novel, which reads like a hard, classic country song come to life, follows the doomed-just-for-living lives of two broke country musicians, one moonshiner full of rage and white lightning, and the mountain woman who loves them all. The novel is set in the foothills of Appalachia, the region where I grew up, and comes as close as any book I've ever read to capturing what we call "Appalachian fatalism" - the bone deep, born knowledge that if something bad can happen to you, sooner or later it probably will.
Enchanted Islands by Allison Amend
Based on the real life of Frances Conway, a quiet woman turned international spy in the Galapagos Island during World War II. A beguiling novel of island life and espionage, friendship, love, and betrayal, Amend's third novel is a exciting step forward for her career, all of her talents coalescing into a book that shows a writer coming into her full storytelling powers.
The Invoice by Jonas Karlsson
A man with a life that's average at best is surprised to discover he's officially the happiest man in the world. He's even more surprised when he's told that happiness isn't free. Riffing on Kafka but taking things in a new direction, Sweden's most popular TV-star-turned-bestselling-author has written a quirky book that's at turns dark and hilarious, anxious and rambunctious, an oddball affirmation of being alive.
Seinfeldia by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
The stories behind the stories of one very, very bad man, a terrible dancer, a pathetic loser, and a hipster doofus. A fascinating history of America's most famous sitcom, from its seat-of-the-pants inception to its culture-shifting influence, this book is so well written that it will give even the most hopeless George at least one conceivable reason to get up in the morning. This book glitters!
The Voyeur's Motel by Gay Talese
A disturbing and controversial book by one of America's preeminent journalists, Talese reconstructs the story of a Colorado motel owner who spent decades spying on his guests through secret vents in his motel rooms' ceilings. Along with the obvious, disturbing implications for the motel industry and its customers, the book raises uncomfortable questions about the writer's ethical, not to mention legal, obligations to the voyeur's victims. Yet even as these questions remain unanswered, the book persists in being compelling, a glimpse into the mind of a man driven by obsession that is at once repulsive and riveting.
After all that reading, this is pretty much me for the rest of this summer:

Friday, July 22, 2016

It's a toy! It's a puzzle! It's a playset!

 New from Crocodile Creek are the Vehicle Puzzle & Play. Each Vehicle contains a 24 piece puzzle and 5 stand up figures. Perfect for ages 4 and up. Did I mention that the box doubles as a vehicle too?! For ages 4 and up.

Stop by Boswell to discover new and exciting puzzles and games for kids!
And while you're at it, meet the Creetures: Max the Monster, Zeke the Alien and Spike the Robot! Each Creeture contains a 48 piece puzzle and 1 stand up figure. Complete the puzzle and then use it as a play mat. For ages 4 and up.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Secondhand News - Boswell's Spectacular Secondhand Summer of Sports

As summer begins in Milwaukee, Boswell's faithful are wrapping up their spring cleaning, which means Boswell's secondhand crew is busy sorting through some fantastic collections of secondhand books. We're especially excited about the collection making its way onto our shelves now which we're calling the "Spectacular Secondhand Summer of Sports." These books are the perfect sunny day, back porch reading while you wait for the Brewers game to start, or before you hit the putting green. Maybe a little something to get your basketball fix in the off season? Or maybe you're like me, and you need something to hold you over until the first kickoff of fall.
In addition to all this great summer reading, some collectors' favorites have just hit the Recent Fiction Secondhand shelves, including:
- A gorgeous, near mint condition Library of America box set of John Updike's Collected Stories. I'm quite jealous of whoever gets to add this to his or her shelves!
- A few Modern Library Classics Paperback editions, including Vanity Fair and Uncle Tom's Cabin
- Several Oxford Paperback editions.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day
On Saturday, April 30, Boswell Book Company will be celebrating the second annual Independent Bookstore Day.
In addition to the wonderfully unique items available for sale on Saturday only, we are having a Literary Quiz Bowl. Last year we featured Authors vs. Critics, but this year will be a little bit different. This will be a pub-style quiz bowl requiring audience participation. For this to be successful, we will need an audience. The quiz bowl starts around 2:00 tomorrow afternoon. There will be three rounds, so that you don’t have to stay for the whole thing if you don’t have time. There will also be prizes – Boswell, Pizza Man, and Café Hollander gift cards. You may play with a team, but the prizes are awarded per winning answer sheet, not per team. That means you have to share, people.
Last year, this glorious new holiday fell on the first truly perfect (weather-wise) Saturday of the year. Everyone wanted to be outside and who could blame them? Thus, attendance was a little sparse. This year promises to be chilly and rainy; the ideal conditions to seek shelter in your favorite independent bookstore.
Pictured above are just a few of the exclusive items available for sale at Boswell on this special day only. There are no holds, no phone orders, and only one each of an item per customer. You will have to show up and get them in person. Once you are in the store, we hope that you will stay and enjoy the celebration with us.
Thanks to Boswellian Todd, who will be our host for the quiz bowl, and to Boswellian Chris who assisted me with the trivia questions. I’m looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow.