Hello friends! It's a quiet week in bookstore land—well, it's quiet from a publishing standpoint. From a bookselling standpoint, it's a bit of a hootenanny. We're going to take a moment to hit some administrative highlights before we gloss over some books. 

1) Shop early. Shop often. Don't wait until mid-December. Supply chain woes are still throttling what we can get on the shelves. Please plan accordingly. We were expecting a dozen gazillion boxes on Tuesday. We might get them by Friday. At which point, they'll be mixed in with the other gazillion boxes that were supposed to show on Wednesday. Meanwhile, we'll have sold everything in the store, and THAT reorder MIGHT get here before next weekend. All of which is a far cry from the traditional "we can get it in a day or two" operating procedure.

2) We are not taking used books at this time. See above note about gazillions of boxes. We  don't have space in the building to process used books right now, and so we're putting all of that on hold until the new year. Come January, please check in with us before you bring 'em in. We still want your used books, but not right now. 

3) Masks are still the rule. As is social distancing. We expect the store to be very busy over the next few weeks. We might need to manage how many bodies are in the building at any given time. Please be patient and plan your visits accordingly. The bookstore is a treasured place for many people—a fair number of whom are still unable to receive a COVID vaccine—and we want to make sure we can be this special place for everyone. 

4) Your booksellers are wise and knowledgeable. We are delighted to provide suggestions for that hard to buy for person in your life. In fact, this might be part of why we get out of bed in the morning. Make a bookseller happy this holiday season and ask for a recommendation. 

All right. Those are the important notes. Here are some notes about new books. 

Look! A new Diana Gabaldon Outlander book! It's got Claire! It's got Jamie! It's got Brianna and Roger and other peoples! All in the same time period! 

Surely something else happens in the remaining 927 pages. 

And speaking of Outlander and things Scottish, here is the Clanlands Alamanac: Season Stories from Scotland. Written by Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish, Clanlands Alamanac is a rip-roaring, road-tripping sort of book across the glens and around the lochs of Scotland. Practical AND entertaining!

A little closer to home, we have Dispatches from Anarres: Tales in Tribute to Ursula K. Le Guin. This is a marvelous collection of short fiction imbued with the fiery independence and far-reaching vision of Le Guin. It's lovely to see such passion persisting in Pacific Northwest storytelling. 

We may have mentioned this one already, but since it actually releases this week, we can mention it again. The Harry Potter World of Stickers: Art from the Wizarding World Archive is a massive tome of sticker thingies. Like more than 934 of them. Surely, the Harry Potter fans in your life can find places to stick 934 stickers. 

And if they do run out of stickers, we also have The Antiquarian Sticker Book as well as the Bilbiophilia edition. More than 2,000 stickers! You could totally sticker a school bus with that many stickers! 

Stickers are the new Paint-By-Numbers, by the way. Even those cool Bullet Journal kids are stickering. 

Meanwhile, there's a new pretty book on the shelf. It's Bram Stoker's Dracula, which is—we know—a bit of a snooze. But! But! But! This one is illustrated by Edward Gorey, and Sterling pulled out all the stops on the physical book. Velvet cover! Bats on the page ends! Silk ribbon! Inset art on the cover! Two-color printing! It's really marvelous. 

And speaking of marvelous things, here is Murakami T: The T-Shirts I Love. Lovingly designed by Chip Kidd (of course), Murakami T is a wee book wherein Haruki Murakami reminiscences about his t-shirt collection (which is not as extensive as his vinyl collection, by the way). And because it's Murakami, his "reminiscences" are delightfully quirky and eccentric essays. It's totally a "WTF is this?" present, but one that will transform into a "Huh, that was . . . unexpected" present. 

Oh, and while you're snacking and drinking Disney-style, you might as well be knitting, Disney-style. We're just saying. 

And our dear friend James Patterson is back this week with the 27th book in the Alex Cross series. You would think that Cross might have caught the bad guy by now, but apparently not. This time, Cross and his pal, Detective John Sampson, are the hunted. 

Darkness falls. The river churns into rapids. Shots ring out through the forest. No backup. No way out. Fear no evil. 

This is exactly what you need after a hefty turkey dinner. Short declarative sentences. Tension building. Black hats. White hats. Who is going to die? Next chapter now. Boom boom ba-boom. 

We're not entirely sure why the cover image shows a dude walking down an alley when the whole point of the book is "trapped in the Montana wilderness," but that's us being fussy. Sorry. 

Meanwhile, here's an oral history of The Office. Welcome to Dunder Mifflin is a behind-the-scenes look at what went into making the ground-breaking series. Curated by Brian Baumgartner (who played Kevin) and Ben Silverman (one of the producers), this is nerd-nip of the finest grade. 

And finally, we'd like to recommend this book. To be read privately, of course. During your leisure time. And no, we don't need to hear about it later. 

Overheard At The Store »»

NADIA: All right. Before we open the doors for Small Business Saturday, there are some rules we need to go over. 

OTTERS: <groaning>

NADIA: Rules are important. Rules mean you won't get trampled. 

HODGE: Oh, yay! Rules!

PODGE: We like rules!

NADIA: There will be no stacking of books to make Book Forts. 

OTTERS: <groaning>

NADIA: There will be no recommending of books written by friends over books written by people you don't know. 

OTTERS: <groaning>

NADIA: I know. I know. That means actual work but—

OTTERS: <more groaning noises>

NADIA: But, think of the joy you will get from making people happy. 

PODGE: . . . 

HODGE: . . . 

NADIA: Is there something you don't understand about that part? 

PODGE: No, I . . . 

HODGE: What constitutes "friends"? 

NADIA: <sigh> 

PODGE: I mean, we've never met that person, but we like their author photo. They look friendly, so . . . 

NADIA: Just . . . you know what? Sell them all. 

HODGE: Even this one with the fellow who appears to be very stern and upset about something? 

NADIA: That's Shel Silverstein. You don't sell that book by the author photo. You sell it by the cover. 

HODGE: Oh, look! There's a dog on the cover!

PODGE: Oh, I like this one!

NADIA: See? It's not that hard. 

HODGE: Yes, but when I am holding up the book for a customer, the author photo stares at me!

NADIA: Which leads me to the next rule: "Handselling" means "suggesting a book to a customer." It doesn't mean "chasing after them with a book." 

PODGE: It doesn't? 



HODGE: I see. 

NADIA: . . . 

PODGE: But that means . . . 

HODGE: I suppose . . . 

NADIA: And . . . ?


HODGE: Exactly!

PODGE: We can stay behind the glass!

HODGE: We won't get stepped on!

NADIA: And we may survive the holiday season yet . . . 


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