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Lake & Island Notes                                 December 2014

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Featured Title
 


Something About a Bear   

by Jackie Morris

Morris introduces a toffee-colored bear, seen nose to nose with a curious teddy bear before exploring wild bears, including a spectacled bear, moon bear, and polar bear. Supple paintings depict the bears in their natural environments, and the accompanying descriptions are equally lovely, “Through the forest, hunting termites and the honey hives of bees, where the mangoes and the fruit trees grow in plenty, walks the shaggy-coated Sloth Bear.” Morris’s watercolors beautifully render the subtleties of color and light in the bears’ fur. A cozy conclusion and a glossary round out this educational and handsome book.
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Greetings!

Our customers are our best assets! Not that they simply shop with us, but rather that they are the source of much of the best work in our collection. Whether we speak of some of our obscure bestsellers like John William’s Stoner and Jim Fergus’ One Thousand White Women or some of our more mainstream titles, many have come from customer recommendations. Often those recommendations arrive in the form of special orders that we quickly fulfill and then, frequently, we add another copy for our inventory. Ordinarily we can fulfill special orders within two business days if ordered by Wednesday morning and just after the weekend if ordered later. Then just pick it up. Or, we can quickly ship your order to you or to another address if you wish. It’s a win/win – our collection grows in quality and we can fill orders for books that don’t quite fit our limited space. Either way, this is one of the services we truly enjoy providing. You can also order direct from our website. Take advantage! 
 
Our poetry event at the Bates Art Bar was a great success!  Six excellent local poets sat behind the classic oak bar and read and discussed their work and, more generally, the art of poetry before a packed house.  We are grateful to Hope McLeod, Bruce Burnside, Lee (Augustus) Merrill, Gwen Smith-Patterson, Rob Ganson, and Davis Taylor for leading this event and for their moving readings and thoughtful comments and responses on the art of poetry - likewise to the audience for their insightful questions and thoughts during the discussion. We are encouraged to do more of this kind of thing.
 
In local happenings, we linger under the threat of the world’s largest open-pit iron mine in our beloved Penokee Hills above Lake Superior. A new challenge has arrived in the form of a proposed Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) in the Town of Eileen in Bayfield County. This large-scale pig factory, fleeing its already devastated terrain in Iowa, threatens the watershed and groundwater of the Chequamegon Region to say nothing of our outdoors and adventure-based economy. At present there is no ordinance in place to regulate this kind of operation. The County Board on a tied vote refused to impose a 60-day moratorium on the permitting process to enable further study of the project. What next?

Still, we have had much to be grateful for in the past year - great family and friends, good business, interesting travels, and the marvelous natural world which surrounds us. We hope that this year has brought you plenty of "good" and that you enjoy time with your loved ones this holiday season.

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What we're reading...


Sylvia Plath: Drawings
by Frieda Hughes (Introduction)

Celebrated worldwide for her writing, especially The Bell Jar, Plath is little known for her exquisite drawings from 1955-57. They are mainly drawn from her travels with her new husband Ted Hughes in Paris, Spain and, later, around the US. Done in pen and ink, the sketches capture the subtleties of Parisian rooftops, Spanish still lifes, and marine studies from the East Coast and Great Lakes. Excerpts from her letters and diary accompany the work. Don’t miss the especially beautiful drawing of our own Cornucopia Harbour done when she passed this way with Hughes in late 1957.
All the Light We Cannot See
by Anthony Doerr

This award-winning novel weaves together the young lives of two children – one a girl in Paris, the other a boy in Berlin. They are coming-of-age during WWII and the Nazi occupation of France. Marie Laure has gone blind at age six and her father, who is the master of locks at the Museum of Natural History, has built her an exact scale model of their Parisian neighborhood to aid her in getting around. Werner finds himself in the Wehrmacht as a radio wonk and ends up for a time on the Russian front. Their lives converge in the village of Saint-Malo on the Brittany Coast. There the tiny street models and radio waves come together under the Allied bombing of the town. Beautifully written, powerful story!
The Martian
by Andy Weir

Astronaut Mark Watney was one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. A violent dust storm damaged his space suit and, thinking him dead, his crew left him behind when they returned to earth. Reminiscent of Robinson Crusoe, Watney must confront and survive the obstacles of life alone on an alien planet with few resources to aid him. Sounds like it could be a ho-hum. But wait! There’s a lot of science in this fiction and a bunch of humor, too. No doubt there will be a Matt Damon motion picture on the way and it’ll probably be a good one. But, it will be hard to beat the book!

Final Thoughts...


Remember, one of our favorite pastimes is talking about books! If you need suggestions for your loved ones, do not hesitate to ask. We will be placing our final holiday order on Monday, December 22nd by 10:30am. This order should arrive on Wednesday, December 24th around Noon. We will be closing at 3pm on Christmas Eve, but if you need that last minute gift we will be here.

And, of course if all else fails, an Apostle Islands Booksellers gift card is perfect for anyone!
 

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