Lake & Island Notes                                 November 2014

Apostle Islands Booksellers
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PLUS, e-books downloadable to most e-readers!
Did you get your Holiday Catalog in the mail earlier this month?
If not, please stop by the store and pick one up. There is a fantastic variety of gift ideas inside along with a coupon for 20% off of any three items in one purchase!
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Featured Title

A Bean, a Stalk and a Boy Named Jack   

by William Joyce

When a king's pinky grows stinky, it is up to a smallish boy and a smallish pea to come up with a GIANT plan to save the kingdom; a fractured fairy tale from William Joyce. This beautifully illustrated story was such a pleasant surprise to us! If the quirky conversations in this book don't make you smile, there may be something seriously wrong.

You might think you know the story of Jack and the Beanstalk, but you just may want to think again. In this fairy tale with a twist, it hasn't rained in days and the king has dictated that something must be done; his royal pinky is getting stinky! With a little magic from a wizard, young Jack, paired with his pea pod pal, will find a GIANT reason as to why there's no water left in the kingdom...and prove that size doesn't prevent anyone from doing something BIG.

Featured Title

Ruhlman's How to Roast: Foolproof Techniques for the Home Cook  

by Michael Ruhlman

Humankind has been roasting for millennia. The term originally referred to cooking over an open fire, usually on some kind of spit. It has evolved to the cooking of meat or vegetables or even fruit in an oven. It refers to a "dry heat" (and usually high-heat) method of making things irresistibly appetizing.

How to Roast combines practical advice - what tools you need, staple ingredients to have on hand, how to get the most out of your oven. There are 20 original and mouthwatering recipes, chosen to showcase a wide range of roasting methods and results. Included are "The Icon" (roast chicken), monkfish roasted with tomatoes and basil, roasted peaches with mint crème fraiche. Dozens of color photographs offer step-by-step illustration as well as finished-dish showpieces.
Join us for our open book group! We meet once a month. If you'd like to receive more information, please email us as we'll gladly add your name to the list!
Sometimes our visitors wonder how two lawyers came to be booksellers. It was a long, strange trip. We’ve traveled widely and everywhere we’ve been drawn to bookshops. They always seem to share a culture and tranquility that defies borders and yet exudes a distinctly local flavor. And, there’s the fragrance! The proprietors and staff are always welcoming and are curious about us and our lives. It’s been a reliable connector.

Our recent trip to the eastern Baltic has been no exception. In the old city of Tallinn, just around the corner from our little hotel, we found Slothrop’s – a quiet and cozy oasis. In Riga there was Robert’s Books tucked away in a niche in the historic center, again, not far from our hotel. If anything these little shops seemed somewhat busier than the typical neighborhood bookstores (such as still exist!) in our country.
Not far from the Temppeliaukio Kirkko (the Rock Church) in Helsinki we happened across the Arkadia International Bookshop. What a find! This is one-of-a-kind. At its core is a large second-hand bookshop. But, scratch the surface and descend the stairs to the vast cellar and another world opens up. The books are in floor-to-ceiling drawers tagged by author. A boa constrictor watches from its terrarium. If one tires of reading in the over-stuffed furniture, there are a piano and a pool table. In the furthest recess is a quiet, candle-lit chapel. The owners, Ian and Liisa Bourgeot, welcomed us with an apple drink and cookies and we were interviewed for a documentary being made about the store by a Colombian expat.
The so-called House of Books (Дом книги –Dom Knigi) lies in the heart of St. Petersburg’s Nevsky Prospekt immediately across from the Kazansky Cathedral. It occupies the ground and 1st floors of the incredible Singer House built at the turn of the last century for the Singer Sewing Machine Company. In 1919, not long after the revolution, it became the city’s largest bookstore and took its current name in 1938. It survived the siege of Leningrad and now displays some 150,000 volumes in its huge halls that are crowded with customers until its midnight closing time. We enjoyed tea and an éclair in the Café Zinger upstairs in front of the panoramic windows that look out over the boulevard and the cathedral. We were not in Bayfield anymore!

This passion for bookstores seems to ring equally true for our staff. Our store manager recently visited New Orleans where she encountered Faulkner House Books - an organized, yet very small, used and new bookstore. Who knew that is was here she would find a book with a sketch of the Cornucopia harbor by Sylvia Plath! Then, just around the corner, she found Arcadian Books - a used bookstore with hundreds of literal stacks of books. One must be careful in a shop like this not to knock over a tower of hundreds of books!

We hope that you are finding independent booksellers wherever you are!

Remember, if you’ve lost yours,
we are your local bookstore!

All of us at AIB

Upcoming Event...

The Art of Poetry:
A Discussion with Local Poets

Saturday, December 6th 4:30pm
Bates Art Bar, Bayfield


Join us at Bates Art Bar on Saturday, December 6th at 4:30pm for a panel discussion with local poets. We will hear a few pieces from each poet, and discuss what it's like to be a poet in our community and in this day and age. Poets attending include Rob Ganson, Gwen Smith Patterson, Hope McLeod, Davis Taylor, Augustus Merrill, and Bruce Burnside. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

We will have copies of each author's books available for purchase as well.

What we're reading...

The Heather Blazing
by Colm Toibin

Having spent recent time in Spain, we are reminded of the enormous pleasure we take in the work of Colm Toibin. At twenty years of age, immediately after his graduation from University College Dublin, he left for Barcelona where he remained for several years and which he took as his second home. His early work, The South, set in Spain and Ireland, and Homage to Barcelona, a portrait of one of Europe’s greatest cities, were deeply inspired by his love of Catalonia. This second novel, The Heather Blazing, is all Ireland. It relates a year in the life of Eamon Redmond, a judge in the Irish High Court, and probes the history of his intimate family relationships and how they formed him. Alternating between his present and his childhood the man is revealed with emotional intensity and crystalline prose. Deeply moving. Profoundly sad.
The Burning Room
by Michael Connelly

It’s a hot title for a cold case, but this newly-published Harry Bosch police procedural is another in that series of winners. Here Bosch is paired with a rookie partner, Lucia Soto, a young Latina who soon mirrors the skills of her new mentor. Nine years ago the victim was shot by a supposedly stray bullet. Now he has died and become the work of the LAPD’s Open-Unsolved Unit. Soon it is apparent that the shooting may not have been random, but rather part of a political intrigue. As always with Harry Bosch, this one is hard to put down so it is best to start it on a Friday evening in winter.
Brain on Fire
by Susannah Cahalan

This one is just out in paperback and reads like a gripping suspense novel. The author, a twenty-four year old New York Post reporter at the time, regained consciousness after a month-long confinement in a psychiatric ward. She was strapped down and under guard. She had no memory of the violent and psychotic circumstances that had led her there. The story of her illness and the medical response by a dogged team of physicians – including a “Dr. House” – is absolutely fascinating.  Cahalan’s writing makes an already harrowing story even better. She’s the real thing and this will rank among the best of medical procedurals.

Final Thoughts...

The calendar may declare that it is still Autumn, but we think Mother Nature might have a differing opinion on this matter. This stanza from Robert Louis Stevenson's poem Winter-Time says it all:

"Black are my steps on silver sod;
Thick blows my frosty breath abroad;
And tree and house, and hill and lake,
Are frosted like a wedding cake."

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Offer expires December 24th, 2014
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