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Congratulations and best wishes to Dave!  After 22 years at Watermark, Dave has decided to retire. We will miss his book recommendations (humor, fantasy, healthy eating guides, zen living), his sports expertise, his sense of humor, the many special things he did at the store including ladder duties, Sunday hours, and recycling management, and most of all, his motto: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food."  Never fear, you may spot him at the Saturday Farmer's Market . He will be missed.




THE CROW TRAP, by Ann Cleeves (Minotaur Books, $16.99)  The first book in the well-loved Vera Stanhope series, which have been turned into the hit mysteries on PBS, has finally been published in paperback in the U.S. Because of an environmental study taking place at an isolated mountain cottage in England, two very different women are thrown together, and immediately the leader of the study discovers a dead body.  After a second death occurs soon after, another woman enters the situation--the very brusk and unconventional Detective Inspector Vera Stanhope. Cleeves is a master at creating flawed, dimensional characters and evocative settings.  If you have not read Cleeves before, you are in for a treat.  


CELINE, by Peter Heller (Knopf, $25.95)  Heller, best-selling author of The Dog Stars and The Painter adds to those acclaimed works with a masterly novel of suspense.  Celine is an aristocratic and elegant private eye who works out of her small apartment at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge tracking down missing persons. Her specialty is in reuniting family members, and she has a better record at it than the FBI.  When she takes on the case of a missing father who was photographing out West when he disappeared, his body was never found, she tackles a much tougher case. Celine heads to the Yellowstone National Park to investigate, but it quickly becomes clear that someone does not want the case to be solved. Heller's perfect plotting and exquisite details of the natural world make this another winner for him.


THE REFUGEES, by Viet Thanh Nguyen (Grove Press, $25) These beautifully formed stories, by the acclaimed author of last year's Pulitzer Prize winner The Sympathizer, explore the life-changing decisions people make when moving from one country to another.  This moving collection, set in both Vietnam and America, was written over a period of twenty years, yet the writing and themes are as vivid and timely as today's news. Stories range widely--from young children from Vietnam suffering culture shock, to a woman who coping with a husband who has dementia, to the story of an accomplished young woman who moves back to Vietnam, which intimidates her younger half-sister.  The hardships and hopes of migration are vividly detailed here, and yet the themes are universally human.


LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, by George Saunders (Random House, $28)

Saunders, the award winning author of the short story collection Tenth of December, is now wowing fans with his new novel, an unforgettable and imaginative story about familial love and loss. The story starts in 1862, when Lincoln is President and the Civil War just a year old. His beloved 11-year-old son Willie becomes ill, predicted to recover, but dies, leaving Lincoln and his family devasted.  From those historical facts, Saunders weaves a tale both shocking and hilarious, supernatural and real, that describes Willie Lincoln's strange and tumultuous trip in the transitional state called (in Tibetan tradition) "bardo".  There ensues an enormous struggle for Willie's soul, involving ghosts who perform acts filled with conflict. Saunders is one of the few who can create a fictional world that sounds this strange, yet pulls you into his theatrical panorama until you can't let go.


THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR, by Helen Simonson (Random House, $17 paper) New in paperback--the second of Helen Simonson's delightful books.  During the summer before the outbreak of WWI, a new Latin teacher, (a woman!) is hired to teach in the quiet costal town of Rye.  When she arrives, she is more free-thinking, and attractive, than the school's head master expected.  But Beatrice Nash, the new teacher, just wants to be left alone following the recent death of her father.  As she slowly adjusts to her new position, the colorful characters who populate the town, and the lush countryside of the Sussex landscape, the summer ends and the dread of war replaces the lightheartedness of summer. Changes abound, and the little town has to make major adjustments.  Wonderful dialogue and fascinating history are added bonuses to this compelling story.


EVICTED, by Matthew Desmond (Broadway Books, $17 paper) Harvard urban sociologist Desmond has written an award-winning and eye-opening book about one of the root issues of poverty--that of stable housing.  He lived in Milwaukee (one of the most segregated cities in the US) among the people he studied--black inner city women, white unemployed friends living in a run-down trailer park, and the landlords who own the housing at the edge.  Desmond's study reads like a novel, and reveals the complexities of poverty one step up from homelessness, an aspect that has been seldom studied or written about.  An important and timely book--one of the New York Times' best books of 2016.





Featuring a cover painting (Island Road) by our beloved friend, the late Guemes Island artist Rebecca Hyland, this sketch book comprises 100 pages of 60-lb acid free paper. 6" x 8.5". Made in USA. $9.95







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