Weekly Specials, News & More
We will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week. All of next week we will be closed. When we reopen on Wednesday, January 8th we will be reorganized and reinvigorated and ready for the new year.
Are you traveling over the holidays? Long drives are the perfect time to enjoy an audio book. We just received a big selection of books on CD. We have a lot of fiction and mystery and a smattering of very good nonfiction too. As always the prices are hard to beat.
Are you still gift shopping? We still have quite a few gift-quality books. In addition to the special “gift-quality” books there are many wonderful books on our shelves that would make great gifts.
• The week of the 16th – open all week – regular schedule
• The week of the 23rd – Closed on the 25th and open the 26th, 27th, and 28th
• The week of the 30th - CLOSED ALL WEEK
Many of us are seriously occupied with gift buying decisions right now. Buying and giving just-the-right gift is a wonderful thing! Sometimes thinking of just-the-right gift is a frustrating thing. I can whole-heartedly recommend browsing the bookstore for any reader on your holiday list. We have a great selection of books and the bang-for-your-buck is hard to beat anywhere in town. While you’re here check out our Collectibles Cabinet. The Collectibles Cabinet contains all sorts of special books; you will find rare, signed, and unusual books. Here are a few examples of the signed books we have:
• The Life You Imagine – signed by Derek Jeter
• Garden of the Beast – signed by Erik Larson
• Theodore Boone – signed by John Grisham
• White House Diary – signed by President Jimmy Carter
Just ask at the counter and we will be happy to let you look through our collectible books. Maybe just-the-right gift is waiting for you there.
What a busy and transitional time last weekend was! We put away the autumn and Thanksgiving décor and immediately put up the Christmas decorations. My head is swimming a little. The Friends Bookstore began its annual Gift Book Sale on Friday and our little shop was buzzing with activity all day. Several people mentioned that the store was crowded, but that everyone seemed happy. We have plenty of gift-quality books left, so please don’t worry that you’ve missed out if you didn’t make it down last weekend. We will continue to put out new things as we can. Come downtown, enjoy the decorations on the mall and in the park, take a ride on the Holly Jolly Trolley, and come see us at the bookstore.
Happy Thanksgiving! The Holiday Season has officially begun. I'd like to suggest to you again this year that you start your Black Friday shopping in downtown Kalamazoo. I'd like to further suggest that you make your first stop the Friends Bookstore. Friday is the first day of our annual Gift-Quality Book Sale. You will find a fabulous selection of books that you will be proud to give as gifts. In addition to the joy you will feel at finding just the right gift, you will be very pleased with yourself because you will pay just a fraction of the retail price!
I often think I want to start reading biographies again. They were my read of choice at one point in my life and I always felt like I learned a lot from them. If biographies interest you we have a great selection right now. Here are three titles you’ll find on our Biography Spotlight cart: Flannery O’Connor A Life, Olmsted’s America An “Unpractical Man and his Vision of Civilization, Edward Hopper, An Intimate Biography. Most biographies are priced at one or two dollars.
Don’t forget – next week, Friday, November 29th is the first day of our annual Gift-Quality Book Sale. Like-new books sell for a fraction of retail price.
Gift-quality books from a used book store. Really? If you’ve never been to our annual Gift Book Sale you might question that. But, if you have been to the Friends Gift Book Sale you most likely have it marked on your calendar and have plans to be here when the doors open.
All year we set aside books for this sale. These books must meet one very strict standard; they must look like new books. Surprisingly we receive enough “like new” donations to put together a pretty awesome sale every year. So here’s the bottom line – you can buy gift-quality, “like-new” books for a fraction of retail price.
The sale starts at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, November 29. Start your holiday shopping at the Friends Bookstore and I think you’ll get off to a very rewarding start!
This week: Buy select trade fiction, normally priced at $2.00 each, two for a dollar.
November is Picture Book Month. I think it’s fitting that we set aside an entire month to celebrate picture books. Picture books make a valuable and significant contribution in our lives. If you love stories there’s a good chance that love was nurtured at a very young age. It’s a good bet that the pleasure you receive from a well-told tale began snuggled up with mom or dad and a picture book. We know that reading to children is a nurturing activity that encourages a love of reading. So, this month we will celebrate picture books!
We have an enormous supply of picture books. We have picture books that tell comforting stories, teaching stories, exciting stories, well, all kinds of stories. And don’t forget the “picture” in picture book. The pictures add so much to the story and the artwork is often phenomenal. Most of our picture books are priced at a dollar or two. Come down to the bookstore and help us celebrate picture books this month!
As you walk in the front door of the bookstore, just to your right, is a bookshelf which houses our New Arrivals and Staff Picks. “New arrival” often means very current, recently published books. Staff picks are books that volunteers have read and recommend. Here’s the titles of a few I picked out to share with you, to give you an idea of what we have.
• “July 1914 Countdown to War” by Sean McMeekin, published 2013 – a history of the decisions that led to the war in 1914
• “Say Nice Things About Detroit”, by Scott Lasser, published 2012 – a suspenseful tale set in Detroit and recommended by Elmore Leonard
• “Mom & Me & Mom” by Maya Angelou, published 2013 – a memoir about Maya Angelou’s relationship with her mother
• “The Orchard A Memoir” by Theresa Weir, published 2011 – a gripping memoir of woman’s “struggle, resilience, and love in the American heartland”
• “The Quest” by Nelson DeMille, published 2013 – DeMille’s latest thriller
• “Brotherhood, Dharma, Destiny, and the American Dream” by Deepak Chopra and Sanjiv Chopra, published 2013
That’s just a few titles to whet your interest. I hope you’ll come down this week and see what else we have.
Here’s what’s half price this week:
Select tween/teen books, mostly fiction with a bit of nonfiction are ½ off! Many if not most of these books are only 25¢ or 50¢ now!
All our Halloween books are reduced by half so they will fly out of the store and into someone’s home where they can work their Halloween magic before the big day!
Select fiction that’s part of one of our quirkier sales – all the books have orange or black or orange & black colored spines. It’s an interesting and totally diverse and dissimilar collection of books. Hey the good things is they are normally $2.00 books that are only $1.oo this week
Come and take a look.