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Good news, everyone! We've finally caught up with our tremendous backlog of used books, and we're ready for more.

As usual, please limit yourself to ONE bag or box of books at a time -- space here is always at a premium! You can drop off one box or bag and we'll call you as soon as it is processed (usually 1-2 weeks). Rejected books will be donated to the Portland Public Library, or held for one week for you to pick up. If you have any questions about our used book program, click here or give us a call!


Coming Up at Longfellow Books...!

Thursday, September 22th at 7 pm
SUBSTITUTE: Going to School With A Thousand Kids
by Nicholson Baker
*at Longfellow Books*

Nicholson Baker, author of The Mezzanine, has written a new book about his experiences in the Maine public school system. After passing a background check and taking a one day class, Baker became an on-call substitute teacher for a school district near his hometown of Lasswell, Maine. In this book, he gives us an unfiltered 'view from the trenches', written with his characteristic lively wit. He recreates hilarious and illuminating conversations with the students in his classes. It's a honest and engaging record of one of our most treasured - and least understood - institutions.

Nicholson Baker will be reading an excerpt of the novel,  followed by a book signing and Q&A.

We hope to see you Thursday night!

“Baker’s signature wordplay and inventive voice shine through…ultimately [he] forges a gripping and indispensable time-capsule of teaching and learning in the twenty-first century.”
—Publishers Weekly

“May be the most revealing depiction of the American contemporary classroom that we have to date." Garret Keizer, The New York Times Book Review

For more information about our upcoming readings, check out our event calendar!


Longfellow Bestsellers!

Check out Longfellow's Top 25 Bestsellers this week, and see what your neighbors are reading!


1. Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

2. Walking Through History by Paul Leadman

3. Hauling Through by Peter Bridgford

4. City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg

5. My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante

6. The State We're In: Maine Stories by Ann Beattie

7. Between the World and Me by Ta Nehisi Coates

8. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

9. The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

10. Heroes of the Frontier by Dave Eggers

Click here for the rest of the list!


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