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MONDAY, OCTOBER 22ND @ 7PM

Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City 

by Phillip Hoose

Join us on October 22rd @ 7:00pm to celebrate the release of Phillip Hoose's new book!

"The true story of the all-black high school basketball team that broke the color barrier in segregated 1950s Indiana, masterfully told by National Book Award winner Phil Hoose.

By winning the state high school basketball championship in 1955, ten teens from an Indianapolis school meant to be the centerpiece of racially segregated education in the state shattered the myth of their inferiority. Their brilliant coach had fashioned an unbeatable team from a group of boys born in the South and raised in poverty. Anchored by the astonishing Oscar Robertson, a future college and NBA star, the Crispus Attucks Tigers went down in history as the first state champions from Indianapolis and the first all-black team in U.S. history to win a racially open championship tournament--an integration they had forced with their on-court prowess.
From native Hoosier and award-winning author Phillip Hoose comes this true story of a team up against impossible odds, making a difference when it mattered most."

About the author:

Phillip Hoose is an award-winning author of books, essays, stories, songs and articles. Although he first wrote for adults, he turned his attention to children and young adults in part to keep up with his own daughters. His bookClaudette Colvin won a National Book Award and was dubbed a Publisher's Weekly Best Book of 2009. He is also the author of Hey, Little Ant, co-authored by his daughter, Hannah; It's Our World, Too!; The Race to Save the Lord God Bird; The Boys Who Challenged Hitler; and We Were There, Too!, a National Book Award finalist. He has received a Jane Addams Children's Book Award, a Christopher Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and multiple Robert F. Sibert Honor Awards, among numerous honors. He was born in South Bend, Indiana, and grew up in the towns of South Bend, Angola, and Speedway, Indiana. He was educated at Indiana University and the Yale School of Forestry. He lives in Portland, Maine.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24TH @ 7PM

Valeria Vose by Alice Bingham Gorman
In Conversation with Bill Roorbach

Join us on Wednesday, October 24th @ 7pm for a book talk with Alice Bingham Gorman, who will be here speaking about her new book, Valeria Vose, with author Bill Roorbach!

"Valeria Vose: A Novel takes a reader deep inside the cultural and emotional life of a 1970's southern woman. Privileged, approaching age forty, her 'perfect' life is shattered. Determined to survive, she's forced to confront all preconceived values and expectations in order to find a path toward creative, spiritual independence and her true identity." --Publisher Marketing

About the author:

Alice Bingham Gorman is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. She earned an MFA in Writing from Spalding University in 2005 and received an Honorary PhD in Fine Arts from the Memphis College of Art in 2001. Her writing has been published in Vogue, O, the Oprah Magazine, O's Little Book of Love and Friendship, The Louisville Review, and countless regional periodicals and art publications. Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, she now divides her time between Maine and Florida. Valeria Vose is her first novel.

About Bill Roorbach:

Bill Roorbach’s most recent book is The Girl of the Lake, a collection of stories from Algonquin. Also from Algonquin are The Remedy for Love, a finalist for the 2015 Kirkus Prize, and the bestselling Life Among Giants, which won a Maine Literary Award in 2012. An earlier collection, Big Bend, won the Flannery O’Connor and O. Henry prizes in 2000. His memoir in nature, Temple Stream, just released in a new paperback edition by Down East Books, won the Maine Literary Award in nonfiction 2005. He’s just been named a 2018 Civitella Ranieri Foundation fellow.

 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25TH @ 7PM

Walking to the Sun: A Journey Through America's Energy Landscapes by Tom Haines

Please join us on Thursday, October 25th @ 7pm for a book talk with Tom Haines!

"On a winter day in 2013, Tom Haines stood in front of his basement furnace and wondered about the source of the natural gas that fueled his insulated life. During the next four years, Haines, an award-winning journalist and experienced wanderer, walked hundreds of miles through landscapes of fuel--oil, gas, and coal, and water, wind, and sun--on a crucial exploration of how we live on Earth in the face of a growing climate crisis. Can we get from the fossil fuels of today to the renewables of tomorrow? The story Haines tells in Walking to the Sun is full not only of human encounters--with roustabouts working on an oil rig, farmers tilling fields beneath wind turbines, and many others--but also of the meditative range that arrives with solitude far from home. Walking to the Sun overcomes the dislocation of our industrial times to look closely at the world around us and to consider what might come next." --Publisher Marketing

 

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Check out This Week's Bestsellers!

1. The Witch Elm by Tana French

2. Less by Andrew Sean Greer

3. Blotto Bottany by Spencre L.R. McGowan

4. Good and Mad by Rebecca Traister

5. Fear by Bob Woodward

6. Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

7. Your Second Life Begins When You Realize You Only Have One by Raphaelle Giordano

8. Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

9. The Best American Short Stories 2018 by Roxane Gay, ed.

10. The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

11. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

12. Hope Never Dies by Andrew Shaffer

13. The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery

Click here for the rest of the bestseller list!

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If you're not sure what the perfect book might be...a Longfellow Books Gift Certificate is the perfect present.  And we'll be happy to mail it for you, free of charge.  Choose any amount that works for you, let us know what message you'd like on the Gift Certificates, and we'll get them straight out to your loved ones.  Of course, you're more than welcome to pop into the store and pick them up as well.  Order your gift certificates today!

 

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• We pay store credit for used books, not cash.

• We pay approximately 30% of what we decide to charge for a book. So if we price something at $8, we’ll give you $2.40 in store credit for it.

• We take one bag or box at a time, and you can drop off books whenever we're open*. We will call you once we go through your books (it takes us about a week, unless we’re buried very deep) to tell you how much store credit you’re getting.

           *We may go through periods when we get overloaded and have to temporarily pause, so please call or check our website before bringing books in.

• We take many different kinds of books (paperbacks & hardcovers, fiction & nonfiction), but our selection varies with supply & demand.

However, we usually will not buy:

           •Books that are in generally poor condition (torn or yellowed pages, missing dustcovers, split spines, etc.)

           •Books with underlining or highlighting

           •Textbooks and outdated reference books (travel guides, etc.)

           •Non-book items (magazines, journals, calendars, DVDs, CDs, etc.)

• Currently, we are not accepting kids/ya books, art books, coffee table books, or cookbooks.

• If there are books we don’t take, we can either donate them to Goodwill or you can pick them back up. We will ask your preference when you drop them off. If you elect to pick books back up, we ask that you pick them up within 7 days of when we contact you. After that, we reserve the right to donate them.

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