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Book cover for "By Me Love" by Martha Cooley
Red Hen Press / Red Hen Press

Author Martha Cooley joins us this morning to discuss her new novel, "Buy Me Love," about the eternal confusions of money and our beloved notions of free will as they play out for one woman with a lottery ticket.

Martha Cooley will be the guest for a Northshire Bookstore Virtual event on Tuesday, June 8 with Lynne Sharon Schwartz ("Truthtelling").

Book covers for the books listed below on this page
provided - assorted publishers

    This week's Book Picks come from Nadja Tiktinsky of Northshire Books in Saratoga Spring, New York and Manchester Center, Vermont.

365 Days to Alaska by Cathy Carr
The Year I Flew Away by Marie Arnold
The Deepest Breath by Meg Greehan
Starfish by Lisa Fipps
Where We Used to Roam by Jenn Bishop
Bloom by Nicola Skinner
The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton

Book cover for "Foregone"
No Exit Press

Russell Banks, twice a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, joins us this week to discuss his new novel, “Foregone.” In the novel we meet Canadian-American leftist documentary filmmaker Leonard Fife, one of sixty thousand draft evaders and deserters who fled to Canada to avoid serving in Vietnam.

Fife, now in his late seventies, is dying of cancer in Montreal and has agreed to a final interview in which he is determined to bare all his secrets at last, to demythologize his mythologized life.

This show was recorded as part of a virtual author event with Northshire Bookstore.

Book covers for the books listed below on this page
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  This week's Book Picks come from Mike Hare of Northshire Books in Saratoga Spring, New York and Manchester Center, Vermont.

List: Four Hundred Souls edited by Ibram X. Kendi and Keisha N. Blain
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders
Exercised by Daniel E. Lieberman
Kill Switch by Adam Jentleson
Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab
Creativity by John Cleese

Book covers for 3 recent James Patterson Books
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James Patterson is the world's bestselling author. The creator of Alex Cross, he joins us this week to discuss his three latest books - "The Last Days of John Lennon," "Deadly Cross" and "NYPD Red 6."

This program was recorded via zoom in an Off the Shelf event presented by Northshire Bookstore and WAMC.

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This week's Book Picks come from Digby Baker-Porazinski of Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York and Manchester Center, Vermont.

"The Evening and the Morning" by Ken Follett
"Sapiens: A Graphic History" by Yuval Noah Harari
"The Age of Wood" by Roland Ennos
"A Thousand Ships" by Natalie Haynes (to be released in January)
"The Decameron" by Giovanni Boccaccio
"Creativity: A Short and Cheerful Guide" by John Cleese
"Heroes' Feast: The Official D&D Cookbook" by Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson, and Michael Witmer

Today's Book Picks list comes from Rachel Person of The Northshire Bookstore.

We weren't able to speak with Rachel because we were airing Governor Cuomo - but we share her list below.
Many local independent bookstores are fulfilling online and mail orders.

For small children:
"Frog and Toad All Year" by Arnold Lobel
"I'm Worried" by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Debbie Ridpath Ohi

For bigger children:
"Where the Mountain Meets the Moon" by Grace Lin
"Ghost" by Jason Reynolds

For Teens:
"Almost American Girl" by Robin Ha
"Dragon Hoops" by Gene Luen Yang

For adults:
"Spinning Silver" by Naomi Novik
"Red, White, and Royal Blue" by Casey McQuiston
"Heirloom Kitchen" by Anna Francese Gass

Alice Hoffman’s latest book is a bittersweet parable about the costs of survival and the behaviors that define humanity. “The World That We Knew” is set in Berlin in 1941. It follows the lives of three women who become intertwined in order to survive the dangers of the Nazi regime.

This is an Off The Shelf edition of The Book Show, recorded in Saratoga Springs in an event presented by Northshire Bookstore.

Today's Book Picks list comes from Chris Linendoll of The Northshire Bookstore.

“Let's Go (So We Can Get Back)” by Jeff Tweedy
“Wilco-pedia” by Daniel Cook Johnson
“Will My Cat Eat My Eyeballs?” by Caitlin Doughty
“Nuking the Moon” by Vince Houghton
“Killing Commendatore” by Murakami
“Nothing Can Hurt You” by Nicola Maye Goldberg (to be published in 2020)

Three-time National Book Award Finalist Steve Sheinkin will be having a release party for his new book, “Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America” at the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York on Tuesday, September 24 at 6 p.m.

"Born to Fly” is the story of the fearless women pilots who aimed for the skies and beyond. Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first women's air race across the U.S.

In Richard Russo’s latest, “Chances Are…,” a reunion on Martha's Vineyard reopens old mysteries and wounds for three Vietnam-era college friends. Russo is the author of eight novels, most recently “Everybody’s Fool” and “That Old Cape Magic;” two collections of stories; and the memoir “Elsewhere.” In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for “Empire Falls.”

This “Off the Shelf” edition of “The Book Show” was recorded at the Zankel Music Center on the campus of Skidmore College in partnership with Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Adirondack Park is home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 states--six million acres including more than 10,000 lakes, 30,000 miles of rivers and streams, and thousands of miles of hiking trails running from mountain summits through a wide variety of habitats including wetlands and old-growth forests.

Carl Heilman has spent the last 40 years hiking and photographing his beloved Adirondack Mountains. He will tell us about his new book: "The Trails of the Adirondacks: Hiking America's Original Wilderness."

Heilman will be giving an illustrated lecture on Wednesday, August 7 at 7 p.m. at the Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs. 

   Today's Book Picks list comes from Necole Zemp of The Northshire Bookstore.

"The Field Guide to the North American Teenager" by Ben Philippe
Star Wars "Are You Scared, Darth Vader?" by Adam Rex
"Max and the Midknights" by Lincoln Peirce
"The Chupacabras of the Río Grande" (The Unicorn Rescue Society #4) by by Adam Gidwitz and David Bowles, illustrated by Hatem Aly
"Lincoln's Grave Robbers" by Steve Sheinkin
"Ghost Boys" by Jewell Parker Rhodes
"Arrr, Mustache Baby!" by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang

Richard Russo’s new novel, "Chances Are...," is out today. In it, three sixty-six-year old men convene on Martha's Vineyard one beautiful September day, friends ever since meeting in college circa the sixties. They couldn't have been more different then, or even today.

Lincoln's a commercial real estate broker, Teddy a tiny-press publisher, and Mickey a musician beyond his rockin' age. But each man holds his own secrets, in addition to the monumental mystery that none of them has ever stopped puzzling over since a Memorial Day weekend on the Vineyard in 1971.

Richard Russo is the author of eight novels, most recently "Everybody’s Fool" and "That Old Cape Magic;" two collections of stories; and the memoir "Elsewhere." In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for "Empire Falls."

Russo will join Joe Donahue to discuss the new novel, "Chances Are..," on Wednesday, August 21 at 7 p.m. at the Arthur Zankel Music Center at Skidmore College in an Off The Shelf taping of The Book Show presented by Northshire Bookstore.

Frances Mayes has spent thirty years splitting her time between her native United States and adopted home in Tuscany and writing bestselling books, including the classic, “Under the Tuscan Sun.”

In her latest, “See You In the Piazza,” she and her husband hit the road to explore the country afresh from north to south, eating and drinking their way through. 

This an Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show recorded remotely with a live audience in an event presented by Northshire Bookstore

Book Cover for "Falter" and author photo of Bill McKibben
Author photo by Nancie Battaglia

Bill McKibben, often referred to as “America’s most important environmentalist,” thirty years ago offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change in his book, “The End of Nature.” Now he broadens the warning: the entire human game, he suggests, has begun to play itself out. The new book is “Falter.”

This is an Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show recorded in partnership with Northshire Bookstore.

In his new book, "Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America," Box Brown surveys the broad history of marijuana, from its role in Hindu mythology to its importation into the Americas by Spain.

Brought into the U.S. by Mexican immigrants in the 19th century, marijuana eventually became associated with jazz musicians and inevitably became tainted by a racist social mythology—one that linked weed to violence and sex—which was used to justify legal restrictions of the drug.

In his work of graphic nonfiction, Brown provides a look at the history, pharmacological affects, and legalization movement surrounding marijuana in North America.

Brown is an award-winning graphic novelist and will discuss the new book with Paul Benzon, Assistant Professor of English at Skidmore College on tomorrow at 6PM at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Pam Houston is the author of the memoir, "Deep Creek: Finding Hope In The High Country." In it, she delivers her most profound meditations yet on how "to live simultaneously inside the wonder and the grief to love the damaged world and do what she can to help it thrive."

On her 120-acre homestead high in the Colorado Rockies, Houston learned what it means to care for a piece of land and the creatures on it. Elk calves and bluebirds mark the changing seasons, winter temperatures drop to 35 below, and lightning sparks a 110,000-acre wildfire, threatening her century-old barn and all its inhabitants. Through her travels from the Gulf of Mexico to Alaska, she explores what ties her to the earth, the ranch most of all.

Alongside her devoted Irish wolfhounds and a spirited troupe of horses, donkeys, and Icelandic sheep, the ranch becomes Houston's sanctuary, a place where she discovers how the natural world has mothered and healed her after a childhood of horrific parental abuse and neglect.

Houston will be at Northshire Bookstore in Manchster Center, Vermont on February 24.

Food is supposed to sustain and nourish us. Eating well, any doctor will tell you, is the best way to take care of yourself. Feeding well, any human will tell you, is the most important job a mother has. But for too many of us, food now feels dangerous. Perhaps we parse every bite we eat as good or bad, and judge our own worth accordingly.

When her newborn daughter stopped eating after a medical crisis, Virginia Sole-Smith spent two years teaching her how to feel safe around food again ― and in the process, realized just how many of us are struggling to do the same thing.

Her new book, "The Eating Instinct," looks at our modern food culture. And she looks to answer the questions: How did we learn to eat this way? Why is it so hard to feel good about food? And how can we make it better?

Virginia Sole-Smith will be at The Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs on Saturday, January 19 at 7 p.m.

Walter Mosley’s latest novel is the result of nearly 20-years of incubation, it is a dazzling and convention-defying novel of ideas about the sexual and intellectual coming-of-age of an unusual man who goes by the name Woman. The new book is “John Woman.”

This is an Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show, recorded in partnership with and on location at the Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, Vermont.

Bookstores and libraries have long played a central role in fostering a deeper appreciation of knowledge, and in lifelong learning. Increasingly, these places are also filling another critical need in our communities, by providing a haven for those seeking a communal connection in an ever-more isolated world.

But, how is this all playing out in our current fractured political climate? We have two guests to discuss this with us this morning. Chris Morrow is owner of Northshire Bookstores in Manchester Center, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York and he joins us along with the CEO of the American Booksellers Association – Oren Teicher.

  Today's Book Picks list comes from Cathy Taylor of The Northshire Bookstore.

"Heart Berries" by Terese Marie Mailhot
"Motherhood" by Sheila Heti
"Asymmetry" by Lisa Halliday
"The Answers" by Catherine Lacey
"Conversations with Friends" by Sally Rooney
"The Seas" by Samantha Hunt
"Neon in Daylight" by Hermione Hoby

Today's Book Picks list comes from Rachel Person of The Northshire Bookstore.

“The Big Umbrella” by Amy June Bates and Juniper Bates
“Things That Make White People Uncomfortable” by Michael Bennett
“A Princess in Theory” by Alyssa Cole
“The Serpent's Secret” by Sayantani Dasgupta
“Stray City” by Chelsey Johnson
“Bachelor Girl” by Kim Van Alkemade
“The Prince and the Dressmaker” by Jen Wang
“The Gefilte Manifesto” by Jeffrey Yoskowitz and Liz Alpern

Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY has partnered with Yaddo to bring the best in new writing and new ideas to the Capital District for the speaker series “Yaddo Presents.”

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Trump Inauguration and this anthology features original short stories from thirty bestselling and award-winning authors, grappling with the fundamental ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democracy through fiction.

The anthology is a beautiful collection that looks to resonate with anyone concerned with the contest for our American soul.

Anthology editor Jonathan Santlofer and contributor  Russell Banks will discuss the book and their work this Thursday, February 1st at Northshire Books in Saratoga Springs.

    Today's Book Picks list comes from Sam Baker of The Northshire Bookstore.

“Great Questions of Tomorrow” by David Rothkopf
“Women & Power” by Mary Beard
“Show Your Work” by Austin Kleon
“Brave Enough” by Cheryl Strayed
“Ikigai: Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life” by Hector Garcia
“How Art Can Make You Happy” by Bridget Payne
“The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Disagree About Religion and Politics” by Jonathan Haid
“Make Your Bed” by Admiral William McRaven

The creator of the award-winning TV series "Mad Men" has just written a debut novel - about family, power and privilege.

In "Heather, the Totality," Mark and Karen Breakstone have constructed the idyllic life of wealth and status they always wanted, made complete by their beautiful and extraordinary daughter Heather. But they are still not quite at the top. When the new owners of the penthouse above them begin construction, an unstable stranger penetrates the security of their comfortable lives and threatens to destroy everything they've created.

Matthew Weiner has been entertaining audiences for two decades, most recently as writer, creator, executive producer, and director of "Mad Men," one of television's most honored series. He also worked as a writer and executive producer on "The Sopranos."

On Saturday night at 7:30 pm, Weiner will appear as part of the popular “Yaddo Presents” series. This event will take place in Gannett Auditorium at Skidmore College. Weiner will be interviewed on stage by Elaina Richardson, President of Yaddo, about "Heather, the Totality," which was written at Yaddo.

Jeff Goodell is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of five books, including How to Cool the Planet: Geoengineering and the Audacious Quest to Fix Earth's Climate, which won the 2011 Grantham Prize Award of Special Merit. Goodell's previous books include Sunnyvale, a memoir about growing up in Silicon Valley, which was a New York Times Notable Book, and Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future.

His new book, is The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World and he will discuss it at Northshire Bookstore in Saratoga Springs, NY tonight and at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT on Friday.

Thomas Moore is the author of the bestselling book Care of the Soul and fifteen other books on deepening spirituality and cultivating soul in every aspect of life. He has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, and today he lectures widely on holistic medicine, spirituality, psychotherapy, and the arts.

His new book is Ageless Soul. He'll be at The Odyssey Bookshop at 7 p.m. tonight and at The Northshire Bookstore in Manchester, VT on November 10th. 

    Today's Book Picks list comes from Mike Hare of The Northshire Bookstore.

1777 by Dean Snow
The Graybar Hotel by Curtis Dawkins
Dynastic, Bombastic, Fantastic by Jason Turbow
The Electrifying Fall of Rainbow City by Margaret Creighton
The Party by Robyn Harding
American Heiress by Jeffrey Toobin
Here by Wistala Szymborska
Born on Third Base by Chuck Collins