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Friday, May 12, 2017

Books for Mom!

It's the Friday before Mother's Day and wait, you haven't gotten a gift for Mom yet? Have no fear, for Third Place Books is here with a book for every kind of Mom*. 

The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking

It's pretty, it's small, and basically a guidebook to making life feel like an Ikea catalog. Yes, I know they're Swedish, not Danish, but you gotta admit, they've got very similar aesthetics.

A memoir of steadfast friendship, motherhood, creativity, and memory told in short, witty vignettes. For the Moms who are looking for empathetic companionship on page.

Weed: The User's Guide by David Schmader

Don't let your Mom be like my Mom-in-law. (She was convinced to spend $800 on pot and pot-related equipment that she most certainly did not need.)

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

The newest book by the author of A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here, and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry. If your Mom liked any of those, this is a no-brainer. And don't forget, you can meet Fredrik Backman at our Lake Forest Park store on June 12th. Click here for more information.

Into the Water by Paula Hawkins 

For the Moms who loved Girl on the Train. A psychological thriller that'll pull her away from re-watching those episodes of Law & Order: SVU because ohgodisn'tthereanythingbettertowatchonNetflix???

A humorous graphic-memoir about the absurdities of old age, dealing with parents during their absurd years of old age, and the relationship between parent and child throughout it all by The New Yorker Roz Chast.

Blue Horses: Poems by Mary Oliver 

C'mon. It's Mary Oliver. You can't go wrong.

In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney

An empowering collection of encouragement and wisdom from successful and influential women across the globe. For the ambitious Mom.

Yes, I had to include a coloring book in this list, but this isn't your average-Joan coloring book - Jenny Lawson's includes short stories and words of inspiration coupled with intricate illustrations and her usual sharp wit, all based off of Jenny's own anxieties.

The Chilbury Ladies' Choir by Jennifer Ryan

A community of women band together to keep life going through the troubles of WWII, including the reformation of the local choir with only women. A charming historical novel best served with breakfast-in-bed and a steaming cup of tea.

*Not guaranteed, husband speculation only. I've been told I'm spot on with gift giving, though.


Thursday, May 4, 2017

A Man Called Fredrick Has a New Book Called Beartown!

Last week, Fredrick Backman released his latest title, Beartown. It follows his hugely successful A Man Called Ove, Britt-Marie Was Here, and My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry

A Man Called Ove has been a book club staple and staff favorite since its release. Emily says this: 
In Ove's ideal world, everyone would follow the rules, act with integrity at all times, and drive a Saab. Unfortunately, the rest of the world has other ideas. Hilarious, heart-wrenching, and a little absurd, this novel won me over on the first page. The short chapters make this the perfect book to keep in your bag for spare moments in the waiting room or on the bus. 
About Beartown she says:
No detail is superfluous in this portrait of a small forest town and the young hockey team that feels the weight of its collective hopes and fears. Love and loyalty to place, friends, and family are tested when a rift opens in the community. Even those who would stay out of the fight unwittingly take sides.

And next month, we are so pleased to welcome Fredrick Backman to Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park. He will be here to read and sign books on Monday, June 20th at 7:00PM. This is a ticketed event. Tickets are available with a purchase of the book. Each copy of Beartown includes entrance for two people. If you would like to attend, you must have a ticket to enter. You can purchase books and tickets from our website, or by calling or visiting any Third Place Books location. Find more information here.


Beartown by Fredrick Backman
People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice rink is the reason people in Beartown believe tomorrow will be better than today. Their junior ice hockey team is about to compete in the national semi-finals, and they actually have a shot at winning. All the hopes and dreams of this place now rest on the shoulders of a handful of teenage boys. 

Being responsible for the hopes of an entire town is a heavy burden, and the semi-final match is the catalyst for a violent act that will leave a young girl traumatized and a town in turmoil. Accusations are made and, like ripples on a pond, they travel through all of Beartown, leaving no resident unaffected. Beartown explores the hopes that bring a small community together, the secrets that tear it apart, and the courage it takes for an individual to go against the grain. In this story of a small forest town, Fredrik Backman has found the entire world.