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Book Signing/Reading/Listening: Sounding Our Depths: The Music of Morgan Powell
August 30, 2-3:30pm

In Sounding Our Depths: The Music of Morgan Powell, author Ann Starr brings Morgan Powell’s unique power and pleasures home to general and professional readers alike. In non-specialist prose, Starr has written an intuitive yet precise  collection of essays that highlight the fundamental role of improvisation in Powell’s writing; that analyze and interpret his works for solo instruments; explore his youthful development from trombonist to composer. She uses his composition notebooks to plumb his compositional process.

Sounding Our Depths: The Music of Morgan Powell, the book, is accompanied by a 72-minute compact disc of the same name, which includes 9 tracks of Powell’s music spanning 1972 through 2008. Each work is discussed in the text.

Starr writes far beyond the biography, into the heart of an oeuvre that knows no rules. “My music process now involves chance, mistakes, and orderly process not in that order,” he writes of his concern to write beyond ego.

Join us as we meet the author and her subject, legendary local composer, performer, and educator Morgan Powell!

New Used Books
(Books that are new to the store even if they are old in age)
June and July have been big months for new arrivals and we have added several thousand books to our inventory. June was one of the best months for new arrivals to date! Here are just a few of the new titles you can find on the shelves:

A beautiful actress, a gifted dancer, a fiery screen temptress linked to some of the most handsome men of her generation, Rita Hayworth seemed to live the life that dreams are made of. But the reality behind the fantasy was a harsh one. Sexually abused by her father as a young girl, Rita constantly searched for a man to save her, marrying five times. At the age of forty-two, Alzheimer's disease began to ravage her mind, cutting short her career at its peak. A haunting and sympathetic tribute to the talented but insecure beauty who was created, and ultimately destroyed, by the movies.

Jeremy Bernstein

In his new history of this complex and dangerous element, noted physicist Bernstein describes the steps that were taken to transform plutonium from a laboratory novelty into the nuclear weapon that destroyed Nagasaki.

Clive Barker

Candy lives in Chickentown USA: the most boring place in the world, her heart bursting for some clue as to what her future may hold. She is soon to find out: swept out of our world by a giant wave, she finds herself in another place entirely...

The Abarat: a vast archipelago where every island is a different hour of the day, from the sunlit wonders of Three in the Afternoon, where dragons roam, to the dark terrors of the island of Midnight, ruled by Christopher Carrion.

Candy has a place in this extraordinary world: she has been brought here to help save the Abarat from the dark forces that are stirring at its heart. Forces older than time itself, and more evil than anything Candy has ever encountered.
(Our copy is a first edition!)

Bill Amend

The Fox household is a non-stop, always funny, battleground: Kids, parents, and a pet iguana collide with each other and with the trappings of our times in ways that are at once surprising and yet familiar to us all. Readers young and old see themselves in this work, and readers young and old are fast becoming hooked.

Eleanor Herman

Throughout the centuries, royal mistresses have been worshiped, feared, envied, and reviled. They set the fashions, encouraged the arts, and, in some cases, ruled nations. Eleanor Herman's Sex with Kings takes us into the throne rooms and bedrooms of Europe's most powerful monarchs. Alive with flamboyant characters, outrageous humor, and stirring poignancy, this glittering tale of passion and politics chronicles five hundred years of scintillating women and the kings who loved them.

By Deborah Madison

In This Can't Be Tofu!, award-winning and bestselling author of Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone Deborah Madison shows how to make tofu taste great and be the star attraction in 75 stir-fries, sautés, and other dishes. Pan-Seared Tofu with Garlic, Ginger, and Chives, Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Curried Tofu Triangles with Peas, and Pineapple and Tofu Fried Rice are just some of the innovative recipes in this inspired collection.

Stephen King

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away. (The second season of the hit show based on the book premiered on CBS recently.)
A compilation of the short stories found in the books Tuesday ClubRegattaThree Blind Mice, and Double Sin. Elderly Miss Jane Marple from St Mary's Mead village first applies skills of observation and deduction, usually to murder. 

Agatha Christie is the most widely published author of all time, outsold only by the Bible and Shakespeare. Her books have sold more than a billion copies in English and another billion in a hundred foreign languages.
Order/Hold any of these titles by clicking on the book title and placing an order on our website!

(synopses from goodreads.com)

Donnie's Corner

I love ABCs and counting. I find it funny when Grandma and Grandpa count things out around the book shop. Mommy knows many different ways to sing the ABCs. The ABC and Counting Books section has many books that are fun to read!

See the whole list of books here!


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The Art of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Stephen Rebello
The Art of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Stephen Rebello
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June Wayne: A Retrospective, Arlene Raven
June Wayne: A Retrospective
Arlene Raven
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Marvin Gaye, My Brother
Frankie Gaye
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