Monday, April 27, 2015

Ready Player One



In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them.

But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Darth Vader and Friends



In this funny and sweet new book in the bestselling Darth Vader™ series, Eisner Award–winning author Jeffrey Brown offers an intimate look at the friendships between best pals in the Star Wars universe, from Darth Vader and the Emperor to Leia and her Ewok pals, Han and Chewie, C-3PO and R2-D2, the bounty hunters, and other favorite characters. Jealousy, birthday parties, lightsaber battles, sharing, intergalactic rebellion and more all come into play as Brown's charming illustrations and humor irresistibly combine the adventures of our friends in a galaxy far, far away with everyday events closer to home.

A Big Thank You to Jeff Stayton



This weekend was our first big author event at our new location. We hosted a regular favorite of ours, William P. Robertson, and we had new author Jeff Stayton. It's always a delight to have authors, but it was a lot of fun to host these two. Both are very knowledgeable about the American Civil War, and more than willing to talk about that information as well as talk about the writing experience.

Jeff Stayton also holds the distinction of being the author who has traveled the farthest for a book event at our store. We've hosted some New York Time Bestselling authors, but they were within an hour or two driving distance. Jeff traveled all the way from Missouri to attend our event. We're a pretty rural bookstore, and not the largest. It was an honor.

We have his book in stock, signed from his visit. They are first editions and this is one I think you ought to get a hold of now, especially if you are a collecter. So, if you missed him, you can still travel back to just after the American Civil War all you need is to get a copy of This Side of the River.



DIY Kombucha: 60 Nourishing Homemade Tonics for Health and Happiness



"I can assure you of this: nothing tastes better than your homemade batch of kombucha." -From the Foreword by Rana Chang, Owner/Founder, House Kombucha Get your kombucha brew on! Fresh, fragrant, and fizzy, home brewed kombucha tea is not only easy to make, it is simply the best testing, healthiest kombucha you've yet to try. DIY Kombucha will take you steep-by-steep (and step-by-step) through the process of creating your own flavorful probiotic powerhouse. Here you'll find: Clear info on how much kombucha to drink a day, the alcohol content in kombucha, why homebrewing isn't dangerous, what to look for in (and where to buy) brewing equipment, and more All the fermented tea recipes you could ever want, including master teas, quick mixes, infusions, juices, smoothies, and even healthy mocktails. Stories and advice from the founders and brewers behind House Kombucha, Health-Ade, Humm Kombucha, Lion Heart Kombucha, and Buddha's Brew Kombucha Balancing instruction with encouragement, DIY Kombucha gives every home brewer the skills and confidence to make delicious home brews for every season, every symptom, and every Sunday brunch. Drinks include Chia Kombucha Refresca * Hibiscus Kombucha Cooler * Lavender-Mint Kombucha * Salted-Grapefruit Kombucha Juice * Carrot-Beet Cleanse Kombucha * 'Buch Bloody Mary * Kombucha Kosmo, and more!

The Berenstain Bears: Hospital Friends



The Berenstain Bears take a trip to the hospital and get a special tour While Brother and Sister Bear see all the amazing things that happen in the hospital, they make new friends along the way Young readers will learn about doctors, nurses, patients, and more in this fun and informative 8x8 storybook.

All of the author's royalties are being contributed to the Stan & Jan Berenstain Healthy Kids Foundation, a charitable organization devoted to children's health issues.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Flock


A remote Florida swamp has been targeted for theme-park development, and the swamp’s inhabitants are none too happy. It doesn’t help that the residents are a colony of intelligent, prehistoric, dinosaur-like birds. This flock of beasts has escaped the mass extinction that killed off the dinosaurs, relying on stealth, cunning, and killer instinct. The creatures have been living in secret, just outside our developed world.

As the developers push to have the recently-discovered animals exterminated, a billionaire rogue environmentalist step in to protect these rare, predatory creatures. A naïve young Fish and Wildlife officer finds himself caught in between these two incredibly powerful forces, and may find out the hard way that man is the most dangerous predator of them all . . .

The Flock is a contemporary eco-thriller about what can happen when man violates nature, and when nature fights back.

I Used to Know That: Civil War: Stuff You Forgot from School



As the 150th anniversary of the Civil War approaches, the fascination with all things Civil War continues ever more strongly. With "I Used to Know That: Civil War," snippets of history class will come rushing back as you recall that:

The mere election of Abraham Lincoln pushed seven Southern states to secede. Distinguished soldier and military strategist Robert E. Lee was offered command of the U.S. Army two days before he was chosen to lead the rebel army of Northern Virginia. Elizabeth Van Lew, a wealthy spinster who lived in the Confederate capital, feigned craziness to mask her activities as one of the Union's most effective spies. Robert Smalls, a slave, absconded with a Confederate ship, went on to pilot ships for the Union Navy, and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives after the war.

Author Fred DuBose takes you beyond the history book and in a lively style brings to life colorful stories that include heroes, brilliant military strategists, blunderers, spies, wives on the home front, Underground Railroad facilitators, surgeons, and journalists who took the highs and lows of the war to the public.
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On April 25th from noon to 3PM From My Shelf Books & Gifts will be hosting a duel author event with William P. Robertson and Jeffrey Stayton. William P. Robertson is the author of the Bucktail series and Jeffrey Stayton is the author of the recently published This Side of the River.

This Side of the River tells the story of a group of young, angry Confederate widows who band together at the end of the Civil War, take up arms, and march north to Ohio to burn down the home of General William Tecumsah Sherman.

It draws from the rich tradition of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and Charles Baxter's The Feast of Love as it interweaves themes of gender, revenge, and redemption. It's a masterfully-written debut from a bold new literary voice.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Basic Fly Tying: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started


Step-by-step guide to getting started tying flies
Detailed instructions for seven proven patterns
Techniques from expert tiers and anglers

The ultimate beginner's guide to fly tying. Using step-by-step color photos and concise text, this book illustrates every phase of the tying process, from clamping the hook in the vise to executing the final whip finish, and everything in between. Introductory chapters identify the basic tools and explain how to use them. Fundamental tying techniques are illustrated with color photos and instructional line drawings. Individual fly-tying chapters present step-by-step sequences with uncommon clarity and detail, showing how to tie seven popular patterns, including the most effective nymphs, dry flies, and streamers. The patterns and skills learned here are sure to last a lifetime.

This book includes the contributions of veteran fly tiers and anglers. Wayne Luallen teaches fly-tying courses around the country; his work and his flies have been featured in "Fly Tyer" and "Fly Rod and Reel." Michael Radencich is the author of "Tying the Classic Salmon Fly" and an award-winning photographer. John McKim's illustrations have appeared in "Flyfisher, Saltwater Sportsman," and "Western Outdoors."

Author Jeffrey Stayton 'This Side of the River' Book Signing GMTT 4 24

Through Blood & Fire: Selected Civil War Papers of Major General Joshua Chamberlain


Includes all of Chamberlain's known wartime letters
Shows his transformation from college professor to major general
Original writings placed into context by historian Mark Nesbitt

In July 1862 Joshua Chamberlain, a family man and respected professor at Bowdoin College in Maine, joined the fight to preserve the Union. His wartime service was exemplary; he is perhaps best remembered for his outstanding leadership at Gettysburg. At all times, however, he fought bravely and well, even at Petersburg in 1864 where he received the wound that was to torment him until his death in 1914.

Throughout his time in the field, Chamberlain wrote letters of recommendation to his superiors, letters of condolence to the families of soldiers killed while under his command, and letters to his family at home. All are well written, revealing the professor's educated background and elegant prose. Nesbitt's notes set the scene, place Chamberlain's writings within the larger context of the war, and make clear the General's sterling character and his sacrifices for the country he loved.
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On April 25th from noon to 3PM From My Shelf Books & Gifts will be hosting a duel author event with William P. Robertson and Jeffrey Stayton. William P. Robertson is the author of the Bucktail series and Jeffrey Stayton is the author of the recently published This Side of the River.

This Side of the River tells the story of a group of young, angry Confederate widows who band together at the end of the Civil War, take up arms, and march north to Ohio to burn down the home of General William Tecumsah Sherman.

It draws from the rich tradition of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying and Charles Baxter's The Feast of Love as it interweaves themes of gender, revenge, and redemption. It's a masterfully-written debut from a bold new literary voice.