Sunday, March 1, 2015

Building Stone Walls

Since 1973, Storey's Country Wisdom Bulletins have offered practical, hands-on instructions designed to help readers master dozens of country living skills quickly and easily. There are now more than 170 titles in this series, and their remarkable popularity reflects the common desire of country and city dwellers alike to cultivate personal independence in everyday life.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Moving announcements: Custom orders, calling or stopping in, and the like

Hi, bookstore friends!! Regarding custom orders over the next week, during the BIG MOVE, let us reassure you that continuing to do custom orders for you is the EASIEST thing to do. :)

If you have already ordered books with us, and you need to pick them up, stop in at 25 Main Street until Thursday, March 5th, and you can get your books there. (If not, we'll just direct you over to the Plaza, at 7 East Avenue!) Custom orders will, of course, be well taken care of, set off on their own, even in the busy-ness of the move.

You can also continue to call, email, or facebook us with your custom orders. We can still get books in super-quickly, and you can pick them up, or we can deliver them to you! If you live or work in the 'Boro, we can deliver. We also deliver to the jail, the hospital, the schools, the Shared Home, the Laurels, and many offices in town.

(570) 724-5793

Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook

Make Your Novel Stand Out from the Crowd

Noted literary agent and author Donald Maass has done it again His previous book, "Writing the Breakout Novel," offered novelists of all skill levels and genres insider advice on how to make their books rise above the competition and succeed in a crowded marketplace.
Now, building on the success of its predecessor, "Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook" calls that advice into action This powerful book presents the patented techniques and writing exercises from Maass's popular writing workshops to offer novelists first-class instruction and practical guidance. You'll learn to develop and strengthen aspects of your prose with sections on:

Building plot layers
Creating inner conflict
Strengthening voice and point of view
Discovering and heightening larger-than-life character qualities
Strengthening theme
And much more

Maass also carefully dissects examples from real-life breakout novels so you'll lean how to read and analyze fiction like a writer. With authoritative instruction and hands-on workbook exercises, "Writing the Breakout Novel Workbook" is one of the most accessible novel-writing guides available.

Set your work-in progress apart from the competition and write your own breakout novel today

Friday, February 27, 2015

Fundraiser Event for Brian Nestor

I've know Brian for a long time. I was saddened when I heard he was diagnosed with cancer, but I wanted to share a story about him that hopefully make you smile and say, "Yep, that's Brian."

If you know Brian, you know he's stubborn. He doesn't give up. You want that in a man and in a marine. Brian always has been competitive and a strong guy. I remember Brian challenging me to arm wrestle one night in a local bar.

I didn't really want to, but he did say he'd buy me a beer if I won. Hey, nothing wrong with a free beer. It's my favorite kind, and I don't lose often at arm wrestling, especially at that time when I was powerlifting several days a week.

I wrestled Brian with my right arm and beat him, and then he wanted to do another round with our lefts, which is fine as I am left-handed. Brian wanted to go again, and we did. Three times was enough as I could only drink so much beer.

So, I beat Brian arm wrestling what does that story show? Brian is a fighter. He's stubborn and he didn't want to give up. Sure it was just two guys in a bar arm wrestling, but sometimes it's a little more...

Come out and support Brian this Saturday at the Fireman's Annex in Wellsboro. There's a vendor show starting at 2PM and spaghetti dinner from 4 to 6PM. There will be door prizes and good food. Come check it out.

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

It was an unlikely quest from the start. With a team composed of the sons of loggers, shipyard workers, and farmers, the University of Washington’s eight-oar crew team was never expected to defeat the elite teams of the East Coast and Great Britain, yet they did, going on to shock the world by defeating the German team rowing for Adolf Hitler. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Drawing on the boys’ own journals and vivid memories of a once-in-a-lifetime shared dream, Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement, and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man’s personal quest.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Dark Places

Libby Day was seven when her mother and two sisters were murdered in “The Satan Sacrifice of Kinnakee, Kansas.” She survived—and famously testified that her fifteen-year-old brother, Ben, was the killer. Twenty-five years later, the Kill Club—a secret society obsessed with notorious crimes—locates Libby and pumps her for details. They hope to discover proof that may free Ben. Libby hopes to turn a profit off her tragic history: She’ll reconnect with the players from that night and report her findings to the club—for a fee. As Libby’s search takes her from shabby Missouri strip clubs to abandoned Oklahoma tourist towns, the unimaginable truth emerges, and Libby finds herself right back where she started—on the run from a killer.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Our Biggest Sale Ever!

Our biggest sale ever! 50% off all hard covers and used books. Starting Thursday Feb 26 at 9AM to Sunday March 1st at 4PM. All in stock hard covers and used books are 50% off for members.

We’ve never had a sale this big. We lose money at these prices, but our loss is your gain. If we sell it we don’t have to move it.
This includes new hardcovers like Killing Patton by Bill O’Reilly , Pistol smithing by George Nonte JR, Game & Fish Record Book, also hardcover cookbooks like Betty Goes Vegan and the The Irish Pantry, and cherished children’s classics—such as the giant, hardcover edition of The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle.

The books must be in stock to get the 50% discount, but we are still custom ordering and if we don’t have your favorite book in stock, you still get your membership discount.

Not a member? It’s easy to join. It’s just $25 for a full year, and just $20 to rejoin. Members get special sales like this, plus great discounts the year round.

25% off new hardcover, 20% off new softcovers, 20% off board games, plush and novelty mugs. Membership is good for 12 full months from the time you join…

The Martian

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

At the Mountains of Madness: And Other Tales of Terror

A complete short novel, AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS is a tale of terror unilke any other. The Barren, windswept interior of the Antarctic plateau was lifeless--or so the expedition from Miskatonic University thought. Then they found the strange fossils of unheard-of creatures...and the carved stones tens of millions of years old...and, finally, the mind-blasting terror of the City of the Old Ones. Three additional strange tales, written as only H.P. Lovecraft can write, are also included in this macabre collection of the strange and the weird.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Big Move: Battle Plans!

Hi, bookstore friends!

So many of you have offered to help with our upcoming move. We are extremely appreciative of your help, your encouragement, and your well-wishes on this transition.

If you have a few free hours any time from Sunday afternoon, March 1 to Saturday, March 7, we welcome you and can find you some ways to help! We are more aware than ever that we are your community bookstore and you are our community. Come meet some more fellow book friends, and pack some boxes, put boxes or bags in cars or trucks, take some shelves apart, transfer books and shelves to our new space, help clean, or drive around the corner a bunch of times. We'll have it fairly well-orchestrated (gulp! I hope!), so show up and we'll insert you into a job that you can comfortably do.

Here's the tentative schedule:
Sunday, March 1, we will still be open for business until 4pm, at 25 Main St. This will be the tail-end of our 50% off sale, hoping to sell a few more hardcovers and used books to save us from packing them to move.
At 4pm, we will begin moving the "overstock" boxes from the basement space. These boxes are organized and labeled -- for example, "YA, 'D'", meaning young adult books whose author's last name starts with "D". Our basement has been organized this way for a while, but we've been working extra hard to corral all these books into their proper boxes for the move.
*We'll need somewhere between 3 and 10 people to haul these boxes up the stairs from the basement. None of these boxes is super-heavy, but it is work on your back and knees to bring them up the stairs. Volunteers for this are much needed. Let me know if you can do this.
*We'll also need 4-8 vehicles to transport these boxes. You can park out front, have boxes loaded in your car, and then drive around the corner to the new space where boxes will be unloaded. So, just driving is helpful, too.
*These boxes need to be taken into our new basement storage, so, once again, STAIRS. Bad knees should not help.
*We'll go until dark, probably, and pizza will be provided at the end!

Monday, March 2: starting at 9am, we will take books off the shelves on our walls at 25 Main St. These books will go in boxes that need to be very clearly labeled. We will have a specific order to which shelves will be emptied, because these shelves will be taken down, taken to our new store, and secured to the walls there, but there is a specific map for where each shelf goes. Think of a jigsaw puzzle, or Tetris, with shelves.
*We'll need one or two people with some level of comfort with tools, who will follow directions from the foreman who will be helping us secure the shelves to the walls at 7 East Avenue.
*It would be VERY helpful to have 3-5 people with pick-up trucks, with open beds, for moving the shelves, since they are 8 feet high. We could just walk them over, if need be. As it is, someone may have to ride -- carefully -- in the back of a pick-up, with the shelves we're moving, so they don't crash out of the truck bed.
*We'll need people to pack and label book boxes.
*Snacks & beverages provided

Tuesday, March 3: I'd like this to be the day we move the two display cases that serve as our check-out counter area. We need a couple of pick-up trucks and some strong folks to help lift and move. Also, we have a couple of dollies/skids/hand trucks, but more would be very welcome. If you have one, come on down!!!! THANKS!!!

more specifics to come, as we see what needs to be done each day.

Thanks again to all of you! Cheers!!!