Our events series is taking the week off. That's great for our team, but what about you? What are you going to do with your evenings? Watch season 3 of Under the Dome? I don't think so. No, what you have here is a golden opportunity, a gift of long summer evenings perfect for rediscovering an activity that has been lost in the crush of screens, marketing, and expert opinions. Just let it go, pick up a pen or pencil, sit beside an open window and begin. Long before "Ink Evangelist" Johanna Basford and her Secret Garden (a Top 25 of the Year bestseller in 2014 among Booksmith's customers) became a trans-Atlantic phenomenon, Booksmith's art department was right by her side in blazing the "adult coloring book" trail. We don't believe this is some passing craze, but rather the manifestation of a deep human need for retreat from the oppressive crush of the zeroes and ones of the modern world. We suggest you take ten minutes, allow your hand and eye to naturally unite in the creation of something beautiful, and find out what this all means to you.

I wouldn't say all of this if I didn't take that time myself. As an artist who has spent years encouraging my hand and eye to work things out in their own time, I guarantee that the simple act of coloring can lead to greater things. Here is a brilliant artist whose work is but a few steps along the path from the coloring books highlighted below. Picking up one of these coloring books today is a simple step on the path to a more creative, less stressful life.


    Booksmith Book Club
 July 13th @ 7:30pm

The Goldfinch
Donna Tartt

No need to sign up, just show up!

Small Press Book Club
July 16th @ 7pm

Yoel Hoffmann


How to Build a Girl

Caitlin Moran
HC, $15.99
The Book of Strange New Things

Michel Faber
HC, $17
The English Spy

Daniel Silva
HC, $27.99
The Good Shufu: Finding Love, Self, and Home on the Far Side of the World

Tracy Slater
HC, $26.95
Local Girls

Caroline Zancan
HC, $25.95

The Mountain Story
Lori Lansens
Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, $26


This one is training for an upcoming triathlon. This one is celebrating her first wedding anniversary since her husband's death. This one is a tornado of teenage rage. This one, the only experienced hiker among them, plans to jump off a cliff and end his life. Lori Lansens, cruelly, puts them all on the mountain on the same fateful day. The Mountain Story is a gripping psychological thriller, a desperate story of survival, and a tribute to the strength of humans who are made to understand their responsibility to each other.


The Star Side of Bird Hill
Naomi Jackson
Hardcover, $25.95


In the summer of 1989, two sisters, 10 and 16, are exiled from Brooklyn to Barbados after their mother can no longer take care of them. Their grandmother Hyacinth is a midwife and spiritual leader in the town of Bird Hill, and the two girls learn more about themselves and their family under her care than they ever would have back home. Naomi Jackson's debut novel kicks into high gear when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and they are forced to choose between the home they have always known, and the home they have just found.


The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey
Rinker Buck
Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, $28
When I heard that someone was writing a book about traveling the Oregon Trail, I was like "Nice! I loved that game! That game totally deserves a book." So I went and played the game, and this time in the main menu instead of entering 1 to just start playing, I entered 2, for the first time, which is the option to "Learn about the Trail." It turns out that the Oregon Trail was a real trail, from history. Rinker Buck, not satisfied with just virtually experiencing the unending string of tragedies that is the old MS-DOS version, set out to experience those tragedies first-hand. With a Conestoga wagon, three mules, a dog and his crazy brother, Buck retraces the arduous two thousand mile route, and, unlike most of us who played the game in our youth, lived to tell the outrageous tale.

The Princess and the Pony
Kate Beaton
Arthur A. Levine Books
Hardcover, $17.99
Ages 5-8
When you see about a hundred new books come in and out of the store every week, you can't let yourself get too high or too low over the newest great - or awful - book. Constant enthusiasm is exhausting. Over the course of the day yesterday I witnessed three different booksellers laughing until tears came out of their eyes as they read The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton. And then I became number four.

The Porcupine of Truth
Bill Konigsberg
Hardcover, $17.99
Ages 13-17

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who's long held a secret regarding Carson's grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson's dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the "Porcupine of Truth" in all of their lives.

Throughout the kids section of Booksmith you'll find bright bookmarks poking out of books, including this one, that we've been featuring during Pride Month. And what a Pride Month this has turned out to be! Kids bookseller Alex shared her thoughts on this rapidly expanding area of childrens' literature, and you can read what she has to say here, and check out her extensive list of recommendations here.

David Miles, Natalie Hoopes
Hardcover, $16.95
Ages 4-8

The title of this book reminds me that I need to show you this.

David Miles and Natalie Hoopes book starts off with just this:
Black words. On white paper. No buttons. No bonus levels. Not a single sound, in fact.
In the "zoom book" that my boy Jackson is making at home, each drawing zooms out to encompass and expand on the previous one. Hoopes does the reverse, peering closer into those black letters until each one reveals its amazing secrets; whole worlds of adventure are curled up into each letter, like mysterious, almost impossible extra dimensions invisible to the naked eye, unlocked by the artist's hand and the readers imagination.

Right on Cumberland, left on Broadway,
and then look for the pink house on the next corner.
Anybody want to go with me after the meeting?


Summer styles are smiling down like sunshine
on the Giftsmith. Step out in a fresh pair of flip-flops;
tuck your stack of beach reads into our brightly-patterned
beach totes; and don't forget to take one of our new (adorable) portable beach radios with you.
And for the kids, who can resist one of these oversized pinwheels? Have fun!

The Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Boston Society of Film Critics, is dedicating a special screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" as a tribute to renowned film critic Jay Carr (1937-2014), Boston Globe film reviewer from 1983 to 2002. His legendary "Vintage Stock" column appeared every Friday in the Globe, just one example of his ardent advocacy of independent film and local theaters committed to preserving the history of cinema. The 40th anniversary screening of Monty Python’s beloved take on King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table will have a special introduction by arts reporter and film critic Joyce Kulhawik. That's Monday, July 13th at 7pm, you can bring out your dead buy your tickets here.

It's fortunate that the farmer's market isn't today, because what a washout that would be! But tomorrow, rain or shine, and every Thursday this summer the Brookline Farmers' Market sets up shop from 1:30pm to dusk in the Center Street parking lot, with vendors offering vegetables, fruits, meats, pasty & desserts, fish, cheese, flowers, crafts, breads, jams & jellies, and on the spot knife sharpening. Follow your nose to one of the best farmers' markets in the area. See you there!

This video shows what is undoubtedly one of the sweetest moments in the history of our events series.

A big thank you to everyone who voted for us in this year's Best of Boston polls! We are honored to be named Best Bookstore for 2015. We will do our best to live up to the title. The championship belts bestowed on the store over our 54 year history is getting too big to store in the trophy case in the back room, so we will be closing the Used Book Cellar down 7/3-7/10 in order to construct the Brookline Booksmith Hall of Fame. When the Hall opens, visitors will be offered a rich visual history of Booksmith's triumphs as well as an opportunity to enter a life-size replica of the employee restroom where visiting authors adorn the walls with their signatures.

No, really, the Used Book Cellar will be closed for renovations from 7/3-7/10. We will not be buying or selling used books next week.

Thanks for reading,

currently reading Remainder by Tom McCarthy.
currently listening to Amadou & Miriam. and watching this.

Thanks for reading,

email me, if you'd like to make this a conversation.


Boston A-List's Best Bookstore 2014
Boston Phoenix's 2012 "Readers' Pick for Best Bookstore, New"
Boston Magazine's Best Bookstore 2004-2006, 2008, 2011, & 2013
WBZ-TV A-List Editor's pick for Best Bookstore 2006, 2007, & 2011
Community Newspapers' 2009 Readers' Choice Award

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