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It's already March, somehow. You would think that we could adjust to February being a shorter month, but after a 31-day January, losing those three days in February is really disorienting! It seems like March shouldn't start until next week, but you know the saying, time waits for no man (or woman).

There's a lot going on this month. First and foremost, this month will mark our one-year anniversary, and we'll break down our slate of festivities in an upcoming newsletter. Because this week, we want to preview our favorite books coming out in March! Let's get to it.



We'll go in alphabetical order by author last name:

Internment, by Samira Ahmed: Set in a horrifying near-future United States, seventeen-year-old Layla Amin and her parents are forced into an internment camp for Muslim American citizens. With the help of newly made friends also trapped within the internment camp, her boyfriend on the outside, and an unexpected alliance, Layla begins a journey to fight for freedom, leading a revolution against the internment camp's Director and his guards. Ahmed's first novel, Love, Hate & Other Filters, was a New York Times bestseller and one of the best YA books of 2018, and we expect this one to be one of the best of 2019.

Shout, by Laurie Halse Anderson: Twenty years ago, Anderson first published Speak, a harrowing novel centered around the rape of a high school-aged girl. Now, given how little has changed in society in the years since, has written a poetic memoir and call to action. This will be one of the most talked about books of the year, timeless and timely at once.

Lovely War, by Julie Berry: Maynard native Julie Berry is back with a new book! We are thrilled to be welcoming Julie here to the store on Thursday, April 4th in support of Lovely War, which is a sweeping, multi-layered romance set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II, where gods hold the fates--and the hearts--of four mortals in their hands.

The River, by Peter Heller: I tore through this book, about two college-aged friends on a canoe trip on a river in Northern Canada. When they find out there is a forest fire rapidly spreading their way, and that they might not have enough time to outrun/outpaddle it, things get tense. And that's before they find a woman who's been badly beaten and left for dead. Should they help her? Where is her assailant? The only thing they know for sure is that whatever they decide, they better decide fast.

Daisy Jones & The Six, by Taylor Jenkins Reid: The Acton native's new book is going to be a smash hit. It's already been optioned by Reese Witherspoon! This book is an episode of VH1 Behind the Music in written form, as it recounts how singer Daisy Jones joins band The Six to form an iconic group, if only for a little while. I loved every second of this book, and the ending is a true punch to the gut.

Cilla Lee-Jenkins: The Epic Story, by Susan Tan: The final chapter in the Cilla Lee-Jenkins series! Concord native Tan has written a wonderful middle-grade series about the grammar-school aged Cilla, who wants to be a writer. Book one was Cilla Lee-Jenkins: Future Author Extraordinaire, and book two was Cilla Lee-Jenkins: This Book Is a Classic. We had Susan out to the store last year in support of the second book, and are looking forward to having her out again this spring.

Sea People, by Christina Thompson: As the editor of Harvard Review, Christina knows her way around a good story. Sea People is a thrilling intellectual detective story that looks deep into the past to uncover who first settled the islands of the remote Pacific, where they came from, how they got there, and how we know. How did the earliest Polynesians find and colonize these far-flung islands? How did a people without writing or metal tools conquer the largest ocean in the world? This conundrum, which came to be known as the Problem of Polynesian Origins, emerged in the eighteenth century as one of the great geographical mysteries of mankind. But for Christina, it's personal, as her Maori husband and their sons descend directly from these ancient navigators. We're thrilled to be welcoming Christina to the store on April 14th to talk about this enchanting book.

The Mueller Report, by The Washington Post: Well now. This book looks to be very comprehensive. It will have an introduction entitled, “A President, a Prosecutor, and the Protection of American Democracy.” It will have a timeline of the major events in the special counsel's investigation. It will have a guide to the individuals involved. It will have key documents in the investigation, and analysis by the newspaper's writers who have been covering it since the beginning. In other words, this book does not look like it was slapped together last night. And at $14.99, it won't have a hefty price tag. It's our feeling that you'll be hearing about this book all month. The release date is technically March 26th, but we've been told the publisher is trying to push that up. There will also be a separate book on the special counsel's investigation with an introduction from lawyer Alan Dershowitz.

Because, by Mo Willems: New Mo Willems alert!!!! In this book, Willems composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl's journey to center stage.

The Path Made Clear, by Oprah Winfrey: In this book, Oprah shares what she sees as a guide for activating your deepest vision of yourself, offering the framework for creating not just a life of success, but one of significance. The book’s ten chapters are organized to help you recognize the important milestones along the road to self-discovery, laying out what you really need in order to achieve personal contentment, and what life’s detours are there to teach us.

Also of note:
Mr. President, How Long Must We Wait?, by Tina Cassidy
The Parade, by Dave Eggers
Supermarket, by Bobby Hall (aka Logic)
Apocalypse Taco, by Nathan Hale
The Iliad, by Gareth Hinds
Girl, Stop Apologizing, by Rachel Hollis
Home Run, Touchdown, Basket, Goal!, by Leo Landry
Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die, by Giles Milton
Fly Girls: Young Readers Edition, by Keith O'Brien
Big Nate: Payback Time, by Lincoln Peirce
Another, by Christian Robinson
Before She Knew Him, by Peter Swanson
Buttermilk & Bourbon, by Jason Santos
Genesis: The Deep Origin of Societies, by Edward O. Wilson

Notable Paperback Releases:
The Woman in the Window, by A.J. Finn
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, by Erika Sanchez 
The Woman's Hour, by Elaine Weiss
EVENTS THIS WEEKEND:


 
Saturday, 11 am: We're excited to be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday this weekend. Members of the Acton Cooperative Theater are going to be performing a number (or two) from their upcoming performance of Seusical, and two of our favorite area pre-school teachers, Nancy Tang of the Acton Barn Co-op and Kim Davis of Acton Co-op, are going to be reading their favorite Dr. Seuss books as well. And store owner Paul will read his, too! There's a slight chance that snow could interrupt this celebration, but at this time, we're planning to hold it.

Sunday, 2 pm: Julie Dobrow will be here to discuss her excellent book, After Emily: Two Remarkable Women and the Legacy of America's Greatest Poet. While about the lasting legacy of poet Emily Dickinson, it is also about two women who published her work after her death. The story of these two women, who were most responsible for her initial posthumous publication—Mabel Loomis Todd and her daughter, Millicent Todd Bingham—has remained in the shadows of the archives. A rich and compelling portrait of women who refused to be confined by the social mores of their era, After Emily explores Mabel and Millicent’s complex bond, as well as the powerful literary legacy they shared.
 
STORE BESTSELLER LIST - FEBRUARY 2019
Fiction
1. The Proposal, by Jasmine Guillory
2. Where the Crawdads Sing, by Delia Owens
3. Love Poems for Married People, by John Kenney
4. The Power, by Naomi Alderman
5. Crazy Rich Asians, by Kevin Kwan
6. Duke by Default, by Allysa Cole
7. The Kiss Quotient, by Helen Hoang
8. The Wedding Date, by Jasmine Guillory
9. Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman
10. Black Leopard, Red Wolf, by Marlon James

Non-Fiction
1. Becoming, by Michelle Obama
2. Dreyer's English, by Benjamin Dreyer
3. The Little Book of Hygge, by Meik Wiking
4. The 5-Minute Salad Lunchbox, by Alexander Hart
5. Educated, by Tara Westover
6. Maid, by Stephanie Land
7. Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, by Samin Nosrat
8. Gmorning, Gnight!, by Lin-Manuel Miranda & Jonny Sun
9. Go Ahead in the Rain, by Hanif Abdurraqib
10. Inheritance, by Dani Shapiro
Kids' Graphic Novels
1. Dog Man #6: Brawl of the Wild, by Dav Pilkey
2. Narwhal's Otter Friend, by Ben Clanton
3. Dog Man #1, by Dav Pilkey
4. Amulet #8: Supernova, by Kazu Kibuishi
5. Max and the Midknights, by Lincoln Peirce

Children's Picture Books
1. An Assortment of Animals, by The Writer's Loft
2. Iver & Ellsworth, by Casey W. Robinson 
3. The Rough Patch, by Brian Lies
4. Bear Needs Help, by Sarah S. Brannen 
5. Mission Defrostable, by Josh Funk


Middle Grade & Young Adult
1. Good Enough, by Jen Petro-Roy
2. You Are Enough, by Jen Petro-Roy
3. Falling for Wonder Boy, by Kris Asselin
4. The Meltdown, by Jeff Kinney
5. Pokemon Super Deluxe Essential Handbook
6. On the Come Up, by Angie Thomas
7. The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs, by America's Test Kitchen
8. Make Your Own Comics, by Usborne
9. Wings of Fire #12: The Hive Queen, by Tui Sutherland
10. A Boy Called Bat, by Elana K. Arnold
Author Glory Edim, founder of Well-Read Black Girl, and the American Booksellers Association have partnered to create the Well-Read Black Girl Book Club to indie bookstores. Our Friday Fiction Book Club leader, Kyra Wilson Cook - who led a wonderful discussion this morning of A Husband's Secret - is interested in leading a Well-Read Black Girl Book Club here at The Silver Unicorn. If you would be interested in joining this book club, send a note to silverunicornbooks@gmail.com. We are looking to begin the club in May or June.
UPCOMING EVENTS!

Saturday
March 2
11 am
Saturday Morning Story Time:
Read Across America Day with Dr. Seuss

Sunday
March 3
2 pm

Author Event: Julie Dobrow, After Emily

REST OF MARCH EVENTS CALENDAR
 
  • March 9, 11 am: Saturday Morning Story Time with Annie Cronin Romano (Before We Sleep)
  • March 10, 2 pm: Middle Grade Author Event: Marcy Kate Connolly (Comet Rising) and Monica Tesler (Bounders: Heroes Return)
  • March 12, 6 pm: Middle Grade Book Club: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson
  • March 16, 11 am: Saturday Morning Story Time with April Prince
  • March 16, 6 pm: YA Author Event: Karen McManus (Two Can Keep a Secret) in conversation with Sara Farizan (Here to Stay)
  • March 23rd-24: ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
    • March 23: Noon: Ribbon Cutting with Middlesex West Chamber of Commerce
    • March 23: Afternoon: Book Trivia
    • March 23: Afternoon: Poetry Open Mic
    • March 23: 7 pm: Anniversary Party at Orange Door Kitchen
    • March 24: 11 am: Story Time with Josh Funk & J.R. Krause
    • March 24: 2 pm: Middle Grade Author Event with Rebecca Caprara, Susan Lubner & Anna Staniszewski
  • March 29, 7 pm: Sci-Fi Author Event: Anders Cahill
  • March 31, 2 pm: Cookbook Author Event: Leigh Belanger
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