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To our Town House Friends & Family,

As an indie bookseller and manager for nearly thirty years, I know as well as you do that there is no substitute for meeting face to face to share the ideas and books that enhance our lives.  By communicating through this newsletter and our online bookshop, I'm hoping to recreate that experience as much as possible.  So, please consider this an ongoing conversation and never hesitate to email or call with any requests or concerns.  Also, I want to say a heartfelt thank you for all the wonderful response to our first e-newsletter!

Heidi Schmidt 
Town House Books

Letters, A Lost Art?
During this time of Covid when we can’t see our loved ones as often as we would like, I am reminded of past centuries when friends and family were often separated for long periods of time without the benefit of modern technology. Here is some rich reading that was left behind from those who sought to express themselves through letters. And not just anyone's letters. Here’s Freud, Groucho, Tolkien, Kazan, Edward O., Stegner, Woolf, Ellison... There’s something here for everyone. Perhaps it will bring sustenance to us now. Plus, isn’t it just fun to read other people’s mail?!!
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Literary Fiction (from Heidi)
Nicole Krauss has a book of short stories coming out in a few weeks called To Be a Man, and as I've been reading this new collection I am reminded that what brought me to this author back in 2002 was the publication of her debut novel, Man Walks Into a Room.  The premise of her first novel is that when a thirty-six year old man in the prime of his life and intellectual career has a small tumor removed from his brain it leaves him without any memories after the age of twelve.  When his beautiful wife brings him home to their New York apartment he finds himself a lonely stranger in his own life.  I'm currently rereading this novel with a friend, savoring the language and reflecting upon the ineffable qualities that make up each individual person.  Krauss went on to write two other favorite books of mine: The History of Love and Great House.  I hope you'll have a chance to read any of her thoughtful books.

Short Fiction (from Mark)
Reading short story collections can be a great way to explore an author without the investment of time required by a novel.  You may enjoy the sense of completion you experience in being able to finish a piece in one sitting.  This may be especially true now, when our time has become even more fragmented and it is sometimes difficult to hold our attention steady.

Read a more complete list of our short fiction.

Upcoming Issues

To help you choose the perfect gift for everyone on your Christmas list, we'll be recommending childrens' books, graphic novels, non-fiction,  and poetry for those who hate poetry :), as well as more great literary fiction.  So, stay tuned!

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On The Front Counter

Giles Andreae

With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe to dance than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.

Jacques Pepin

250 classic and timeless recipes for unexpectedly polished and satisfying meals with minimal prep and cleanup.  You don't need a kitchen brigade, decades-honed skills, or expensive ingredients to cook and eat like a master chef.

Elizabeth Berg

Town House favorite, Berg charts the passage from the anguish of loss to the understanding that even in the most fractious times, love can heal, transform, and lead to graceful--and grateful--acceptance.
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