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To Our Town House Friends & Family,

In these past months of the Covid crisis, while I haven't been in the store for all the usual wonderful conversations with customers, I've been reminded of just what a treasure it is to read a book with a friend.  As the weather drives us indoors and allows for even less social contact, it can be especially fulfilling to read along with someone else, sharing the joy of language, insights and characters.  It doesn't have to be a formal book group, just grab a good friend and a great book and embark on a new adventure together.

Try our latest deeper dive series for some reading ideas!

Heidi Schmidt 
Town House Books

Deeper Dives Series
Literary Fiction (from Heidi)
Taking a walk.  Such a simple yet profound way to experience the world while at the same time allowing our minds to ruminate within a unique kind of solitude.  I am currently rereading Teju Cole's brilliant novel Open City and marveling again at all he is able to convey as his protagonist takes long walks through New York City as a way to assuage his busy yet lonely life.  This led me to think of other wonderful "walking" books like Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney, quite different in tone, but another inventive novel that explores the life of an aging woman whose memories are piqued as she traverses the environs of Manhattan one New Year's Eve. The novel is based upon the remarkable real life of Margaret Fishback and carries the reader through the decades of the 1930's to the present in a delightful and inspiring way.  One last walking book to mention for adults and adolescents alike is What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee.  A teenage boy who has recently experienced a deep loss is left alone while his mother must work night shifts.  He finds solace and surprising connections through his late night rambles.

For a deeper dive into books about wallking here are a few other noteworthy companions:
Favorite Books for Kids!
A favorite children's author at Town House is Patricia Toht.  Her seasonal books Pick a Pumpkin and Pick a Pine Tree are perfect family read-alouds for every age.  She also has a gorgeous love letter to London called All Aboard the London Bus that explores the many exciting things to see and do in the city.  And, most recently, a timely and important book called Dress Like a Girl that encourages young girls to have fun dressing up for whatever they can imagine themselves becoming.  All of her books are beautifully illustrated and incorporate a lighthearted and delightful rhyme scheme.  For more of our favorites visit Featured Picture Books and Exciting New Books for Kids.
Armchair Shopping for the Holidays

As we enter the holiday season, part of our work as booksellers is to create great lists on our Bookshop store that will help you find just the right gifts for all of your friends and family.  Experience has taught us that, as we read deeply and broadly, we are able to help you find gems that aren't always brand new or on the bestseller lists.  Of course, if you need to see what’s hot off the press, we have you covered there as well. Check out the first installment of our holiday shopping guide and make your shopping a little easier!

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This lovely book takes readers through the planning, design, and realization stages of creating wildlife habitats, using ecologically sound gardening and landscaping techniques, and 46 projects for housing and feeding birds, insects, reptiles, amphibians and mammals. 

Julia Child

"If you're afraid of butter, use cream." So decrees Julia Child, the legendary culinary authority and cookbook author who taught America how to cook--and how to eat.  This delightful volume of quotations compiles some of Julia's most memorable lines on eating--"The only time to eat diet food is while you're waiting for the steak to cook."

Amy Newbold 

A big, brightly colored, playful introduction to various important painters and art movements.  If someone asked you to paint a snowman, you would probably start with three white circles stacked one upon another. Then you would add black dots for eyes, an orange triangle for a nose, and a black dotted smile. But if Picasso painted a snowman...
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