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To Our Town House Friends & Family,

As we head into the heart of November, I know it is a busy time for everyone. Thank you for reading and for all the heartfelt response to our newsletter. I hope we can continue to provide food for thought and books that will be meaningful to you through the holiday season and beyond.

A quick reminder, you won't want to miss our Armchair Shopping Guide series. We've gone into great detail providing creative ideas to help take some of the struggle out of your holiday shopping. Part 1 & Part 2 are now available.

Heidi Schmidt 
Town House Books

Deeper Dives Series
Nothin' But Time... (from Heidi)
During the recent period of electoral limbo, and out-of-season Midwestern weather (not to mention an ongoing pandemic), I found myself reflecting upon the nature of Time.  I turned to a book that I have read and reread for over twenty-five years called Einstein's Dreams.  This novel is a small, poetic rumination by physicist Alan Lightman, told in a series of vignettes that explore the intrinsic nature of time and our relationship to it.  Each short chapter imagines a world in which time is refracted by a young Einstein's evolving theories. 

For instance, there exists a world in which time is a flow of water where, caught in a back stream, people are carried into a past in which they fear doing anything that will alter their future stories.  Or time has three dimensions, like space, three chains of events all happening simultaneously.  Or there are two times, mechanical time and body time, each time is true, but the truths are not the same. Or an acausal world where people are free to live in the moment because erratic time has freed them from cause and effect.  As I read these glorious little episodes again, I thought about other authors who have toyed with time bending.  I've included some of those titles here.  As Jeanette Winterson ponders in the prelude to her phenomenal novel Sexing the Cherry: "The Hopi, an Indian Tribe, have a language as sophisticated as ours, but no tenses for past, present and future.  The division does not exist.  What does this say about time?"

Other novels that play with the concept of time and parallel universes: Non-fiction books that address the concept of time:
Share the Gift of a Book with a Child
A book can change a child's world, give them life-long friends, ideas, hopes, dreams. For 46 years we have been privileged to watch so many children grow up here in our store.  Raising new readers and sharing the love of books is at the heart of what we do.  The holidays are a wonderful time to share your love of reading with the special children in your life.  Please view our Rockin' Reading: Cradle to College list.
Armchair Shopping for the Holidays

We continue our shopping guide series with this second installment of Lists For Gift Giving. In this issue, we feature Analog Grandma, TwentySomething Special, and Rockin' Reading: Cradle to College.

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On The Front Counter

Shaun Bythell

From behind the counter, Shaun Bythell catalogs the customers who roam his shop in Wigtown, Scotland. One of the funniest books about books you'll ever find, make this perfect for anyone who loves bookshops.

Nigel Slater

110 vegetarian autumn and winter recipes that provide quick, easy, and filling plant-based suppers while paying homage to the seasons--from the beloved author of Tender.

Amy Timberlake

Wallace and Gromit meets Winnie-the-Pooh in a fresh take on a classic odd-couple friendship, from Newbery Honor author Amy Timberlake with full-color and black-and-white illustrations throughout by Caldecott Medalist Jon Klassen.
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