Used books

We are going to stop taking used books from November 1st through the middle of January. Thank you!

Between Shades of Gray

Starting this book I wasn’t expecting to learn a history lesson. Between Shades of Gray is an amazing historical fiction book about a girl, her family, and her love of art. Lina is one of the most daring and heart strong characters I have encountered in a book in quite some time. This story takes place in the country of Lithuania, in the perfect area that anyone would want to live in. Ideal for walking, playing in the street and for Lina, drawing. Until one night it is all taken away. When reading I was confused whether or not this was based on the holocaust or not. There was no reference to Lina and her family being Jewish or had to wear a star on their clothes. I was surprised to learn that even though they were not Jewish Lina and her family had been forced from their home and put on cattle cars to be sold to slavery in Siberia. 

What is even more frightening is that in the midst of being take away she has no idea what has happened to her father. He wasn’t there when being sent out of their house and he isn’t there when they are being corralled onto the cattle cars. One thing is certain, she is not going to give up looking for her dad. Lina was once told by her father that he will always recognize her art work and she is determined to draw clues at to where she is going. This book portrays the strong will of a mother who finds ways no matter the circumstance to see the beauty and grace in the situation they are in. She along with Lina are the glue that holds so many people together. Through the extreme winters and diseases Lina has amazing courage to steal wood for fire, drawing portraits of officers for food and stealing rations from right under the NKVD nose. 

I could never imagine what it would have been like to be in the situation Lina and so many other had gone through. This book gives an amazing insight as to what happened under the Soviet rule. What I love most about this book is the amount of work that Ruta Sepetys (author) went through to write it. This book isn’t simply a fictional book about what might have happened during Soviet rule. But a book based on true stores of her family, friends and relatives that lived through the time of murder, imprisonment, deported in slavery. This is the best book I have read in the last two years!
 
Reviewed by Inklings employee, Alicia Simon 

W. D. Frank, author of Everyone to Skis!, at the Yakima Valley Museum

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 - 6:00pm

W.D. Frank will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, "Everyone to Skis! Skiing in Russia and the Rise of the Soviet Biathlon" at the Yakima Valley Museum on November 6th at 6pm.

“You will never think about, watch, (perhaps even participate in) biathlon in the same way after reading Frank's interesting, well-written and organized, detailed and thoroughly researched book.” —E. John B. Allen, author of The Culture and Sport of Skiing: From Antiquity to World War II

Nowhere in the world was the sport of biathlon, a combination of cross-country skiing and rifle marksmanship, taken more seriously than in the Soviet Union, and no other nation garnered greater success at international venues. From the introduction of modern biathlon in 1958 to the USSR's demise in 1991, athletes representing the Soviet Union won almost half of all possible medals awarded in world championship and Olympic competition. Biathletes of the USSR were so dominant that at major events their victory was often a foregone conclusion.

Yet more than sheer technical skill created Soviet superiority in biathlon. The inherent characteristics of biathlon, which required stamina and precision in a quasi-military setting, dovetailed with important concepts promoted by the Soviet government. The sport also supplied an opportune platform for promoting the State's socialist viewpoint and military might. Biathlon, in other words, was about more than simply winning Olympic medals.

Currently the most popular winter spectator sport in Europe, biathlon looms large in the history of global athletics, and in the event's early narrative the Soviet Union was its most important player. William D. Frank, a former nationally-ranked competitor and a scholar of Russian history, is in a unique position to tell this story. His highly readable book is the first in-depth look at how the Soviet government interpreted the sport of skiing as a cultural, ideological, and political tool throughout the course of seven decades.

For scholars and general readers alike, Everyone To Skis! represents a fascinating perspective on the Soviet Union through the history of a sport closely tied to the homeland. In the words of Lenin: “Do you ski? Do it without fail! Learn how and set off for the mountains - you must. In the mountains winter is wonderful! It's sheer delight, and it smells like Russia.”

William D. Frank earned his PhD in History at the University of Washington. He competed in the United States Biathlon Team Selection Trials for the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York and the 1981 Biathlon World Championships in Lahti, Finland, the United States Biathlon Qualification Race Series for the 1984 Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, the United States Biathlon National Championships of 1979 and 1981, and the United States National Cross-Country Championships of 1985. He is an occasional lecturer in History and Humanities at Central Washington University.

 

Everyone to Skis!: Skiing in Russia and the Rise of Soviet Biathlon Cover Image
$39.95
ISBN: 9780875804767
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Northern Illinois University Press - October 31st, 2013

Inklings 13th Anniversary!

It's our 13th Anniversary!! We are so thankful to YOU, all our loyal customers, old and new. We owe our success to you. This week we'll be doing special promotions every day, come and celebrate with us:

Tuesday: Inklings T-Shirts 50% off with any purchase
Wednesday: People with Friends of Inklings red reusable totes, get 13% off anything that they can fit in the bag
Thursday: Buy any greeting card, get a second (equal or lesser value) free (boxed cards are excluded)
Friday: Drawing in the store every half hour from 10-7
Saturday: Chester the Raccoon party at 2 PM
Sunday: we will mark off an extra box for all of our friends of Inklings with each purchase

The Kissing Hand - Chester's Birthday Party

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 2:00pm

Audrey Penn's beloved classic "The Kissing Hand" is turning 20, and we're celebrating with a birthday party for Chester Raccoon!

Join us for games, songs, treats and a special visit from Chester himself!

The Kissing Hand [With Stickers] Cover Image
By Audrey Penn, Ruth E. Harper (Illustrator), Nancy M. Leak (Illustrator)
$17.95
ISBN: 9781933718002
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Tanglewood Press - October 15th, 1993

Sarah Thebarge is coming!

Sarah Thebarge, Author of The Invisible Girls (Jericho Books/Hachette Book Group, April 2013), was an Ivy League graduate, about to get engaged and begin a promising career in medical reporting, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27. After losing everything but her life to cancer, she fled from the east coast to Portland, Oregon, and started over.

While riding the train in Portland, she was captivated by a single Somali mom and her daughters, who looked exhausted and lost. A few days after the train ride, Thebarge went looking for them to see if they were okay.  When she finally found them, they were living in abject poverty, with no toiletries, no furniture, and no change of clothes.  They also had no food, and their mom had resorted to Dumpster-diving behind a grocery store, feeding her girls the moldy bread she found so they wouldn’t starve to death.

Thebarge forgot her personal struggles as she helped the Somali family access resources and learn how to navigate life in America. And, as Thebarge saved the Somali girls’ lives, these resilient girls rescued Thebarge by showing her how to love and be loved again.

The Invisible Girls weaves the real-life struggles and adventures of refugees learning to live in a new culture with the harrowing story of Thebarge’s battle with cancer.  The book invites readers to see invisible, marginalized people with new eyes.  Because, as Thebarge learned, sometimes love and redemption are hidden in connection with the most unexpected people, in the most unusual places.

 Visit Sarah's website to find more information about the Invisible Girls, and about the person herself.

Sarah Thebarge, author of The Invisible Girls

Thursday, September 12, 2013 - 7:00pm

Sarah Thebarge, author of The Invisible Girls, will be appearing at Inklings to speak about and sign copies of her moving memoir.

Sarah Thebarge, Author of The Invisible Girls (Jericho Books/Hachette Book Group, April 2013), was an Ivy League graduate, about to get engaged and begin a promising career in medical reporting, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27.  After losing everything but her life to cancer, she fled from the east coast to Portland, Oregon, and started over.

 

While riding the train in Portland, she was captivated by a single Somali mom and her daughters, who looked exhausted and lost.  A few days after the train ride, Thebarge went looking for them to see if they were okay.  When she finally found them, they were living in abject poverty, with no toiletries, no furniture, and no change of clothes.  They also had no food, and their mom had resorted to Dumpster-diving behind a grocery store, feeding her girls the moldy bread she found so they wouldn’t starve to death.

 

Thebarge learned they had escaped as political refugees from Somali a short time before, where the capital, Mogadishu, had been named the most dangerous city in the world.  But now that they had come to America, their lives were still in danger.  The girls’ father had left the family soon after they arrived in the U.S., and their mother was left to care for five girls under the age of 10 by herself, without any language or job skills.

 

Thebarge forgot her personal struggles as she helped the Somali family access resources and learn how to navigate life in America.  And, as Thebarge saved the Somali girls’ lives, these resilient girls rescued Thebarge by showing her how to love and be loved again.

 

The Invisible Girls weaves the real-life struggles and adventures of refugees learning to live in a new culture with the harrowing story of Thebarge’s battle with cancer.  The book invites readers to see invisible, marginalized people with new eyes.  Because, as Thebarge learned, sometimes love and redemption are hidden in connection with the most unexpected people, in the most unusual places.

 

Visit her website for more information!

The Invisible Girls Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781455523917
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Jericho Books - April 16th, 2013

Find Waldo Local Celebration!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 - 6:30pm

Come celebrate our search for Waldo with cake, music, games and prizes!  We will be doing a drawing for the grand prize of a deluxe, 6-volume set of Where's Waldo books, and oodles of other prizes including books and gift certificates.  Don't miss all the fun!

Find Waldo Local locations revealed!


Waldo is now hiding out in 25 local businesses!  Pick up your passport at any of the following locations and start searching today!

Oak Hollow Frame Shop
Cake Decorator Shoppe
English Country Market
Boehms
Loo Wit Gardens
Ohana Ice
Essencia Bakery
NorthTown Coffee
Ted Brown Music
Off the Record
Coffee at Creekside
Yakima Valley Museum
Don's Donuts and Julie's Java
Encore Books
Meadowbrook Family Fun Center
Sharky's Pizza
Gasperetti's Floral
Johnson Orchards
Washington Fruit Place
Black Bear Frozen Yogurt
Lincoln Avenue Espresso
Vaux Shoes
Revolution Cycles

Valley Cycling and Fitness

Inklings Bookshop

 

Second Saturday - Vintage Faire

The Second Saturday Walk Around this weekend is going to be a great one! The Vintage Faire will feature whimsical antiques, vintage everything, and old-fashioned trinkets. As well as the usual merchant sidewalk sales, music and Wray's BBQ. July 13th, 9:00am-5:00pm at Chalet Place.

 

If you are interested in being a Vintage Faire Vendor, please email us (englishcountrymarket@gmail.com). We'd love to have you! 

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