Inklings Underwater

Water inside the buidingWell, it’s been a soggy week at Inklings. Thursday [before last], we experienced a big rainstorm that was probably the worst I’ve ever driven in. The iPhone was blaring a warning of flash floods and I was eyeing the bridges I’d need to cross to get home. Made it safely and sat in the darkening living room in awe of the production in the skies. Heavy rain, incredible sunset colors, weird light. Wow!

Kelli Estes, author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 7:00pm

inklings bookshop is proud to present

Kelli Estes, author of The Girl Who Wrote in Silk

 The smallest items can hold centuries of secrets...

The Bees

Looking for a great book club book? Try The Bees by Laline Paull.

Flora 717 is a sanitation worker, a member of the lowest caste in her orchard hive, where work and sacrifice are the highest virtues and worship of the beloved Queen the only religion. But Flora is not like other bees. With circumstances threatening the hive's survival, her curiosity is regarded as a dangerous flaw, but her courage and strength are assets. She is allowed to feed the newborns in the royal nursery and then to become a forager, flying alone and free to collect nectar and pollen. A feat of bravery grants her access to the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers mysteries about the hive that are both profound and ominous.

But when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all-daring to challenge the Queen's preeminence-enemies abound, from the fearsome fertility police who enforce the hive's strict social hierarchy to the high priestesses jealously wedded to power. Her deepest instincts to serve and sacrifice are now overshadowed by a greater power: a fierce maternal love that will bring her into conflict with her conscience, her heart, and her society-and lead her to perform unthinkable deeds.

Thrilling, suspenseful, and spectacularly imaginative, The Bees and its dazzling young heroine will forever change the way you look at the world outside your window.

The Smell of Old Books

Old books have a distinctive smell that can make any book lover’s heart melt.

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ABC Children's Catalog

Please enjoy our ABC Children's Book Catalog, full-to-the-brim of the best and newest children's titles. Click here, or on the picture to view. Call us at the store anytime with your selections and we'll have them ready for you when you come in - wrapped in our signature red paper, if you'd like! 


Summer Reading at Inklings

Starting June 3rd, kids entering grades K-8 can sign up for Give Me Summer, Give Me Books!, our new summer reading program.  Participants read 6 books, 3 recommended by Inklings and 3 wild card choices.  Finishers get to attend an end-of-the-summer pizza party and can win other great prizes. Come in and pick up your reading log today!
Here are the recommended titles for each of the 3 grade levels:
A Birthday for Bear, by Bonny Becker
Critter Club: Amy and the Missing Puppy, by Callie Barkley
Dodsworth in London, by Tim Egan
The Life of Ty, by Lauren Myracle
Mr. and Mrs. Bunny-Detectives Extraordinaire!, by Polly Horvath
Tumtum & Nutmeg: The Rose Cottage Adventures, by Emily Bearn
Better Nate Than Ever, by Tim Federle
Liar & Spy, by Rebecca Stead
One Crazy Summer, by Rita Williams-Garcia
A Tale Dark and Grimm, by Adam Gidwitz
Three Times Lucky, by Sheila Turnage
Wings of Fire: The Dragonet Prophecy, by Tui T. Sutherland
Endangered, by Elliot Schrefer
The Madman's Daughter, by Megan Shepherd
The Scorpio Races, by Maggie Stiefvater
Shadow and Bone, by Leigh Bardugh
Shadow on the Mountain, by Margi Preus
Sylo, by DJ MacHale
These are all recommended by the fine folks at the American Bookseller's Association, and we are sure that your kids will love them!

Randi's Top Five Reads

Damned and Doomed by Chuck Palhaniuk

"Chuck Palhaniuk writes with fierce satire and wicked metaphor. Damned and Doomed follow a 13 year old post-dead overweight Maddison Spencer in her afterlife antics. The first two in a trilogy follow Madison Spencer as she acclimates herself to her damnation in hell. It may sound grueling, but these satires are hilarious, witty, and fast paced. Pahlaniuk offers readers a fun, uncomfortable and unique view into his writing and highlight satire as only Pahlaniuk can. Having read the final line of Damned - "To Be Continued..." I was anxious to pick up where I left off and follow our antagonist once again. Instead of letters to Satan like in Doomed, Damned is written as blog posts from Madison's PDA. If you are looking for books that will both disgust you and bring you to rolling laughter, these are the novels for you. Pahlaniuk most certainly challenges the norms in his writing and takes you on a wild ride."

The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

"As a large fan of the Beat Generation, it is no surprise that I hail the writing of Kerouac. Though he is most famous for his book On The Road which was written on a single roll of paper, Dharma Bums is by far one of my favorite books of all time. It is both enlightening and poetic and truly makes you think about life the way Kerouac sees and interprets it. All characters in this book are based on actual people and poets of the Beat Generation. This novel follows Jack Kerouac's character Ray through a 3,000 mile journey across the US and his journey to enlightenment. Kerouac's poetic prose is certainly captivating and finishing this book makes you want to examine your own consciousness. "One night I was meditating in such perfect stillness that two mosquitoes came and sat on each of my cheekbones and stayed there for a long time without biting and then went away without biting". Dharma bums captures an insightful journey, love for poetry, zen and Buddhism beautifully written."

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh

"Hyperbole and a half was an extremely witty and fun fact, I read it in one sitting as I could not put it down. This book brings humor to an otherwise not so funny topic of depression and bipolar disorder as Brosh's comical mind examines it. The hilarious pictures which are crudely drawn lighten the topic and had me rolling with laughter from start to finish."

Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg

"Another Beat Generation great, Allen Ginsberg's poetry is raw, sharp and beautiful. Though much of these poems have societal undertones and address things like sexuality and addiction, Howl and other poems is an excellent read for those who like poetry with a punch."

Naked Lunch by William S. Burroughs

"This book is clearly a literary work of art. If it weren't for Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, Naked Lunch might not have ever been published. Ginsberg and Kerouac visited Burroughs in Tangiers and tried to salvage what literary genius had been dripping from Burrough's pen. This book is not a novel by any means, it is a collection of thoughts and fears and if you are considering jumping into this book looking for a linear plot then you will be disappointed. Rather, this book can be dissected at any point and digested for the wonderful handle of words that can only be expressed by Burroughs."

Amy Stoothoff's Top Five Reads

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs by Mo Willems


I thought I’d heard more than I’d ever wanted to about Goldilocks until Mo Willems wrote this delightful tale. His adaptation of the classic includes a funny dinosaur visiting from Norway and many hidden delights in the illustrations. Goldilocks’ many faults are addressed, such as barging into strangers’ homes, and discouraged heartily. Goldilocks does eventually wizens up, notices that things are not as they should be, and escapes the dinosaur’s ingenious trap. Willems concludes that the moral is “If you ever find yourself in the wrong story, leave.



Frog Song by Brenda Z. Guiberson Illustrated by Gennady Spirin


This book combines lovely illustrations with quirky descriptions of strange frog species. The gorgeous illustrations vividly portray the most fascinating habits of these unique frogs. The onomatopoeia keeps the attention of younger readers. This book encourages us to be mindful of our water use to ensure these frogs can continue to sing.



Drops Like Stars by Rob Bell


Rob Bell asks 'How do we reconcile faith in God with the suffering of the human experience?' This pain causes us to wrestle with our spiritual beliefs. This wrestling deepens our faith. It results in an inner beauty which would be impossible to develop without suffering. Bell examines this beauty resulting from pain.


This is the only book by Rob Bell that I would recommend to everyone regardless of background. I have reread it during difficult times. It encourages me to look beyond the pain of the moment and realize that there is a reason even if I don’t understand it.



Black Count by Tom Reiss


Tom Reiss tells the riveting story of Alex Dumas the father of the acclaimed novelist Alexandre Dumas. Alex Dumas’ life provided source material for much of his son’s novels so much so that The Black Count reads more like a work of fiction. Born to Antoine Alexandre de l’Isle and his slave Marie Cessette Dumas in Saint-Dominigue, modern Haiti, Alex Dumas rose from a slave to a general in the French Army. Reiss deftly combines the rich historical context of an tumultuous time in European history while expanding ones understanding of a figure responsible for a large amount of this time periods perception. Portions of The Black Count seemed quite familiar almost lifted from Alexandre Dumas’ novels instead of the inverse. This is one of my favorite biographies of all time.



Cinder: Lunar Chronicles #1 by Marissa Meyer 


This retelling of the classic fairytale Cinderella surprised me. It’s compelling and not at all what I expected. Meyer has managed to write a YA science fiction fairytale. I don’t typically read any of these genres but I am very impressed by Cinder. I loved the heroine who is a cyborg mechanic and anything but a damsel in distress. I highly recommend this one. I devoured the third book in this series in 3 days. It is a fabulous fun read perfect for fighting the winter blues. I especially enjoy the strong female protagonists."


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