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Monday, August 16, 2021
Books of Distinction
Classic Crime
Killer Come Back
to Me: The Crime Stories of Ray Bradbury

(Hard Case Crime)
by Ray Bradbury
"Creepy, suspenseful, and showcasing a vast range, Bradbury’s crime stories should be read, whether you are a Bradbury fan or love crime novels with a horror edge."
The Crime Review
New Nonfiction
Book Wars: The Digital Revolution in Publishing
(Polity Press)
by John Thompson
“An expert diagnosis of publishers and publishing, robustly illustrated with charts, graphs, tables, statistics and case studies… For anyone bewildered by the transformation of the book world, Mr. Thompson offers a pointed, thorough and business-literate survey.”
The Wall Street Journal
New Picture Book
(Greenwillow Books)
by Sophie Gilmore
(ages 4-8)
“Five friends... want to do something together... but finding an activity they can all enjoy is not easy... Gilmore’s palette... is subdued and light, and... her characters fill the page in a way that is lively and disarming... Expressive, personable, and somehow hilarious... Pretty terrific, indeed, and visually marvelous.”
-- Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)
New Fiction
 Velvet Was
the Night

(Del Rey Books)
by Silvia

“It’s hard to describe how much fun this novel is—Moreno-Garcia... proves to be just as good at noir as she is at horror. The novel features memorable characters, taut pacing, an intricate plot, and antiheroes you can’t help but root for. A noir masterpiece.”
Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)
New Nonfiction
Dear Highlights: What Adults Can Learn from 75 Years of Letters and Conversations
with Kids

(Highlights Press)
by Christine
French Cully

...brings us the real, true voices and the profound questions asked by children as they seek to figure out their world. By elevating—and carefully answering—those voices... Highlights has consistently kept faith with its readers and now offers us a collected correspondence that honors children’s voices, children’s lives, and the power and potential of reading and writing."
―Perri Klass, MD
New Middle Reader
Fighting Words
(Dial Books)
by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
(ages 10-14)
"Believable and immensely appealing, Suki, Francine, and especially Della light up [the] story... Readers will root for these sisters along every step of their daunting journey. 
Refusing to soft-pedal hard issues, the novel speaks with an astringent honesty, at once heartbreaking and hopeful.”
—Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)

Favored Fiction
Meet Me at
the Museum

(Flatiron Books)
 by Anne Youngson

"A beautiful, moving, and utterly mesmerizing tale about life, love, and starting over, Meet Me at the Museum will make even the most cynical listeners believe in second chances."
New Nonfiction
The Socrates Express: In Search of Life Lessons from Dead Philosophers
(Avid Reader Press)
by Eric Weiner
“Such a globe-trotting tour of philosophy can only be as good as its guide, and Weiner proves to be a curious, sincere, and generous companion. His good cheer alone serves as a model for how to live, and many readers will appreciate his method of taking what’s useful for him and leaving what’s not... ‘The world needs more philosophical enthusiasts,’ Weiner writes. This book is sure to generate its share.”
 —Kirkus Reviews
Kids Nonfiction
 Two Brothers, Four Hands: The Artists Albert and Diego Giacometti
(Neal Porter Books)
written by Jan Greenberg
 Sandra Johnson
illustrated by
Hadley Hooper

(ages 7-10)
"Multiaward-winning team Greenberg and Jordan are best known for their astonishing ability to decode and explore sophisticated artists and movements... Hooper's low-key, child-friendly details keep readers turning the pages... An extraordinary achievement and a moving, affecting evocation of two lives lived together."
Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)
Books by Local Illustrator Emily Dove
Catch the Sky: Playful Poems
on the Air We Share

(Greystone Kids)
(ages 3-8)
Wendell the Narwhal
(Simply Read Books)
(ages 4-8)
Did you listen to Julia Biars' interview with local
illustrator Emily Dove on our "Book Banter" podcast?

This week, come to the store and check out our display of
some of the books Emily wrote and/or illustrated.  You'll find
some charming and sweet books for your favorite little person.

Wait, you didn't listen to the podcast?
Here's another chance to do so.
Just click here.
Greeting Cards Sale
For a limited time, Appletree is selling a selection of
greeting cards, many of them discontinued, at half price.
Now is the time to come in and stock up!
Laura Stoddart
We love these illustrations by English artist Laura Stoddart:
little ladies carrying large plant fronds or colorful flowers.

Now, we have stocked boxed notecards, tea towels, and
artist prints with Stoddart's charming illustrations.  They
make lovely gifts for your hostess, your friend, or yourself.
September Pre-Orders
Colson Whitehead and Anthony Doerr,
favorites with our customers and the critics alike,
both have new novels coming out in September,
and Appletree is accepting pre-orders for both.

Whitehead's Harlem Shuffle is due on September 14.
Doerr's Cloud Cuckoo Land is due on September 28.

Kirkus Reviews has already given starred reviews to
the new novels by these Pulitzer Prize-winning writers.

On Cloud Cuckoo Land:
"Doerr builds a community of readers and nature lovers that transcends the boundaries of time and space ... This is just one of the many narrative miracles worked by the author as he brings a first-century story to its conclusion in 2146. As the pieces of this magical literary puzzle snap together, a flicker of hope is sparked for our benighted world."

On Harlem Shuffle:
"...readers will be captivated by a Dickensian array of colorful, idiosyncratic characters, from itchy-fingered gangsters to working-class women with a low threshold for male folly. What’s even more impressive is Whitehead’s densely layered, intricately woven rendering of New York City in the Kennedy era, a time filled with both the bright promise of greater economic opportunity and looming despair due... As one of Whitehead’s characters might say of their creator, When you’re hot, you’re hot."

To reserve your copies of
Colson Whitehead's Harlem Shuffle
and/or Anthony Doerr's Cloud Cuckoo Land,
stop in the store, call us at 216-791-2665,
or email us at

With cases of the COVID Delta variant on the rise,
we at Appletree want to restate what we're doing
to help keep our customers and staff healthy.

Appletree is fully open -
we welcome you to come in and
browse both sides of the store.

Our COVID measures remain in place.
We ask all customers to:


1. Wear a mask when in the store.

Masks should cover your mouth and nose.
Disposable masks are at the store entrance.

2. Use hand sanitizer when you enter.

We reserve the right to limit
store occupancy to 10 people.

Please note:

Our customer entrance is on
the newer side of the store (closest to Zhug).
Just follow the "Book Guru" signs to the door.

Our former main entrance is now reserved for deliveries.

We continue to offer complimentary delivery to
our customers in the Heights and University Circle area.

Thank you!
We look forward to seeing you in the store.

Store Hours

Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Give us a call: (216) 791-2665
Drop us a line:

All COVID precautions remain in place.
Stop in the store, call us, or email us with your orders.

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in the Heights area and University Circle.
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