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Monday, October 4, 2021
Books of Distinction
New Fiction
A Single Rose
(Europa Editions)
by Muriel Barbery
“This novel offers the pleasures of a poetic travelogue and an homage to a place and culture... a modern fairy tale... an evocative, transplanted retelling of the tale of a sleeping beauty.”
New York
Journal of Books
New Memoir
Invention: A Life
(Simon & Schuster)
by James Dyson
"An entertaining and inspiring memoir by a fellow who’s nearly impossible to pigeonhole... He makes a powerful argument that our educational systems are not giving sufficient attention to fostering creativity and the independent spirit required of the inventor, thereby stifling innovation."
Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)
New Picture Book
Catastrophe!  A Story of Patterns
(Boyd Mills Press)
written by
Ann Marie Stephens
illustrated by
Jen Harney

(ages 4-8)
"Stephens deftly incorporates the concepts of patterns... into her simple tale... Harney’s bright, energy-filled cartoons are a great match and maintain a fine balance of cute, color, comedy… and cats.
Playfulness makes repeated reads a must for fans of cats or calculation."
Kirkus Reviews
New Mystery
The Guide
by Peter Heller
"Heller presents another brilliantly paced, unnerving wilderness thriller paired with an absorbing depiction of a remote natural paradise... his ability to inject shocking menace into a novel that might otherwise serve as a lyrical paean to nature is remarkable."
(starred review)
New Nonfiction
When the Sahara Was Green: How Our Greatest Desert Came to Be
University Press)

by Martin Williams
"...a magnificent and thought-provoking history of the Sahara. With infectious panache, he reconstructs the formation and geological history of the desert, and looks at the prehistoric peoples who once flourished by its long-vanished lakes and rivers... This wonderful book gives us hope in our drier, warming world. A brilliant achievement.”
―Brian Fagan, coauthor of Climate Chaos
New Middle Reader
 The Monsters
of Rookhaven

(Henry Holt & Co.)
by Padraig Kenny
(ages 10-14)
"Between the incredible descriptions, unique cast, and dark and lovely illustrations, readers will be enveloped... they will stay up long into the night to discover who the real monster is. A breathtaking novel about family, loss, and truly seeing those around us."
(starred review)
New Mystery
Poison for Breakfast
by Lemony Snicket
"A charismatic voyage into the topic of bewilderment, with detours reflecting on death... Watch out for the surprising conclusion! This just may be [Snicket’s] finest hour."
New Craft Book
Creepy Cross-Stitch: 25 Spooky Projects to Haunt Your Halls
(Page Street Publishing)
by Lindsay Swearingen
“...the perfect guide for those... who are attracted to a spooky yet whimsical way of life. It is an accomplished concoction of creative, informative and compelling designs to aid stitchers of any level desiring to add a little dose of dark creativity to their homes.”
―Hayley Daniels
New Picture Book
It Fell From the Sky
(Simon & Schuster)
by The Fan Brothers
(ages 4-8)
"The Fan brothers’ spectacularly detailed graphite work is as sumptuous and painstakingly rendered as always... [t]he story is elegantly told with clear anti-consumerist, anti-greed messaging, and while the spider is a bit alarming-looking, much can be forgiven for its dapper bow tie."
-- Booklist
(starred review)
Pre-Orders for Elizabeth Strout's Oh, William!

For all those who loved My Name Is Lucy Barton,

Elizabeth Strout's latest novel,
Oh William!

(Random House)
comes out on October 19th!

“Loneliness and betrayal, themes to which the Pulitzer Prize–winning Strout
has returned throughout her career, are ever present in this illuminating
character-driven saga... Strout’s characters teem with angst and emotion,
all of which [she] handles with a mastery of restraint and often in spare, true
sentences... It’s not for nothing that Strout has been compared to Hemingway.
In some ways, she betters him.”

—Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

Appletree will have a limited number of signed copies,
and we are accepting pre-orders now!

To reserve your copy, stop in the store,
call us at 216-791-2665
or email us at

Handling the Holidays:
Shop Early!

Remember the saying “you snooze, you lose”?
This year it may prove truer than we wish.

As if COVID wasn’t enough to deal with last holiday season, this coming
holiday season of 2021 may prove to be even more challenging due to
shipping logjams, worker shortages and reprinting delays. Not to mention
port closures and the Delta variant running rampant. There have been
numerous articles concerning UPS and FedEx preparing for backlogs and
delays on top of port backlogs, lack of containers for shipping, etc.

While we don’t want to worry you, we would much prefer to alert you
to the challenges many businesses and shippers will be experiencing
this coming holiday season; it is already looking like a season unlike
anything we have experienced. The publishing industry and bookstores,
not limited to just Appletree, will be grappling with all these
issues in the coming months.

To make your shopping easier, we will continue to offer
curbside pickup and local delivery.  We also encourage you to
book a private shopping event and send us your holiday lists,
as discussed more below.

Shop Early and
Book the Bookstore

Book the Bookstore for a private shopping experience!

Coming in November and December, Appletree will once again be
offering the opportunity for customers to book a private shopping
event on Thursday and Friday evenings and Sunday brunch-time.

Here are the details:

*Available from Thursday, November 4, through Sunday, December 19:
Thursdays and Fridays, 5-7pm (starting at either 5pm or 5:30pm)
Sundays, 11am-1pm (starting at either 11am or 11:30am)

*90 minutes of exclusive time for group in the store.

*Groups of no more than 8 (eight) people.

Minimum age is 12.

*$75 fee due upon reservation.

*Includes cheeseboard, prosecco, and sparkling water for
an evening event, or muffins and mimosas for Sunday brunch.

*All COVID requirements for the store remain in place:
social distancing; masks required when not eating or
drinking; use of hand sanitizer required upon entry.

To Book the Bookstore for your event:
stop in the store, call us at 216-791-2665,
or email us at

Send Us Your Holiday Lists!
All of us at Appletree will be making every attempt to fill your
specific book orders, but many circumstances beyond our
control may impact particular situations.

So, we encourage you to email us your wish lists. The sooner, the better!

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 
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.

We also offer complimentary delivery to our customers
in the Heights area and University Circle.
Want to order online at 3am?
Check out Appletree's storefront on

Want to order digital audiobooks?
Check out Appletree's storefront on

A percentage of sales from both goes to Appletree!
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