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Monday, November 29, 2021
Hours in December

Appletree has expanded hours for the holidays.

Between now and Sunday, December 19, our hours are:
Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm
Sunday, 1-4pm
Closed Monday

Monday, December 20 - Friday, December 24,
11am - 6pm.

Closed for Christmas:
Saturday, December 25 - Sunday, December 26.

Monday, December 27 - Tuesday, December 28,
11am - 4pm.

Closed for returns, inventory, and vacation:
Wednesday, December 29, 2021 - Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

Re-open on:
Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

Books of Distinction
New Nonfiction
The Book of Tea: Japanese Tea Ceremonies and Culture
(Amber Books)
by Okakura Kakuzo
With a new introduction, this is an exquisitely produced edition of a classic text made using traditional Chinese bookbinding techniques.  The book, written in English in 1906 for a Western audience, is a long essay celebrating the secular art of the Japanese tea ceremony.
New Mystery
(Doubleday Books)
by Craig Russell
"Russell imagines what inspired Robert Louis Stevenson in this creative take on a classic work of Victorian horror fiction... Evocative prose... enhances a suspenseful and sophisticated plot. This is the rare riff on an influential novel that sticks the landing."
--Publishers Weekly
(starred review)
New Picture Book
Time is a Flower
(Tundra Books)
by Julie Morstad
(ages 3-7)
"Thoughtful metaphors and diverse characters take viewers through the manifold dimensions of time... This exuberant vehicle will expand the thinking of those just beginning to comprehend clocks and calendars."
--Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)
New Nonfiction
American Comics: A History
(W.W. Norton & Co.)
by Jeremy Dauber
"Until now one could only dream of an engaging, analytic history encompassing the entire medium... [Dauber's] perceptive, critical overview is enlivened by a jaunty style that bops from the political cartoons of Thomas Nast in the 1860s to the demise of an equally influential gadfly, Mad magazine, in 2018."
― Michael Saler,
Wall Street Journal
New Fiction
Small Things
Like These

(Grove Press)
by Claire Keegan
“Irish story writer Keegan’s gorgeously textured... novella... centers on a family man who wants to do the right thing… beautifully conveys Bill’s interior life as he returns to the house where he was raised… It all leads to a bittersweet culmination, a sort of anti– Christmas Carol, but to Bill it’s simply sweet. Readers will be touched.”
Publishers Weekly
New Picture Book
Detective Mole
by Camilla Pintonato
(ages 4-8)
“Charming tale of a bumbling, want-to-be woodland detective...The sly cartoon illustrations provide much of the humor. Budding detectives will solve the case long before Oscar and catch the many crimes he misses. The (ample) fun is in the details.”
-- Kirkus Reviews

New Nonfiction
Twelve Caesars: Images of Power from the Ancient World to the Modern
University Press)

by Mary Beard

"A leading scholar as well as a writer of bestsellers, Beard, as always, asks important questions... she leads us through the best available evidence and delivers insightful answers in lucid prose accompanied by dazzling images...  A lively treatise on Roman art and power, deliciously opinionated and beautifully illustrated."
― Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)

New Fiction
Our Country Friends
(Random House)
by Gary Shteyngart

“In the backdrop of the pandemic... Shteyngart gathers his memorable characters in a shelter, where they cook, seduce, and reconsider life’s meaning... Like The Decameron... reminds us that even in darkness, light promises to return if we reach for love and art.”
—Min Jin Lee,
author of Pachinko

New Kids Nonfiction
The Big Book of Belonging
(Thames & Hudson)
by Yuval Zommer
(ages 3-5)

A timely celebration of all the ways that humans are connected to life on planet Earth. With children at the heart of every beautifully illustrated spread, this book draws parallels between the way humans, plants, and animals live and behave.
Our December Window:
RoxArts Students

As in years past, the holiday display in our December window
has been created by

Cleveland Heights-University Heights students,
young artists in grades K-2.

Roxarts sponsored artist Debbie Apple Presser to guide all of the elementary students in the CH-UH school district in a self-portrait project. The students
created their portraits using primary and secondary colors (no mixing!) with emotions attached to them. This allowed the students to reveal their unique individuality. Totems were then created to display these incredible self portraits.
This project supports and celebrates our individuality and shows how a
community can Rise Together. Please enjoy a selection of the student works!

Meet and Greet:
Susan Kaesar

Saturday, December 4, 2-4pm

Join us for a meet and greet and book signing with

Susan Kaeser
author of
Resisting Segregation: Cleveland Heights
Activists Shape Their Community, 1964-1976

(Cleveland Landmarks Press)

December 10:
Holiday Food Emporium
Get ready for Appletree's Holiday Food Emporium!
Friday, December 10, 5-8pm

Spend an evening at Appletree
and find delicious gifts from:

Culinary Occasions
Magnolia Clubhouse
McCune Family Apiaries
Small Batch James
T. Florals

No actual marshmallows were harmed in the making of this newsletter.
Featuring Our Feathered Friends
The Complete Birds
of the World

(Princeton University Press)
by Norman Arlot and
Ber van Perlo

This is a book like no other ― the only truly comprehensive, one-volume illustrated guide to all of the world’s birds, covering the complete International Ornithological Congress World Bird List. Featuring more than 300 stunning large-format, full-color plates, this accessible and authoritative encyclopedic reference presents incredibly detailed, accurate, and beautiful paintings of more than
10,700 species by some of the
world’s best bird artists.
(Harry N. Abrams)
by Tim Flach

Radiating grace, intelligence, and humor, and always in motion, birds tantalize the human imagination. Working for years in his studio and the field, Tim Flach has portrayed nature’s most exquisite creatures alertly at rest or dramatically in flight, capturing intricate feather patterns and subtle coloration invisible to the naked eye.

Appletree continues to take steps
to help keep our customers and staff
healthy as the pandemic continues.

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!

Store Hours

Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm
Sunday, 1 - 4pm
Closed 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

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A percentage of sales from both goes to Appletree!
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