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Monday, September 13, 2021
A Note to Our Customers:
Handling the Holidays - Winter 2021 Version
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 provide our customers with shopping options, we will be offering “Book
the Bookstore” private, reserved shopping experiences every Thursday and
Friday evening from 5 to 7 PM during November and December; additionally,
this year we will be adding a reserved brunch shopping experience between
11am and 1pm on Sundays.  For details, please see below in this newsletter or
check the Events Board on our website. We will be continuing our curbside
pickup and delivery options to facilitate your shopping.

All of us at Appletree will be making every attempt to fill your specific
customer orders, but many circumstances beyond our control may impact
particular situations.  So, we are encouraging you to shop early and either email
or call us about those items on your wish lists. The sooner, the better!
Books of Distinction
New Nonfiction
Graceland, at Last: Notes on Hope and Heartache from the American South
(milkweed editions)
by Margaret Renkl
"...Renkl writes perceptively of the region where she was born and raised (in Alabama), educated (in South Carolina), and settled... vividly evokes the lush natural beauty of the rivers, old-growth forests, 'red-dirt pineywoods,' marshes, and coastal plains that she deeply loves... A wide-ranging look at the realities of the South."
Kirkus Review
New Fiction
Apples Never Fall
(Henry Holt & Co.)
by Liane Moriarty
"Combines domestic realism and noirish mystery... The structure follows the pattern of Big Little Lies by setting up a mystery and then jumping months into the past to unravel it. Funny, sad, astute, occasionally creepy, and slyly irresistible."
Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)
New Picture Book
The Wordy Book
(Enchanted Lion Books)
by Julie Paschkis
(ages 5-10)
"Talk about painting with words... Paschkis plays with them, too, and encourages readers to do likewise... The vividly colored, wittily detailed, folk-style paintings on double-page spreads organically incorporate words into the artwork in wondrous, creative ways."
- Kirkus Reviews
(starred review)
New in Mixology
Spirits of the Otherworld:
A Grimoire of
Occult Cocktails

by Allison Crawbuck
and Rhys Everett

Whether you’re serious about cocktails or the occult—or just getting acquainted with either one—this ingenious blend of mixology and magic will add a drop of mystery to every drink you make.
New Graphic Novel
1984: The
Graphic Novel

(Mariner Books)
by George Orwell
adapted and illustrated by
Fido Nesti

With evocative, immersive art... this vision of George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece provides a new perspective for longtime fans but is also an accessible entry point for young readers and adults who have yet to discover the iconic story that is still so relevant today.
New Middle Reader
Egg Marks the Spot
(Algonquin Young Readers)
by Amy Timberlake
illustrated by
Jon Klassen

(ages 7-10)
“Timberlake creates an irresistible mix of high stakes, laugh-out-loud moments, and truly unexpected plot twists... making for an unforgettable expedition. Klassen’s chapter illustrations... further heighten the story’s charm and humor. All told, it’s a wonderful read.”
(starred review)
New Nonfiction
The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces
(Yale University Press)
by Susan Tomes
“Susan Tomes explains why this beloved instrument has been at the heart of our musical lives, on stage and at home, from its invention up to the present day. Her love for the instrument, and the music which its composer-lovers have written for it over centuries, is infectious and instructive.”
—Stephen Hough, pianist
New Collection
The Best Mystery Stories of the Year, 2021
(Mysterious Press)
edited by Lee Child
"The 20 entries in this superior anthology exhibit the storytelling gifts of authors both familiar and not... This volume is a must for mystery aficionados."
- Publishers Weekly
(starred review)

New Picture Book
Einstein: The Fantastic Journey of a Mouse Through Space and Time
(Northsouth Books)
by Torben Kuhlmann
(ages 6+)

Kuhlmann’s books about mice and historical figures... are beautifully illustrated and incredibly detailed. They’re heftier than most picture books, with more pages, more text, and so many pictures. I was particularly excited about this one... because it involves time travel, but they’re all a lot of fun to read.
― GeekDad Blog
Roxboro Elementary School PTA Fundraiser

Saturday, September 18, 11am - 4pm

Appletree Books is pleased to host a fundraiser
for Roxboro Elementary School PTA.

Kick off Roxboro PTA's first-ever, week-long
Read-a-thon with a great book from Appletree!

Roxboro Elementary School students will be logging their minutes read all week and getting pledges from family and friends. Reading activities during the week include pajama day, an Amazing Reading Race, spirit day, and more. And prizes! All monies raised through the Read-a-thon will be used by the PTA to support students, teachers, and the school throughout the year.

You are also invited for
a special story time at 12:30pm,
reading Negative Cat

(Nancy Paulsen Books)
by Caldecott Award-winner Sophie Blackall.

Stock up for the Read-a-thon!  Buy a book for Rita Story!

A percentage of Appletree's sales on September 18 will benefit the Roxboro PTA.

Coming Back in November: 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.

*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
October Pre-Order: New Novel from Amor Towles
Appletree is now accepting pre-orders for
Amor Towles' new novel,
The Lincoln Highway

due out October 5, 2021.

“Packed with drama, The Lincoln Highway takes place in just 10 days, with chapters narrated by a variety of characters. Towles’ fans will be rewarded with many of the same pleasures they’ve come to expect from him: a multitude of stories told at a leisurely pace... numerous endearing and sometimes maddening characters; and pitch-perfect plotting with surprises at every turn... Towles has created another winning novel whose pages are destined to be turned—and occasionally tattered—by gratified readers.”
(starred review)

To reserve your copy, 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 
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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