The Bennington Bookshop   March 2017

Vermont's oldest independent bookstore

The March wind roars
Like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver
As he passes by.
When winds are soft,
And the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb,
Then spring is here.

                     -  Author Unknown
Welcome to the March edition of The Bennington Bookshop Newsletter! The wind is roaring today, which prompted the selection of this short poem about March. In this edition, we report on a couple of events we held at the beginning of the month. We also have news of a couple of events coming up later this month. We report on an initiative of the Bennington Oral Health Coalition to encourage children to brush their teeth regularly. We have news of our expanded Young Adult section, already receiving lots of attention from our young adult community. We have a couple of book reviews, one each from Linda and Phil, and a student review from Maggie Emerson, Grade 7. Congratulations, Maggie!  As always, thank you for your continued support of The Bennington Bookshop - your local independent bookstore.
Fizz, Boom, Read
What a fun afternoon we had at the Bennington Free Library on March 1st when the upstairs meeting room was transformed into a hive of activity. Linda the Children's Librarian set the scientific scene with a reading of Ada Twist, Scientist. Then we were off! There were 25 budding scientists busy building towers, floating pennies, mixing colors, loading drops onto coins, inclining tubes to roll balls at targets, and balancing various items from rods suspended on strings. There was water, water, everywhere, but barely a drop was spilled! It was great to see all the students get so excitedly involved.

Thanks to John Ulrich for preparing all the fun activities! We hope to organize other similar events in the future.

The Absolute Joy of Work
We had a very entertaining evening at the Oldcastle Theatre on March 4th, celebrating the release of Carleton Carpenter's autobiography The Absolute Joy of Work. Originally from Bennington, Carleton has had a fascinating career in film, on stage and on TV. The evening began with a showing of highlights from some of Carleton's films. There were a couple of songs, then Carleton read some passages from his book. After the event, Carleton signed copies of his book, sharing stories with each person who waited in line for an autograph.
Buy The Absolute Joy of Work
Books for Brushing Teeth
The Bennington Oral Health Coalition is currently running a program to encourage children to brush their teeth regularly. Participants in the program are given a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental floss, and are provided with an opportunity to brush their teeth each school day. The Bennington Oral Health Coalition presents students who successfully complete the program with a gift certificate to The Bennington Bookshop. Brush on!
Expanded Young Adults
We have expanded the Young Adult section in The Bookshop. The section now includes a shelf of best sellers, as reported by The New York Times, as well as a shelf of new releases. We have broadened the LGBT section and have also added some non-fiction books.


The Railwayman's Wife
Ashley Hay
Reviewed by Linda

The Railwayman's Wife
takes place in 1948 in a Sydney suburb by the sea. Three people are struggling with great loss and search for peace in the town's library. The novel is written in clear, shining prose and with an eloquent understanding of sorrow and loss. Each character is grappling with a common question -- how do I continue to live?  While the story may break your heart at times, it ultimately celebrates love and human connection as well as nature's beauty.
Buy The Railwayman's Wife

Min Jin Lee
Reviewed by Phil

Pachinko tells the story of a Korean family over three generations as they move from Korea to Japan in the early 1900s. Sunja, the proud daughter of an impoverished family, falls pregnant to a married man who wants to set her up in a home as his Korean mistress. Sunja refuses. She is saved from her plight by a young missionary who marries her and takes her to Japan, where he intends to join his brother who works as a missionary in Osaka. This is a rich and moving tale, with great insights into Korean and Japanese culture, as well as into the trials and tribulations of life as a member of a minority group.
Buy Pachinko

You can find more reviews here: Reviews and Recommendations

Student Review
Each month, we ask local school students to submit reviews of the books they are reading. We select one of these for publication in the newsletter. The reviewer receives a $10 gift certificate for The Bennington Bookshop. This month's review is from Maggie Emerson. Congratulations, Maggie!

The Seventh Most Important Thing
Shelley Pearsall
Reviewed by Maggie Emerson, Grade 7

The Seventh Most Important Thing is a realistic fiction book based on true events. The book takes the reader on one kid’s journey that begins with a crime and with only one chance to make things right. Arthur Owens's father is dead and, when Arthur sees someone else wearing his dad's hat, Arthur takes action. The result is a series of events including court, juvie, community service and lots of learning opportunities for Arthur.

I think one main lesson people can take with them from this book is that there are consequences for your actions, good or bad. Arthur obviously made some mistakes along his way, but he grew from them and became more mature and responsible. This is honestly one of the best books I’ve ever read and I highly recommend it. Maggie Emerson
Buy The Seventh Most Important Thing
Upcoming Events
I Am Not Your Negro

Images Theater, Williamstown
March 19th, 8.00pm

This community event, supported by Bennington College, involves a special screening of the documentary I Am Not Your Negro - a film based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House. The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.
Bennington College would like to invite community members to view the film with college students, faculty, and staff. There may be a short discussion immediately after the film.

Tickets for the event are $6. You can register for the event by leaving your name and contact number at The Bennington Bookshop, by phone (802 442 5059) or email
Buy I Am Not Your Negro

The Art and Science of Medical Music
Oldcastle Theatre
March 29th, 7.00pm

For millennia, music has been known to have a powerful role in the healing process. This moving and inspiring book tells the tale of a man pulled from the brink of death by music who, in turn, uses music as medicine to help heal others.

Andrew Schulman, a fifty-seven-year-old professional guitarist, had a close brush with death on the night of July 16, 2009. Against the odds, with the help of music, he survived: A medical miracle.

Once fully recovered, Andrew resolved to dedicate his life to bringing music to critically ill patients at Mount Sinai Beth Israel's ICU. Waking the Spirit tells the astonishing stories of the people he met along the way and the incredible role music can play in a modern hospital setting.

The evening will begin with a showing of the documentary Andrew and Wendy, followed by a talk and Q&A session with Andrew Schulman and Dr. Marvin McMillen. There will also be a short musical performance. The Bennington Bookshop will have copies of Waking the Spirit for sale.

Buy Waking the Spirit

  • Book Packages: We are pleased to offer a range of book packages featuring current bestsellers. Options include fiction or nonfiction, hardcover or paperback, twelve or six month subscriptions. We also offer young adult book packages, as well as packages for children's fiction and children's picture books. Prices include shipping and handling. Book Packages
  • New releases: Every Tuesday, we get shipments of new releases to put on the shelves. Come on down and check them out!
  • Orders: We usually submit orders to our wholesaler on Monday and Thursday mornings. If you place an order before 11am on these days, we can have the book in The Bookshop by the next afternoon in most cases, or in three days if it is held at our Tennessee warehouse.
  • Book Clubs: We offer a 20% discount to book clubs and are happy to ship for a small cost. Check out what the other clubs in the area are reading here.
  • Dorothy's List: Vermont Public Radio compiles a list of books and reviews suitable for children. You can find the list here. We are happy to order books from the list for you if we don't have them in stock. There is no extra charge for special orders.
  • Best Sellers: We update the bestseller list each week. You can find the latest list here: Best Sellers
  • Looking for a book to read? Check out the Reviews and Recommendations page on our website.
  • Ordering online: To order books online, simply visit our website (, enter the name of the book you wish to order in the "Look for Books" window (in the right-hand column on each page), then enter your address details and credit card information as prompted. There is a small charge for postage or, if you're a local, you can opt to pick up the book in the store. Please note: Books appearing in the on-line search are not necessarily in stock at The Bookshop. We may have to order them in, but can ship most books in 1~5 days. Please call us if you want to confirm immediate availability: 802 442 5059
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