Independent Bookstore Day, 2015

Independent Bookstore DayStop in on Saturday, May 2nd, 2015, for the first national Independent Bookstore Day! Treats, double-stamp shopping days, and we'll be raffling off prizes and handing out special tote bags with ARCs (advance reading copies) with purchases over $30 (while supplies last)!

Michael's picks

 Michael, the owner of Gibson's Bookstore

Michael Herrmann moved from New York City in 1994 to buy Gibson’s, and he is the fifth owner of the store in its 113 year history. Some of his favorite authors are Shakespeare, Joyce, Nabokov, Louise Erdrich, Dashiell Hammett, and Lee Child, in descending order of snootiness.  He thinks the best living writer is Cormac McCarthy, and will drop what he’s doing to argue the point. Michael has served on the boards of Main Street Concord, the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, and (currently) the New England Independent Booksellers Association.

ISBN-13: 9780062316097
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper, 2/2015
Michael's February 2015 pick

Descent (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781616203047
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1/2015

Michael's January 2015 pick

Descent, by Tim Johnston

“An intelligent, well-written thriller that totally exceed your expectations—a stay-up-too-late-to-finish kind of book.”


ISBN-13: 9780306822261
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Da Capo Press, 9/2014

Michael's September 2014 pick

Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians, by Justin Martin

Chop Chop (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781594205798
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Penguin Press, 4/2014

Michael's April 2014 pick

Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe

ISBN-13: 9780062088253
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: William Morrow & Company, 1/2014

Michael's February 2014 pick

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash.

"This new novel reads like Harper Lee rewritten by Elmore Leonard, with a hint of No Country for Old Men thrown in for good measure. Wiley Cash has a unique southern voice and also a local connection: he teaches at SHNU."

ISBN-13: 9780316055437
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Little, Brown and Company, 10/2013

Michael's November 2013 pick

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt

"It’s one of the best novels I’ve read in a long time."

The Dog Stars (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780307959942
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf, 8/2012

Michael's August 2012 pick

A riveting, powerful novel about a pilot living in a world filled with loss--and what he is willing to risk to rediscover, against all odds, connection, love, and grace.

Hig survived the flu that killed everyone he knows. His wife is gone, his friends are dead, he lives in the hangar of a small abandoned airport with his dog, his only neighbor a gun-toting misanthrope. In his 1956 Cessna, Hig flies the perimeter of the airfield or sneaks off to the mountains to fish and to pretend that things are the way they used to be. But when a random transmission somehow beams through his radio, the voice ignites a hope deep inside him that a better life--something like his old life--exists beyond the airport. Risking everything, he flies past his point of no return--not enough fuel to get him home--following the trail of the static-broken voice on the radio. But what he encounters and what he must face--in the people he meets, and in himself--is both better and worse than anything he could have hoped for.

Narrated by a man who is part warrior and part dreamer, a hunter with a great shot and a heart that refuses to harden, "The Dog Stars "is both savagely funny and achingly sad, a breathtaking story about what it means to be human.

ISBN-13: 9780307393753
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Crown, 5/2012
Michael's May 2012 pick

ISBN-13: 9780812992793
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Random House, 1/2012
Michael's January 2012 pick

Lolita (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780679723165
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 3/1989

You know a novel is great when you discover something new and amazing every time you read it. Still has the power to shock after 55 years — one of the immortal literary achievements of the 20th century.

ISBN-13: 9780679728757
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Vintage, 5/1992

Cormac McCarthy, like Melville before him, investigates evil, human frailty, and fate, here in a story of death and destruction in the old west. Based (believe it or not) on a true story.

ISBN-13: 9780393064964
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 11/2014
This title will be 20% off ($36) for Harvard Club of NH members during the months of March and April!

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