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 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: 9780345534187
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Ballantine Books - July 28th, 2015

Michael's August 2015 pick, 1 of 2

Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain
This excellent novel has just hit our shelves. It's by the author of The Paris Wife, and it's based on the scandalous, heroic, always interesting life of Beryl Markham. Circling the Sun is coming out a little late to be included on many of the Summer Reading lists out there, but it might be the best choice of all. Come have a look!

ISBN: 9781476769929
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 14th, 2015

Michael's August 2015 pick, 2 of 2

The Speechwriter, by Barton Swaim

Not simply a witty memoir about working through a political trainwreck,(the implosion of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford—the man who gave “hiking on the Appalachian Trail” a bad name), this book should also resonate with anyone who has worked in a dysfunctional office, for a demanding, mercurial boss, or in the middle of a crisis.

“Mr. Swaim is so talented a writer, and has such an eye for a telling detail, that you suspect you could put him in any workplace — chicken-processing plant, airport sunglass emporium, stoner skate park — and he would make it come alive in the best possible way. He happens to have great material in Governor Sanford, as demanding, disorganized, dissatisfied, conceited, odd, bullying and cheap a boss as a reader could hope for.”—Sarah Lyall, The New York Times

ISBN: 9780062316097
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Published: Harper - February 10th, 2015

Michael's February 2015 pick

ISBN: 9781616203047
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Published: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill - January 6th, 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: 9780306822261
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Published: Da Capo Press - September 2nd, 2014

Michael's September 2014 pick

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

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ISBN: 9781594205798
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Penguin Press - April 17th, 2014

Michael's April 2014 pick

Chop Chop, by Simon Wroe

ISBN: 9780062088253
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Published: William Morrow & Company - January 28th, 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: 9780316055437
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 22nd, 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."

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ISBN: 9780307959942
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Knopf Publishing Group - August 7th, 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.

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ISBN: 9780307393753
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - May 15th, 2012

Michael's May 2012 pick

ISBN: 9780812992793
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Published: Random House - January 10th, 2012

Michael's January 2012 pick

ISBN: 9780679723165
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Published: Vintage Books USA - March 13th, 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: 9780679728757
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Published: Vintage Books USA - May 5th, 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.

Thursday, October 8, 7 PM--DICK FLAVIN of the Red Sox!
Gibson's Bookstore is pleased to present Emmy-award winning broadcaster, PA announcer at Fenway Park, and the Poet Laureate of the Boston Red Sox, Dick Flavin, who has put pen to paper to create this magnificent volume of verse, Red Sox Rhymes: Verses and Curses! The book is a collection of humorous and nostalgic poems celebrating the Boston Red Sox, as they end their season and start planning for next year.
His pithy and comedic verses including such gems as "The Beards of Summer," "Long Live Fenway Park," and his best known, "Teddy at the Bat."
The book is illustrated with over 50 photos celebrating the Red Sox. It's perfect for Christmas! Come get a signed copy.
Friday, October 9, 7 PM--Concord's own KEVIN FLYNN!
American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age, by Kevin Flynn, recounts the story of the lottery industry in the U.S., from its unlikely beginnings to its emergence as a major industry. (We just wish we could win one!) Yes, that small state in the title is our own New Hampshire.
Kevin is an Emmy Award–winning former television journalist and the author or co-author of four books of true-crime reporting: Wicked Intentions, Our Little Secret, Legally Dead, and Notes on a Killing.
He's also a great storyteller. Come early to get a good seat.
Events over the next two weeks--mark your calendars!
Friday, October 16, 5:30 PM-- local YA sensation Erin Bowman, with her new book, Vengeance Road.
Thursday, October 22, 5:30 PM--Liz Kessler, author of the beloved Emily Windsnap series, with her newest book, Emily Windsnap and the Ship of Lost Souls.
Friday, October 23, 7 PM--Max Wirestone, author of new novel The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss. Until he got a three-book deal from publisher Hachette, Max was the library director at the New Durham Public Library. 
On our front tables tomorrow!  New books! Click the jackets for details.
What non-book product would you like for us to carry that we don't currently carry? 
Email us here. You can also tell us what we have in the store now that we should get rid of. Don't worry, our feelings won't be hurt. We're just glad we never carried that singing bass!
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New books, new trailers

Friday, October 9th, 2015, 7 p.m. Kevin Flynn, recounts the story of the lottery industry in the U.S., from its unlikely beginnings to its emergence as a major industry. It's the dramatic story of the first-in-the-nation New Hampshire Sweepstakes, American Sweepstakes: How One Small State Bucked the Church, the Feds and the Mob to Usher in the Lottery Age.

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