JANUARY’S FEATURED BOOKSTORE: Main Street Books Orleans

Cape Eye On Books and Main Street Books' January selections

Cape Eye On Books and Main Street Books’ January selections

Twelve years ago Compass Rose, a long-operating store in Orleans, closed its door. From across the street Don Krohn and Janis Brennan, co-owners of Orleans Whole Food Store, watched with regret as the lights went off.

Reflecting on that time, Don recalls thinking how important it is for a community to have a local bookstore. Looking at the empty retail space attached to their store, he and Janis made the decision to fill that void, a courageous, and some might even say foolhardy move since this was a time when independent bookstores, besieged by the chains and on-line outlets, were closing across the country. They envisioned this new shop as a natural extension of the Whole Food Store, a caring for not only the body but the mind and spirit as well. Their choice was rewarded by the support of the townspeople.

“We see it as a gathering spot,” explains Donna Rowe-Korn, the store’s manager.

On a recent day, this thought was echoed by a customer who entered to browse. “It’s the kind of place you want to spend time in,” he said. “Like a coffee shop/book store but without the coffee.”

The core of their inventory is Literary Fiction but they carry a wide choice of non-fiction, children’s books, the classics such as Austen and Thoreau, and, of course, a large selection of books by Cape authors.

Main Street Books is located at 46 Main Street, Orleans, MA. www.MainStreet BooksOnline.com.

Here are Main Street Books’ January selections:

“SPARK JOY: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Organizing and Tidying Up,” a new book by Marie Kondo, published this week, should offer more to the millions who love her first decluttering book, the best-selling “life changing magic of tidying up.”

“LIVING BEAUTIFULLY WITH UNCERTAINTY AND CHANGE” by Pema Chodron (available in paper and in a small, lovely gift edition). Timeless Buddhist wisdom freshly, gently, clearly interpreted by Pema Chodron

“FELICITY”: New poems about love from Mary Oliver, because poetry can open new windows in oneself. From “Moments”: There is nothing more pathetic than caution/when headlong might save a life/even, possibly, your own.

“NEAPOLITAN NOVELS” by Elena Ferrante, because winter can be long and dark, we can nurture ourselves with a nice long saga that takes place in an exotic locale. These four novels tell a story of women and friendship in a changing world, set in Naples.
“My Brilliand Friend,” ‘The Story Of A New Name,’ “Those Who Leave And Those Who Stay,” and ‘Story Of The Lost Child.’

“ALIVE, ALIVE OH!” by Diana Athill is “a luminous, wise, and joyful account of what really matters. Athill reminds us of the joy and richness of every stage of life – and what it means to live life fully without regrets.”

“COLORING BOOKS” – a huge array is available. Perfect for whiling away a winter afternoon or evening. They are meditative, inspire creativity, can be enjoyed in solitude or with friends.

Keep Reading: This Month’s Featured Author: Joan Anderson… click here or the discover more button below to read on!

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