These 10 books were the best sellers of June! Check them out on our shelves if you're local, and don't forget to check the authors out online as well! If you've read any of the books on this list, don't forget to leave a review! Not sure how to leave a review? Check out our youtube video here!
1. C is for Consent by Eleanor Morrison
2. Can A Princess Be A Firefighter by Carole P. Roman
3. Sink or Swim by Valerie Coulman
4. Tree Watcher by Jump Splash Books
5. Essence of Courage by Lynn Watson
6. Unchaining Your Spirit by Barbara Lieberman (Check out her Art as Healing: Art Meditation event this Saturday, July 14th)
7. Just Ask the Universe by Michael Okon
8. Calm is the New Happy by Debbie D'Aquino
9. The Descendant by Ellie Hart
10. Beauty and the Feast by Kaye Draper
Some of the books we carry here at Pipe & Thimble Indie Bookstore cover the decade of the 60's, including Red, White, and Blues by L.V. Sage, Peace, Love, and You Know What by Joan Livingston, and Stone House Legacy by Wanda Pyle. Here is a timeline of some of the events of the 60's and how they relate back to these amazing historical fiction reads!
Red, White, and Blues spans 1964-1977
Peace, Love, and You Know What starts in the 1972 and ends in 1974 with Watergate. What they and their friends are up to in the late 60's was drawn through flashbacks, etc. by the author.
Stone House Legacy draws parallels between the 1960's and the 1860's to illustrate man's inclination to repeat the mistakes of the past. For example, civil war/civil rights, assassination of Lincoln/assassination of Kennedy, proliferation of utopian societies/ hippie communes.
1960- Civil Rights Act of 1960
1961- John F. Kennedy becomes President
Bay of Pigs Invasion
Vietnam War officially begins
(Peace, Love, and You Know What- In 1969 Lenora and Tim watch the Lottery Draft together. After Tim pulls a low number, she finds a friendly doctor to get him out of going to Vietnam.
Red, White, and Blues- The Vietnam War also plays a major role in the book, covering just the years that Mike Blackhorse, Pete Clark and John Clark served. Mike and Pete: 1967-1968 and John: 1968-1969.)
1962- Cuban Missile Crises
1963- March on Washington/ Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have A Dream" Speech
John F. Kennedy assassination/ Lyndon Johnson becomes President/ Lee Harvey Oswald is shot and killed as he is led to jail by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby/ The assassination marks the first 24-hour coverage of a major news event by the major networks.
1964- 24th Amendment
Johnson proposed the Great Society
Civil Rights Act of 1964
United States Presidential Election of 1964
1965- Lyndon B. Johnson escalates the United States military involvement in the Vietnam War
Voting Rights Act
1968- Martin Luther King Jr. assassination
(Also mentioned in Peace, Love, and You Know What
Red, White, and Blues- A black couple, Cain and Louise Powell, have differing views regarding the assassination and argue about it. Cain is interested in the things that the Black Panthers had been talking about; Louise is more of a "live and let live" person. The assassination shakes them both (as well as their white friends) and after their argument, Louise heads out to visit those friends, but on the way (she is walking in San Francisco) can't help but feel anger and fear when she passes a group of white people.)
Civil Rights Act of 1968
Senator Robert F. Kennedy assassination
(Also mentioned in Peace, Love, and You Know What)
Police Clashes with anti-war protesters in Chicago outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention
Richard Nixon wins presidential election
(Peace, Love, and You Know What- Lenora stays up all night to watch the election results.)
1969- Richard Nixon is elected
Summer of Love
(Red, White, and Blues- is only mentioned briefly in a conversation between Mike Blackhorse and Pete Clark)
(Peace, Love, and You Know What- Mack almost makes it Woodstock until his father’s car breaks down. Over the years, in his stories, he gets closer and closer to the three-day festival until he’s back stage.
Red, White, and Blues- Woodstock is attended by several characters including Pete Clark, Sandy Porter, Sarah Somerton and Keith Burke. Sarah has come along on the road trip because her boyfriend, Mike, has been unbearable since returning from Vietnam.)
Special thanks to author Joan Livingston for the inclusion of her personal photos!
These 10 books were the best sellers of April! Check them out on our shelves if you're local, and don't forget to check the authors out online as well! If you've read any of the books on this list, don't forget to leave a review! Not sure how to leave a review? Check out our youtube video here!
1) Trail of the Raven, Haiti by Chip Davis
2) 36 Hours to Save the President by Alan Trock
3) Adventures of Duke and Daisy: Daisy Comes Home by Robin Nieto and Logan Nieto
4) Cry on Hallow's Eve by Evangeline Duran Fuentes
5) His Second Chance Love by Sharon Johnson
6) Cub's Wish by Angie Flores
7) Ascenders: High School for the Recently Departed by CL Gaber
8) To Miss the Stars by Barbara Lieberman
9) She's Not Good For A Girl, She's Just Good by Suzanne Hemming
10) A Dragon's Treasure by
Guest blog by author of Society's Foundlings, Solving for X, and A Dragon's Treasure, Ellie Lieberman!
Most people who know me know I'm part of an indie-only bookstote in LA called Pipe & Thimble Bookstore (www.pipeandthimble.com). As the co-propriator, the PA, and the salesperson who sits behind the counter, I know one of the biggest struggles, especially in getting out there and drawing in the community, is that most, if not all, the names are unknown. While it is a selling point for most (No one else will bring that book as a gift to the babyshower), others don't always grasp how special and essential these relatively unknown voices can be. As an indie author myself, I've also experienced this in regards to my own books at events or trying to promote books online.
Here's the thing. If you were to walk into some big name retailer, like say Barnes & Nobles, and you were to browse their shelves, how many names would you recognize? Sure, you might know some of the classics. Bronte, Austin, Dickens, Twain... You might recognize most recent big names. Green, Roberts, Sparks, King... But how many times do you glance at a Best Seller List and know every single author on there? One of the biggest challenges of this industry for many is how inundated it is, how many books are out there, and not only through self publishing and the rise of the small presses, but traditionally published books, too.
Marketing wise, it can feel like you're shouting into the void. Indies don't have the corner stone on being unknown. The difference is, we have to work a bit harder to be seen. Reader wise, though, what's the difference?
Okay, yes, theoretically the endorsement of a big press or a well known name gives the reader certain assurances. Indies are on their own for things like formatting, cover design, editing, and content. However, recent years have proven the stigma and stereotype in regards to quality or lack thereof false. There's a reason Pipe & Thimble Bookstore not only sees repeat customers, but customers coming back for more copies of the same book to give out to friends or even more titles by the same author. And, while there can be drawback from someone who does not rely on big name companies, there's also many, many benefits. The only censorship for an indie is self-censorship. They can cover topics and issues that seek to make a difference in readers lives, regardless of if it's "in" or "sellable." The passion and quality can remain the same through out a series without the restrictions of pre-set deadlines. The list can go on.
There's another part of this as well. I've been to a Barnes & Noble where the salesperson didn't know Jane Austen wrote Pride & Prejudice, didn't realize she has been dead for a while, or that the book is not part of a series. People know Ray Bradbury wrote Farenheit 451 or that Kurt Vonnegut wrote Slaughterhouse-Five, but can they name other titles they wrote? Can they list off all their titles? Did you know George Orwell didn't just write 1984 or Animal Farm, but also wrote Keep the Apridistra Flying? Or that the author who wrote The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the same author who wrote Treasure Island and he wrote another book called Kidnapped. If an author themselves is not unknown, chances are there's a book of theirs that is, if not to you, than to someone.
And, let's be honest, no author was a success overnight. No author started off with even 10 reviews. At some point, they all were just some unknown name writing some unknown book and shouting into the void of an inundated industry. J.K. Rowling got where she was because someone took a chance on her. Any of the greats, any of the well-known who have been adopted as a pop-culture reference got somewhere because someone happened to hear them out.
It's no different walking into Pipe & Thimble Bookstore or when you walk by an author's signing table. You could be that first spark to ignite recognition, or at least for that author to know someone took the time to hear them, that they aren't shouting into the void. With you, they can be more than just an unknown, they can someone to somebody. Chances are something they say will resonate. Take a chance on them, and take a chance on me.
And, authors, yes it feels like shouting into the void. Yes, we are inundated with books. But, don't stop. There's an endless amount of stories to be told and there's an endless amount of people to tell them, including you. And, just as endless as those stories may be and despite whatever the media is feeding you, there are endless readers to enjoy those stories. You will hear people say reading is a dying art. The truth is, it never went away. We will not, and will never, run out of readers. And, books, much like basset hounds, chocolate, fried rice, and potato chips, are an addiction. Readers don't just have one book. So, never stop shouting into the void. You never know who might hear.
As though who visit our bookstore, or follow us on social media know, we are not only big fans of gardening and plants, but we have a beautiful garden that greets you the moment you pull up. It is no surprise, then, that some events in the store revolve around the garden.
This year, there was Earth Day in A Bookstore in April where we highlighted books that featured flowers in some way. We, even, had a fun matching game where readers went around the store to match up flowers with their correlating book covers.
Of course, as our 1960's Decade Party, Sit In... and Read (June 2nd) draws near, we had to continue to celebrate flower power!
For those who can't walk around the store to enjoy the little pieces of the garden we brought inside, here is a bouquet of books to check out! What will be your next read, based on your favorite flower?
“As long as we have MILKWEED, we will have monarch butterflies.”
~ Tales From Mema’s Garden:
Elaine MacInnes & Robin Nieto
“The carnation holds its love in the beauty of its bloom”
~ Conscious Connection,
In a field of purple”
~ Drumbeats of the Mind,
A white tulip lay forgotten on the ground. Martha leaned down to reach it, using her cane to keep balance.
“Until we meet again.” she whispered, placing the tulip on the new earth.
~ Stationmaster’s Cottage,
Phillipa Nefari Clark
“The Orange Blossom fairy in my Nana’s tree is a special fairy who’s
a friend to me.”
~The Orange Blossom Fairy at Nana’s House, Cindi Walton
“It would definitely be the smallest, darkest berry in the garden. Her mouth was already watering because she knew it would be the sweetest, most tantalizing little morsel in the patch.”
~ A Tumbleweed Christmas,
Evangeline Duran Fuentes
“The gardenias, plumeria, roses and irises were planted for their enticing aromas and their beauty.
Today, they were in full bloom and offering up their luscious fragrance to all who crossed their paths.”
~ Cry on Hallow’s Eve,
Evangeline Duran Fuentes
“The only thing that grows is dandelions in the cracks of the sidewalk…” ~ Society’s Foundlings,
“…the one piece that caught Rissa’s attention and held it was a hand-drawn picture of a little girl holding a bouquet of dahlias. The drawing looked like it had been done in pencil and the only color of any sort in the entire thing were the petals of the flowers and their reflection in the little girl’s eyes. Spencer had colored it with the same vibrant pink and yellow that bloomed in the garden…”
~ The Artist’s Touch, S.H. Pratt
“The stone patio had been transformed with yards of the palest rose colored tulle suffused with thousands of twinkling white lights shining from the long elegant drapes. Hundreds of roses and lilies in bouquets and planters and woven in the tulle lined the patio, their soft fragrance mingling with the warm August breeze that came off the water.” ~ Always My Love, S.H. Pratt
“I’ve never been to the Stargazer… she’s as lovely as the Tiger Lily. I also never realized that you’ve named all of your properties for some species of Lily.”
“Not many people pick up on that. Lilies were Nanny Dee’s favorite flower.” Jacoby admitted.
“What a wonderful sentiment,” Geoff murmured. “So what are you going to call this new one?”
“I’m still researching lilies to find the right name,” Jacoby answered.
“I’m sure it’ll fit the beauty of this building and if you can’t find a lily, you can always try Aislinn’s favorite flower… the orchid.” ~ Desires of the Heart, S.H. Pratt
“She paused as she walked toward the Jeep, a single flower in the beds that lined the outside of the house swaying in the breeze catching her eye. Dexie looked closer to see the flower was just beginning to bloom and it was her father’s favorite… a peace rose.” ~ Reclaiming Peace, S.H. Pratt
“The faintest hint of peonies drifted into his senses, bringing to mind the numerous peony bushes that had lined the front garden of his father’s home. Fighting to focus, Kyle began to push the swing gently.”~ Seeking Peace, S.H. Pratt
“Though I did not wish to receive anything in return, as per your example, she insisted upon giving me a small clump of very world-weary violets. I tucked said flowers, though one could hardly describe them as such, into the ribbon that wrapped
my sister's gifts.”
~ To Miss The Stars, Barbara Lieberman
Arrowleaf Ranch in the McEwen Family Series- Message on the Wind and To Reap A Whirlwind- by Barbara Lieberman is named for the flower that occupies the land, Arrowleaf Balsamroot.
Magnolia is the state flower of Mississippi, where Magnolia Secrets by Beth Hale takes place. The state tree is also magnolia and the state itself is nicknamed The Magnolia State.
In 1 Year, Pipe & Thimble Bookstore...
... sold over 500 books!
... sold about 300 titles!
... sold over 300 handmade items!
... held over 100 events!
... has over 1,700 over 1,700 likes on Facebook!
... has over 380 followers on Twitter & tweeted over 4,200 times!
... has over 230 followers on Instagram
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Most books sold in a single month:
The Adventures of Duke and Daisy: Daisy Comes Home by Robin Nieto and Logan Nieto!
Most picked up book in the store:
Poop by AJ Cosmo
Most raved about book by readers and
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Some of the magic you can find on the shelf and behind the counter!