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!
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.
These 10 books were the best sellers of March! 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. Unchaining Your Spirit Wellness Journal by
3. Essence of Courage by Lynn Watson
4. She's Not Good for A Girl, She's Just Good by Suzanne Hemming of Thea Chops Books
5. Buried Deep in Our Hearts by Tracie Barton-Barrett
6. Martyrs of Art: The Poison of Idealism by
Brandon R. Burdette
7. Dragon's Heart by
8. Boiling Point by
9. Boo and Oscar in the Fantastic Fudge Fiasco by Wendy L. Koenig
10. Trixie: Tater Crazy by
And may we write them!
As we near the end of March, Women's History Month, it is important to recognize the strong female characters our authors write about. When asked about such characters, ones they've written themselves and ones they've loved as readers, here were some of our author's responses!
"I posted about one of my characters on my page today (below). Annie and many of my female characters are among my favorites I've written. As a reader? Anne Shirley, Claire Frasier, and Jane Eyre are the first characters that come to mind...
Annie Manning certainly wasn't the world's definition of beauty. She was fifty years old, short, soft around the middle, and scarred. She dyed her red hair, not to cover the well-earned grays but to retain the fire she felt inside and reflect that on the outside.
She had laugh lines around her eyes and other parts hung a little lower than they had decades before. But, she'd borne two children, after losing one to miscarriage. And, she'd been beaten down more than once, in more ways than met the eye. He knew that from the way she would cringe without thinking or would say she was sorry when she'd done nothing wrong.
Her steps were sometimes less than sure, due to her own medical issues, and that presented other challenges as well. Yet, she still danced in the rain and fell to her knees in the dirt to marvel at new seedlings. She was beautiful in the way only women of a certain age can be, especially when they had walked through fire. And still she laughed. Her laugh spoke of hope and faith and a belief in joy, despite all her previous sorrow. - Love in the Middle, Barbara Lieberman"
"All the women I write are strong in their own right regardless of their pasts or whatever issues they may have.
One of my favorite ladies is Aislinn O'Rourke. She is a self-made businesswoman who built her empire from the ragtag mess her father left and she is an alpha lady all the way. But she's fragile and has a past just as anyone has."- SH Pratt
"I am writing an historical fictional trilogy, (The Mari Mort Theater Trilogy) featuring one of my great-aunts. She travels from the Atlantic to the Pacific, overcoming harsh conditions and experiences, following her dream to become an actress on the stage. Mae's Revenge is the first installment." - LC Bennett Stern
"One of my editorial reviewers said this about my book: Sage presents a great wealth of strong, well-portrayed woman characters in this book. More than once a female character says that women are the stronger sex."- L.V. Sage
"My own strong females are scattered throughout all my works. Their strength isn't just about being 'tough' or masculine as the stereotypical 'kick-butt female.' Strength can be quiet and soft. It can be a will that doesn't bend or tarnish under the demands around it (Sophie from Darkness and Light), or a woman who has to walk away from her family when she finds out the enemy she has been raised to hate is not a monster (Wren from Earth and Sky), it could be when a woman finds the strength inside her to overcome pain, loss, and years of self-loathing (Rebecca from Redemption), or it could be accepting loss, growing through death, and accepting responsibility that you never wanted (Tess from The Wendigo Girl Series). I think THAT is what is important: that we teach our daughters that strength doesn't always look like fists and feet (though it can)--that real strength can be something no one else ever sees, but lives inside you regardless."- Kaye Drapper
“Ophelia Cortes represents a type of freedom within the same restrictions the main characters, and even Amy Bishop, feel so fiercely. For her to achieve this type of freedom, or "more" as Carver would put it, within these same struggles, to defy the challenges each of the characters face, including herself, was sort of a breath of fresh air, if that makes sense. I think she was that for Carver, too.”
“Math and Sampson’s mother doesn’t make an appearance in the book. However, both boys reference her. To me, she is vital to these two characters, as well as the book itself, because she is the only positive experience any of the characters have with an adult. It makes her absence in the story that much sadder. The hole she leaves in Math and Sampson and how strongly they feel it, prove what a huge influence she was to them.”
“Amy Bishop’s mother is only mentioned once, and could be easily missed. To understand the importance of her mother, one must first understand Amy Bishop. To me, she is the epitome of the pressure and expectations put on today’s young women.
During the week, she stays with her father. As Math points out, at school she dresses like a nun, compared to during the weekend where her mother is “a bit more relaxed.” Her mother offers her a chance to explore with her outward appearance and her identity in a way she can’t with her father. Her mother allows her the freedom and ability to also be heard, as Amy, too, has expressed the feeling of being voiceless and how “sometimes, it can feel like no one is listening. And sometimes all you need is someone to listen." - Taken from Ellie Lieberman's blog, Dusty Shelves!
Who are some of your favorite strong female characters?
These 10 books were the bestsellers of February! 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!
2. Magical Glasses by Melina Chavarria
4. Not A Nugget by Stephanie Dreyer
5. On That Autumn Day by Kimberly Grell
6. Following Sweet Dreams Home by Rebecca Thein
7. Art Block: City of Angels by DSTL Arts (Hear more by and about DSTL Arts at Open Mic Poetry Circle, every 1st Friday)
9. When Pigs Fly by Valerie Coulman
10. The Unchained Spirit by Barbara Lieberman (Learn more about The Unchained Spirit and living well with Chronic Illness at our collaborative event with The Garden of Grace, Intention, and Wellness: Unchaining Your Spirit!)
Fall into autumn with these seasonal and holiday reads! Stop in the store for your copy, check out some of our holiday book bundles if you spy a copy that interests you, follow the authors on social medai, and don't forget to leave a review!
Seasonal Autumn Books:
For more spooky reads, check out our tour of our horror section!
Banned Book Week is kind of a holiday for the owners of Pipe & Thimble Bookstore and Publishing Co. The Pipe of Pipe & Thimble, Barbara's father, Richard, was of the philosophy, "Read everything." This was a philosophy Barbara extended to her own children, and can be a reason why both Ben and Ellie's own work can be seen as just as controversial as their mother's at times. It is also a contributing reason to why Ellie can often be heard saying, "Banned books is my favorite genre."
Banned Book Week is coming to a close and we've asked our authors if they thought their books would be banned. We received a variety of responses from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Some, like Conor Walsh, author of Little Glass Men, felt that his current book would not be, but he's pretty sure the book he's working on now would. Others, like Chip Davis, "write as though my sainted grandmother will read it and act accordingly." (Squirrel Bait, compared to Trail of the Raven, Haiti, might be a different story, as a reader pointed out!) There were some, like Richard Paolinelli, who said while the content might not be what gets his books banned, his political views as the author could be a cause for some to ban his work.
Here are the books authors said would be banned and why:
According to Laurencia Hoffman, author of A Wish for Rembrance, No Love Lost, and Life and Death, though she write a variety of fiction, it's possible all her books could be banned. The reason: "I talk about difficult issues, there's always violence and swearing, sometimes sex."
Joanie Chevelier said, "Mine, Heads Will Roll, is radical and modern thinking! Head transplants!? Wowza!"
Ellie Lieberman did not hesitate to claim her books at banned. Her book, Society's Foundlings, has been called "a modern day Outsiders." She explained that because of this, her YA book would probably be banned for similar reasons, including, profanity, smoking, violence, all the characters essentially coming from broken homes, and probably some other controversial topics that adults might feel are unsuitable or inappropriate for young adults, such as abuse or financial issues, gun violence, poverty or suicide. She went on to add, "Oh, and religious views. That whole conversation about what happens when we die would probably be considered a big no-no by some people, especially with that one joke at the end."
Barbara Lieberman would assume the two first books in her McEwen Family Series would be could be banned for several reasons. These would include violence, attempted rape, racial themes, implied sex, alternative lifestyles, and unpopular religious views.
According to Jena Baxter, "Veiled Memories could be banned. The other two [Reflections and The Carriage], for the most part, are mild with sexual innuendo and some violence. Veiled Memories has what looks like a terrorist attack, sex and violence. It, also, has an 'almost' rape scene which I've been told is considered unacceptable with traditional publishers.
Last but not least, Evangeline Duran Fuentes, shares, "I believe some of my books would be banned. I write about difficult issues that children have to face, ie. Death, discrimination, bullying, etc. Also, I introduce children and young adults to paranormal legends. These are challenges that kids face everyday, get I'm sure that some adults, somewhere would object to the subject matter."
Celebrate your freedom to read with controversial and banned books! Support indie authors as you do so, with books that could be banned. Often time, as Jena Baxter pointed out, indie books have the freedom to tackle difficult issues that traditional publishers might shy away from. And, remember, "Read everything!"
With the end of Summer comes the start of school. For many young adults, this means college. Whether it's your Freshman year of University or your final year in community college, these reads are sure to help in this new venture of your lives.
School, for many, is only one challenge to overcome. Other challenges include finances, jobs, and overall stress. To gain a better understanding of how to handle these challenges, check out:
One of the challenges in college is also eating well. To fight that "Freshman 15," taste these books for tasty, but healthy food.
Both inspiring and helpful to those living with chronic illness, or those wishing to live well in general. It includes healthy recipes to eat, as well as to make healthier bath & body alternatives, such as deodorant.
Keep yourself inspired as you pursue your dreams with these inspiring and transformational reads!
With the six techniques outlined in this book, you can experience true love and create the life you want. That’s a promise. Don’t be the person who misses out on opportunities in life because you postpone decision-making. Be the kind of person other people admire and fall in love with. Say "I Choose Love" loud and clear, and start reading.
Kick off Summer with these great reads!
Will Casey's summer of love end in rainbows and fireworks? Or will stormy seas prevail?
But when a rogue storm washes a mysterious, glowing object into the surf, she begins to discover she isn't as ordinary as she thought.
Callie is drawn into the fantastical world of Dr. Ormonde and the giant World Diver, filled with stories of Navigators, Seers, living robots, gateways to other worlds, and ominous, deadly Shadowmancers. Callie is skeptical of Dr. Ormonde's strange theories, until a dark presence comes hunting her, threatening to hurt those she holds dear.
She must decide if she is truly the ordinary teenager she thought she was, or if she and the World Diver share a destiny greater than she can imagine.
After bouncing from one VA hospital to the next for over two years, Aron finally gets to return to his Illinois home. Left with a permanent limp by his experiences, he is also, literally, haunted by them.
Anthony was enjoying his last summer before his Senior Year in College and taking over the responsibilities of running the family winery. He wasn't looking for love when he walks into a coffee bar after spending the morning surfing with his brothers. Then she looked at him and he knew that Fate had brought him there. Now he is trying to show her that Love At First Sight does happen. But can he keep his promise that he won't get hurt and leave her? That she won't lose him too? Will this be an Everlasting Love?
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