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Don't forget about our Pre-Holiday Sale extended through to November 20th. Shop in store or online for the discount. Get the perfect gift for your loved ones at 20% off with a minimum purchase of 5 or more items (excluding magazines, single greeting cards, and gift certificates).
Have a fiction, mystery, or poetry lover in your family? See our selection of our Holiday Picks in those categories below. 
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On Thursday, December 3rd we are thrilled to welcome back Jacqueline Winspear to discuss her new memoir, This Time Next Year We'll Be Laughing. After sixteen novels, Ms. Winspear has created a loyal following among the staff and community of Bookshop West Portal for her Maisie Dobbs series. Now, she has taken the bold step of turning to memoir, revealing the hardships and joys of her family history. Fans and non-fans alike will be captured by Ms. Winspear's eye-opening and heartfelt portrayal of a post-War England. She chronicles a childhood in the English countryside, of working class indomitability and family secrets, of artistic inspiration and the price of memory. Her charm and engaging writing have made this one of Bookshop West Portal's favorite books of the year. Please join us for an incredible event on Thursday, December 3rd at 6:00 PM. 
Find more information and register for the event HERE.

by Rumaan Alam
Finalist for the 2020 National Book Award (Fiction)
A magnetic novel about two families, strangers to each other, who are forced together on a long weekend gone terribly wrong. From the bestselling author of Rich and Pretty comes a suspenseful and provocative novel keenly attuned to the complexities of parenthood, race, and class. Leave the World Behind explores how our closest bonds are reshaped—and unexpected new ones are forged—in moments of crisis. Alam masterfully builds suspense and atmosphere in this timely novel that will leave you reading late into the night.
by Emma Donoghue
In The Pull of the Stars, "Donoghue's best novel since Room" (Kirkus Reviews), Emma Donoghue once again finds the light in the darkness in this new classic of hope and survival against all odds. In an Ireland doubly ravaged by war and disease, Nurse Julia Power works at an understaffed hospital in the city center, where expectant mothers who have come down with the terrible new Flu are quarantined together. In the darkness and intensity of this tiny ward, over three days, three women change each other's lives in unexpected ways. They lose patients to this baffling pandemic, but they also shepherd new life into a fearful world. With tireless tenderness and humanity, carers and mothers alike somehow do their impossible work.
by Ernest Cline
Days after winning James Halliday’s contest, Wade Watts finds a technological advancement hidden within Halliday’s vaults that will once again change the world and make the OASIS a thousand times more wondrous—and addictive—than even Wade dreamed possible. But an unexpected, impossibly powerful, and dangerous new rival awaits. Wade’s life and the future of the OASIS are again at stake, but this time the fate of humanity also hangs in the balance. Lovingly nostalgic and wildly original as only Ernest Cline could conceive it, Ready Player Two takes us on another imaginative, fun, action-packed adventure through his beloved virtual universe, and jolts us thrillingly into the future once again.
by Charlotte McConaghy
Charlotte McConaghy's Migrations is "visceral and haunting" (New York Times Book Review), an ode to a disappearing world and a breathtaking page-turner about the possibility of hope against all odds. Leaving behind everything but her research gear, Franny Stone arrives in Greenland with a singular purpose: to follow the last Arctic terns in the world on what might be their final migration to Antarctica. But as Franny’s history begins to unspool—a passionate love affair, an absent family, a devastating crime—it becomes clear that she is chasing more than just the birds. When Franny's dark secrets catch up with her, how much is she willing to risk for one more chance at redemption?
by Jess Walter
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Ruins comes another “literary miracle” (NPR)—a propulsive, richly entertaining novel about two brothers swept up in the turbulent class warfare of the early twentieth century. Featuring an unforgettable cast of cops and tramps, suffragists and socialists, madams and murderers, The Cold Millions is a tour de force. An intimate story of brotherhood, love, sacrifice offers a kaleidoscopic portrait of a nation grappling with the chasm between rich and poor, between harsh realities and simple dreams that eerily echoes our own time.
by Ken Follett
Thirty years ago, Ken Follett published his most popular novel, The Pillars of the Earth. Now, Follett's masterful new prequel The Evening and the Morning takes us on an epic journey into a historical past rich with ambition and rivalry, death and birth, love and hate, that will end where The Pillars of the Earth begins. It is 997 CE, the end of the Dark Ages. England is facing attacks from the Welsh in the west and the Vikings in the east. Those in power bend justice according to their will, regardless of ordinary people. Without a clear rule of law, chaos reigns. In these turbulent times, three characters find their lives intertwined. And each in turn comes into dangerous conflict with a clever and ruthless bishop who will do anything to increase his wealth and power.
by Yaa Gyasi
Transcendent Kingdom is a deeply moving portrait of a family of Ghanaian immigrants ravaged by depression and addiction and grief--a novel about faith, science, religion, love. Gifty is a PhD candidate in neuroscience at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Her brother was a high school athlete who died of an overdose after an injury left him hooked on Oxy. Her suicidal mother is living in her bed. Gifty is determined to discover the scientific basis for the suffering she sees around her. But even as she turns to hard sciences to unlock the mystery of her family's loss, she finds herself hungering for her childhood faith and grappling with the evangelical church in which she was raised, whose promise of salvation remains as tantalizing as it is elusive. Exquisitely written, emotionally searing, this is an exceptionally powerful follow-up to Gyasi's phenomenal debut.
by Brit Bennett
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Mothers, a stunning new novel about twin sisters, inseparable as children, who ultimately choose to live in two very different worlds, one black and one white. As adults, one sister lives with her black daughter in the same southern town she once tried to escape. The other secretly passes for white, and her white husband knows nothing of her past. Still, even separated by so many miles and just as many lies, the fates of the twins remained intertwined. Brit Bennett offers an engrossing page-turner about family and relationships that is impressive and provocative, compassionate and wise.
by Elena Ferrante
A powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, the New York Times best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend and The Lost Daughter. Frequently touted as a future Nobel Prize-winner, Elena Ferrante has become one of the world's most read and beloved writers. With this new novel about the transition from childhood to adolescence to adulthood, Ferrante proves once again that she deserves her many accolades. In The Lying Life of Adults, readers will discover another gripping, highly addictive, and totally unforgettable Neapolitan story.
by Fredrick Backman
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove comes a charming, poignant novel about a crime that never took place, a would-be bank robber who disappears into thin air, and eight extremely anxious strangers who find they have more in common than they ever imagined. Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope-the things that save us, even in the most anxious times.
by Sue Miller 
Beloved by our staff, Monogamy brings mature, deep insight to the story of a couple at the end of their long marriage. It is a brilliant novel, engrossing and haunting, about love, family, happiness, and sorrow. Annie and have been married for 30 years. When Graham suddenly dies Annie is lost. What is the point of going on, she wonders, without him? While she is still mourning him intensely, she discovers that Graham had been unfaithful to her; she spirals into darkness, wondering if she ever truly knew the man who loved her.
by Gail Tsukiyama
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Samurai's Garden, Gail Tsukiyama, comes a new novel is a gorgeous and evocative historical novel about a Japanese-American family set against the backdrop of Hawai'i's sugar plantations. Alternating between past and present--from the day of the volcano eruption in 1935 to decades prior--The Color of Air interweaves the stories of Daniel, Koji, and Mariko to create a rich, vibrant, bittersweet chorus that celebrates their lifelong bond to one other and to their immigrant community. As the volcano Mauna Loa threatens their lives and livelihoods, it also unearths long held secrets simmering below the surface that meld past and present.
by Anthony Horowitz
 Brilliantly clever, relentlessly suspenseful, full of twists that will keep readers guessing with each revelation and clue, Moonflower Murders is a deviously dark take on vintage English crime fiction from one of its greatest masterminds, Anthony Horowitz.  Featuring his famous literary detective Atticus Pund and Susan Ryeland, heroes of the worldwide bestseller Magpie Murders as they tackle a book-within-a-book puzzle that should not be missed by any mystery lover!
by Nev March
In 1892, Bombay is the center of British India. Captain Jim Agnihotri channels his idol, Sherlock Holmes. The case that catches Captain Jim's attention is being called the crime of the century: Two women fell from the busy university’s clock tower in broad daylight. But in a land of divided loyalties, asking questions is dangerous. Based on a true story, and set against the vibrant backdrop of colonial India, Nev March's Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award-winning lyrical debut, Murder in Old Bombay, brings this tumultuous historical age to life.
by Tana French 
"One of the greatest crime novelists writing today" (Vox) weaves a masterful, atmospheric tale of suspense, asking how to tell right from wrong in a world where neither is simple, and what we stake on that decision. Cal Hooper thought a fixer-upper in a bucolic Irish Village would be the perfect escape. After twenty-five years in the Chicago police force and a bruising divorce, he just wants to build a new life in a pretty spot with a good pub. But when a local kid whose brother has gone missing arm-twists him into investigating, Cal uncovers layers of darkness beneath his picturesque retreat.
by Lee Child and Andrew Child
Jack Reacher is back! The “utterly addictive” (The New York Times) series continues as acclaimed author Lee Child teams up with his brother, Andrew Child, fellow thriller writer extraordinaire. As always, Reacher has no particular place to go, and all the time in the world to get there. He finds himself once again in the middle of an altercation coming to someone’s rescue. If there is anything you should remember about Reacher is if you don’t know the trouble you’re in, keep Reacher by your side.
by John Grisham
Bursting with all the courthouse scheming, small-town intrigue, and stunning plot twists that have become the hallmarks of the master of the legal thriller, A Time for Mercy is John Grisham’s most powerful courtroom drama yet. There is a time to kill and a time for justice. Now comes A Time for Mercy.
by Cara Black 
In June of 1940, when Paris fell to the Nazis, Hitler spent a total of three hours in the City of Light—abruptly leaving, never to return. To this day, no one knows why. The New York Times bestselling author of the Aimée Leduc investigations reimagines history in her masterful, pulse-pounding spy thriller, Three Hours in Paris. Cara Black, doyenne of the Parisian crime novel, is at her best as she brings Occupation-era France to vivid life in this gripping story about one young woman with the temerity—and drive—to take on Hitler himself.
by Louise Penny
Lousie Penny is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling series of Cheif Inspector Armand Gamache novels. She has won numerous awards for her series is a staple at Bookshop West Portal. Each book continues to feel fresh and exciting. You do not need to read the entire series to enjoy All the Devils Here as the 16th novel finds Chief Inspector Gamache of the Sûreté de Quebec investigating a sinister plot in Paris.
by Billy Collins
Billy Collins’s new collection brings together more than fifty poems and showcases his deft mixing of the playful and the serious that has made him one of our country’s most celebrated and widely read poets. Here are poems that leap with whimsy and imagination, yet stay grounded in the familiar, common things of everyday experience.

by Kevin Young (editor)
A literary landmark: the biggest, most ambitious anthology of Black poetry ever published, gathering 250 poets from the colonial period to the present. Capturing the power and beauty of this diverse tradition in a single indispensable volume, African American Poetry reveals as never before its centrality and its challenge to American poetry and culture.
by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris (illustrator)
The Lost Spells evokes the wonder of everyday nature. Robert Macfarlane's spell-poems and Jackie Morris's watercolor illustrations are musical and magical: these are summoning spells, words of recollection, charms of protection. To read The Lost Spells is to see anew the natural world within our grasp and to be reminded of what happens when we allow it to slip away.

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