Monthly Archives: July 2016

CELEBRATE OUR GREAT COUNTRY

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WISHING you and yours a great holiday week-end. It’s a time to be thankful for freedom and patriotism.

Here are a few shots from Evans Lake in the Irish Hills of Michigan where we gathered for the annual Lein reunion.

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Those absent were greatly missed. Blessed by all the family able to be together.

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Some photos courtesy of niece Laura Wingate. Delicious grilled chicken thanks to Kevin and Cindy Stanley. Smoked Baby Backs thanks to Jon Lein. Delicious side dishes and snacks and desserts contributed by all.

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Everyone pitched in to help. So enjoyed seeing everyone who was able to come. A great time was had by all!

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BETWEEN THE COVERS: A NEW FAVORITE INDIE BOOK STORE

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This bookstore in Harbor Springs, MI is a true joy. Owner Katie Capaldi and all the staff welcome patrons with smiles, kindness and a solid knowledge of books. They are warm and so upbeat, so ready to talk books, one is drawn into the store and wants to sit down and stay all day.

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More surprising than you might think, on the day I visited, the store was filled with people, mostly standing around talking books, enjoying each other and the books. Most of the folks I noticed last week were buying and so was I. The store and the books are irresistible!

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He's listening in on those conversations.

He’s listening in on those conversations.

Inviting displays abound.

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The selection is great.

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Love the children’s corner.

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Oh, I wanted to buy this one.

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At the very least I should have sent it to my sister who has been wishing for it. Somehow I got distracted and let it slip away. Sorry, Sis.

This one I could not resist.

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There are beautiful books everywhere. Many genres. Easy to find because of the excellent signage.

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I’m told people gather on this couch and the surrounding circle area for great book discussions.

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The cozy book-filled shop is located at 106 East Main in Harbor Springs. Follow the shop on Facebook and Twitter.

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My bookshelf at home is happier with the addition of new fiction Bittersweet and a paperback, The Anchoress by Robyn Cadwallader, for my upcoming trip to Martha’s Vineyard.

Summer Events include Launch Parties, Meet and Greets, Book Talks and an Open Forum. The next events scheduled for July 5th include the Amy Young Launch Party for A Unicorn Named Sparkle and also a Launch Party for My Near-Death Adventures, Book 2 by Alison DeCamp. For more information on locations and these children’s books (which sound like pure fun, even for adults) check the Facebook Page. Also on July 7 Meet and Greet for R.J. Fox. Love and Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in the Ukraine. This is in the evening at the bookstore and is free and open to the public.

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I opened this blog, enthusiastic about the book conversations and buying I observed at Between the Covers. I can’t help but share my strong impression and opinion that of the many Indie Bookstores I have visited in the past few years–in Saratoga Springs, Ashville, Nashville, Apalachicola, Neptune Beach, Amelia Island, Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Minneapolis, Iowa City, Detroit and Ann Arbor (perhaps I’m forgetting one or two), it is unusual to see so much congenial book talking among the visitors.

According to the American Booksellers Association, independent bookstores have seen 30% growth since 2009 and sales were up in 2015.

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What makes a wonderful bookstore? Whatever it is, this shop has it all. Do visit and see for yourself!