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Introducing our Teen's First Subscription

Square Books, Jr. hosts scores of writers every year who sign wonderful, fun, or important books here, and often those who wish to get the book—for whatever reason—miss the opportunity. With a TEEN'S FIRST subscription, you—or, if you are purchasing this as a gift, your teen—will be guaranteed signed books and you will be forming the foundation for a life of reading and a lovely, valuable personal library, too! Starting in June 2018, a subscription gets you three signed books for this year. The first pick is Claire Legrand's Furyborn, who reads at Off Square Books on June 5th. Provide us your name, mailing address, and preferred method of billing, and we will send you a book in June, September, and November. There is no additional charge for the signing—all books are billed at list price, plus postage. For more information, please contact sami@squarebooks.com or call 662-236-2207.

Books for Graduates

The Education of a Lifetime by Robert KhayatLeonardo Da Vinci by Walter IsaacsonLeadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers

Learn from the extraordinary life and career of former University of Mississippi Chancellor Robert Khayat in his memoir The Education of a Lifetime. Last week at Square Books, master biographer Walter Isaacson discussed his latest book Leonardo Da Vinci, which offers an inspiring portrait of the timeless genius. We have signed copies. The essays included in Leadership: Essential Writings by Our Greatest Thinkers ponder leadership and the genesis of leaders.

An Oxford Sketchbook by Wyatt WatersHow to Cook Everything by Mark Bittman

Wyatt Waters' beautiful portraits of Oxford in An Oxford Sketchbook make for a perfect gift for any Oxonian, especially one who is moving away. Mark Bittman's highly acclaimed, bestselling book How to Cook Everything is an indispensable guide for any modern cook...the next best thing to having Mark Bittman in the kitchen with you.

Make Trouble by John WatersIn Conclusion Don't Worry About It by Lauren GrahamYou Had Better Make Some NoiseStuff Every Graduate Should Know

Hear the wisdom of filmmaker and provocateur John Waters in his graduation-speech-turned-book Make Trouble. "Don't worry," says actress Lauren Graham in her book In Conclusion, Don't Worry About It. The book You Had Better Make Some Noise is filled with quotes from people like James Baldwin, Barack Obama, Toni Morrison, Audre Lorder, Susan Sontag, and more. And reference the reliable Stuff Every Graduate Should Know.

2018-2019 Moleskine plannerBig Ideas notebook from Design Works Ink

And don't forget that meeting! Plan for your next move! Write down your fears! Do Everything! These planners and journals can help. See our wide selection at the main store.

A Proud Supporter of Renewable Energy

As a Green Power Switch program participant, in the month of March, approximately 20% of Square Books' electricity use came from renewable sources—a combination solar, wind, or biomass. In my home, this figure was closer to 40%, and, if the amount of power from hydroelectric sources is included, it approaches 50%.

Renewable sources here presently cost more than other sources, and volunteering for this program adds a bit to one's utility bill. However, as the cost of renewable energy continues to decrease, then the amount of renewable energy one purchases, for the same amount of money, will increase.

In Oxford-Lafayette County, Green Power Switch is implemented through Northeast Mississippi Power and Oxford Electric Department (662-232-2373).

Square Books is proud to support renewable energy—at no extra cost to our customers—and we thank you for your support of Square Books.

— RH

Mom's the Bomb

Happy Mother's Day! Show your mother you love her with the gift of a good book.

Circe by Madeline MillerCirce by Madeline Miller (signed)
Madeline Miller gives vibrant life to ancient Greece and its classical mythology. In a world where people created gods very much in their own image the deities are just as petty, jealous, vindictive and violent as their human worshipers. The tale of Circe and her relationship with Odysseus is viewed from a fresh perspective and puts the ancient hero in a different light. Most of all, the author lends a human touch to the mythological tale, taking it out of the realm of fantasy into one that probes the deeper meaning of existence. - BC

What Can I Bring? by Elizabeth HeiskellWhat Can I Bring? by Elizabeth Heiskell (signed)
It is usually the first question you ask after receiving an invitation to a gathering or event: "What can I bring?" Now you'll have the answer. Based on the popular monthly feature "What Can I Bring?" in Southern Living magazine, no matter what the occasion, you'll have the perfect dish.

The Woman's Hour by Elaine WeissThe Woman's Hour by Elaine Weiss (signed)
The passage of the Nineteenth Amendment required decades of battle and Elaine Weiss brilliantly depicts the final efforts of suffragettes to secure ratification in 1920. She vividly illuminates the efforts of vested interests in business, society and politics to deny the vote to women and relates it to history of established groups who have consistently tried to prevent the United States from actually being a democracy. This is both important history and a cautionary tale that is relevant to today's world and efforts to limit voting. - BC

The Best Cook in the World by Rick BraggThe Best Cook in the World by Rick Bragg (signed)
From the beloved, best-selling author of All Over but the Shoutin', a delectable, rollicking food memoir, cookbook, and loving tribute to a region, a vanishing history, a family, and, especially, to his mother. Includes seventy-four mouthwatering Bragg family recipes for classic southern dishes passed down through generations.

You Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis SittenfeldYou Think It, I'll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld
This short story ensemble gets its title from the story, “The World Has Many Butterflies” in which a man and woman play a little game they’ve invented, “You Think It, I’ll Say It,” candidly sizing up their peers whenever they get bored at the tiresome parties thrown by local grown-up friends. But it is more apt as a remark Curtis Sittenfeld (PrepAmerican WifeEligible) poses to her readers, as she teases one’s imagination with the inner lives of her characters, people she understands we know, in their complicated, sweet, and often messy lives. Sittenfeld adroitly unfolds her tales to create drama that touches the reader’s experience, imagined or real, in a way that vividly answers the challenge of literature: to open that window that allows us to see and measure ourselves. Call to reserve a signed copy ahead of her reading on May 10th. - RH

The Nanny Connie Way by Connie SimpsonThe Nanny Connie Way by Connie Simpson
From the beloved nanny to stars like Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake, Emily Blunt and John Krasinski, and Cash Warren and Jessica Alba comes a loving yet no-nonsense guide to the first four months of parenthood so you can raise a happy baby—and be happy parents. Call for signed copies before she reads on a special Thacker at the Graduate Hotel and a separate event the following night.

Dear Madam President by Jennifer PalmieriDear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri (signed)
Redefine the expectations for women in leadership roles with this New York Times bestselling volume of inspiring advice by the former communications director for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Framed as an empowering letter from Mississippian Jennifer Palmieri to the first woman president, and by extension, to all women working to succeed in any field, Dear Madam President is filled with forward-thinking, practical advice for all women who are determined to seize control of their lives-from the boardroom to the living room.

Mrs. by Caitlin MacyMrs. by Caitlin Macy (signed)
Caitlin Macy has written a modern-day version of The House of Mirth, not for the age of railroads and steel but of hedge funds and overnight fortunes, of scorched-earth successes and abiding moral failures. A brilliant portrait of love, betrayal, fate and chance, Mrs. marries razor-sharp social critique and page-turning propulsion into a memorable tapestry of the way we live in the 21st century.

Look Alive Out There by Sloane CrosleyLook Alive Out There by Sloane Crosley (signed)
From the New York Times-bestselling author of I Was Told There'd Be Cake comes Look Alive Out There -- a brand-new collection of essays filled with her trademark hilarity, wit, and charm. The characteristic heart and punch-packing observations are back, but with a newfound coat of maturity.

What You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah StewartWhat You Don't Know About Charlie Outlaw by Leah Stewart (signed)
Stewart, author of several acclaimed novels and a longtime friend of Square Books, has written an insightful show business story full of intriguing detail, suspense and an intimate understanding of her characters: Charlie Outlaw, a newbie TV star coming undone by the pressures of success, and his recent ex-girlfriend, Josie Lamar, star of a cult TV show whose shine has tarnished over twenty years. Charlie seeks to get a grip by retreating to a remote island, while Josie plots a comeback and tries to forget Charlie, but can't. It's a great read -- a bit like sneaking a look at grocery tabloid features like Us Weekly's "Stars: They're Just Like Us!" Are Charlie and Josie? Check it out -- Stewart offers a convincing glimpse into the weird world of celebrity. - LH

Rick Bragg at Square Books on Saturday

Rick Brag

Best Cook in the World by Rick BraggRick Bragg's readers love his writing about family, and when this writer starts talking about food, and his mama's cooking, best to just get out of the way. Or his granddaddy, for that matter: "He crumbled fried cornbread into two glasses, poured in cold buttermilk, put in a dash of salt and pepper, and stuck in two blades of fresh green onion and two spoons. It was funny how such a simple thing could be so good." Rick Bragg has been coming to Square Books -- thankfully -- since All Over But the Shoutin', and we always leave his events happy and a bit awestruck. Don't miss him on this one when reads on Saturday, May 5th, or give us a call for a signed copy.

Independent Bookstore Day 2018

Celebrate Independent Bookstore Day with us on Saturday, April 28th. 

Independent Bookstore Day marks its fifth year of celebrating independent bookstores nationwide.

Square Books and Square Books, Jr. will offer giveaway items and exclusive day-of merchandise created especially for Independent Bookstore Day by major publishers and authors. Square Books, Jr. will also host a special Llama Llama storytime at 10 a.m.

We're giving all our customers free audiobooks to say thank you for supporting our bookstore. The audiobooks are available through our partner, Libro.fm. Visit the store on Saturday and we'll sign you up.

Since its inception in 2014, more than 150 authors, including Neil Gaiman, George Saunders, Roxane Gay, Lauren Groff, James Patterson, Stephen King and many others, have demonstrated their support for independent bookstores by donating work for Bookstore Day. These limited edition, unique items will be available only at participating IBD bookstores, on April 28. Not before. Not online. And not in chain stores. Visit our event page to see a list of available merchadise.

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