Thursday, October 1, 2020

Another way to help

 Another helping program we've been able to add (thanks to generous patron assistance) is a storefront on Bookshop.org!

https://bookshop.org/shop/greenhandbooks

If you enter Bookshop.org via the above link, your purchases anywhere on the site, whether from our recommendation lists or not, will benefit us substantially.  I'm not kidding -- they really do send us a generous portion of their proceeds from these purchases.  It's a great way to route money out of the hands of Amazon and into the local economy, all at the same time.

This new addition lets you buy new books from us that we don't have in stock, and sends them directly to your doorstep.  Safe and easy!

 I'll be adding more recommended reading in coming weeks if you're looking for ideas as to what to read next.  

Thank you everyone for your support!  We wouldn't be here without you all taking the time to help out in little ways like this.

Friday, September 25, 2020

If you like to listen to your books... read on!

 Hi everyone! This is a note to say that if you want to support the shop, but are more likely to listen to audiobooks these days, you can still help out!

We are now signed up with Libro.fm, and when you buy from or subscribe to their audiobook library via their Green Hand Bookshop page, we will receive a portion of the proceeds.   This is also a great way to move away from using Amazon-owned companies such as Audible.

Thank you in advance for your support! 😃 And... happy reading, however you enjoy your books!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Book Review: Max Brooks' DEVOLUTION

A review of Devolution: A Firsthand Account of the Rainier Sasquatch Massacre

by Michelle Y. Souliere

Max Brooks' new book is, necessarily, different from its predecessors.  However, it does draw upon the same steady buildup of everyday-gone-wrong that World War Z utilized so effectively.  This time he gives readers a linear storyline, interspersed with interview segments and epistolary musings from those sifting through the wreckage of events, trying to put together what happened from the fragments they can gather.

The whole thing is put together cunningly.  At the start of the book, because of the way it is introduced, the reader feels like they know what is going on.  Kate's journal entries are innocuous enough, a little neurotic and anxiety-ridden, but in the Covid-era world, we can all understand how life drives you to previously unknown extremes due to stress, and how after a certain point, whatever has to be done to fix that will be done come hell or high water.

The other characters are introduced, and one is lulled by the normal weirdness of living isolated overall, but in close quarters with other people you might not have gotten to know so well before (again, Covid-era folks, we all know this feeling).

And then the slide begins.  A cataclysm, distant but with near effects.  Then side effects, then WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING NOW??? Once again, Max Brooks sneaks up and wallops readers six ways to Sunday, and leaves us shaken and deeply stirred by a very human, perhaps too-close-to-home at moments tale.

If you're looking for a good distraction, it's here.  Better get it before it gets you.

On a personal note:  Brooks (as always) has done his research.  The conditions in this sequence of events are in some ways very similar to a series of happenings in my home state of Maine that I have been researching while writing my upcoming book, Bigfoot in Maine.  Just consider that.

I have a few copies left of this hardcover available for purchase via our website, either for local pickup or mail order: https://greenhandbookshop.com/products/devolution-by-max-brooks

Note to publishers:  If you have upcoming horror or speculative fiction titles which you would like to send to my shop for review in the form of a print copy, please do so.  I cannot promise to review everything received, but I will do my best.  I do not read egalleys, I'm an old-fashioned bookworm.  Review copies can be sent to me at:  Michelle Souliere, Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St, Portland ME 04101

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Reopening with limited hours!

Currently reopening with limited open hours for browsing. Still offering pickup and mailorder for those who prefer not entering businesses. Please email michelle.souliere@gmail.com with any requests! :) Select new items also available for ordering at https://www.greenhandbookshop.com for mailorder or pickup.

Available by phone for questions from 11:00-6:00 Tues-Sat at (207)253-6808. Please leave a message if you get voicemail, and I will get right back to you. I may be with another customer or making a quick trip to the post office.

Thank you everyone, hope you're safe and well!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Mid-July reopening news

Hi all, it is with mixed feelings that I announce the necessity of reopening the shop, because I don’t think the business will survive much longer if I don’t. It’s been a tough haul since March 15 when we closed because of Covid. I am planning on reopening on a very limited basis in mid-July, so stay tuned for definite details as the date nears and I get more reopening preparations checked off on my to-do list. I take my responsibility in keeping both you and myself safe from unnecessary risks very seriously. Facemasks will be required for entry, and only 5 people will be allowed in at a time. Here’s to better days somewhere out there in the future. Stay safe and be well!

Monday, June 1, 2020

Notes on the current status of the Green Hand Bookshop

UPDATE: Hi everyone, I know there have been a lot of questions about when we're planning on reopening. I figured I should do a post so that everyone is on the same page. I am not planning on reopening the shop to the public for the foreseeable future. It is just too risky, and I care too much about my customers (and myself) to take unnecessary risks right now. I want you all to remain safe!

I am continuing to offer order pickup at the shop, and mailing services (which are very reasonable for shipping books via USPS Media Mail, hooray for the US Postal Service!!!).

For used books, the best way to inquire about and order them is to email me at michelle.souliere@gmail.com -- feel free to browse the shelfshots album here, or on Instagram (the posts are often slightly different, so feel free to browse both to get ideas). :) https://www.instagram.com/greenhandbooks/ If you need to call the shop, I'm generally in there running around putting orders together Weds-Sat 11:00-6:00.

Another option is to order via my new Shopify site at https://greenhandbookshop.com/, where I am gradually listing new retail items, adding new things whenever I have a spare moment (ha!).

For those of you who are struggling with decision making (and boy do I know the feeling), I have started putting together customized bundles. Pick a budget from $30 up (remember this will include sales tax and shipping if you need them mailed), email me your preferences:
-- what you're in the mood for (genre? topics? fiction/nonfiction?),
-- whether reading copies are okay for condition, and if you have a preference for hardcover vs softcover
-- give me an idea of what your past favorites are,
-- and let me know if there are any authors etc that you either have enough of already or don't like, so I don't send you something you don't want. ;)

I'll handpick you a book stack of your very own! :D Folks have been really happy so far, so it seems to be working well.

A lot of you have asked how things are going. "It's been a rollercoaster!" is the short answer, but because a lot of you have been so supportive, it seems to be working, and I'm squeaking by adequately to keep things going during these weird, weird times. I hope you're all hanging in there too.

Many thanks for everyone's help over the last 2 1/2 months. I couldn't do this without you all! 💕

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Thank you everyone!

During Monday's workshop meeting of the Portland City Council it was decided that the city was not going to enforce the ban on mail order for retail businesses, until they can formalize and rewrite the order in the next official meeting (April 27). Thank you everyone for the support you gave towards the effort to make this happen! We couldn't have done it without you.

Thank you for speaking out in support of the survival of Portland's small businesses who were going to be decimated by this measure! We are able to continue to provide safe service to you all because of this.

Going forward, we are again able to provide mail order delivery of books to you. Please email michelle.souliere@gmail.com with your requests, and I will work through them as rapidly as I am able. Gift certificate orders are still being accepted, and obviously if anyone feels strongly enough that they want to make a donation, I will gratefully accept funds to assist in keeping the Green Hand Bookshop going during this dearth of "business as normal."

Please know (and this should be common sense) that I am not buying or trading books at this time, or for the forseeable future, and that the shop continues to be closed to the public.

Hopefully by sometime this summer it is possible that the Covid-19 outbreak will be leveling out, and with antibody tests in place we can start to plan out a return to "normal."

Thanks again, everyone! :)

Here is WGME's coverage of the events that culminated on Monday evening:
https://wgme.com/news/coronavirus/portland-clarifies-what-non-essential-businesses-can-do?jwsource=cl