Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Summer hours - latest update!

 

Hi everyone!

As of July 6, we are now open Tues-Sun.  Hours are 11:00-5:00 Tues-Sat, Sundays 12:00-4:00.  Masks are optional for those fully vaccinated, and we do ask that customers wear a mask if not yet vaccinated.

We are happy to expand our hours to greet those of you who are out brunching and wandering again with the nice weather.  :)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

The green is for luck!

 A candid note on an important day.

Last year my birthday was a ruthless disappointment. This year, the sun is out, there is hope on the horizon, and I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for the support you have given to the shop in the very rough past year. Because of all of you, the Green Hand Bookshop has survived calamity to continue our mission to get good books out into the world for the foreseeable future.

Thank you to those who appeared out of nowhere with donations of books or much-needed funds -- or even a loaf of fresh-baked bread! -- when the hours were darkest.

Thank you to those who spread the word about the shop. I think we have more customers now than we ever had in the 11 years prior!

Thank you to those who have been supporting us via our Bookshop.org link, which has been helping us pay our bills in an almost miraculous way. https://bookshop.org/shop/greenhandbooks 
That so many of you remain interested in helping us out and rerouting money that would have gone into Jeff Bezos' pockets at Amazon has been inspiring as well as helpful!

Thank you to those who wanted to help but weren't able to. Good thoughts count!!!

It takes a village, and every one of us makes a difference. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

For my part I worked hard to keep the shop safe for everyone when I reopened, and that effort continues. I pushed my credit limits to broaden our selection when you began seeking out more diverse voices in your reading, something I'd wanted to do for years, but is hard to do on a secondhand basis here in very-white Maine.

I hope that here at the Green Hand Bookshop we are able to serve you and your reading needs for many years to come.

Happy Birthday to me, and Happy Reading to all of you!!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Spiffing up our new website

Hello friends!

Greetings from the land of almost-spring Maine.  I've been adding more new items to our ever-growing website, and as I do so, have started creating more categories for easy browsing.

Tonight I added some fun ones to our Non-Fiction collections:

Travel

UFOs

Cookbooks & Food

Art & Creativity

It's a slow process, but it's fun to see it taking shape.  Please email us to let us know if there is anything you would like us to order for you, if we don't have it used.  Part of the adventure of adding more new books to the mix is the ability to fill in gaps in our used selection -- books that I've wanted to have in the shop, but which rarely came in secondhand.

If you're wondering what you've missed in our new stock (I'm adding books every week!), jump on over to our New Arrivals page and you can get caught up.  You might be surprised at what you find!

https://greenhandbookshop.com/collections/new-arrivals

Happy almost-spring, everyone!  🍀🐇

Sunday, November 29, 2020

An Open Letter to those who love Portland's small businesses

This is an open letter to anyone who loves Portland, Maine, and all its small businesses.  I have been thinking about writing this letter for months now, and finally feel like I have a moment to sit down and write out my thoughts.

Many of us love Portland in large part because of its creative and vital small businesses.  In conversations with customers since reopening my bookshop in mid-July, I have come to the realization that many folks, sequestered at home, remain unaware of the widespread changes in Portland's small business landscape brought on by this year's struggle with Covid and all its attendant threats.  

These small businesses, which form the backbone of Portland, and make it a stand-out community, have in most cases had a terrible year.  Many of us found ourselves considering whether we could or should keep our businesses functioning through Covid.  Some of our peers closed down for good.  Others are maintaining a modified version of their businesses, eking out a shoestring existence, trying to hang in there in spite of reduced means.  Some of us have been lucky enough to have assistance from kind customers, or government crisis loans.

I urge you to take a moment to think about the small businesses in Portland that you love.  Maybe it's your favorite Thai noodle place.  Maybe it's one of Portland's fabulously eclectic shops which stocks a wild mix of vintage items alongside their own handmade goods.  Or perhaps it's just the corner shop which makes your ideal egg sandwich. 

Whatever places you love, remember they have had to continue paying their bills all those long, bleak months.  Since March, owners have lost sleep, wondering if their business would survive, or whether it was worth it to put their lives and the lives of their employees on the line to make that happen.  We continue to worry over these harrowing questions every day, and over whether we are able to maintain a safe and reasonably risk-free way for our customers to shop.

More small businesses won't survive this winter, having barely survived 2020, the Year of Despair.

So if there are local places and unique creators that you love, think about them as you make your purchases, for both daily and special occasion needs.  
 
Your purchases make a big difference when you choose to buy local.  You help steer the course between life and death for Portland's small businesses, a large part of Portland's creative character.  You can help ensure some of Portland's heart and soul remains alive and beating to push through these next difficult months, and we promise to continue doing our best to help create a community we can all be proud of living in.

Thank you Portland!  Thank you Maine!
 
The Green Hand is currently open limited hours for browsing, 12:00-4:00 Weds-Sat.  For those at home or away, we offer easy pickup at the door, or mail order to your doorstep.
 
Be well and stay safe,
Michelle Souliere

Help us out by ordering new books here instead of through Amazon: https://bookshop.org/shop/greenhandbooks

Help us out by getting your audiobooks here instead of through Amazon-owned Audible: https://libro.fm/greenhandbooks

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