The Cat Who Saved Books - Sosuke Natsukawa (Harpervia)

Bookish high school student Rintaro Natsuki is about to close the secondhand bookstore he inherited from his beloved bookworm grandfather. Then, a talking cat appears with an unusual request. The feline asks for--or rather, demands--the teenager's help in saving books with him. The world is full of lonely books left unread and unloved, and the cat and Rintaro must liberate them from their neglectful owners.

Their mission sends this odd couple on an amazing journey, where they enter different mazes to set books free. Through their travels, the cat and Rintaro meet a man who leaves his books to perish on a bookshelf, an unwitting book torturer who cuts the pages of books into snippets to help people speed read, and a publishing drone who only wants to create bestsellers. Their adventures culminate in one final, unforgettable challenge--the last maze that awaits leads Rintaro down a realm only the bravest dare enter . . .

An enthralling tale of books, first love, fantasy, and an unusual friendship with a talking cat, The Cat Who Saved Books is a story for those for whom books are so much more than words on paper.

Translated from the Japanese by Louise Heal Kawai.

Index, A History of the: A Bookish Adventure from Medieval Manuscripts to the Digital Age - Dennis Duncan (W.W. Norton & Company)

Most of us give little thought to the back of the book--it's just where you go to look things up. But as Dennis Duncan reveals in this delightful and witty history, hiding in plain sight is an unlikely realm of ambition and obsession, sparring and politicking, pleasure and play. In the pages of the index, we might find Butchers, to be avoided, or Cows that sh-te Fire, or even catch Calvin in his chamber with a Nonne. Here, for the first time, is the secret world of the index: an unsung but extraordinary everyday tool, with an illustrious but little-known past.

Charting its curious path from the monasteries and universities of thirteenth-century Europe to Silicon Valley in the twenty-first, Duncan uncovers how it has saved heretics from the stake, kept politicians from high office, and made us all into the readers we are today. We follow it through German print shops and Enlightenment coffee houses, novelists' living rooms and university laboratories, encountering emperors and popes, philosophers and prime ministers, poets, librarians and--of course--indexers along the way. Revealing its vast role in our evolving literary and intellectual culture, Duncan shows that, for all our anxieties about the Age of Search, we are all index-rakers at heart--and we have been for eight hundred years.

The Good Left Undone - Adriana Trigiani (Dutton)

" The Good Left Undone is deliciously told, with fully explored characters, mouthwatering descriptions of Italian food, and charming yet quirky towns. What's exceptional about the novel is how seamlessly she knits together different sto­ries from many places and times, bringing it all together in one poignant and satisfying book. This is a gorgeously written story about inter­generational love and heartbreak, the futility of regret, and the power of a life well lived. It's also a love letter to Italy and its beautiful and pain­ful history."

Why Architecture Matters - Paul Goldberger (Yale University Press)

"Architecture begins to matter," writes Paul Goldberger, "when it brings delight and sadness and perplexity and awe along with a roof over our heads." In Why Architecture Matters, he shows us how that works in examples ranging from a small Cape Cod cottage to the vast, flowing Prairie houses of Frank Lloyd Wright, from the Lincoln Memorial to the Guggenheim Bilbao. He eloquently describes the Church of Sant'Ivo in Rome as a work that "embraces the deepest complexities of human imagination."


In his afterword to this new edition, Goldberger addresses the current climate in architectural history and takes a more nuanced look at projects such as Thomas Jefferson's academic village at the University of Virginia and figures including Philip Johnson, whose controversial status has been the topic of much recent discourse. He argues that the emotional impact of great architecture remains vital, even as he welcomes the shift in the field to an increased emphasis on social justice and sustainability.



Indie Next List - May 2023

The Secret Book of Flora Lea: A Novel
by Patti Callahan Henry (Atria Books)


In the Lives of Puppets
by TJ Klune (Tor Books)


Chain-Gang All Stars: A Novel
by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah (Pantheon)


No Two Persons
by Erica Bauermeister (St. Martin’s Press)


The Postcard
by Anne Berest (Europe Editions)


Saturday Night at the Lakeside Supper Club
by J Ryan Stradal (Pamela Dorman Books)


The Half Moon
by Mary Beth Keane (Scribner)


Small Mercies
by Dennis Lehane (Harper)

The Covenant of Water
by Abraham Verghese (Grove Press)


The True Love Experiment
by Christina Lauren (Gallery Books)


To Shape a Dragon’s Breath: The First Book of Nampeshiweist
by Moniquill Blackgoose (Del Rey)


The Fiancee Farce
by Alexandria Bellefleur (Avon)


If We’re Being Honest
by Cat Shook (Caldron Books)


The Wager: A Tale of Shipwreck, Mutiny and Murder
by David Grann (Doubleday)

by Costanza Casati (Sourcebooks Landmark)


The Salt Grows Heavy
by Cassandra Khaw (Tor Nightfire)


Mastering the Art of French Murder (An American in Paris Mystery
by Colleen Cambridge (Kensington)


Meet Me at the Lake
by Carley Fortune (Berkley)


You Are Here
by Karen Lin-Greenberg (Counterpoint)


The Night Flowers
by Sara Herchenroether (Tin House Books)


The East Indian
by Brinda Charry (Scribner)


With My Little Eye
by Joshilyn Jackson (William Morrow)


Monsters: A Fan’s Dilemma
by Claire Dederer (Knopf)

Literary Criticism

Books In A Bar - Spring and Summer 2023

Our Books In A Bar book group continues in with our Spring and Summer 2023 with book discussions at Parnell's Pub on Cedar Road.  Shown below are books the group will be discussing starting in June. The discussions will be from 7-9 PM in the back room of Parnell's.  Grab a beer, glass of wine, or other beverage and join Holly and Jane for a lively discussion.

June 12, 2023: Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers (Mariner Books)

July 10, 2023: Gift From The Sea by Anne Lindbergh (Pantheon Books)

August 14, 2023: The Violins of Saint-Jacques by Patrick Leigh Fermor (New York Review of Books)

September 11, 2023: To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf (Harvest Books)

Books are available for purchase in the store.


Mother's Day "Pop-Up" Shop, Saturday May 13, 2023

To help you pick out that special gift for Mom, Appletree will host a "Pop-Up" shopping day in the store on Saturday, May 13th, from 11 AM - 5 PM.

Local vendors scheduled to be at the store include:

Mavec Collection - 2 - 5 PM, featuring an assortment of accessories, gifts, hand-painted leather, and more.

Sweetbay Flower Farm - All day, featuring floral arrangements and more.

Located in Chagrin Falls, Sweetbay Flower Farm is a small family farm that grows a unique collection of flowers and herbs. Situated on 30-acres, the farm is home to hundreds of varieties of beautiful and unique plants that have inspired us over the years. The property features a perennial border garden, a lush rock garden, a shaded native garden, four natural ponds, many cut flower gardens, and a long allée of fruit trees and fencing showcasing several varieties of clematis and climbing heirloom roses. We are committed to using and promoting natural, sustainable growing practices for the health and safety of the land, ourselves, and those that love our flowers.


Sweetbean Chocolates - 11 AM - 1 PM featuring handmade chocolates.

Too pretty to eat, sweet bean bonbons are hand-painted -molded, and -filled chocolate pieces of art that taste even better than they look. Our unique bonbons make a perfect gift, dessert, or everyday indulgence. Handcrafted in Cleveland, OH, bonbons are available in a variety of flavors by season.

Melange Vintage Mart - all-day featuring vintage jewelry and small gifts that make great presents for Mom.


Independent Bookstore Day, April 29, 2023

Saturday, April 29th is the 10th-anniversary celebration of Independent Bookstore Day. This is a national celebration of "indie" bookstores as well as small businesses that contribute to the vitality of local neighborhoods.

Appletree has a full day of events planned.

  • In the morning: Mimosas with Michael, and a special offering for younger visitors
  • 11 AM - 1 PM; local author Laura Peskin will be in the store to sign copies of her book Undercover Cleveland Volumes 1, 2, and 3
  • 1 PM - 4 PM: KayEm Apparel will be selling Cleveland-branded merchandise
  • 2 PM - 3 PM: local author Mair Berkshire, author of Grandma, What Is Your Name, will sign copies of her new book
  • Afternoon: a special cake from Archie's Hough Bakery to celebrate the day
  • Raffles for kids and adults throughout the day
  • Monopoly Money Hunt to be converted into Appletree Books Gift Certificates