Seven Games: A Human History - Oliver Roeder ( W.W. Norton & Company)

Illuminating...offers powerful insights into why we play games and what we can learn from them...accessible, enjoyable...raises provocative and sometimes unsettling questions about the nature of intelligence and the unintended consequences when machines play better than we do....If you are intrigued by this rare opportunity to pull back the curtain on how humans and computers learn, then you will be richly rewarded.--Lucinda Robb "Washington Post"

On Browsing - Jason Guriel (Biblioasis)

"A defense of the dying art of losing an afternoon--and gaining new appreciation--amidst the bins and shelves of brick-and-mortar shops. Written during the pandemic, when the world was marooned at home and consigned to scrolling screens, On Browsing's essays chronicle what we've lost through online shopping, streaming, and the relentless digitization of culture. The latest in the Field Notes series, On Browsing is an elegy for physical media, a polemic in defense of perusing the world in person, and a love letter to the dying practice of scanning bookshelves, combing CD bins, and losing yourself in the stacks."

Hotel Splendide - Ludwig Bemelmans ( Puskin Press)

In this charming and uproariously funny hotel memoir, Ludwig Bemelmans uncovers the fabulous world of the Hotel Splendide--the thinly disguised stand-in for the Ritz--a luxury New York hotel where he worked as a waiter in the 1920s. With equal parts affection and barbed wit, he uncovers the everyday chaos that reigns behind the smooth facades of the gilded dining room and banquet halls.

In hilarious detail, Bemelmans sketches the hierarchy of hotel life and its strange and fascinating inhabitants: from the ruthlessly authoritarian maître d'hôtel Monsieur Victor to the kindly waiter Mespoulets to Frizl the homesick busboy. Illustrated with his own charming line drawings, Bemelmans' tales of a bygone era of extravagance are as charming as they are riotously entertaining.

Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty - Anderson Cooper (Harper Paperbacks)

When eleven-year-old Cornelius Vanderbilt began to work on his father's small boat ferrying supplies in New York Harbor at the beginning of the nineteenth century, no one could have imagined that one day he would, through ruthlessness, cunning, and a pathological desire for money, build two empires--one in shipping and another in railroads--that would make him the richest man in America. His staggering fortune was fought over by his heirs after his death in 1877, sowing familial discord that would never fully heal. Though his son Billy doubled the money left by "the Commodore," subsequent generations competed to find new and ever more extraordinary ways of spending it. By 2018, when the last Vanderbilt was forced out of The Breakers--the seventy-room summer estate in Newport, Rhode Island, that Cornelius's grandson and namesake had built--the family would have been unrecognizable to the tycoon who started it all.

Now, the Commodore's great-great-great-grandson Anderson Cooper, joins with historian Katherine Howe to explore the story of his legendary family and their outsized influence. Cooper and Howe breathe life into the ancestors who built the family's empire, basked in the Commodore's wealth, hosted lavish galas, and became synonymous with unfettered American capitalism and high society. Moving from the hardscrabble wharves of old Manhattan to the lavish drawing rooms of Gilded Age Fifth Avenue, from the ornate summer palaces of Newport to the courts of Europe, and all the way to modern-day New York, Cooper and Howe wryly recount the triumphs and tragedies of an American dynasty unlike any other.

Written with a unique insider's viewpoint, this is a rollicking, quintessentially American history as remarkable as the family it so vividly captures.

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 academical 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.

Finlay Donovan Knocks 'em Dead - Elle Cosimano (Minotaur Books)

"The second entry in Elle Cosimano's Finlay Donovan series, another bumbling comedy of errors and hilarious, fast-paced mystery, upends the life of a struggling writer and single mother."--Shelf Awareness

A Month in the Country - Michael Holroyd (New York Review of Books)

"Carr's prose is spare, elegant and buoyed with wit; the idyllic countryside and its inhabitants are rendered in affectionate detail." -- Publisher's Weekly

The Maid - Nita Prose (Ballantine Books)

Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her Gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.

Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life's complexities all by herself. No matter--she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection.

But Molly's orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed. Before she knows what's happening, Molly's unusual demeanor has the police targeting her as their lead suspect. She quickly finds herself caught in a web of deception, one she has no idea how to untangle. Fortunately for Molly, friends she never knew she had unite with her in a search for clues to what really happened to Mr. Black--but will they be able to find the real killer before it's too late?

A Clue-like, locked-room mystery and a heartwarming journey of the spirit, The Maid explores what it means to be the same as everyone else and yet entirely different--and reveals that all mysteries can be solved through connection to the human heart.

Indie Next List - February 2023

Big Swiss: A Novel
by Jen Beagin (Scribner)

Exiles: A Novel
by Jane Harper (Flatiron Books)

Don’t Fear the Reaper
by Stephen Graham Jones (Gallery/Stage Press)

Secretly Yours: A Novel
by Tessa Bailey (Avon)

by Susan Stokes-Chapman (Harper Perennial)

Georgie, All Along
by Kate Clayborn (Kensington)

Brutes: A Novel
by Dizz Tate (Catapult)

Maame: A Novel
by Jessica George (St. Martin’s Press)

The Guest Lecture: A Novel
by Martin Riker (Grove Press)

B.F.F.: A Memoir of Friendship Lost and Found
by Christie Tate (Simon & Schuster)

Radiant Sin (Dark Olympus #4)
by Katee Robert (Sourcebooks)

The Reunion: A Novel
by Kayla Olson (Atria Books)

Looking for Jane: A Novel
by Heather Marshall (Atria Books)

Stone Blind: A Novel
by Natalie Haynes (Harper)

The Mitford Affair: A Novel
by Marie Benedict (Sourcebooks)

Our Share of Night
by Mariana Enrquez (Hogarth)

The Applicant
by Nazli Koca (Grove Press)

Really Good, Actually
by Monica Heisey (William Morrow)

The House of Eve
by Sadeqa Johnson (Simon & Schuster)

Decent People
by De’Shawn Charles Winslow (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone
by Benjamin Stevenson (Mariner Books)

The Chinese Groove
by Kathryn Ma (Counterpoint)

by Keiran Goddard (Europe Editions)

by Maylis De Kereangal, Jessica Moore (Archipelgo)

New Animal: A Novel
by Ella Baxter (Two Dollar Radio)

Holiday Shopping Night - Thursday, Dec 8 from 5-9 PM

Appletree will host our Holiday Shopping Emporium on Thursday, December 8th from 5 to 8 PM.

Enjoy shopping in the store with prosecco and cheese.  The following local vendors will be at the store as well:

McCune Family Apiaries

Sophie La Gourmande

T. Florals

Small Batch Jams

NoExitNew Music's Sean Gabriel will provide music background for the eveneing.

Our neieghbors Still Point Gallery will be open as well.  You can also visit Parnell's Pub, Vero Pizza, and Zhug for food and refreshement.