Books in A Bar

Appletree's monthly book discussion group returns this June!

Our first discussion will be on Monday, June 13th at 7 PM at Parnell's Pub at 12425 Cedar Rd. in the Cedar Fairmount neighborhood in Cleveland Heights. We will meet in the back of the Pub.

Here are the books we will discuss this summer:

June 13th, 7-9 PM: Crossing to Saftey by Wallace Stegner (Modern Library)

July 11th, 7-9 PM: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann (Vintage)

August 8th, 7-9 PM: City of Thieves by David Benioff (Penquin)

Call us at 216.791.2665, email us at info@appletree-books.com, or register on our Events page.

Join Jane Sydney and Holly Scott for great discussions, with a pint of beer, a glass of wine, or a soft drink, and new friends.

          


Martinis on Mars Cocktail Chats on Science Fiction

Science Fiction is one of the most popular genres in publishing. The stories combine fantastic elements such as time travel, invasion by alien pieces, and much more; they provide an escape and challenge us to think deeply about our world.

Michael Wells and Eric Henry are enthusiastic readers of science fiction. They will host 3 cocktail hour "chats" this spring to introduce you to science fiction and discuss 2 famous science fiction works, "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells and "All Systems Red" by Martha Wells. Unfortunately, neither of these authors is related to Michael!

Thursday, April 14th: Overview of the Science Fiction Genre, 5-6 PM

Thursday, May 12th: Discussion of "War of the Worlds" by H.G. Wells, 5-6 PM

Thursday, June 16th: Discussion of "All Systems Red" by Martha Wells, 5-6 PM

Each chat will be conducted over Zoom, and details on joining the chats will be emailed to participants in advance of the meeting.

Register by clicking on the calendar event on our Event page, email at info@appletree-books.com, or call 216.791.2665 

So grab a cocktail, sit in a comfy chair and join us as we explore other worlds.

 


Indie Bestseller Lists - December 22, 2021

Paperback Bestsellers (Fiction & Nonfiction) PDF

Hardcover Bestsellers (Fiction & Nonfiction) PDF 

Fiction Bestsellers (Hardcover & Paperback) PDF 

Nonfiction Bestsellers (Hardcover & Paperback) PDF 

Children's Bestsellers (Hardcover & Paperback) PDF 

Middle Grade & Young Adult PDF


2021 Holiday Gift Guide

Appletree staff have highlighted some favorite gift suggestions for you to consider. As new books arrive daily, these gift selections will change, so check back frequently.

To order a book or several, please view our online store, email us at info@appletree-books.com or call us at 216.791.2665. Your selections can be picked up at the store or delivered if you live in Cleveland Heights, Shaker Heights, University Heights, or University Circle. Complimentary gift wrap is also available.


Atlas of Imagined Places: Froom Lilliput to Gotham CIty

Genre: Social Science

Atlas of Imagined Places: From Lilliput to Gotham City by Matt Brown and Rhys Davies

Description:

Colorful and well-executed fictional geography and topography of buildings, towns, countries, forests, mountains, rivers, oceans from your favorite books, films, and television shows.

Recommended because:

The information presented is articulate, literate, and artful.

Great gift for:

The reader who has a large library, large CD collection, or multi-channel television.


American Comics: A History

Genre: Arts

American Comics: A History by Jeremy Dauber
Description:

Everything you could possibly want to know about the history of cartoons and comics.

Recommended because:

Having encyclopedic knowledge of a “niche” topic is every nerd’s dream.

Great gift for:

The nerd friend you know who loves comic books.


Sense and Sensibility: Illustrations by Marjorie Bastin

Genre: Classics

Sense and Sensibility: Illustrations by Jane Austen, illustrations by Marjorie Bastin

Description:

A beautiful new collection of Jane Austen’s first novel.

Recommended because:

Everyone needs to have a classic; so, why not have the newest, most beautiful version possible of this great novel.

Great gift for:

That one Austen lover in your life.


Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses

Genre: Architecture

Atlas of Mid-Century Modern Houses by Dominic Bradbury

Description:

400 + houses; 290 + architects; 40+ costumes; midcentury-style showcased in a lavishly illustrated and deeply researched quality book.

Recommended because:

Many people love mid-century houses and style.

Great gift for:

Any house hunter, be they professional or a nosey aficionado.


One Snowy Night

Genre: Children

One Snowy Night (Percy the Park Keeper Story) by Nick Butterworth

Description:

With a nod to Jan Brett and the author’s earlier “Jolly Postman,” Nick Butterworth’s “One Snowy Night” will delight young readers with the animal slumber party with Percy the Park Keeper.

Recommended because:

The illustrations are charming and present the animals with distinctive personalities and expressions.

Great gift for:

Children ages 2-10


The New York City Travel Guide

Genre: Travel

The New York City Travel Guide

Description:

A guidebook that helps you explore New York City in all its complexity and multi-dimensional neighborhoods.

Recommended because:

Good small size, helpful information, well organized with maps.

Great gift for:

Traveler or armchair traveler


Gothic: An Illustrated History

Genre: Art and Literary Criticism

Gothic: An Illustrated History by Roger Luckhurst

Description:

A colorful and well-researched history of “Gothic” style in architecture, literature, and religion.

Recommended because:

It is a thorough and extensive presentation of a stylistic trend in the humanities.

Great gift for:

Sci Fi and Fantasy lovers as well as architectural historians.


The Eco-Christmas Craft Book

Genre: Craft

The Eco-Christmas Craft Book: 30 Stylish Festive Projects that Won’t Hurt the Planet by Marianne Miall

Description:

A good craft boo to make Christmas special and “eco-friendly.”

Recommended because:

Offers inspirational photography and easy-to-understand instructions so anyone can create professional-looking decorations.

Great gift for:

The crafter, recycler, and nature lover.


Sapiens: A Graphic History

Genre: Graphic Novels

Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind (Vol. 1 and 2) by Yuval Noah Harari

Description:

Harari explores the biology and history of the creation and evolution of humans.

Recommended because:

The graphics add a fresh take to understanding the origins of humanity and civilization.

Great gift for:

Science lover and curious readers.


The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes

Genre: Cooking

The New York Times Cooking No-Recipe Recipes by Sam Sifton

Description:

This book focuses on the ingredients and the process – “a dah of cayenne,” “a warm oven,” bringing new meaning to and definition of “Bon Appetit.”

Recommended because:

Great photos, easy to follow, no-nonsense recipes.

Great gift for:

foodies, family, the relative who doesn’t cook!


Everyone You Hate is Going to Die

Genre: Humor

Everyone You Hate is Going to Die: And Other Comforting Thoughts on Family, Friends, Sex, Love, and More Things That Will Ruin Your Life by Daniel Sloss

Description:

A comedian’s valid and brutal takes on love, friendship, family, and more.

Recommended because:

It is unapologetically brutal and funny and is harsh.

Great gift for:

That one friend in a terrible relationship you know is going to end badly.


The Lincoln Highway

Genre: Fiction

The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles

Description:

The 50’s road trip of two broken brothers explores the meaning of home and family and what truly matters.

Recommended because:

Multi-layered characters are presented amidst period detail by this talented author,

Great gift for:

Literature lover, a fan of Amor Towles, someone born in the 1950s.


Gender Swapped Fairy Tales

Genre: Fairy tales, myths, and legends

Gender Swapped Fairy Tales by Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett

Description:

Exactly what the title says: fairy tales, but swap the genders, and let’s see what happens.

Recommended because:

It’s an interesting and fresh take on the classics, with beautiful illustrations.

Great gift for:

The young literature lover and critical thinker.


At the Heights of the Moon

Genre: Children’s Poetry

At the Heights of the Moon: A Book of Bedtime Poetry and Art by Annette Roeder, Alison Baverstock, and Matt Cunningham

Description:

A beautiful compendium of bedtime poems accompanied by art reproductions.

Recommended because:

This book presents an opportunity to share beautiful words and pictures with children at bedtime.

Great gift for:

Parents, grandparents, and children


Simply Christmas

Genre: Seasonal

Simply Christmas: A Busy Mom’s Guide to Reclaiming the Peace of the Holidays: A Devotional by Tama Fortner

Description:

A seasonally inspired 31 days devotional providing calm amid holiday chaos and clutter.

Recommended because:

It is a small, beautiful book offering inspiration and reflections to make the holidays more manageable.

Great gift for:

Aunt, Mom, Sister, Granny, or anyone who works hard to make Christmas a happy holiday for everyone.


The Pioneer Woman Cooks – Super Easy!

Genre: Cookbooks

The Pioneer Woman Cooks-Super Easy! 120 Shortcut Recopies for Dinner, Deserts, and More by Ree Drummond

Description:

Family favorites re-designed to cook faster and easier.

Recommended because:

Ree takes classic favorite family recopies and reminds us why we love them and how we can make them in less time.

Great gift for:

Busy families


Antiquarian Sticker Book: Bibliophilia

Genre: Crafts

Antiquarian Sticker Book: Bibliophilia

Description:

A sticker book for the adult book or art lovers.

Recommended because:

Stunning images from different eras relating to books and typography.

Great gift for:

Crafter, scrapbooker, ephemera lover.


Louis Vuitton: Extraordinary Voyages

Genre: Fashion

Louis Vuitton: Extraordinary Voyages by Fancisca Matteoli

Description:

Oh, where all those fabulous Louis Vuitton suitcases and trunks have been!

Recommended because:

One of a kind book.

Great gift for:

Travel and design aficionados


The Beer Bible

Genre: Cooking

The Beer Bible by Jeff Alworth

Description:

Everything you have ever wanted to know about your favorite beverage in a single book.

Recommended because:

It is graphically interesting and incredibly informative.

Great gift for:

The beer-loving person in your life – Dad, brother, etc.


Egg Marks the Spot

Genre: Children Middle Reader

Egg Marks the Spot (Skunk and Badger 2) by Amy Timberlake and illustrations by Jon Klassen

Description:

The adventures of Skunk and Badger, the odd couple, continue.

Recommended because:

A compelling story combined with friendship, adventure, and humor. Starred Kirkus review.

Great gift for:

adventure-seeking kids ages 7-10


John Derian Paper Goods: Wrapping Paper & Gift Tags

Genre: Gift Item

John Derian Paper Goods: Wrapping Paper & Gift Tags

by John Derian, New York designer and tastemaker

Description:

Stunning papers useful for wrapping, framing, or crafting.


The Secret of the Magic Pearl

Genre: Children Early Reader

The Secret of the Magic Pearl by Elisa Sabatinelli

Description:

An Italian fantasy about a boy who loves the ocean and dreams of diving like his father and grandfather.

Recommended because:

Stunning illustrations and a magical storybook.

Great gift for:

Fantasy and adventure lovers, ages 6-10.


The Lost Apothecary

Genre: Fiction

The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner

Description:

Debut novel of two women in different eras (contemporary and 18th century London) seeking vindication, definition, and perhaps forgiveness.

Recommended because:

Well woven parallel stories with sympathetic characters.

Great gift for:

Historical fiction lovers and feminists.


Great Circle

Genre: Adult Fiction

Great Circle by Maggie Shipstead

Description:

Historical fiction with a strong female character, an aspiring aviatrix attempting to circumnavigate the globe longitudinally.

Recommended because:

One of a kind characters, persevering against many challenges.

Great gift for:

Female friends looking for an engrossing story.


1984: The Graphic Novel

Genre: Graphic Novel

1984: The Graphic Novel  by George Orwell, adapted and illustrated by Fido Nesti

Description:

An incredible graphic adaption of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel.

Recommended because:

A powerful and timely adaptation of a classic. Sure to be one of the year’s most notable graphic novels.

Great gift for:

Graphic novel lovers; the friend who’s sure that Big Brother is here now or on his way; any lover of dystopian fiction who for some strange reason has not read Orwell.


The Left-Handed Booksellers of London

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

The Left-Handed Booksellers of London by Garth Nix

Description:

In an alternative 1980’s London, a young woman searches for the father she’s never met and finds a stranger world than she could have imagined.

Recommended because:

This is a really fun read, with interesting characters, great story, cool magical system, and a big secret revealed.

Great gift for:

Teen or adult who loves urban fantasy and magic.


Gastro Obsurca: A Food Adventurer’s Guide

Genre: Cooking/Adventure

Gastro Obscura: A Food Adventurer’s Guide by Cecily Wong and Dylan Thuras

Description:

A fun and educational guide about what and why we humans eat.

Recommended because:

Fascinating information for anyone interested in food and the history of foods around the world.

Great gift for:

Foodies, historians, travelers, adventurers, and the curious.


Books In A Bar - Eclectic Reading List

Books In A Bar

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, our book group “Books in a Bar” discussed a varied list of books. Shown below are some of the more popular books from our discussions.


The Library Book (Simon & Schuster) by Susan Orlean

On the morning of April 28, 1986, a fire alarm sounded in the Los Angeles Public Library. The fire was disastrous: it reached two thousand degrees and burned for more than seven hours. By the time it was extinguished, it had consumed four hundred thousand books and damaged seven hundred thousand more. Investigators descended on the scene, but more than thirty years later, the mystery remains: Did someone purposefully set fire to the library–and if so, who?

Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a “delightful…reflection on the past, present, and future of libraries in America” ( New York magazine) that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before.


Jar City (Picador USA) by Arnaldur Indridason

When a lonely old man is found dead in his Reykjavík flat, the only clues are a cryptic note left by the killer and a photograph of a young girl’s grave. Inspector Erlendur discovers that many years ago, the victim was accused, but not convicted, of an unsolved crime, a rape. Did the old man’s past come back to haunt him? As Erlendur reopens this very cold case, he follows a trail of unusual forensic evidence, uncovering secrets that are much larger than the murder of one old man.

Jar is another book in the Inspector Erlendur series. Indridason is a two-time winner of the Glass Key Award for Best Nordic Crime Novel. The Books In A Bar group read Voices, another book in the Erlendur series, in 2019.

Lands of Lost Borders: A Journey on the Silk Road (Dey Street Books) by Kate Harris

As a teenager, Kate Harris realized that the career she craved–to be an explorer, equal parts swashbuckler, and metaphysician–had gone extinct. From what she could tell of the world from small-town Ontario, the likes of Marco Polo and Magellan had mapped the whole earth; there was nothing left to be discovered. Looking beyond this planet, she decided to become a scientist and go to Mars.

In between studying at Oxford and MIT, Harris set off by bicycle down the fabled Silk Road with her childhood friend Mel. Pedaling mile upon mile in some of the remotest places on earth, she realized that an explorer, in any day and age, is the kind of person who refuses to live between the lines. Forget charting maps, naming peaks: what she yearned for was the feeling of soaring completely out of bounds. The farther she traveled, the closer she came to a world as wild as she felt within.

Lands of Lost Borders, winner of the 2018 Banff Adventure Travel Award and a 2018 Nautilus Award, is the chronicle of Harris’s odyssey and an exploration of the importance of breaking the boundaries we set ourselves; an examination of the stories borders tell, and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity, and a meditation on the existential need to explore–the essential longing to discover what in the universe we are doing here.


The Paragon Hotel (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) by Lyndsay Faye

The year is 1921, and “Nobody” Alice James has just arrived in Oregon with a bullet wound, a lifetime’s experience battling the New York Mafia, and fifty thousand dollars in illicit cash. She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of home and who saves Alice by leading her to the Paragon Hotel. But her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be an all-black hotel in a Jim Crow city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises.

As she meets the churlish Dr. Pendleton, the stately Mavereen, and the club chanteuse Blossom Fontaine, she understands their dread. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers–burning crosses, electing officials, infiltrating newspapers, and brutalizing blacks. And only Alice and her new Paragon “family” are searching for a missing mulatto child who has mysteriously vanished into the woods. To untangle the web of lies and misdeeds around her, Alice will have to answer for her own past, too.

A richly imagined novel starring two indomitable heroines, The Paragon Hotel at once plumbs the darkest parts of America’s past and the most redemptive facets of humanity. From international-bestselling, multi-award-nominated writer Lyndsay Faye, it’s a masterwork of historical suspense.


Bowlaway (Ecco Press) by Elizabeth McCracken

From the day she is discovered unconscious in a New England cemetery at the turn of the twentieth century–nothing but a bowling ball, a candlepin, and fifteen pounds of gold on her person–Bertha Truitt is an enigma to everyone in Salford, Massachusetts. She has no past to speak of, or at least none she is willing to reveal, and her mysterious origin scandalizes and intrigues the townspeople, as does her choice to marry and start a family with Leviticus Sprague, the doctor who revived her. But Bertha is plucky, tenacious, and entrepreneurial, and the bowling alley she opens quickly becomes Salford’s most defining landmark–with Bertha, its most notable resident.

When Bertha dies in a freak accident, her past resurfaces in the form of a heretofore-unheard-of son, who arrives in Salford, claiming he is heir apparent to Truitt Alleys. Soon it becomes clear that, even in her death, Bertha’s defining spirit and the implications of her obfuscations live on, infecting and affecting future generations through inheritance battles, murky paternities, and hidden wills.

In a voice laced with insight and her signature sharp humor, Elizabeth McCracken has written an epic family saga set against the backdrop of twentieth-century America. Bowlaway is both a stunning feat of language and a brilliant unraveling of a family’s myths and secrets, its passions and betrayals, and the ties that bind and the rifts that divide.


The Return: Fathers, Sons, and the Land in Between (Random House) by Hisham Matar

When Hisham Matar was a nineteen-year-old university student in England, his father went missing under mysterious circumstances. Hisham would never see him again, but he never gave up hope that his father might still be alive. Twenty-two years later, he returned to his native Libya in search of the truth behind his father’s disappearance. The Return is the story of what he found there.

The Pulitzer Prize citation hailed The Return as “a first-person elegy for home and father.” Transforming his quest for answers into a brilliantly told universal tale of hope and resilience, Matar has given us an unforgettable work with a powerful human question at its core: How does one go on living in the face of unthinkable loss?