New York Times Ten Best Books of 2012

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 05

The New York Times released their editor's top ten books of 2012.  This is my favorite of the list.

"Stunningly beautiful and haunting at the same time, THE YELLOW BIRDS will tear into your soul, open your eyes to the horrors of war yet leave you wanting for more from Kevin Powers.  His writing is some of the best in literature; intense, concise, with each word chosen with such care that you keep every one close to your chest.  I read this straight through on July 4, an utterly appropriate day to read a book on the Iraq War.  Fireworks at night drove me inside as I thought of the men in THE YELLOW BIRDS and the shrapnel and mortars became too real for me.  Powers had brought the darkness of war to life in such a way that you can almost smell the dirty water in the ditch and the blood spilling out of the young soldier as he wails for his life.  Powers' writing has me in awe of not only his talent, but his experience in war and the aftermath leaves me stunned."  -- Annie Philbrick, Co-Owner, Bank Square Books and President, New England Independent Booksellers Association

My apologies. I missed two wonderful books on my Top Picks of 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 05
These two wonderful books belong on my list of Top Picks of 2012. I woke at 5 am this morning and realized I had missed them.. The two novels are not to be missed.  They are fabulous. 

Annie's Top Books for 2012

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 05




Annie’s Top Books of 2012


Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

Roots of the Olive Tree by Courtney Miller Santos

Wilderness by Lance Weller

Sutton by J.R. Moehringer

Live By Night by Dennis Lehane

Arcadia by Lauren Groff

Life Among Giants by Bill Roorbach

Some Girls, Some Hats and Hitler by Trudi Kanter

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Unfinished Work of Elizabeth D by Nicole Bernier

The Lighthouse Road by Peter Geye

Malice of Fortune by Michael Ellis

Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Cascade by Maryanne O’Hara

Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

The Cove by Ron Rash

Carry the One by Carol Anshaw

Gold by Chris Cleave

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

Billy Lynn’s Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

The Orchardist by Amanda

Lady Cyclist’s Guide To Kashgar by Suzanne Joinson

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Mrs. Queen Takes the Train by William Kuhn

Eight Girls Taking Photographs by Whitney Otto

Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan

The Vanishing Act by Mette Jakobsen

December is almost upon us and holiday shopping begins at Bank Square Books

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 - 05

Come and ask us about these special titles from our publisher friends. Fabulous reads and gifts for this holiday season.  Free wrapping in our beautiful papers.

We are open Monday through Saturday from 10-8 and Sunday from 10-5. 

Thank you all for helping get us back up and running. Come and visit our beautiful new store.

Weathering the Storm: Saving the Books

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 05


Weathering the Storm: Saving the Books  video link. came to Mystic last week to make a video about Sandy and included Bank Square Books in their efforts. Check out this link to get a real picture of the storm damage to Bank Square Books and the community's help our recovery efforts. Thank you, everyone for your help. --Annie & Patience

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bank Square Books is OPEN!!! We will be closed on Thanksgivng. A little chaotic but we are here for you. THANK YOU!!

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 05

We are open!! Come shop and see the new floor and our new bright children's section.  Thank you for not forgetting about us!  Your locally owned and fiercely independent bookstore is back, stronger than ever.


Bank Square Books is OPEN tomorrow at 11 am. A little chaotic but we are here for you. THANK YOU!!

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 05

With incredible help of everyone, our loyal staff, our local and far customers, our sales reps and their colleagues, our landlords...EVERYONE, we are open tomorrow at 11 am.  We may not be able to locate every book, every item, yet we know they are in the store so please come in through the doors.

 At 5 pm we are having a PARTY to celebrate the "The Bookstore That Could" with local author Ann Leal who contributed an essay in MY BOOKSTORE published by Balck Dog. We fought Sandy and we won. Please bring something to share, even if just yourselves. We will have some wine and beer and snacks and lots of books to sell.  

Again, thank you ALL for supporting our passion of independent bookselling.  -- Annie and Patience and our incredible staff and customers.


Tropical Storm Sandy Relief Donation and Store Update-- PROGRESS AND SOON TO OPEN!

Thursday, November 15, 2012 - 05

Thank you everyone for all your help in getting us back up and running. It is an immense amount of work and we could not do this without you.

We are working this morning to get all the shelving where they will live. This requires a strong back. This afternoon will be full of shelving and we can use anyone's help after 12 noon.  Lunch will be provided courtesy of Ingram Content Group.

 Around noon, a New York Media Company, will be here to talk with us and our customers about the store and our recovery to use in a documentary called "Weathering the Storm".  if you wish to share please stop by.


Again, thank you so very much. -- Annie and Patience

Tropical Storm Sandy Relief Donation and Store Update-- PROGRESS AND SOON TO OPEN!

Monday, November 12, 2012 - 05

Huge progress is being made
and we are trying very hard to open this coming Friday night, November
16th, 2012. Thanks to our landlords, Wayne and Geri Neff, we have an
entire new tile floor and at the moment new sheet rock  and baseboard
are being replaced all around the store's perimeter.  To get us up and
running will require a herculean effort to clean the store and get the
books in order back on the shelves after figuring out where to put the

On Wednesday, November 14th we are looking for cleaning volunteers.

If you have any time, even just an hour, please bring some rags and a
mop to the store after 9 am if you can help. You do not need to call us,
just show up.  If you have time to shelve books on Thursday and Friday
we welcome that help as well after 9 am.   We will periodically post
updates on our Facebook page and on our website.
Thank you for all your help, support and patience during this strenuous time. --Annie and Patience

Tropical Storm Sandy Relief Donation and Store Update

Sunday, November 11, 2012 - 05

Today the electrician and computer friend are at the store wiring new boxes and sorting out the computer wire spider webs.  In order to take advantage of all the big windows bringing in such wonderful sunlight, lighting up the new tile floor, we are moving the office to the other side of the store and installing the kid's section around this big window. Patience and went to Massachhusetts yesterday to get some bookshelves from a generous indie who has downsized.  The ones we were able to bring home will become and office wall, five feet high so they will allow the natural light.  The sheetrockers will be there at 8 am tomorrow morning to replace the lower wall that had to be removed due to moisture.  While we were there a couple from New York stopped by with a check donation. Thank you everyone for your thoughts and generosity We could not be doing this without your support. -- Annie & Patience