This week at Eight Cousins . . .
We have seen significant progress in the store this week. By redesigning our office space, we have now been able to open up space towards the back of the store. We think this new design will make the store more accessible -- our step free entrance is in the back parking lot. It will also make deliveries easier, which we hope will be appreciated by all of our regular delivery carriers. We have been making decisions on flooring and having conversations about paint color and lighting. Because we had a lot of these conversations three years ago, we're finding that many of our thoughts about the space have not changed. We placed an order for bookcases to replace ones that were damaged. We are still feeling optimistic about a late-Spring reopening. No official opening schedule has been set.
The pick up location at Wood Lumber (81 Locust Street) has been working and we appreciate everyone who has made the effort to find us there. We will continue to be available during these set times: Tuesdays 1:30-4 pm and Thursdays 2:30-6:30 pm. If you need a book by a certain date, please put the information in the order comments section of your online order. We do read all the notes.
In last week's newsletter, we talked about the important and vibrant indie bookstore ecosystem of which Eight Cousins is proud to be a part. We solicited comments on your favorite (non-Falmouth!) bookstores and received lots of great responses. It has been gratifying to see some of our local neighboring bookstores recognized, as well as stores from across the country. We will print the list next; if you haven't already submitted a store (or if you want to add any others!) you still have time. Click this Celebrating Independent Bookstores link to participate.
A healthy, vibrant Main Street Falmouth and the entire small business community in Falmouth is also vital to the success of our store. Eight Cousins is an active member of the Falmouth Village Association and the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce. The Falmouth Village Association sponsors movies, parades, and events throughout the year. The enjoyment derived from being a part of Falmouth's Main Street is one of the things Eight Cousins staff frequently discusses.
Like the rest of Falmouth, we were all very excited when Maison Villatte arrived. We often serve their bread and pastries at our events. They also have amazing hot cider in the fall. For all-staff meetings we often order pizza from Simply Divine. The fig and prosciutto specialty pizza is a staff favorite. We were delighted to add Bangkok Cuisine to the staff meeting rotation. Being across the street from Anejo Mexican Bistro means that we are frequent patrons, especially of their winter lunch menu and Taco Tuesday. The Pickle Jar has fantastic lattes; Ghelfi's Candies of Cape Cod makes a mean milkshake; Ben & Bill's has superb kettle corn. Molly's Tea Room has excellent soup offerings, as do Bean & Cod and Parkside Market. Try the chicken korma at Golden Swan Indian Cusine, the shrimp and scallop piccata at La Cucina Sul Mare, the stout marinated steak tips at Bear & Boots, blackened scallops at the Quarterdeck, and the tortellini at Osteria La Civet. Of course Liam Maguire's Irish Pub is a staple for burgers as well as music and entertainment and you'll want to stop by Cupcake Charlie's for dessert! Besides the impressive range of restaurants on Main Street, we also enjoy shopping at our neighboring stores. Gifts from Caline's for Kids, Green Eyed Daisy, Molino's, Homespun Garden, Twigs, Setting the Space, Port Cargo, Cape Chic Co., The Black Dog, Puritan Cape Cod, Celebrations, Soft as Grape, LeRoux, Settings, Eastman's Hardware, Board Stiff, Harvest of Barnstable, Spice & Tea Merchants always go over well.
For the past six years we have had a fantastic time working with people from the restaurants, shops, and service businesses across Main Street on the Find Waldo Local event. It is a pleasure to be part of a vibrant Main Street and collaborate on events and programing with smart, dedicated, passionate colleagues.
You probably already know where this newsletter is heading. YES! Tell us what you love about Main Street. Do you have a favorite store? Recommended a dish at a particular restaurant? Do you appreciate the free parking? Love sitting on the Falmouth Public Library lawn? Are you a frequent attendee of events at the Museums on the Green? Are you part of the congregation at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church or First Congregational Church? Do you enjoy walking from Main Street to the Queen's Buyway for coffee, bikes, art, and more shopping? Is the playground or carousel your destination of choice?
Yes! You are welcome to submit more than one entry.
Yes! You are welcome to submit your own Main Street business.
~ Eight Cousins
Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me is a father's impassioned letter to his son on the experiences of being a black man in America. The legacy of slavery and the impact of segregation live on in this country, in spite of laws that have been enacted to overturn both. Although Coates is addressing his son, his message is for the rest of us. It is an invitation to inhabit a black man's world that is fraught with threats, high rates of incarceration and murder, and senseless acts of bigotry. I found this book to be a powerful indictment of American attitudes toward race and highly relevant, especially in the wake of the events in Charlottesville last summer. It is a difficult read, however it is a necessary book for our times.
The Falmouth Reads Together Committee believed Between the World and Me to be of such importance it was selected as the Falmouth Town-Wide Read for 2018. During February, March and April there will be programming centered around the themes embodied in this book, beginning with a lecture on the slave trade and New England; check the Falmouth Public Library website for future programs. Additional titles for younger readers include: Young Adult, The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas; Middle Grade, The Jacket, by Andrew Clements; and the picture book, The Other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson.
On Monday, February 12, the American Library Association announced their annual Youth Media Awards. The awards show streams live and it is incredibly exciting. It is the day that children's booksellers and librarians across the country get to say "I knew it." I knew [insert book here] book was amazing. See? It just won a Newbery, Coretta Scott King, Belpre, Caldecott, Printz, Schneider, etc. Of course it's always difficult when our particular favorite is not selected and I'll be the first to admit that the Randolph Caldecott Medal for the most distinguished American picture book for children surprises me every year.
Nevertheless, it is incredibly gratifying to see great books get the recognition they deserve. I am beside myself with excitement to see Piecing Me Together win the Coretta Scott King medal for text and receive a John Newbery honor award. Piecing Me Together is one of my three favorite YA books from 2017. It is on our Summer Picks 2017 list, the NECBA Windows & Mirrors list, as well as one of our Holiday Picks 2017. I have been talking it up with English teachers, librarians, pretty much anyone who will listen.
In Piecing Me Together, Jade is a collage artist. She creates art by selecting parts and pieces, putting them together in unique and captivating ways. Her story of discovery and identity is about finding the best pieces of the different parts of her life. She selects from her home, her mother (one of my favorite characters) her school, her mentor, teachers, and friends. All of these pieces offer strength to Jade and as she develops, she recognizes the importance of asking for what she needs. Although Piecing Me Together is Jade's story, the complexities of the secondary characters and their nuanced relationships with each other provide a robust canvas for Jade's art.
I highly recommend reading this phenomenal, award-winning book. Other Eight Cousins favorites include:
For the full list of winners, please visit