This week at Eight Cousins . . .
We think we'll be back in our space next week. The ceiling is complete, the floor is in progress, the office is being constructed.
We need some time before we officially open, which is why we are still not identifying a specific date. We need to finish constructing the office, redo the bathroom (we sincerely apologize: because of miscommunication there was a pigeon casualty), build a new register, set up the computers, reassemble our shelving -- some is in storage although we won't know the condition until it arrives and a few new pieces are being delivered.
Due to the loss of shelving, the layout of the store will be different and we want to give ourselves time to develop our new plan. Last but not least we need time to receive and shelve the new books and gifts.
The store will not look the same, but we think it will feel the same. We're looking forward to adding a bit more seating, creating displays, and redirecting the flow. Our dedicated staff will be on hand to talk books and we're looking forward to adding new book lovers to the team this summer.
Watch our website, social media, and of course this newsletter for official opening announcements. Party to come.
~ Eight Cousins
The Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II
As the United State entered World War II-after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor-the Navy and Army began recruiting women to train as code breakers. Thousands of women headed to Washington D.C. to play a part in the defense of the country.
These women were intelligent, adventurous, independent and above all, patriotic. Their work in breaking the Japanese codes saved thousands of American lives and helped to win the war. However, until Liza Mundy's book, they were never acknowledged and their role in the war effort was unknown as they were forbidden to discuss their jobs even after the war ended. Thoroughly researched, The Code Girls is a long-overdue recognition of a group of women who served their country in its time of need. Highly recommended!
Between the World and Me
Between the World and Me
is the Falmouth Reads Together selection for 2018. As you will see elsewhere in our newsletter there are several community events planned around the reading of this book.
Listening to this book, read by the author, is very powerful. Coates is a major voice in ongoing conversations about race. He challenges me to think about what I thought and opens my eyes to the things I have missed that are right in front of me.
For Teens and beyond
It's finally time. I have been looking forward to reviewing this book since September. Dread Nation will be available on April 3 and I cannot wait!
In Dread Nation, Justina Ireland tackles race, colorism, fashion, social justice, gender, class, war, white supremacy, in a post-Civil War zombie story that is part historical fiction, part dystopian, part western, and all adventure.
Jane, trained in combat and etiquette to protect wealthy white families, is one of my all-time favorite characters. She's more inclined toward combat than etiquette and her voice is spectacular: "'Kate the day I go around pinching your scrap bonnet is the day I dance a jig naked in the dining room. No this isn't your bonnet.' That is a bald-faced lie. It is most definitely her bonnet."
I laughed. I experienced fear. I felt surges of pride and pangs of sorrow. Dread Nation will keep you thinking and thinking deeply. Phenomenal.