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    THE GREAT ALONE
    by Kristin Hannah In The Great Alone, Hannah introduces us to a volatile man who can’t keep a job because of his erratic behavior. In a spur of the moment decision, and with absolutely no preparation, he takes his wife and 13-year old daughter to live off the grid in a remote part of Alaska. They are totally unprepared for the challenges and isolation that follow that decision. At first, they welcome their independence but when winter and the 18-hour darkness descends, they realize that dangers lurk all around them, both inside and outside their dwelling. It is a story about the awesome beauty of the Alaska landscape , the impact of love and loss, the instinct for survival, and the inherent wildness that resides in both man and nature.
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    IN THE MIDST OF WINTER
    by Isabel Allende By strange circumstances three very different people get enmeshed in a complicated series of events. When the borrowed car Evelyn, an undocumented immigrant, is driving gets rear-ended by a lonely university professor, all commotion breaks out. She appears at his house later that night and discloses what she found in the truck of the car when she got home. And it wasn’t groceries! What it was was all sorts of trouble for everyone. You’ll see love in bloom, compassion, and perhaps mixed-up justice as the three people grapple with a situation none of them expected.
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    THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY
    by Michio Kaku It is subtitled Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth. If you want to really stretch your mind and look far into the future to see where humanity will be, this book is for you. World-renowned physicist and futurist, Dr. Kaku will astound you with the research that is going on today as scientists look beyond our galaxy and visualize humanity’s place within it in the generations and decades ahead……on Earth and beyond.
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    NEED TO KNOW
    by Karen Cleveland Picture a dedicated CIA counterintelligence analyst who is convinced she has discovered a Russian sleeper cell on American soil. Ordinarily she would immediately alert her superiors and arrests would be made. But this time, she hesitates. Yes, she is sworn to defend her country against all enemies foreign and domestic. But she now realizes that if she releases the information she has discovered, her immediate family will be in immense jeopardy. This espionage thriller ranks among the best!
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DEAR BOOKLOVERS,

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award will be JOHN IRVING. The award honors a writer whose body of work reflects the Prize's mission: to use the power of literature to foster peace, social justice, and global understanding. It will be presented to Mr. Irving at the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Award Ceremony at The Schuster Center in Dayton, Ohio on Sunday, October 28, 2018. More information is available on the DLPP webpage: daytonliterarypeaceprize.org.

The Fiction Winner is SALT HOUSES by Hala Alyan. The Nonfiction Winner is WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER by Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The Fiction Runner-Up is PACHINKO by Min Hin Lee. The Nonfiction Runner-Up is READING WITH PATRICK by Michelle Kuo.

The Award Ceremony on October 28 is sold out, but there is still an opportunity to participate in the Conversation with the Dayton Literary Peace Prize Authors at Sinclair Community College, Building 12 (Ponitz Center) on Sunday morning, October 28. Advance registration is necessary through email to Linda Harrison at peaceliterature@att.net. A $15 donation will be accepted at the door. Please pay with a check or exact amount in cash. Registration starts at 9 am and the program begins at 10 am. Seating is limited.

Your participation in our recent book collection for Project READ was sensational! Hundreds of books were donated to that group and they are being distributed to children throughout the community. Often it is the first book a child owns! Thank you for your generosity.. Project READ has put your donations to good use.


When Stephen King visited us in June 2016 and we hosted him at The Victoria Theatre, he was impressed with Dayton and drove around it quite a bit. He said Dayton would figure in one of his future books. Well he's done that! When you read his newest book, The Outsider, you will notice references to Dayton, Trotwood, and Montgomery County.


We are excited about a new program here at books&co! We call it BUY BACK. We know your favorite books, CDs and DVDs will always hold a special place in your heart, but you may need room on your shelves for new favorites. We can help! Sell us your gently used items for cash and we will find a new home for them.

Here is how it works:
Bring us up to 50 items during BUY BACK hours (Sunday through Thursday noon-6 pm), leave your phone number and we'll text you when your order has been processed. Then return to the desk in the front of our store for cash. It's that simple! For large orders or on off-days, please ask about advance appointments, so we can make the best use of your time.

What we're looking for: We're interested in books, DVDs, and CDs, but we're specifically looking for:
Teen & Young Adult Books
Children's Books
Graphic Novels
New Releases

NOTE: We cannot accept textbooks, damaged or dated materials, marked up books, book club or condensed reader versions. We take into consideration condition and age of materials and our ability to re-sell your items to our customers. We buy as much as we can use. Seller must be at least 18 years of age with valid ID. Restrictions may apply. Large orders (over 50 books) by appointment only.

We encourage you to give BUY BACK a try. We think you'll like it.

REMINDER: We have a fun-filled KIDS STORYTIME each Saturday at 2 pm with our very own Miss Mary. Each session usually includes a reading, music, and crafts.

Children's authors, EOIN COLFER and ANDREW DONKIN were in town recently to visit Kettering Middle School and stopped in to sign some stock for us. Therefore, we have autographed copies of their new graphic novel, ILLEGAL, which depicts the story of a young boy from Ghana who treks across the Sahara Desert to Tripoli and finally out to the merciless sea in hopes of reaching safety in a new land and reuniting with his brother and sister who made the harrowing journey ahead of him. It puts a face on the issue of immigration.

UPCOMING AUTHOR EVENTS:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27; 7 PM
MARSHALL WEISS
will introduce his book, DAYTON JEWISH COMMUNITY.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20; 2 PM
STEVE & KATHY DOOCY
will introduce their new cookbook, THE HAPPY COOKBOOK: A CELEBRATION OF THE FOOD THAT MAKES AMERICA SMILE.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26; 7 PM
WIL HAYGOOD
will introduce TIGERLAND 1968-1969: A CITY DIVIDED, A NATION TORN APART, AND A MAGICAL SEASON OF HEALING

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 17; 2 PM
HELEN KLEIN ROSS
will introduce hew newest novel, THE LATECOMERS.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29; 5 PM (Line numbers beginning at 4 pm)
JAN BRETT
will introduce her newest picture book, THE SNOWY NAP.


We hope you can attend these events. If you can't, we welcome you to come in after the event and get autographed copies.

Thank you for being our customers.


Warm regards,

Sharon Kelly Roth
Director, Public Relations