One thing that we hear repeatedly from many customers the past couple of months is that they are having a hard time focusing on reading. Maybe it’s the underlying stress of living in uncertain times, maybe it’s the lack of structure and the ennui inherent in having an entire day yawning in front of you with no social commitments.
Thank you for your continued support and for choosing to shop indie & local
Right now we are open 7 days a week from 12-6 p.m.
Here's how you can support us:
Order online 24/7: You can have books mailed directly to your home
Or choose (contactless) curbside pick-up. Tommy's next door is doing curbside take-out and we are sharing the spaces, so just pull up front. Call when you arrive and we will bring your items out to you. PLEASE READ: When we receive your online order you will receive a confirmation. We will send a separate email when your order is on the hold shelf. Wait for that email before you pick-up the order. :)
Telephone orders: Call us with your requests and you can prepay and pick-up curbside or we can mail to you.
In-store browsing: We will need to limit the amount of shoppers to insure 6 ft separation
Here is what we have done and are doing:
~ Totally reorganized our main floor and moved some sections to make our store safe for distancing.
We love the changes and we think you will, too.
~ Erected framed safety shields around the check-out. Thanks DrakeWorks and Josh!
~ Insure social distancing by limiting customers inside the store.
~ We are implementing a continuous cleaning schedule and
making available hand sanitizer for you to use from Western Reserve Distillers.
~ Staff will be wearing masks and they will be required for in-store browsing.
We've seen a lot of clever, quirky, and even fashionable masks and we can't wait to see yours!
Used Book Trades
We will not be taking used book trades at this time
but look forward to resuming this very important part of our business!
Detailed onling ordering instructions:
We can ship to you for FREE (media mail) on pre-paid orders of 50.00 or more from our website. It's super easy! Go here: www.macsbacks.com
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Tips for ordering:
1. Use the search bar to look for whatever you want to read. This site has a database of millions of titles.
2. Check the publication date. Many titles have a future release date. You are able to pre-pay now & we can process those orders at pub date.
3. Check the format and choose paperback or hardcover. Keep in mind that some titles are listed but not yet available in paperback.
4. If it says "special order" or "email store" that may mean the title is temporarily unavailable.
Thank you for being our customer and for your patient good cheer as we navigate the new circumstances!
Reading Group Indie Next List
Kids Indie Next List
Indie Next List
It's Pride Month! Celebrate all things LGBTQ+ with some great reads by queer authors. Here are a few of my favorites:
Review - On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
Whew! What words can possibly be used to describe this book when the author has already used the most beautiful ones?
In these weird days of social distancing, I've been reading a lot of historical fiction. It's a great source of escape, comfort, and perspective to read about how people dealt with and overcame adversity in the past. Here's a great one that came out a couple of months ago -
Review - The Mercies by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
When I began, way back at the beginning of March, thinking of a theme for this month’s blog post, coronavirus was just some background noise in newsfeeds. Now that we are in nearly full shutdown mode, the world is a different place. We need to come up with new ways of working, of going about the everyday logistics of life, and of relating to those around us from a safe distance. I hope you are all staying safe and healthy. We miss all of our customers and look forward to the day when we can open our doors again and welcome you all in.
BOOK REVIEW - GIRL, WOMAN, OTHER BY BERNARDINE EVARISTO
This kaleidoscopic novel spins us through the lives of twelve Black British women, each with a clear, fierce voice. Their stories intertwine, spanning centuries. From beleaguered school teacher Shirley, to flamboyant playwright Amma, to nonbinary social media maven Megan/Morgan, the characters leap off the page.
THE CRYING BOOK BY HEATHER CHRISTLE
Crying is one of the most human things that we do. It is an all-purpose activity. We cry to express grief, joy, anger, fatigue, frustration. Those of us who cry easily are in constant struggle to not only control our tears but to understand the very nature of them and the reasons behind them.