"When I first heard that Humpty Dumpty fell off the wall, I always wondered: did he fall, or was he pushed?"  P.D. James, August 3, 1920 - November 27, 2014

Hello Friends of the Penguin,

We just wrapped up an amazing Shop Indies First/Small Business Saturday and are hoping this means a very successful holiday season here at the Penguin, the first in our new location.  Thanks to author Leah Pileggi (Prisoner 88) for coming in to serve as our Honorary Bookseller for the day, and Su and her son Max Tiber, authors of the self-published children's book Awesome Animals Rock the Holidays, for hosting our 11:00am Saturday Storytime.  We have had some very special guests for this Saturday Storytime, including longtime customer and new author Jill George, who came with her son Grant to celebrate the publication of their book, The Construction Kid.  Way to go moms and sons!  On both the 6th and the 13th of this month, the Center for Young Musicians will be coming in during the 11:00am Saturday Storytime to host Sing-a-longs and showcase some of their young musicians.  Kids of all ages welcome!

We are very excited to be partnering with the Sewickley YMCA and their daycare program by hosting a special story time just for the Y kids.  This Wednesday at 9:30 we will be welcoming the 3-year-olds, and at 10:00am, the 4 & 5 year-olds will be coming.  We are hoping to turn this into a monthly-scheduled activity.  As a long-time member of the Y, it gives me great pleasure to have the Penguin and the Y find a meaningful way to work together.  Thank you to Trish Hooper for making this happen so quickly!

Some special things to remember for December:

--Friday, December 6th is LITE-UP NIGHT and we will be hosting a strings trio from the Center for Young Musicians (stay tuned for specific performance time)
--Monday, December 8th, 6PM, local author and PPG columnist REG HENRY will be here to celebrate the publication of his new book, The Wry World of Reg Henry.  (the excitement is building and we have not been able to keep his book in the store!)
--Penguin Evening Readers will be meeting on Thursday, Dec. 18th at 7PM to discuss The Rosie Project

Also, please remember that we are open until 7:00PM on Thursdays and Fridays and Sundays from 11:00am-4:00pm for the holiday season.

We wish you all health and peace for this holiday season.

Thanks for keepin' it local,
Susan & the Penguin Team


                      Author Event!!

                                     December 8, 2014

             6:00pm till 7:00pm

         Meet Reg Henry 
as we celebrate the publication
of his new book

Reg Henry is an award-winning syndicated columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His work has appeared in more than 150 newspapers in the United States, causing laughter and, at times, dismay, depending on the reader's taste for his dry sense of humor. Reg Henry's columns range from the joys of drinking Guinness to the perils of being a Carnegie Mellon University braniac living in gender-neutral on-campus housing. His take is always fresh, if a bit twisted, holding up an odd little mirror to the human condition.

Please join for the evening; Reg will be reading from his book and signing copies; no reservations needed.
    Notable Saturday 

All storytimes begin at 11:00 a.m.

December 6, 2014 Center for Young Musicians will host a Sing-a-Long Storytime. A holiday craft and songs for little ones ages 3-6.
December 13, 2014 Center for Young Musicians will showcase some of their talented students.  

Holiday Gift Guide link from the Penguin Bookshop

Holiday Season Store Hours!!

Monday- Wednesday
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

open late, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Christmas Eve !!
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Closed December 25th and 26th


November Penguin Bestsellers

Mastering the Art of French Eating 
by Ann Mah

Make it Ahead
by Ina Garten

Boys in the Boat
by David James Brown

by Laura Hillenbrand

The Wry World of Reg Henry
by Reg Henry

Small Victories
by Anne Lamott

Children's Bestsellers for November

The Construction Kid: The Big Beginning
by Jill Webb

Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul
by Jeff Kinney

The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt

The Book With No Pictures
by B.J. Novak

Prisoner 88 
by Leah Pileggi

 What We're Reading
(and loving)...

Ann Patchett's
This is the Story of a Happy Marriage

So interesting to read a favorite novelist's essays about life, love, writing, and owning a bookstore!  There's something here for everyone.  A light but meaningful read for both Patchett fans and those readers looking for an inside look at the life and mind of a bestselling writer and a person seeking her voice.  

Eric Larson's 
Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania
**Release date is March 10,2015  
On May 1, 1915, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were anxious. Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone, and for months, its U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the "Lusitania" was one of the era's great transatlantic "Greyhounds" and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack. He knew, moreover, that his ship--the fastest then in service--could outrun any threat. 

Erik Larson has chosen a fascinating subject, and the book coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Lusitania's tragic demise.

Jill Lepore's 
Secret History of Wonder Woman
The Secret History of Wonder Woman relates a tale so improbable, so juicy, it'll have you saying, "Merciful Minerva!..".  Providing an astonishingly thorough investigation of the man behind the world's most popular female superhero, Lepore has assembled a vast trove of images and deploys them cunningly. Besides a hefty full-color section of Wonder Woman art in the middle section, there are dozens of black-and-white pictures scattered throughout the text. Many of these are panels from Marston's comics that mirror events in his own life. Combined with Lepore's zippy prose, it all makes for a supremely engaging reading experience.

James McBride's
Good Lord Bird

In The Good Lord Bird, James McBride takes the reader on an imaginative and entertaining journey, seen through the eyes of Henry (aka Henrietta) Shackleford, a young black slave who is mistaken for a girl when he is "rescued" by a quirky John Brown and his gang of abolitionists.  Interesting events and historic figures populate the novel, and by the time John Brown makes his final stand during his siege of the Harper's Ferry arsenal, he has become a fully realized and moving character.  In spite of his controversial acts, it's hard not to admire Brown's fearlessness and strong convictions; and while his stand at Harper's Ferry was doomed, that event did push our country closer to the Civil War, the outcome of which Brown would have been very satisfied with, indeed.

Stephan Pastis'
Timmy Failure: We Meet Again
Reminiscent of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, We Meet Again lives up to the hilarity of the two previous books. Timmy and his pet polar bear Total are back, and better than ever!

Anita Diamant's
The Boston Girl
**Release date is December 9, 2014
Eighty-five-year-old Addie tells the story of her life to her 22-year-old granddaughter who has asked her, How did 
you get to be the woman you are today?  She begins in 1915, the year she found her voice and made friends who would help shape the course of her life. From the one-room tenament apartment she shared with her parents and two sisters, to the library group for girls she joins at a neighborhood settlement house, to her first, disastrous love affair, Addie recalls her adventures with compassion for the naive girl she was and a wicked sense of humor. Written with the same attention to historical detail and emotional resonance that made Anita Diamant's previous novels so compelling, The Boston Girl is ripe to be Diamant's next bestseller.  

Neil Gaiman's 
American Gods
 Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the magic day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and to start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.


Penguin Evening Readers

Thursday, December 18, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Rosie Project


The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. 
The Rosie Project is a delightful reminder that all of us, no matter how we’re wired, just want to fit in and find true love.

New members always welcome!
Kristin is back and will be leading the group.


Future Releases

Release date December 2, 2o14
Tom Clancy Full Force and Effect

by Tom Clancy
Release date December  9, 2014:
Every Last Crumb: Paleo Bread and Beyond
by Brittany Angell
Release date December 12, 2014
Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography
by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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