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Not your mom's bookclub!

How to Find Love in a BookshopBring your own book—Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 7:00 pm

Love to read? Tell others what you’re reading? Swap stories and books with friends? How about with strangers? We’re celebrating the release of How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry and celebrating love of reading!

Come join us at The Bookman’s first ever Meet Up! Bring your own book to gush about, exchange it with someone else and make some connections with like-minded people.

We’ll have door prizes and light refreshments. The event is free to attend!


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ISBN: 9780735223493
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Published: Pamela Dorman Books - August 15th, 2017

21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership

21 Irrerfutable Laws of LeadershipAre you looking for a great book about leadership? We're pleased to join the endorsement of a new Bookman customer who just ordered a copy The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You. This customer is so impressed with this book that the copy just ordered will be a gift!

Stephen Northcutt has this to say

This is an excellent first or second leadership book. Don’t expect to see anything truly novel in any of the laws, but the total package is a tasty dish, and I chose to read this book twice before writing this review. Maxwell uses stories from his church experience, sports, famous figures in history, and business acquaintances to bring the laws to life. If you have been studying leadership seriously for a long time, you might choose to pass on this one, but it is a fast read and well written. https://www.sans.edu/cyber-research/book-reviews/article/21-laws-bk-review

If you're looking for an excellent book for new leaders, you should take a close look at the 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership! Also available as an e-book! And an audio book!


The Bookman is an independent bookstore, and proud to partner with Kobo and Libro.fm to provide our customers with e-books and audio books!

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Call for price and availabiliy. (616) 846-3520.
ISBN: 9780785288374
Availability: Special Order
Published: Thomas Nelson Publishers - September 16th, 2007

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Coast Guard, Spirit, and the Colorful Way

Good Morning, Bookman Readers,

It's August -- Happy Coast Guard!!

We have several book events this month, so we hope you will check out our website Events Calendar OR our Used Book Room Window Calendar as you dine and shop in Centertown! And, please know YOU ARE ALWAYS INVITED to join our Poetry Club and our Wednesday evening Book Club at any time. Ask about them the next time you are in the store.


Do you ever feel the need for a boost in your creativity and a new spark in your life? Two books ready to fill you with inspiration are THE BIG MAGIC by Elizabeth Gilbert, author of EAT PRAY LOVE,  and A COLORFUL WAY OF LIVING by Barbara Baekgaard, co-founder of Vera Bradley.  The authors are coming from different angles, but both reinforce some of the basic ideas for a fulfilling life wherever you might find yourself.

The BIG MAGIC's subtitle is 'Creative Living Beyond Fear.' Her goal is to help readers move through the fears that often prevent us from going ahead and attempting what is in our 'heart of hearts.' Although the book may have been intended for 'artists,' her prescriptions for working in creative ways are applicable for all endeavors from building healthy relationships to designing a summer room.

A Colorful Way of LivingThe subtitle for A COLORFUL WAY OF LIVING  is 'How to Be More, Create More, Do More the Vera Bradley Way.' Baekgaard dedicates this book to her mother, Vera Bradley.  The 'Way' has become a staple for many people through the popularity of her brand and merchandise. The introduction first reminds us that "It's Never Too Late" no matter what our age. Her themes of the 'way' run through relationships, work, and everyday-living, illuminating the possibility s for adding 'color' and energy. Through Badkgaard's positive reinforcements, readers are encouraged to be their full vital selves. She writes, "That is what others really want to see, the real person."

Book Release Party: Yooper Talk!

Yooper TalkSave the date! The Bookman is pleased to host a book release party for Yooper Talk by Kathryn Remlinger!

Join us on Saturday, August 19 from 11:00 to 1:00! Kathryn will present her book, and do a signing.

Yooper Talk is a fresh and significant contribution to understanding regional language and culture in North America. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan--known as "the UP"--is historically, geographically, and culturally distinct. Struggles over land, labor, and language during the last 150 years have shaped the variety of English spoken by resident Yoopers, as well as how they are viewed by outsiders.

Stop into The Bookman and pick up your copy, and be sure to join Kathryn for the signing and talk, which are sure to be interesting and leave you thinking more deeply about our remarkable state.


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ISBN: 9780299312503
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - June 27th, 2017

Amy Young! A New Friend for Sparkle!

A new Friend for SparkleOn Saturday, August 26, celebrated children's book author and illustrator, Amy Young, will visit The Bookman from 10:30 to 11:30!

She will read, draw, and chat about her newest book about Sparkle the Unicorn, A New Friend for Sparkle!

Stop into The Bookman to get your copy, and join us when we welcome Amy on August 26!

(Don't miss this opportunity to meet a real live "unicorn!")

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ISBN: 9780374305536
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr) - June 27th, 2017

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March in July

July 2017 Blog

Good Morning, Bookman Readers,

Quick Notes

  • First, you are invited to the bookstore this Saturday, July 8th any time between 10:30 am and 12:30pm. It is a "Mystery Writer's Morning." Three Michigan writers, Maris Soule, Diane Burton, and Jacquelyn Vincente will be greeting customers and signing  award winning books. Please join us.
  • Second, Important for Poetry Enthusiasts!!  The scheduled gathering for Poetry Club: Poetry Lives moves to the third Tuesday, July 18th, for July only. We will be back to second Tuesday in August, August 14th, 6:30 pm to 8 pm. And in thinking about our poetry club, everyone in our West Michigan community who enjoys reading and listening to poetry or writing poetry is invited to visit and/or become a part of the club. We are a small group of gentle folks, giving positive feedback and enjoying the efforts of original work and the favorite poems of others.

Each month I am reminded of the depth and breadth in the writing of so many people along the Lake Shore. Our local authors are important to the Bookman and the community.  They are featured prominently over the back wall of the store. The shelves are filled with Historical novels, cozy romances, mysteries, and non-fiction of all types, and poetry that we hope you will enjoy.