Bloomsbury Books Ashland

Bloomsbury Books Ashland

290 E. Main St
Ashland, OR 97520
541-488-0029
bloomsburyashland
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OUR HOURS HAVE TEMPORARILY CHANGED

Open 6-days:
M-Fri 10am-1pm
Sat 10am-1pm
Sun Closed

Home of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Specializing in contemporary fiction, children’s books, young adult, local authors, & a large Shakespeare & theater section

After shopping, enjoy your book at… Bloomsbury Coffee House
Organic eats, drinks, treats
Above Bloomsbury Books.
290 E. Main
(541) 708-0608

Dear customer,

The safety and health of our community is always of utmost importance to us, As all of our thoughts are on the COVID-19 situation, we wanted to share an important update on how Bloomsbury is responding. In the interest of public health and safety, we have made the decision to close Bloomsbury to the public. But fear not! You still have access to buy the books, crossword puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, and bananagrams you want and need during this time period

We are currently offering curbside pick-up or home delivery! How does that work? First and foremost – if you are showing signs of sickness, curbside pick-up is not for you! If you are unable or reluctant to leave your house at this time that’s ok too! Your best bet is to call us at 541-488-0029 and have your book delivered to your house or mailed free of charge.

For curbside pick-up:
1. Call us at 541-488-0029 and have your credit card (and a few minutes) handy.

2. Don’t know what you want – have a few extra minutes handy and a bookseller is happy to recommend some amazing things for you.

3. We will pull all of your requested items from the shelf and then charge you over the phone.

4. During the hours of 9-5 mon-sat or 10-5 on sunday, head over to our storefront and once you are parked give us a call at 541-488-0029 we will bring your prepaid items to your car.

We thank you for your continued support, stay safe out there.

Bloomsbury Staff

WE ARE TEMPORARILY CHANGING OUR HOURS.

OUR NEW HOURS ARE:

M-Sat 10am-1pm
Sun CLOSED

BLOOMSBURY SUGGESTIONS FOR THESE TURBULENT TIMES

YEAR OF WONDERS
Geraldine Brooks
In 1666, a young woman comes of age during an extraordinary year of love and death. Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a “plague village” in the rugged hill country of England, “Year of Wonders” is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history.

THE BOOKISH LIFE OF NINA HILL
Abbi Waxman
Nina Hill’s life may not seem like much, but for a person battling anxiety, it’s more than enough. She enjoys her job at a bookstore and her small circle of friends. Until a visit from a lawyer changes everything…The father that Nina never knew existed has died, leaving behind an enormous extended family. Nina now has innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins all living within a twenty-mile radius all demanding her attention. If that’s not enough, Nina’s talent for worrying is taking the thrill out of falling in love. Tom, a fellow trivia nerd–who’s totally into her–is obviously too good to be true. Caught in a whirlwind of new people, emotions and experiences, she feels the need to protect herself. But maybe opening her world–and her heart–is a risk worth taking.

CINDER
Marissa Meyer
Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl. . . . With high-stakes action and a smart, resourceful heroine, Cinder is a Cinderella retelling that is at once classic and strikingly original.

THE WOMAN IN THE WINDOW
A. J. Finn
Anna Fox lives alone–a recluse in her New York City home, unable to venture outside. She spends her day drinking wine (maybe too much), watching old movies, recalling happier times . . . and spying on her neighbors. Then the Russells move into the house across the way: a father, mother, their teenaged son. The perfect family. But when Anna, gazing out her window one night, sees something she shouldn’t, her world begins to crumble and its shocking secrets are laid bare.

WHERE’D YOU GO BERNADETTE
Maria Semple
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she’s a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she’s a disgrace; to design mavens, she’s a revolutionary architect; and to 15-year-old Bee, she is her best friend and, simply, Mom. Then Bernadette vanishes. It all began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette’s intensifying allergy to Seattle — and people in general — has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands. To find her mother, Bee compiles email messages, official documents, and secret correspondence — creating a compulsively readable and surprisingly touching novel about misplaced genius and a mother and daughter’s role in an absurd world.

FLORIDA
Lauren Groff
In One of my favorite books of 2019. She confirms my belief that Florida is a weird, fantastical, all-American state. Lauren Groff is one of the best! – Sheila

UNTO US A SON IS GIVEN
Donna Leon
For the 28th novel in Donna Leon’s bestselling mystery series, the apparent indiscretion of an elderly family friend involves a reluctant Commissario Guido Brunetti . . . until the sudden natural death of his friend sets in motion a murder.

MACHINES LIKE ME
Ian McEwan
A McEwan is near the top of my list for “best living novelist”. MACHINES is brilliantly entertaining, yet morally played  & thought provoking. -Sheila

BLOOMSBURY PICKS FOR FEBRUARY

WOVEN IN MOONLIGHT
Isabel Ibañez
I absolutely loved this book! The bold and adventurous Ximena has lived her whole life in Inkasia: a beautiful but war-torn country where she serves as a decoy condesa. Ximena’s only goal is to protect her best friend and heir to the throne of Inkasia. But when Ximena must go abroad to the rival kingdom in order to marry the evil King, she faces the ultimate test of bravery and loyaty. Ximena must decide between peace and war, between friendship and doing what she believes is right.

This novel blends gorgeous prose with delightfully subtle magic to create one of the best new YA novels of 2020.

– Sierra

THE MERCIES
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Finnmark, Norway, 1617. Twenty-year-old Maren Magnusdatter stands on the craggy coast, watching the sea break into a sudden and reckless storm fishermen, including her brother and father, are drowned and left broken on the rocks below. With the menfolk wiped out, the women of the tiny Arctic town of Vard² must fend for themselves. Three years later, a stranger arrives on their shore. Absalom Cornet comes from Scotland, where he burned witches in the northern isles. He brings with him his young Norwegian wife, Ursa, who is both heady with her husband’s authority and terrified by it. In Vard², and in Maren, Ursa sees something she has never seen before: independent women. But Absalom sees only a place untouched by God, and flooded with a mighty evil. As Maren and Ursa are drawn to one another in ways that surprise them both, the island begins to close in on them, with Absalom’s iron rule threatening Vard²’s very existence

SHUGGIE BAIN
Douglas Stuart
A heartbreaking story of addiction, sexuality, and love, Shuggie Bain is an epic portrayal of a working-class family that is rarely seen in fiction. Recalling the work of Édouard Louis, Alan Hollinghurst, Frank McCourt, and Hanya Yanagihara, it is a blistering debut by a brilliant novelist who has a powerful and important story to tell.

BLOOMSBURY PICKS FOR JANUARY

SUCH A FUN AGE
Kiley Reid
Alix Chamberlain is a woman who gets what she wants and has made a living, with her confidence-driven brand, showing other women how to do the same. So she is shocked when her babysitter, Emira Tucker, is confronted while watching the Chamberlains’ toddler one night, walking the aisles of their local high-end supermarket. The store’s security guard, seeing a young black woman out late with a white child, accuses Emira of kidnapping two-year-old Briar. A small crowd gathers, a bystander films everything, and Emira is furious and humiliated. Alix resolves to make things right. But Emira herself is aimless, broke, and wary of Alix’s desire to help. At twenty-five, she is about to lose her health insurance and has no idea what to do with her life. When the video of Emira unearths someone from Alix’s past, both women find themselves on a crash course that will upend everything they think they know about themselves, and each other.

UNCANNY VALLEY: A MEMOIR
Anna Wiener
Part coming-of-age-story, part portrait of an already-bygone era, Anna Wiener’s memoir is a rare first-person glimpse into high-flying, reckless startup culture at a time of unchecked ambition, unregulated surveillance, wild fortune, and accelerating political power. With wit, candor, and heart, Anna deftly charts the tech industry’s shift from self-appointed world savior to democracy-endangering liability, alongside a personal narrative of aspiration, ambivalence, and disillusionment.

THE SILENT PATIENT
Alex Michaelides
Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. One evening her husband Gabriel returns home late from a fashion shoot, and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Alicia’s refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at the Grove, a secure forensic unit in North London. Theo Faber is a criminal psychotherapist who has waited a long time for the opportunity to work with Alicia. His determination to get her to talk and unravel the mystery of why she shot her husband takes him down a twisting path into his own motivations–a search for the truth that threatens to consume him.

BLOOMSBURY FAVORITES OF THE YEAR

THE OVERSTORY
Richard Powers
The Pulitzer Prize-winner and the year’s best-selling novel at Bloomsbury is life changing – both an impassioned work of activism against the coming catastrophe of climate change and a paean to the natural world.  Now in paperback.

THE STARLESS SEA
Erin Morgenstern
From the author of THE NIGHT CIRCUS, a timeless love story set in a place of pirates, painters, lovers, liars, and ships that sail upon a starless sea.

AGENT RUNNING IN THE FIELD
John Le Carre
With Trump and Brexit center stage, in a chilling portrait of contemporary events,  this is a breathtaking and darkly humorous tale,  told with unflagging tension by the greatest espionage writer of our time.

THE TESTAMENT
Margaret Atwood
The sequel to HANDMAIDEN’S TALE has already won this year’s Booker Prize.   Atwood resumes 15 years after the first Gilead novel with a triumph  of suspense, imagination and her subtle, acerbic wit.

OLIVE, AGAIN
 Elizabeth Strout
The indomitable Olive Kitteridge is back in a novel that is as brilliant and eloquent ,as accessible and powerful ,as the earlier Pulitzer Prize-winner.

THE NICKEL BOYS
Colson Whitehead
Whitehead, author of UNDERGROUND RAILROAD, brilliantly dramatizes another strand of American history through the story of two boy sentenced to a hellish reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida.

WHAT ROSE FORGOT
Nevada Barr
Best-selling  N.Y Times mystery writer, Nevada Barr, has recently re-located to Ashland and we’re proud to sell her latest, cleverly plotted novel -which has received raves from local mystery bookclubs.

THE GUARDIANS
John Grisham
Customers wait every year for the new mystery by this smart, best-selling writer.  GUARDIANS is a legal thriller, already being compared to THE FIRM.

THE DUTCH HOUSE
Ann Patchett
A dark fairy tale, from one of our favorite novelists, about a brother and sister expelled by their wicked step-mother from their childhood home.  On a deeper level, it brilliantly mines the themes of love, forgiveness and acceptance.

THE WATER DANCER
Ta-Nehisi Coates
From the National Book Award-winner, a powerful book about a magical gift, a devastating loss, and an underground war for freedom.   A transcendent work about the humanity and power of those who suffered from America’s most disgraceful sin.

RUNNING WITH SHERMAN
Christopher McDougall
From the best-selling author of BORN TO RUN, a heartwarming story about training a rescue donkey to run one of the most challenging races in America.  This is a store favorite – no politics or dystopia- and a lot of heart.

THE SOURCE OF SELF-REGARD
Toni Morrison
The late Nobel Prize-winner, one of the most celebrated and revered writers of our time, has written a luminous collection of essays, speeches and meditations, spanning four decades.

IMMIGRANT’S STORIES

LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE In Valeria Luiselli’s fiercely imaginative follow-up to the American Book Award-winning Tell Me How It Ends, an artist couple set out with their two children on a road trip from New York to Arizona in the heat of summer. As the family travels west, the bonds between them begin to fray: a fracture is growing between the parents, one the children can almost feel beneath their feet. Through ephemera such as songs, maps and a Polaroid camera, the children try to make sense of both their family’s crisis and the larger one engulfing the news: the stories of thousands of kids trying to cross the southwestern border into the United States but getting detained–or lost in the desert along the way.

RETABLOS Seminal moments, rites of passage, crystalline vignettes–a memoir about growing up on the U.S./Mexico border.

HOMEGOING Homegoing follows the parallel paths of sisters and their descendants through eight generations: from the Gold Coast to the plantations of Mississippi, from the American Civil War to Jazz Age Harlem. Yaa Gyasi’s extraordinary novel illuminates slavery’s troubled legacy both for those who were taken and those who stayed–and shows how the memory of captivity has been inscribed on the soul of our nation.

WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions–doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

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