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An independent bookstore with one of the friendliest, most experienced staffs around. Surrounded by gardens in bloom, pastures containing our Belties, the shops and restaurants of the Village Center, we offer a singularly pleasant book buying experience.
Let's dive into staff picks! This is a good bunch--you'll find a mix of authors on the rise and ones who are already in their primes.
The Kept by James Scott
"Every so often a book comes along that just knocks my socks off. The more I think about it the more it resonates with me. The Kept is such a book. While it is one of these bleak and grim types that I tend to gravitate towards and know exactly which readers will enjoy, I will recommend this book to almost anyone.... Full Post >
Heads bent, we graciously welcome Sir Wok and his pup of indiscriminate origin to the McIntyre's family. Made from wok pans, belts, and a purple feather duster, this suit of armor keeps the mystery room under control.
Fear his right glove, which sometimes falls off. Fear his squat dog, gleaming in golden armor. Fear the podium on which he is mounted, which has wheels.
Eric Juengst -- armor artist, husband of kids' book buyer Katherine, and director of UNC's Center for Bioethics --... Full Post >
The short story is thriving.
Alice Munro wins the Nobel Prize. George Saunders and Junot Diaz contend for National Book Awards. Claire Vaye Watkins incorporates the mythology of the American West to write the dark collection Battleborn, which seems to shudder in your hands as you read. Kevin Barry performs wonderful tricks of Irish dialect in Dark Lies the Island.
What has lead us to this wonderful year? Here are 5 collections--written over the past two decades or... Full Post >
Also In: In Our Gardens
These trees in front of McIntyre's Books are Ilex verticillata, also known as winterberry. They - two females and a male pollinator - where planted when the bookstore was "planted" 24 years ago, and they are about as tall as you'll find anywhere. The clouds of red berries persist well into winter and often are eaten, over the course of a single day, by migrating cedar wax wings. We'll see them the next 3-6 weeks or so. Full Post >
Thank you to our holiday treat-bearers. For the past week, I've dealt with chocolate mouth, the dehydration that comes from eating only chocolate all day long. With these sweet gifts, we've added about fifteen to twenty lbs. to our staff. No matter. We'll shed our hibernating weight in the new year. Until then, we read!
Here's a peek at books we've enjoyed lately. We'll start with Pete's pick, Goat Mountain. A boy hunting with his family spies a poacher in his gun's scope. The boy... Full Post >
On the morning of Pat Conroy's visit, the rain and glop seems to be giving way to sun. I'd like to thank everyone for helping us sell out the event --without this kind of support, we wouldn't be around and we wouldn't be able to host authors of Conroy's caliber!
Buying the books you want from McIntyre's has never been easier. Come through the door and get lost among our shelves or cozy up in front of the fireplace (no one has yet attempted to cook marshmallows). There's always one of the... Full Post >
Not buying books saddens me, but McIntyre's has so many stocking stuffers that I must share them. This also gives me the opportunity to quote the great Mitch Hedberg: "A severed human foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer." Limbs are not our business, but the following items are:
From hedgehog lip balm to owl kitchen timers to shark speakers, we've got gifts perfect for your friends that may love animals too much. A dragon keychain light will make you the envy of fantasy fans everywhere.... Full Post >
Here are some books that have been keeping us up at night:
The Labyrinth of Osiris by Paul Sussman
"This book took me back to my childhood when I loved to read Robert Ludlum, Ken Follett, and others. Good international thrillers that pumped up the heartbeat and kept me reading way past any bedtime, much to my mother's chagrin.
The Labyrinth of Osiris, set in the Mid-East and featuring a partnership between Israeli and Egyptian detectives, has done the very same thing... Full Post >
Also In: Fearrington Events
We are so excited David Tanis will be here to kick off our Cooks & Books fall mini season on Thursday, October 24th at 1pm. In One Good Dish, his first non-menu cookbook, the New York Times food columnist offers 100 utterly delicious recipes that epitomize comfort food, Tanis-style. Individually or in combination, they make perfect little meals that are elemental and accessible, yet totally surprising—and there’s something to learn on every page. As a chef at Chez... Full Post >
Before I could finish asking Katherine what books she's excited about, she had slapped two in my hand. My hand hurts, but all the better for y'all, who can now take a peak at her picks.
Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan (a young adult title)
"This is an incredibly spiritual book -- about gender identity and how it shifts -- a compelling look at how humans connect passionately and how human wounds and self-perception can control us. In this work, the power of love redeems.... Full Post >