Black Futures Month

In a piece for the New York Times, local author Patrice Gopo wrote, “in a society with an abundance of stories featuring white characters, my daughter needs to see herself reflected in the pages. She needs me to help her find stories that expand our country’s typical narrative about black people — beyond slavery, segregation and the civil rights movement. She needs to see people who share her race existing in a variety of books — happy, carefree, fantastical ones, as well as stories of strife.”

This February, we shifted our gaze ever so slightly, so that it rested not only upon black histories but also black futures, curating displays and collections that showcased myriad Black narratives set in the past, present, and future.

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Winter Institute Wrapped by Adah and Eleanor

Adah and Eleanor traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico for Winter Institute, a week of workshops and networking for booksellers, publishers, and authors from across the nation. It was book nerd’s dream and resulted in exposure to A TON of new titles we can’t wait to read and authors we can’t wait to be friends with. Read on for a sampling of some of the most promising books and writers we encountered.

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Year in Review

Still searching for the right gift for someone on your holiday list? Read on, holiday shoppers, for a round-up of this year's best reads. Take a peak at your store's bestsellers and explore your booksellers' top choices for this year's new releases. We have a sneaking suspicion that you'll find a great gift hidden in these lists...

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5 Cookbooks for the Season of Food

We all have food traditions, ingrained in our memories alongside the faces of loved ones who joined in their inception or repetition - a taste signifies a season, a scent evokes a sentiment, a flavor recalls a family member.

That’s why we’ve assembled a list of recently published cookbooks, from which you can draw inspiration for new food memories or elevate pre-existing menus this holiday season.

From your friends at Main Street Books, happy holidays and happy cooking!

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Father's Day Finds

If you still haven't purchased a gift for Father's Day, then chances are good it's because you can't decide what to get. Our booksellers put our heads together to brainstorm how a last-minute shopper might be able to express their gratitude for any important parental figures or partners. Find a selection of reads for a variety of interests below, and let us know if there's a recent release we ought to add to the list!


For the futurist: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harai

Yuval Noah Harari, author of the critically-acclaimed New York Times bestseller and international phenomenon Sapiens, returns with an equally original, compelling, and provocative book, turning his focus toward humanity’s future. Homo Deus explores the projects, dreams and nightmares that will shape the twenty-first century—from overcoming death to creating artificial life. It asks the fundamental questions: Where do we go from here? And how will we protect this fragile world from our own destructive powers?




For the outdoorsman: Look Big by Rachel Levin

As humans encroach on wild places, encounters with animals--from bears, bees, mountain lions, and mice to turkeys, ticks, and raccoons--have become commonplace. But what are the rules for facing a moose up close? Do you run from a coyote or curl up and play dead? How deadly. really, are black widow spiders, rattlesnakes, and jellyfish? Packed with expert tips, fascinating animal facts, and harrowing true tales, Look Big is a must-have survival guide for hikers, campers, and owners of skunk-sprayed suburban pets everywhere.


For the hophead: Great NC Beer Map by EDIA Maps


Beyond listing and mapping out over 180 craft breweries in the state, The Great NC Beer Map provides all the practical information for getting you there and finding the exact brewery experience you're looking for. Aside from basic information, such as addresses, hours, and phone numbers, details are provided on brewery tours, special release days, beer distribution, food availability, game availability, pet-friendliness, and hours for those 21 and over. Forty-three craft beer festivals are also listed.


For the sports fanatic: Upon Further Review by Mike Pesca


Upon Further Review is a book of counterfactual sporting scenarios. In its pages the reader will find expertly reported histories, where one small event is flipped on its head, and the resulting ripples are carefully documented, the likes of: What if the U.S. boycotted Hitler's Olympics? What if Bobby Riggs beat Billie Jean King? What if Bucky Dent popped out at the foot of the Green Monster? What if Drew Bledsoe never got hurt? Upon Further Review takes classic arguments conducted over pints in a pub and places them in the hands of dozens of writers, athletes, and historians. From turning points that every sports fan rues or celebrates, to the forgotten would-be inflection points that defined sports, Upon Further Reviewanswers age old questions, and settles the score, even if the score bounced off the crossbar.


For the politically frazzled: What Unites Us by Dan Rather


At a moment of crisis over our national identity, venerated journalist Dan Rather has emerged as a voice of reason and integrity, reflecting on—and writing passionately about—what it means to be an American. Now, with this collection of original essays, he reminds us of the principles upon which the United States was founded. Looking at the freedoms that define us, from the vote to the press; the values that have transformed us, from empathy to inclusion to service; the institutions that sustain us, such as public education; and the traits that helped form our young country, such as the audacity to take on daunting challenges in science and medicine, Rather brings to bear his decades of experience on the frontlines of the world’s biggest stories. As a living witness to historical change, he offers up an intimate view of history, tracing where we have been in order to help us chart a way forward and heal our bitter divisions.


For the historian: Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston

Based on interviews with the last known survivor of the Atlantic slave trade, featuring Cudjo’s unique vernacular, and written from Hurston’s perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon brilliantly illuminates the tragedy of slavery and one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.



For the recent father: Your Baby's First Word Will Be Dada by Jimmy Fallon


Everyone knows that fathers wage a secret campaign to ensure that their babies' first word is "Dada!" But how does it work? One of the most popular entertainers in the world and NBC's The Tonight Show host, Jimmy Fallon, shows you how.