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Service is a calling
 
 
 
 
Dear friends, neighbors, readers, writers, and booklovers -

We are thrilled that Dearsha Johnson, Story & Song's Children's Specialist and key crew member, is the recipient of the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Customer Service Professional of the Year Award. To Dearsha, service is a calling, a purpose, a joy ... and it shows in how she interacts with every person she meets.

While there are books and training programs on offering great service, it seems like being on the receiving end is a rarity these days. How many times have you recently heard, "Your call is important to us," and then be on hold for what feels like eternity?

Locally owned small businesses like ours know that "exceptional customer service" is more than a slogan — it's the work culture we seek to achieve every day. Wearing an apron, working behind a counter, being on the front line means we are able to see you — and talk with you — as neighbors.

Dearsha is an exemplary model of caring, authentic service that comes from the heart and is a personal calling. We thank Dearsha for the grace and beauty she brings to Story & Song every day, keeping alive the belief that we all are on this journey together and life can be so much easier with a kind word and to be of service to others.

                                                Stay warm, stay well and enjoy your time reading,
 
 
 
 
Signed by Barbara Kingsolver ...
Another Story & Song Exclusive
 
 
 
 

Thanks to Deb Kessler, creator of the elegant hand-crafted letterpress cards and broadsides you may have seen at Story & Song, we are fortunate to be one of only two bookstores in the country to receive a receive a limited supply of a beautiful broadside, numbered and personally signed by Barbara Kingsolver.

Featuring "Love Poem, with Birds," from Kingsolver's collection of poetry in her book How to Fly: In Ten Thousand Easy Lessons, this signed and numbered broadside — one of only 300 — is available for $65 (while supply lasts).

To purchase your copy, click here
or call us at (904) 601-2118.
 
 
 
 
Last chance to RSVP!
Spice of Life: A Culinary & Literary Series
Morocco — Take-out lunch this Saturday
 
 
 
 
Last year we launched "Spice of Life: A Culinary & Literary Series" to take us places in the world. This week, we'll go to Morocco. Please RSVP by Wednesday noon if you'd like a take-out lunch.

Morocco, a North African country bordering the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea, is distinguished by its Berber, Arabian and European cultural influences. Marrakesh’s medina, a maze-like medieval quarter, offers entertainment and marketplaces selling ceramics, jewelry and metal lanterns. The capital Rabat’s Kasbah of the Udayas is a 12th-century royal fort overlooking the water.

Building a Bridge in Morocco
with Munsell McPhillips, 11 am - Facebook Live
Join us Saturday morning when Munsell McPhillips takes us to Morocco in photos and stories. She and her partner and husband Robert Praeger joined other engineers to help design and construct a much-needed bridge. While there, they enjoyed the hospitality of the locals while working with Moroccan students. While they taught skills, they learned too ... building yet another bridge.

Moroccan Chicken Tagine
Take-out Lunch at 12:30 pm
Since their visit, Munsell loves preparing tagines and we'll feature a Chicken Tagine with preserved lemons, artichoke hearts, marinated olives and almonds. With flatbread, this makes for a hearty, tasty, delicious meal. Munsell explains that every festive meal begins with cookies ... lots of cookies! So, you'll receive cookies with your lunch to eat before or after. 

Lunch $15 per person, Reservation required
Pre-paid reservations by Wednesday, Feb. 17 at noon.
To RSVP, email Donna or call us at 904.601.2118.


Take a Reading Adventure to Morocco

Lulu in Marrakech
by Diane Johnson
The two-time Pulitzer Prize and three-time National Book Award-nominated author Johnson weaves a dazzling tale in the great tradition of works about naïve Americans abroad, with a fascinating new assortment of characters as well as witty and timely observations on the political and sexual complexities between Islamic and Western culture. ($15, Plume Books)

Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits
by Laila Lalami
Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award finalist Laila Lalami's debut evokes the grit and enduring grace that is modern Morocco. The book begins as four Moroccans illegally cross the Strait of Gibraltar in an inflatable boat headed for Spain. What has driven them to risk their lives? And will the rewards prove to be worth the danger? Sensitively written with beauty and boldness, this is a gripping book about what propels people to risk their lives in search of a better future. ($15.95, Algonquin Books)

Reserve a copy when you RSVP for lunch!
 
 
 
 
Also Happening This Week ...
 
 
 
 
"A Banquet of Words"
with Ron Kurtz — Facebook Live
Wednesday, 3 pm — Poetry
From this century to the previous one, Americans have sought to bring order out of the confusion of existence.  One book from the shelves of Story & Song has gathered these diverse threads to give us a tapestry to delight and enlighten us: The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Poetry, edited by J.D. McClatchy. From Floridian Donald Justice to Frank O'Hara, these are the voices that sing of America's vision. Join Ron for a uniquely American take on what it is to be who we are.

"Bad Guy's Clothes"
Local author talk with Tommy Nocerino 
Wednesday, 4 pm — In person & Facebook Live
In the tumultuous era known as "The Gay Nineties", the leading actors on Broadway are being killed off. Detective Sergeant Dante Lane of the New York City Metropolitan Police Department is assigned to find the killer. With hardly a clue and no witnesses, he has to dig into the odd world of the theater coming across a variety of characters. At the same time, he is in a personal battle with the local crime boss operating extortion and vice shielded by the corrupt city political machine.  Lane, under the guidance of his mentor and friend Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, is empowered to take the mob head on. Can he alone defeat the organized gang's reign of terror? Can he find and bring to justice the killer that's destroying the rising New York theater district? Only the author, Tommy Nocerino, has the answers! 


Mindfulness & Meditation
with Valerie Brandt — In person
Thursday, 10:30 am
Valerie Brandt leads us in a session of Yoga Nidra followed by the soothing sounds of her "singing crystal bowls." If you haven't tried it, but you've been feeling the need for calm and peace in your life, please join us! Yoga Nidra is a meditation and conscious relaxation practice intended to induce total physical, mental, and emotional relaxation. There's enough room upstairs to allow us to maintain safe distances, whether seated upright or stretched out on the carpet. Bring a mat if you'd like to stretch out on the carpet and a sweater or blanket, too.

Reader Meet Writer
"The Fortunate Ones"
with Ed Tarkington — Online
Thursday, 7 pm
When young Charlie Boykin abandons his working-class roots and gains entry into the wealthy society of Belle Meade, the most exclusive part of Nashville, he falls under its spell. But he soon learns what he'd have to give up in return in The Fortunate Ones, a novel that asks why people envy and worship a class of people that so often exhibits the worst excesses.

You can listen to a fascinating conversation between author Ed Tarkington and series host Wiley Cash by clicking here to register for this free virtual event.
(Though we hope you'll want to buy the book from Story & Song!)

"A Banquet of Words"
with Ron Kurtz — Facebook Live
Friday, 3 pm — Short Stories, Essays, & Literary Meditations
Short stories gift us with tales that are brief in word count, but vast in scope.  Ron has rediscovered a favorite from an American Lit course he had many years ago: "Here We Are," by Dorothy Parker.  It is but one of 57 entries to be found in The Best American Short Stories of the Century, edited by John Updike.  If a picture is, as we've been told, " worth a thousand words," Ron will also spend a few moments with the pictures and observations found in a most extraordinary book, Humans, by Brandon Stanton. What fun we are going to have on Friday!

Story Time with Ms. Dearsha
Saturday, 10:30 am — Facebook live
Join Ms. Dearsha as she reads Most Days, by Micheal Leannah, a book about mindfulness — about relishing the magic of the here and now — about enjoying the extraordinary unfoldings of an ordinary day. Moving from morning to night, the narrator becomes, by turns, boy or girl, of ever-changing ethnicity and ability, inhabiting city, country, or suburb. They are all children everywhere, opening themselves to the gift of time. ($17.95, Tilbury House) Buy now.



Watch previously recorded story times
with Ms. Dearsha and Ron Kurtz





"Storytime with Alcoholics"
Sunday, 2 pm — In person
"Storytime with Alcoholics" is an open meeting for alcoholics and those who are alcohol curious.  Each week, one story will be read from the book of Alcoholics Anonymous.  Following the reading, there will be open discussion. Seating will be safely distanced.
 
 
 
 
Ms. Dearsha's Picks ...
Just for Kids
 
 
 
 
Pinkalicious: Happy Birthday!
by Victoria Kann
Pinkalicious wants the most pinkatastic birthday party ever, and all she needs is some extra pink pizzazz. When she ties more and more balloons to her chair, she accidentally goes on a pinkamazing birthday adventure! Pinkalicious: Happy Birthday! is a Level One I Can Read, which means it's perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. Whether shared at home or in a classroom, the short sentences, familiar words, and simple concepts of Level One books support success for children eager to start reading on their own.
($4.99, HarperCollins) Buy now.

Ms. Jo-Jo is a Yo-Yo
by Dan Gutman
In this seventh book in the My Weirder-est School series, A.J. and his friends learn some very weird ways to prepare for a difficult test at Ella Mentry School. Because test scores are low and stress levels are high, wellness expert Ms. Jo-Jo has come to help A.J. and his friends relax so they can ace the upcoming Fundamental Arithmetic/Reading Test. But can turtle yoga and crystal salt lamps really help A.J. and his friends relax and focus? Or will the F.A.R.T. end up blowing them all away? Perfect for reluctant readers and all kids (ages 6-8) hungry for funny school stories.
($4.99, HarperCollins) Buy now.

Who Was? Workbook
Grades 2 & 3, Language / Reading
by Wiley Blevins & Linda Ross
Fans of the Who Was? series are sure to love this workbook filled with reading passages based on their favorite historical figures! The interactive writing prompts at the end of each passage make the educational material more engaging, and allow young learners to apply the skills they've been practicing in an exciting, and creative way. This workbook also includes stand-alone activities like crossword puzzles, fill-in-the-blank word games, and word searches that readers can solve for extra Who Was? fun!  
($8.99, Penguin Workshop) Buy now.
 
 
 
 
Important new books
 
 
 
 
The Black Church:
This is Our Story, This is Our Song
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
From one of our most important voices on the African American experience comes The Black Church, a powerful new history of the Black church as a foundation of Black life and a driving force in the larger freedom struggle in America. Gates takes us on a journey spanning more than five centuries, from the intersection of Christianity and the transatlantic slave trade to today's political landscape. At road's end, we emerge with a new understanding of the importance of African American religion to the larger national narrative — as a center of resistance to slavery and white supremacy, as a magnet for political mobilization, as an incubator of musical and oratorical talent that would transform the culture, and as a crucible for working through the Black community's most critical personal and social issues. 
($30, Penguin Press) Buy now.

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster:
The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need
by Bill Gates
Bill Gates has spent a decade investigating the causes and effects of climate change. With the help of experts in the fields of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, political science, and finance, he has focused on what must be done in order to stop the planet's slide to certain environmental disaster. In this book, he not only explains why we need to work toward net-zero emissions of greenhouse gases, but also details what we need to do to achieve this important goal. Gates suggests not only policies that governments should adopt, but what we as individuals can do to keep our government, our employers, and ourselves accountable. ($26.95, Knopf) Buy now.

Every Thing is Sacred
by Richard Rohr & Patrick Boland
In this companion to Richard Rohr's previous work, The Universal Christ, Rohr and psychotherapist Patrick Boland offer forty reflections and practices exploring what it means to live "in Christ." Each reflection is  paired with prayers, journal prompts, and embodied exercises that invite readers into a more personal encounter with the truth that the presence and compassion of the Christ are in every thing. Whether read daily for the season of Lent or explored over the course of a year, Every Thing Is Sacred is a hope-filled journey into the love at the heart of all things. ($22, Convergent Books) Buy now.​​​​​​​
 
 
 
 
Just released in paperback
 
 
 
 
The Glass Hotel
by Emily St. John Mandel
From the award-winning author of Station Eleven, a captivating novel of money, beauty, white-collar crime, ghosts, and moral compromise in which a woman disappears from a container ship off the coast of Mauritania and a massive Ponzi scheme implodes in New York, dragging countless fortunes with it. The Glass Hotel is a captivating portrait of greed and guilt, love and delusion, ghosts and unintended consequences, and the infinite ways we search for meaning.
($16.95, Vintage) Buy now.

All the Ways We Said Goodbye
by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, & Karen White
These three bestselling authors collaborate to bring you a novel of the Ritz Paris. The heiress, the Resistance fighter, the widow — three women with bruised hearts whose fates are joined as they seek refuge in one splendid hotel. Reminiscent of A Gentleman in Moscow with a legendary hotel in a starring role, All the Ways We Said Goodbye speaks to the strength of women who find themselves in impossible situations that only war can foster. ($16.99, Wm. Morrow) Buy now.
 
 
 
 
Alwynne Lamp takes us places
with Light Vision Photo Cards
 
 
 
 

Australians are often inveterate travelers and Alwynne Lamp lives up to that characterization, traveling the world to visit family and taking excursions along the way. When friends kept telling her she “has a good eye,” she began sharing her photos which has led to her line of greeting cards which we now proudly carry at Story & Song.

Alwynne is particularly drawn to places where tradition still has a deep hold, but is being challenged by the encroachment of the modern era. Each card is cut, embossed and assembled by hand and identifies the location in which the photo was taken.

After retirement as a Middle School Counselor in Palm Beach County, she moved to Fernandina in 2015. Originally from Australia, Alwynne moved to the U.S. in the late ‘70s.

We are so pleased to offer Alwynne's gorgeous cards in the Story & Song Card Studio.
 
 
 
 
Story & Song's Fiction Book Group
March selection
 
 
 
 
The Storyteller's Secret
by Sejal Badani
Thursday, March 4, 5-6:15 pm
Nothing prepares Jaya, a New York journalist, for the heartbreak of her third miscarriage and the slow unraveling of her marriage in its wake. Desperate to assuage her deep anguish, she decides to go to India to uncover answers to her family's past. Intoxicated by the sights, smells, and sounds she experiences, Jaya becomes an eager student of the culture. But it is Ravi — her grandmother's former servant and trusted confidant — who reveals the resilience, struggles, secret love, and tragic fall of Jaya's pioneering grandmother during the British occupation. Through her courageous grandmother's arrestingly romantic and heart-wrenching story, Jaya discovers the legacy bequeathed to her and a strength that, until now, she never knew was possible. Buy now.

Story & Song's Fiction Book Group meets in person on the first Thursday
of each month, from 5 - 6:15 pm, with seating at safe distance. Open to all.

Please purchase your book, ebook or audio book from Story & Song.
 
 
 
 
What will you read next?
Introducing two book subscription programs
 
 
 
 
It's a brand new year and imagine all of the great stories that await to be read! For some, the question is what to read next. So we've got a solution ... let us pick a book for you! You'll receive one book each month. Pick it up at the shop or we can ship it anywhere.



Read the Classics
Curated by Riley Barna, lover of literature and those beautiful editions with feel-good covers and delightful endpapers. If you wished you'd read many of the timeless classics but still haven't, here's your chance to accomplish that this year! $15 per month.

February's pick: Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë




Read New Fiction in Paperback
When you finish a really good novel, you want to know the next book is ready and waiting. Donna will select favorite fiction just out in paperback ... from historical fiction to novels that take us places, debut authors who have made their mark early to stories that we cannot forget. Selections will be from general fiction, not genre fiction (Sci-Fi / Fantasy, Mysteries, Romance)   $14-$16 per month. Click here to sign up.

February's pick: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano
 
 
 
 
Soup's On!
Sign up now for March selections
 
 
 
 
A bountiful bowl of soup or stew ... the perfect meal for these wintry Florida days! Story & Song's Soup Subscription has been an amazing success. Due to popular demand, it WILL carry on beyond February!

Order which weeks and meals you want in advance and then pick up your 26-ounce to-go container anytime Monday. Please order by Friday noon for the following Monday's pick-up.

Next up:
February 22 - Potato Kale Soup, vegan - A robust creamy winter soup featuring fresh local kale from Bacon's Produce. We'll puree the potato so this is a soup vegans will enjoy too.  

Coming in March:
March 1 - Italian Piedmonte Beans and Greens Soup with Pasta, vegan
March 8 - Asparagus and Pea Soup, vegetarian
March 15 - Chicken and Artichoke Soup
March 22 - Avocado and Shrimp Bisque to celebrate the Spring Solstice (eat warm or chilled)

 
 
 
 
 Warm up with hearty chili
 
 
 
 

A perfect pairing for these dreary winter days ...

There are lots and lots of chili recipes, but most use ground beef. Very few use chunks of beef like what you'll savor in Story & Song's hearty bowl of chili!

Enjoy your cup or bowl loaded ... with shredded cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and chopped onion ... or all by its yummy self.

Serving breakfast & lunch until 2 daily.
Dine in. Take-out. 
Curbside pick-up available.
 
 
 
 
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Sunday 11 to 3

Bistro serving until 2 pm every day
 
 
 
 
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