Tidings from the Bookshop!

I have such happy news today: after weeks of work (mostly on my husband’s part), the Bookshop has received a massive update and overhaul!

I am so excited to introduce all the changes we’ve made. One request I’ve consistently heard over the five years since I launched my shop was for the introduction of a shopping cart, and I’m pleased to inform you all that this wish has been granted. Now you can select multiple titles to add to your Shopping Basket, as well as automatically save on shipping and handling when you purchase more than one book at a time. We’ve added mobile support for ease of access and use, as well as a database of authors I love. And when you click on an individual book, you will find an information button in the top right-hand corner, which will direct you to a short bio of the author, as well as other books of theirs in inventory.

It’s been so much fun to integrate all these changes (and there are a few more forthcoming!), and I simply could not wait to share it with you.

And the best news? New inventory!

I have a whole new crop of beautiful books I have been waiting to release, including many rare and collectible titles by our own dear Elizabeth Goudge. (If you visit the Browse Books page you will be able see them all by clicking on the Recent Additions button.) I have to admit, there are a few among them I’m finding it difficult to part with, but that’s the joy of this whole undertaking: getting books I value into the hands of those who will value them equally.

Here are some of the highlights:

A hard-to-find first American edition of God So Loved the World, Goudge’s biography of Jesus.

The Ten Gifts, Mary Baldwin’s excellent sampling of Goudge’s works, focusing on the ten gifts of Love, Wonder, Beauty, Delight, Compassion, Understanding, Faith, Tranquility, Truth and Courage.

A Severe Mercy, Davy’s Edition, complete with six pages of photographs and color frontispiece.

Towers in the Mist, an enchanting Elizabethan story of Oxford, and The Castle on the Hill, a West Country wartime tale—both by Elizabeth Goudge, both quite rare (particularly on this side of the Pond!) and both from England.

I also have a couple of copies of Song of Years (my favorite Bess Streeter Aldrich book), as well as her beloved volume of holiday stories, Journey into Christmas.

There’s an English printing of Pilgrim’s Inn—published as Herb of Grace in the UK, three copies of Goudge’s autobiography (The Joy of the Snow), and two English printings of The Heart of the Family, the third book in Goudge’s Eliot Triolgy.

And don’t miss the sweet copy of Kate Douglas Wiggins’ The Birds’ Christmas Carol.

That’s a start. But I do want to add that if anyone is shopping for Christmas presents, books shipped via Media Mail as late as Wednesday, December 16 ought to get there in time for Christmas Eve. I can’t make any guarantees, of course, though it’s been a reliable service in the past. If anyone is interested in upgrading to Priority Mail, please feel free to let me know via the Bookshop Contact Page and I will be happy to give you an updated shipping estimate.

(One more thing: to avoid disappointment, please keep in mind that placing a book in your Shopping Basket does not remove it from inventory. Only when a book is purchased does it disappear from the shop.)

And as a final treat, in honor of this relaunch of my Bookshop (I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for five years!) and in celebration of the happy realization that I’ve been writing in this space for ten years (!), I’m offering a giveway: a lovely copy of The Art of Tasha Tudor, a candid celebration of the life and work of one of the greatest illustrators of our time (and one of my endearingly imperfect heroines).

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment and tell me the name of your very favorite Christmas book. (And, just for fun, let me know how long you’ve been reading here. :)) Comments will remain open until Tuesday, December 15, at 10:00 am, at which point I will randomly select a winner from among the entries.

I will update this post with the name of the winner, so be sure to check back on Tuesday morning!

Thank you, so very much, for being a part of this journey with me. The sense companionship I feel when I publishing something in this space has given me courage to keep moving in the “direction of my dreams.”

Much love and Advent blessings to you all!

94 Responses to “Tidings from the Bookshop!”

  1. Jennifer says:

    I know the giveaway is closed but I got so many ideas for books to put on my list! :) Maybe I missed seeing this one, but Peter Spier’s Christmas book is so special to me. It is a wordless picture book which I found at some secondhand store…I love it so much as it reminds me of the special scenes of childhood especially the church scenes. I also think of the Dean’s Watch by Elizabeth Goudge; what a beautiful ending full of Christmas gospel. Found you from Coffee Tea Books and Me but will be back to visit often.

  2. Martina says:

    A little late, I would like to tell you that I have the pleasure of reading here since 2009. It sounds strange, nuts even, but: in a certain way you are part of my life. Of how I see the world. Reading your words inspires me to be more attentive to beauty in my home. To take it up a tiny notch. To love more. To be steady in my faith. Your writing makes me think about so much in my everyday life and encourages me to live it better. It’s amazing what the internet does, isn’t it? Thank you for sharing with us here!

  3. Josie Ray says:

    For the last two years, my secret, dearest little Christmas book has been The Pudgy Merry Christmas Book, illustrated by Mary Morgan. It is a little preschool board-book about a dear mouse family. I have it tucked into my top nightstand drawer and I take it out to read all through the year. It reminds me to love.

    My other secret heart Christmas book is Mandy, by Julie Andrews. The book is written in four sections, one for each season, and something about the owl, the snow, the fires, the significance of the gifts, the big, old house with its secrets, and the carol singing in the Winter section stay with me always.

    Also, any tattered, old book of Christmas tales that may hide a stray Eleanor Farjeon Christmas poem. Christmas Selections for Readings and Recitations, Rosamond Livingstone McNaught (1906) is my favorite of them. It tells much of the Christ-child and of faith rewarded.

    And she said: “For the sake of the Christ-child
    I give you all my store;
    For the Christ-child goes on Christmas Eve
    With blessings from door to door.

    Perchance there are some who need Him more
    With whom He is called to stay;
    He has missed my door this Christmas Eve–
    ‘Tis far up this mountain way–

    And He astray in the snowfall
    May be seeking a place to rest;
    For He is only a Kindchen,
    Like the weanling at my breast.

    She rose and went to the cupboard–
    And ’twas stored with wholesome food!
    Amazed, she sought for a fagot–
    And the basket was heaped with wood!

    She turned to the ragged stranger,
    And lo! in his humble stead
    Stood one in a shining whiteness,
    With a halo ’round his head–

    The snow beat at the casement
    Could not drown the steeple din–
    When she opened her heart to the beggar
    The Christ-child had entered in!

    (Mary Clark Huntington)

    The First Christmas Crib, Katherine Milhous (1944) for lovers of St. Francis or springerle (called Magi cakes here).

    The Christmas Cupboard, Margo Hoff (1968): another precious book for Christmas bakers (non-fiction).

    The Night Before Christmas: Tasha Tudor’s and Cyndy Szekeres’ are my favorites.

    The Christmas section of Tasha Tudor’s A Time to Keep.

    I always read one of Dickens’ Christmas stories, and have two shelves full of other Christmas favorites…I share this handful because I intend to read through all 93 comments here looking for others. :-)

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