Dear Members,

Summer is coming at us fast - it's officially here on June 21st!  Summer camps and summer vacations are in full swing. We're guessing that most of you probably didn't need to be encouraged to read, but we also know that today's world is filled with many distractions. So many things compete for attention now - just the ever-present screens of various sizes will sometimes overwhelm that urge to read a book. That's why we're suggesting something for Summer 2015: Read a book with someone! With a child, with a friend, with a parent or a spouse.

Now, we're not suggesting a book club, or anything like summer school. You can get two copies of the book, read separately and discuss it, or you don't even have to discuss the book at all. There are many ways to enjoy a book! You may decide to read out loud to each other, alternating chapters. You can get the book on audio and listen to it in the car. You may decide to do an activity inspired by a book, or to interpret a scene or theme from the book in a painting or drawing. Even a brief conversation about a plot twist or a character is sharing something important.

Before you scoff at reading the same book as a child -- have you read children's books lately? There are whole new categories of Young Adult fiction, some for tweens and some for teens and some for near-adults - and some of those books will knock your socks off. Not to mention the classics - they're classics for a reason! Some of those books that you read long ago could definitely bear revisiting.

We hope those who haven't done this already do try it - read a book with someone this summer. Do it your way! Go at your own pace, or set a goal date to finish. Schedule a day each week to discuss the book, or chat about it briefly each day, or let it inspire other activities - whatever works for you. And let us know how it goes!

Stay cool,

Richard and
The PaperBackSwap Team

Amazon Showcase Book

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Finders Keepers by Stephen King
Wake up, genius.” So begins King’s instantly riveting story about a vengeful reader. The genius is John Rothstein, an iconic author who created a famous character, Jimmy Gold, but who hasn’t published a book for decades. Morris Bellamy is livid, not just because Rothstein has stopped providing books, but because the nonconformist Jimmy Gold has sold out for a career in advertising. Morris finds the real treasure: a trove of notebooks containing at least one more Gold more
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Used Books Currently Available for Swapping

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Hatchet by Gary Paulsen  On his way to visit his recently divorced father in the Canadian mountains, thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is the only survivor when the single-engine plane crashes. His body battered, his clothes in shreds, Brian must now stay alive in the boundless Canadian wilderness more
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The Island by Heather Graham  A slice of paradise in the turquoise waters of southern Florida, the island is a lush, breathtaking sanctuary. Few can resist its allure, or its primitive beauty -- but fewer still know its more
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The Year of Fog by Michelle Richmond  Life changes in an instant. On a foggy beach. In the seconds when Abby Mason -- photographer, fiancee soon-to-be-stepmother -- looks into her camera and commits her greatest error. more
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The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin Be careful what you wish for! Traveling abroad with her mother at the turn of the twentieth century to seek a titled husband, beautiful Cora Cash suddenly finds herself Duchess of Wareham. Nothing is quite as it seems, however... read more
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The Best of Friends: Martha and Me by Mariana Pasternak Unabridged Audio CD. Set in a world of luxury and power, this is the tell-all story of two remarkable women and a friendship that changed both their lives forever. For more than two decades, Mariana Pasternak and Martha Stewart were nearly more.
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Sugarbabe: The Controversial Real Story of a Woman in Search of a Sugar Daddy by Holly Hill  Holly Hill (pseudonym) gave up her job at the behest of her wealthy boyfriend--and then found herself dumped and penniless. After spending six weeks in bed pining for her lost love, she was encouraged by a friend to place an ad... read more
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Market Spotlight Books

In the PBS Market, available new at bargain prices!

The Maid's Version: A Novel by Daniel Woodrell
The American master's first novel since Winter's Bone tells of a deadly dance hall fire and its impact over several generations. Alma DeGeer Dunahew, the mother of three young boys, works as the maid for a prominent citizen and his family more

Retail Price: $25.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 86%) or $7.29 (save 70%)


It's Me or the Dog: How to Have the Perfect Pet by Victoria Stilwell
Canine expert Victoria Stilwell shows readers how to train their dogs out of even the most difficult and persistent bad behaviors. It's Supernanny for your dog! Victoria Stilwell is one of the world's most recognized and respected dog trainers. more

Retail Price: $17.95
New in the PBS Market (Paperback): $3.39+1 credit (save 81%) or $7.29 (save 59%)

Mortality by Christopher Hitchens
Christopher Hitchens was on a book tour for his memoir Hitch-22 when he discovered he had cancer of the esophagus, an episode described with characteristic wit and candor in a series of articles he wrote for Vanity Fair. In these essays, for more

Retail Price: $22.99
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King's Mountain by Sharyn McCrumb
John Sevier had not taken much interest in the American Revolution, he was too busy fighting Indians in the Carolinas and taming the wilderness. But when an arrogant British officer threatened his settlement -- promising to burn the farms and more

Retail Price: $25.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 86%) or $7.29 (save 71%)
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Hanns and Rudolf: The True Story of the German Jew Who Tracked Down and Caught the Kommandant of Auschwitz by Thomas Harding
Part history, part biography, part true crime, Hanns and Rudolf chronicles the untold story of the Jewish investigator who pursued and captured one of Nazi Germany's most notorious war more

Retail Price: $26.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 86%) or $7.29 (save 71%)
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Burial Rites: A Novel by Hannah Kent
A brilliant literary debut, inspired by a true story: the final days of a young woman accused of murder in Iceland in 1829. Set against Iceland's stark landscape, Hannah Kent brings to vivid life the story of Agnes, who, charged with the brutal more

Retail Price: $26.00
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 86%) or $7.29 (save 71%)
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The Son by Philipp Meyer
Part epic of Texas, part classic coming-of-age story, part unflinching portrait of the bloody price of power, The Son is an utterly transporting novel that maps the legacy of violence in the American West through the lives of the more

Retail Price: $27.99
New in the PBS Market (Hardcover): $3.39+1 credit (save 87%) or $7.29 (save 73%)
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Thanks to authors...  We love to share good books with our membership! Are you an author and do you have a book you'd like us to review for our blog? To submit your book for consideration, we'll need a copy or two of the book mailed to the PBS offices.  For more details, please contact us and we'll give you the skinny!

PBS Local Chapter News

We'd love to share your Chapter news - if you have some, please submit it to us

Upcoming Local Chapter Meetups:

The Triangle/NC Chapter is working on a meetup/book exchange - they're deciding on a venue.  Check out the forum topic , to get involved with this lively group!

The DVM Chapter  (DC, Virginia, MD)  is always planning meetups and playing Games! If you want to get in on the action, see the forum topic or contact Laura (caddieseamus) or Susan P (sneyers11).

The North Texas Chapter  will be meeting Sunday, July 12 to discuss Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. Check out the group's facebook page! Their meeting schedule is in the Chapter topic; contact Shellie (aylamonster) for more information. 

The Laveen Arizona Chapter  is next meeting on Saturday, June 27th  to discuss The Given Day by Dennis Lehane. For more details, please see the Chapter topic -also check out their facebook page! Contact lisaparks for location and more information.

The Charlotte, NC Metro Area Chapter has been meeting for six and a half years! They meet monthly, usually the first Monday of every month. See the list of books they've chosen for 2015. No need to have read the book to participate! Contact Kimberly (KimberlyN) for details, and to get on their e-vite list.

If you want to be a Local Chapter Leader for PBS, you just need to have a PBS Nickname, a viewable public profile, and enthusiasm!  Check the Local Chapter Leaders Forum List of Official Chapters to see if your area already has a local Chapter.  If not, and you want to do this, just contact us.  There are no formal guidelines for being a Chapter Leader.  All of the information is in the Local Chapter Leader Discussion Forum topic.    If you are an official Chapter Leader and want us to include your upcoming meetup in the Newsletter, send in a message to us with the date, at least a week before the end of the preceding month.


Michelle H. (mishnpow)

Wow, it's been almost 10 years since Michelle joined PaperBackSwap - her Swap-aversary is coming in August! Since she joined, she has sent and received hundreds of books and has referred several other great swappers!  She also became a Tour Guide after two years of membership, and quickly after that became a Tour Guide Leader. The membership has really benefited from her help, and nominations for Michelle include one from a fellow Tour Guide!

"Mishnpow is one of the hardest working, most patient and long term Tour Guides we have. She is kind and generous with her time helping her own new members and on Live Help. She is always willing to lend a hand or an ear. She is a great candidate for MoM!"

"I want to tell you how much I appreciate my tour guide Michelle (mishnpow). She is always very helpful & very prompt with her responses to my questions."

"Every time I get confused, Michelle helps me figure things out. She's very patient and explains things clearly."

Michelle, you are one powerful force of good in the club. You are Member of the Month for June. Congratulations!

If you have any nominations for Member of the Month, submit them to us hereYour nomination will not "expire"--anyone you nominate will have a chance at getting Member of the Month if enough nominations accumulate over time. Each month the person who has the most votes accumulated when the Newsletter goes to press gets to be Member of the Month and gets a newsletter mention and a nifty MoM icon to wear on profile and forum posts with pride.  So go for it! Tell us who's helped you in the Forums, who's been a great swapper, who in your opinion is a credit to PBS.  We are keeping a list of all the nominated members.  Who knows--one of them might be YOU!


Dear Librarian - Summertime here is H-O-T and our mail sits in the mailbox in direct sun for most of the day before the mail gets taken in. We've received some books lately that had an inner layer of plastic (like saran wrap) around the book, and the plastic had melted right onto the book! Plastic inside a package for waterproofing in wet seasons is so smart, and we really appreciate members who wrap like that when it's needed, but in summer Saran Wrap is killing my books!  How can I stop this from happening!   -- Frustrated in Phoenix

Dear Fifi,

We're so sorry you've had this trouble! Yes, Saran Wrap tight around a book can spell disaster if that package spends a lot of time in the heat, especially in a metal mailbox. Since the club is so large geographically, the member who mails to you might be having very different weather, and it might not occur to her when wrapping that the book might suffer from waterproofing in tight plastic. To help remind members, you can use Requestor Conditions during the summer. You could send a quick Personal Message to each mailer right after requesting the book, but then you run the risk that (1) he or she might not read the message before wrapping and mailing and/or (2) the first sender might decline your request and the second sender would not have gotten your message. Requestor Conditions would ensure that every sender will see your message about tight Saran Wrap around a book.

Dear Librarian - Hey! It's POURING over here! I need waterproofing in my incoming packages, even during summer! Don't tell people not to use an inner layer of plastic for MY books! - Drowning in Derry

Dear Didi,

Don't worry! You can also use Requestor Conditions to ask that books sent to you be wrapped to withstand wet weather.

Dear Librarian - Are you kidding me? I'm not a meterologist! I want to be able to wrap my books without checking the weather all over the US, thank you very much! Also, I might be mailing to a hot place but it's raining here so I need to keep my outgoing mail dry. What then? - Annoyed in Ann Arbor

Dear Arby,

We understand! You're not expected to check the weather all over the US before wrapping to mail. If you just want a wrapping technique that will work for everyone, you can use one of two common wrapping techniques that members have had a lot of success with: (1) use a LOOSE inner layer of plastic (like a grocery bag) that is not wrapped directly around the book (you could separate it from the book by a sheet of printer paper or tissue paper - you can even use page 2 of the wrapper if you are mailing in an envelope), or (2) use shipping tape to cover the whole package outside. This provides excellent waterproofing and protects the address information from smearing, but it has the drawback of using extra tape (which can be expensive, depending on where you buy your tape), and also the recipient can have a little trouble opening the package if it's too tight around the book. If you choose to use this method, make sure that there's a bit of slack to the packaging, so that the receiver can slip a knife or scissors blade into it without harming the book. Also, remember that you must NOT tape over postage stamps - but taping over Printable Postage (with transparent tape) is fine!

So, members who are experiencing prolonged extreme weather might avert some book disasters with Requestor Conditions, but weather isn't always predictable! We encourage members to settle on a wrapping style that is convenient for them while keeping in mind that the package may encounter pop-up storms and/or intense heat on its journey. Even well-wrapped packages can sometimes come to harm, but we've all had the experience of receiving a book that was 'Saved by the wrapping'!

H/T to member blacksmith who suggested this topic (and his solution) to us, several years ago!

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