Last-Minute Holiday Gift Recommendations from Local Indie Booksellers!

Today is Friday, December 23, 2016. For some, this means they will begin their holiday shopping this evening when the crowds and lines are less busy, and they are less likely to have the noise of screaming babies, and high pitched shrieks followed by laughter from teens surrounding them.

If you fall into this “last minute” shopper category and don’t know what the heck to get for the book lover in your life, here are some recommendations from our three independent bookstores found in downtown Portsmouth, NH.

Sheafe Street Books, 29 Sheafe Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 498-5202 

Hours today open until 7 PM. 

Sheafe Street Books, Ken Kozick, recommends the beautiful new editions of these six sci-fi classics (Penguin Galaxy Series). These six collectible hardcover editions of masterworks of science fiction and fantasy, each features a series introduction by #1 New York Times bestselling author Neil Gaiman: 

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

2. Dune by Frank Hebert

3. Neuromancer by William Gibson

4. The Once and Future King by T.H. White

5. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursala K. Le Guin

6. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

RiverRun Bookstore, 142 Fleet Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 431-2100 

Hours today open until 9 PM. 

RiverRun Bookstore, Tom Holbrook, recommends the following new books:

1. Swing Time by Zadie Smith

2. Sheds by Howard Mansfield


Portsmouth Book and Bar, 40 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (603) 427-9197 

Hours today open until Midnight. 

Portsmouth Book and Bar, David Lovelace, recommends the following books:

1. The Name of War by Jill Leporte

2. The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

3. The Stories of Vladimir Nabokov

Parking is FREE in downtown Portsmouth, NH, right now through the holidays! So grab yourself some coffee, hot chocolate, or tea and make sure to pop into each of our three fantastic community bookstores and say hello to the owners & staff! Remember, booksellers also love coffee and treats!

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