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Friday, July 12, 2019 - 2:00pm

On Friday, July 12th from 2-4pm Vincent Reusch will be in the store signing copies of his book, THE MERCURIAL SCIENCE OF THE HUMAN HEART. This is a free signing.

Fiction. Short Stories. "Vincent Reusch is a magician, and the stories in THE MERCURIAL SCIENCE OF THE HUMAN HEART are like so many rabbits pulled from a hat. At once gorgeously written and enormously felt, they're the kind of stories that remind us how vulnerable we are to the vagaries of love and loss. Sometimes hilarious and sometimes melancholy, Reusch is never anything less than exactly right about who we are. I already can't wait for more from this exciting new voice."—Peter Geye 

Vincent Reusch's fiction has appeared in a number of national literary journals including Gettysburg Review, Madison Review, and Alaska Quarterly Review. His work has also been recognized in a number of contests including the DANA Award Portfolio Contest and the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. He lives with his wife and son in Minnesota, where he teaches and practices the art of writing.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 2:00pm

We are thrilled to welcome Wade Rouse back for an event on Wednesday, July 17th at 2pm at The Perry Hotel's Rose Garden Veranda. This is a ticketed event which includes a drink ticket and snacks, tickets are $15. Wade will be talking about his latest Viola Shipman novel, The Summer Cottage, at this cozy afternoon event. Tickets are limited so get them before they are gone. To purchase tickets please give us a call at 231.347.1180, check out our website at www.mcleanandeakin.com or come talk to us in person at the store. 

Advance Praise for THE SUMMER COTTAGE "Every now and then a new voice in fiction arrives to completely charm, entertain and remind us what matters. Viola Shipman is that voice and The Summer Cottage is that absolutely irresistible and necessary novel." -- New York Times  Bestselling Author Dorothea Benton Frank

From the bestselling author of The Charm Bracelet and The Recipe Box comes the perfect summer escape about the restorative power of family tradition, small-town community and the feel of sand between your toes.

Adie Lou Kruger's ex never understood her affection for what her parents called their Cozy Cottage, the charming, ramshackle summer home--complete with its own set of rules for relaxing--that she's inherited on Lake Michigan. But despite the fact she's facing a broken marriage and empty nest, and middle age is looming in the distance, memories of happy childhoods on the beach give her reason for hope. She's determined not to let her husband's affair with a grad student reduce her to a clich , or to waste one more minute in a career she doesn't love, so it becomes clear what Adie Lou must do: rebuild her life and restore her cottage shingle by shingle, on her terms.But converting the beloved, weather-beaten structure into a bed-and-breakfast isn't quite the efficient home-reno experience she's seen on TV. Pushback from Saugatuck's contentious preservation society, costly surprises and demanding guests were not part of the plan. But as the cottage comes back to life, Adie Lou does, too, finding support in unexpected places and a new love story on the horizon. One cottage rule at a time, Adie Lou reclaims her own strength, history and joy by rediscovering the magic in every sunset and sandcastle. 

VIOLA SHIPMAN is a pen name for Wade Rouse, a popular, award-winning memoirist. Rouse chose his grandmother’s name, Viola Shipman, to honor the woman whose charm bracelet and family stories inspired him to write his debut novel, which is a tribute to all of our elders. Rouse lives in Michigan and writes regularly for People and Coastal Living, among other places, and is a contributor to All Things Considered. To date, The Charm Bracelet has been translated into nine languages. He is at work on his next “heirloom novel.”

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