The Nightingale – Book Summary

This month’s Pre-Order Special is the Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

The Nightingale
FRANCE, 1939

In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says goodbye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn’t believe that the Nazis will invade France…but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in planes that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When France is overrun, Vianne is forced to take an enemy into her house, and suddenly her every move is watched; her life and her child’s life is at constant risk. Without food or money or hope, as danger escalates around her, she must make one terrible choice after another.

Vianne’s sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians march into the unknown terrors of war, she meets the compelling and mysterious Gäetan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can…completely. When he betrays her, Isabelle races headlong into danger and joins the Resistance, never looking back or giving a thought to the real–and deadly–consequences.

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah takes her talented pen to the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

(Book Summary Courtesy of Goodreads.)

February Events

February Events

Pre-Order Special:
“Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah
Release date – 02/03/15
order any time in February and receive 20% off


February 12th
Tween Book Club

Join us for a discussion of
“The Categorical Universe of Candice Phee”
by Barry Jonsberg

February 16th-20th
Book Club Camp
Monday – Friday 10:30am-12:00pm
Come join us for reading, discussion and activities
based on “Magic Tree House Space”
by Will & Mary Pope Osborne.
Participants will learn about the solar system.
We’ll work on art projects and group activities as well as reading and writing!
$25/child for the week, includes a copy of the book.
Call to reserve your spot!

February 17th
Book Club Discussion at Hoag Library

Join us for a discussion of the
Tale for Three Counties book
“We Are Called to Rise”
by Laura McBride


February 26th
Book Club

Join us for a discussion of
“Still Life” by Louise Penny

still life

Binding’s Book Brag

FloraFlora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures
Kate DiCamillo

Characters of interest:
Flora – a self-proclaimed cynic, struggling in her relationship with her mother and with the divorce of her parents
Ulysses – a young squirrel who has been forever changed by a tragic experience with a vacuum cleaner

Sound a bit silly? It is – however this book for young readers is a gem! With lots of fun, silly adventures, Kate DiCamillo steps outside the box and brings a message about friendships, love and forgiveness.

Flora is a comic book-loving, ten year old, self-proclaimed cynic. Her romance-writer mother seems to be all consumed with her own tasks while Flora is left to lose herself in her comic books. She often imagines her world in typical comic book style with bubbles and all.

Ulysses is just a regular squirrel who is constantly consumed with thoughts about food until he is accidentally consumed himself by a deluxe vacuum cleaner. He meets Flora and they discover he has super powers. He also thinks about more than just food – poetry for instance!

When Flora’s mother discovers Ulyssses and takes an instant disliking to him, his life is endangered. Flora seeks assistance from her new acquaintance, William Spiver, who has just moved in with his great aunt next door. The team of characters set out to free Ulysses from peril and possible death.

Don’t miss this year’s Newbury Award winning novel!

50 Book Challenge – is here!

Can you read 50 books this year!? Stop in to enter our challenge. We’ll keep track of your completed books as the year progresses. If you succeed in accomplishing the challenge you’ll be invited to attend a year end reception where we’ll raffle off a stack of books. Purchase 20 of your 50 books here and you’ll receive a gift certificate to our store!

50 Book ChallengeGood luck and start reading!

Bindings Bookstore Services!

We offer some great services:

Gift Registry – for birthdays, or holidays – come make your wish list and send your friends and family in to shop for you.  We’ll help them choose just what you’d like.

Baby Book Showers – see our gift giving page for more details!

Free Gift Wrapping

Book searches

Personal, friendly service!

Bindings Bookstore in the Batavia Daily News

New Bookstore to Open

Jason and Carolyn Ricker will celebrate the grand opening of their new business, Bindings Bookstore, on Saturday in downtown Albion.

Bindings will have giveaways and a 20 percent discount on all used and hard cover books.

A caricature artist will also be there from 1 to 4 p.m.

The celebration lasts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 28 West Bank St.  Check out the article!

In the Media! Read All About It!

Carolyn at Bindings Bookstore


Bindings Bookstore made the front page of the Medina Journal Register on October 8, 2010!

By Rikki Cason The Journal-Register

ALBION — Having a place where they could browse for their favorite classic novel or find the newest best seller, locally, has been a want for many Albion residents. Making that dream a reality, Carolyn and Jason Ricker’s new store Bindings Bookstore is officially open in Albion.

Located at 28 W. Bank St., Bindings Bookstore offers a variety of new and used books for every audience.

“We felt that Albion really needed one because there’s really nothing here,” said Carolyn. “We thought we’d do new and used because it’s a whole new market. People like to get a good deal.”

Working in a book store when she was younger and having a small home book business for a brief time, plus her love of books, helped lead to the opening of the store. Another reason was that Carolyn currently home-school’s her two children. She said that it is hard to find the books that they need, even going into the city to find them.

Bindings Bookstore will offer a used home schooling sections where other parents can come and swap books. The store will also offer new and used books in all genres, including fiction, parenting, psychology, religion, biography, history, health and wellness and more. There is also a children’s section with books, puzzles and family games. The store also offers cards, magnets, journals, day planners and other items.

Carolyn said that the store currently has around 2,500 new books and 500 used books, with more to come.

Another sections that was important for Carolyn to have in the store was local authors. She said that a lot of residents like being able to find books about Albion, Orleans County and the Erie Canal, and it is also nice for tourist that come through to be able to buy a book and learn more about the area.

“A lot of people have been really excited that we’re here,” said Carolyn. “It’s been really nice. There’s been a lot of positive comments.”

The Rickers, who live in Kent, moved from Vermont to Orleans County 10 years ago.

Bindings Bookstore will have its official grand opening on Oct. 23. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.



We are excited to tell you about our grand opening on October 23rd 2010!!!

Bindings Bookstore is a new and used bookstore providing quality reading and educational enrichment materials to the Albion and surrounding areas, as well as on-line communities. Come check out our gifts, journals, games and more!  We provide programs, events and services that promote literacy, meet needs and encourage an increased sense of community within the village.

Look for more information to come about our programs!