Weather: A Novel

Weather: A Novel

Weather: A Novel Published February 11, 2020 In her new book Weather, the author Jenny Offill takes us through the Five Stages of Climactic Grief. Said to be  “darkly funny and urgent” (NPR) tour de force about a family, and a nation, in...
A Long Petal of the Sea

A Long Petal of the Sea

A Long Petal of the Sea Published 2020  A novel from the author of The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende. This epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to...
American Dirt

American Dirt

American Dirt Published 2020  Jeanine Cummins’ new novel, American Dirt, is about the ordeal of a Mexican woman who had to leave behind her life and escape as an undocumented immigrant to the United States with her son. “This book is not simply the great...
little gods

little gods

little gods Published January 14, 2020 Meng Jin is a writer whose sweep is as intimate as it is global. Little Gods is a novel about the heart-wracking ways in which we move through history and time. A fierce and intelligent debut from a writer with longitude and...
Shopping Online at Old Town Books!

Shopping Online at Old Town Books!

Shopping Online at Old Town Books! A LETTER TO OUR OTB CUSTOMERS: UPDATE MARCH 25, 2020 Dear Friends, We hope you are managing to carve out your "new normal" in this time of COVID-19. That's exactly what we are doing here at Old Town Books. Grab your book bag and let...
Children’s Story Time and a COVID-19 Update

Children’s Story Time and a COVID-19 Update

Children’s Story Time and a COVID-19 Update We hope all of you are staying healthy through these difficult days of COVID-19. Old Town Books remains open, with complimentary coffee and hand sanitizer! We practice shoulder bumping and social distancing, and we are...
When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains

When Time Stopped: A Memoir of My Father’s War and What Remains Published February 4, 2020 Ariana Neumann’s new memoir gives her readers a deeply personal and moving story. When TimeStopped is two stories. The first is the story about a woman, the author, who becomes...
The Resisters

The Resisters

The Resisters Published February 4, 2020 Gish Jen’s newest book, The Resisters, is set in the near future in a country called Autoamerica, which isinspired by Orwell’s 1984. In this dystopian world, a young girl named Gwen (a gifted baseball player fromthe lower end...
The Authenticity Project

The Authenticity Project

The Authenticity Project Published 2020 In her most recent book, Clare Pooley gives her readers a fun and uplifting story. In thisbook, Julian Jessop believes that most people are not really honest with each other. With this idea inmind, he leaves a notebook detailing...
Stephen Harrigan

Stephen Harrigan

Stephen Harrigan Stephen Harrigan has devoted much of his life to exploring and explaining Texas, ever since his familycrossed the Red River from Oklahoma in 1953. He is the author of numerous works of nonfiction andfiction, including the critically acclaimed novels A...
Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison Toni Morrison is the author of eleven novels, from The Bluest Eye (1970) to God Help the Child (2015).She received the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Pulitzer Prize, and the Nobel Prize in Literature.During her life, she was widely regarded as...
Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami

Laila Lalami Laila Lalami is the author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits, Secret Son, The Other Americans, andThe Moor’s Account, which won the American Book Award, the Arab American Book Award, and theHurston/Wright Legacy Award. The Moor’s Account was also a...
The Start of a Decade

The Start of a Decade

The Start of a Decade 2020 at Old Town Books has been “a lot of work and a lot of fun”! On February 29th , we will be threemonths old! So, obviously, we are still learning about all things BOOKS! One of the things I love mostabout this bookstore is that it is (and...
Animalkind

Animalkind

Animalkind Released 2020 The founder and president of PETA, Ingrid Newkirk, and bestselling author Gene Stone explore the wonders of animal life and offer tools for living more kindly toward them. In the last few decades, a wealth of new information has emerged about...
The Old Town Books Story

The Old Town Books Story

The Old Town Books Story Old Town Books (OTB) came about, as most independent bookstores do, as a labor of love– love of BOOKS, love of bookstores, and love for the “book community,” those people who love EVERYTHING that books give to us, knowledge,...
About Mary Ellen

About Mary Ellen

About Mary Ellen Mary Ellen Hartje, owner of Old Town Books in San Angelo, TX, was born and raised in San Angelo.  She attended Baylor University (BA and PhD) and Angelo State University (MAT).  She taught secondary school for a couple of years; after receiving her...
R.J. Palacio

R.J. Palacio

R.J. Palacio R.J. Palacio is the author of the Wonder Book series. Placio’s books tell the story of a boy named Auggie who, as the jacket to Wonder states, is “an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face.” These heartwarming books enable the reader...
Karamo Brown

Karamo Brown

Karamo Brown Karamo Brown rose to public attention as the “Culture Expert” on Netflix’s Queer Eye show. With this role, he has tried to make an impact on the lives of others by teaching them valuable lessons in relating to the world around them in a...
Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien

Tim O’Brien Popular writer Tim O’Brien has received several prestigious awards, including the National Book Award. Several of books deal with the horrific experiences of soldiers who fought in the Vietnam War, as well as depicting their postwar lives....
Small Great Things

Small Great Things

Small Great Things Released October 5, 2016 A woman and her husband are admitted to a hospital to have a baby, and they request that their nurse be reassigned. They are white supremacists who don’t want Ruth, who is black, to touch their baby. The hospital complies,...