Martha Merrell's Books & Toys Upcoming Events!

AUGUST Events Calendar

  • Thursday, August 1
    • Afternoon          Great Harvest delivery
  • Friday, August 2
    • 6:30-9 PM          FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
    • Music by Mike & Kathy Gallenberger and Aspenglow 
  • Saturday, August 3
    • 4-10 PM            ART CRAWL
    • 4-7 PM            Featured author:  Barb Geiger along with husband Gene
      • Paddle for a Purpose
    • 4-8 PM             Featured author:  Rose Lauchart
      • I Have Wi-Fi to God: All Five Bars Rockin’!
  • Monday, August 5
    • 2 PM             Avalon Book Club
    • Southernmost by Silas House
  • Tuesday, August 6
    • 1 PM                DeMensa Book Club
  • Wednesday, August 7
    • 5:45 PM           Wednesday Evening Book Club
    • The Woman in the Window by A. J. Finn
  • Thursday, August 8
    • Afternoon     Great Harvest delivery
    • 12:30 PM          Lost Faculties Book Club
    • 3-6 PM           Chris Casey, Silhouette Sketch Artist
  • Friday, August 9
    • ALL DAY      Norm’s Birthday Sale: Mystery discounts on most items
    • 6:30-9 PM        FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
    • Music by Bill & Lin O’Connor & Maria on violin
  • Monday, August 12
    • 10:30 AM        Monday Morning Book Club
    • The Huntress by Kate Quinn
  • Tuesday, August 13
    • 6:30 PM            WDBA meeting
  • Thursday, August 15
    • Afternoon       Great Harvest delivery
    • 1:30 PM           No Tears, No Fears Book Club
    • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • 25th ANNIVERSARY SALE ALL WEEKEND LONG       (August 16-18)
    • 25% discount on most in-stock books not already on sale
  • Friday, August 16
    • 6:30-9 PM         FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
    • Music by Big Kenny & Friends
  • Saturday, August 17
    • 11 AM           Musical Performance
    • by Classical Guitarist Jeffrey Jaworski
  • Thursday, August 22
    • Afternoon         Great Harvest delivery
  • Friday, August 23
    • 6:30-9 PM         FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
    • Music by Off the Record
  • Saturday, August 24
    • 2:30-4 PM         Book Launch by Local Authors
    • Kathryn Heling and Deborah Hembrook
    • Clothesline Clues to the First Day of School    AND    There’s Only One YOU
    • Book Signing and Special Activities

TEACHERS’ BACK-to-SCHOOL SALE: 

  • Sunday, Aug. 25-Saturday, Aug. 31 – 30% off items for your classroom

 

  • Monday, August 26
    • 5:30 PM         American Legion Executive Committee meeting
  • Thursday, August 29
    • Afternoon         Great Harvest delivery
  • Friday, August 30
    • 6:30-9 PM         FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
    • Music by Amped Up

August In-Store Promotions!

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TWO NEW BOOKS ABOUT LES PAUL!

LES PAUL GUITAR GENIUS

This is the story of how Les Paul created the world's first solid- body electric guitar, countless other inventions that changed modern music, and one truly epic career in rock and roll. How to make a microphone? A broomstick, a cinderblock, a telephone, a radio. How to make an electric guitar? A record player's arm, a speaker, some tape. How to make a legendary inventor? A few tools, a lot of curiosity, and an endless faith in what is possible. Featuring richly detailed, dynamic illustrations by Brett Helquist, this unforgettable biography will resonate with inventive readers young and old.

THE BIRTH OF LOUD

“A hot-rod joy ride through mid-20th-century American history” (The New York Times Book Review), this one-of-a-kind narrative masterfully recreates the rivalry between the two men who innovated the electric guitar’s amplified sound—Leo Fender and Les Paul—and their intense competition to convince rock stars like the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, and Eric Clapton to play the instruments they built. In the years after World War II, music was evolving from big-band jazz into rock ’n’ roll—and these louder styles demanded revolutionary instruments. When Leo Fender’s tiny firm marketed the first solid-body electric guitar, the Esquire, musicians immediately saw its appeal. Not to be out-maneuvered, Gibson, the largest guitar manufacturer, raced to build a competitive product. The company designed an “axe” that would make Fender’s Esquire look cheap and convinced Les Paul—whose endorsement Leo Fender had sought—to put his name on it. Thus was born the guitar world’s most heated rivalry: Gibson versus Fender, Les versus Leo. While Fender was a quiet, half-blind, self-taught radio repairman, Paul was a brilliant but headstrong pop star and guitarist who spent years toying with new musical technologies. Their contest turned into an arms race as the most inventive musicians of the 1950s and 1960s—including bluesman Muddy Waters, rocker Buddy Holly, the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Eric Clapton—adopted one maker’s guitar or another. By 1969 it was clear that these new electric instruments had launched music into a radical new age, empowering artists with a vibrancy and volume never before attainable. In “an excellent dual portrait” (The Wall Street Journal), Ian S. Port tells the full story in The Birth of Loud, offering “spot-on human characterizations, and erotic paeans to the bodies of guitars” (The Atlantic). “The story of these instruments is the story of America in the postwar era: loud, cocky, brash, aggressively new” (The Washington Post).

EAGERLY ANTICIPATED SEQUELS...

MOLOKA’I

It has been over fifteen years since Alan Brennert penned his novel MOLOKA’I in which a girl named “Rachel Kalama at age seven discovers she has leprosy while growing up in Honolulu during the 1890s. Despite being part of a big, loving Hawaiian family, her dreams of meeting her father are shattered when she is sent to live in a leper colony.” Mr. Brennert’s sequel tells the story of Ruth, “the daughter that Rachel Kalama was forced to give up at birth. Ruth is adopted by a Japanese couple who raise her on a strawberry and grape farm in California. She marries, but is unjustly interned at Manzanar Relocation Camp during World War II. After the war, she receives a letter from a woman who says she is Ruth's birth mother, Rachel.”

THE AMERICAN AGENT

THE AMERICAN AGENT is the fifteenth installment in the wildly popular Maisie Dobbs series written by Jacqueline Winspear. “Beloved heroine Maisie Dobbs (described as ‘one of the great fictional heroines’) investigates the mysterious murder of an American war correspondent in London during the Blitzkrieg of World War II. The author once again creates a historically accurate tale of love and war, terror and survival” that offers so much for the reader to contemplate on a personal level as well. As one reviewer so correctly summarized: “Reading a Maisie Dobbs book is a little like spending time with an old friend you don't see often enough.”

WISHTREE

WISHTREE is a children’s book written by Katherine Applegate that has now been published as an adult paperback. In similar fashion to Lois Lowry’s THE GIVER, this is a story that transcends specific age groups. Ms. Applegate’s novel illustrates the need for tolerance and acceptance in today’s world, now more than ever. “Trees can't tell jokes, but they can certainly tell stories. . . . Red is an oak tree who is many rings old. Red is the neighborhood "wishtree"--people write their wishes on pieces of cloth and tie them to Red's branches. Along with a crow named Bongo and other animals who seek refuge in Red's hollows, this wishtree watches over the neighborhood. You might say Red has seen it all until a new family moves in. Not everyone is welcoming; Red's experience as a wishtree becomes crucial.”
  • Best Seller Books
  • Children's Books
  • Local Author Books
  • Greeting Cards
  • Calendars
  • Music CD's
  • Games
  • Puzzles
  • Puppets

Martha Merrell's Community Involvement

Martha Merrell’s Books is a community-minded independent bookstore, meaning that we host, participate, or are involved in many community events.

Examples of the depth of our commitment to Waukesha and the community include:

Event and Community

  • Waukesha Downtown Business Association
  • Waukesha Friday Night Live
  • ProHealth Care RiverWalk for Breast Cancer, 1st Saturday in May each year
  • Alzheimer’s Walk, 1st Saturday in September each year
  • Waukesha’s Friday Night After Dark Music Series (indoor music from October – December)
  • Downtown Trick or Treating on the Saturday before Halloween
  • Holiday Stroll featuring Author Mania (before the Christmas Parade)
  • Christmas Clearing Council
  • Silver Bells activities during the Christmas season
  • Santa’s Breakfast Workshop on Saturdays from Thanksgiving to Christmas
  • Art Crawls on the 1st Saturday in March, May, August, October & December
  • Waukesha JanBoree

Other Community 

  • Waukesha Farmers’ Market on the RiverWalk
  • Waukesha GuitarTown Project (a public art project with Gibson Guitar Company)
  • Waukesha County Reading Council
  • Waukesha Reads Program each October
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association

If at all possible, we try to be supportive of any proposals brought to our attention.

Norm and Eve Bruce

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Our 25th Anniversary Sale continues today and tomorrow... 25% off most books as a thank-you to all of you who have supported us in this chapter of our lives...…. ... See MoreSee Less

Jeff Jaworski will be here at 11 AM today, sharing his classical guitarist talents with Waukesha. Come on down to enjoy his musical selections! ... See MoreSee Less

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C'mon down tonight for Friday Night Live and catch Big Kenny & Friends at our shop's outdoor stage.

They start playing at 6:30 and go until 9pm.

Great musicians playing music we all love led by Kenn Anderson.
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Cmon down tonight for Friday Night Live and catch Big Kenny & Friends at our shops outdoor stage. 

They start playing at 6:30 and go until 9pm. 

Great musicians playing music we all love led by Kenn Anderson.

 

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Always great!

Martha Merrell's Books 25th Anniversary Sale is this weekend, August 16,17,18th. 25% Off in store books, some exclusions apply. Don't miss it in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin. Enjoy Waukesha's Friday Night Live and Waukesha Farmers' Market and then come to the store to enjoy savings that comes around only every 25 years. ... See MoreSee Less

Before the store, Martha Merrell's was located on Main Street, what street was it on and it had a different name. Do you know the name and street in downtown Waukesha? ... See MoreSee Less

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What store? “Stormin’ Norman’s Tiny Droplets From Heaven?” 💦📚

What Book Festival did Martha Merrell's Books start and was the 1st in the nation? ... See MoreSee Less

 

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I don't know the answer, but want to congratulate you two on 25 years of business. You're a great twosome with a store that offers so much.

Who was the prevoius owner of Martha Merrell's Books? Hint a Waukesha Resident still alive today. ... See MoreSee Less

Who was Martha Merrell's Books part time greeter from 1994 - 2005? ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Our Golden Retriever named Cinnamon Rose.

What was your favorite memory of Cinnamon Rose?

I used to stop by just to pet the dog.

Cinnamon Rose

I remember that it was a dog. But I can't remember the name.

Rosie

Cinnamon!

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Allô! Chocolat is now in that space.

Martha Merrell's Books, How about that!!! I thought you were down closer to where the Five Points was! Thanks for including us in your fun game!!!!

My mother worked with Martha Merrell in her original store in Racine. If someone knows the address, I'd really appreciate knowing, so that I could visit the area.

Allo chocolate

I thought the original one was like next to The Pix...or very close to

Bosco’s?

The CBD shop that was the cell phone store

Chef Pam's Kitchen?

The waukesha hotel

You don't remember?

The Clark?

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Help Norm celebrate his birthday today by playing Mystery Discounts when you shop at Martha Merrell's...…closer than Las Vegas, less expensive than the lottery......best of all, everyone wins! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Sorry I missed it. Wish Norm a belated birthday from me.

Happy Birthday, Norm! Wishing you an awesome day!!!

Happy Birthday Norm 🎂

Happy Birthday Norm!

Happy Birthday Norm!

Happy Birthday, Norm Bruce!

Happy birthday!!

Belated Happy Birthday!!!

Happy birthday Uncle Norm Bruce!

Happy birthday Norm Bruce!!

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#Irish are coming check them out on Friday at Waukesha's Friday Night Live August 9th. A Special day for Birthday Mystery Discounts also at the store.

Waukesha's Friday Night Live
Great night and what away to open Waukesha's Friday Night Live and if you missed it come next week for a great time of fun, music, and eating.
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We have Aspenglow Mike Aspen & Mike & Kathy G-Man Music here. Also Scrima's Pizza Wood Fire by the Slice so come hungry and see you in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin tonight.It’s going to be a beautiful night in downtown Waukesha ! 🎵🌞🎵 ... See MoreSee Less

We have Aspenglow Mike Aspen & Mike & Kathy G-Man Music here. Also Scrimas Pizza Wood Fire by the Slice so come hungry and see you in downtown Waukesha, Wisconsin tonight.

TONIGHT Tom and Barb Webber Singer-Songwriters / Fair Webber at Martha Merrell's Books from 6:30 - 9pm at Waukesha's Friday Night Live. You are invited to enjoy. Also our Christmas in July Sale is going on now. ... See MoreSee Less

TONIGHT Tom and Barb Webber Singer-Songwriters / Fair Webber at Martha Merrells Books from 6:30 - 9pm at Waukeshas Friday Night Live. You are invited to enjoy. Also our Christmas in July Sale is going on now.

We may not have Santa stopping by (too hot for the good fellow), but we do have some great deals on many items during our weeklong CHRISTMAS in JULY sale which starts tomorrow, July 24th. New things will be added each day, so feel free to have a summer shopping spree! ... See MoreSee Less

The dynamic duo of Heling/Hembrook will be here this afternoon celebrating the release of their latest book THERE'S ONLY ONE YOU. Come meet the authors and be a part of the fun they have planned for YOU! Waukesha's schools have much to be proud of: two educators who are also successful authors.... ... See MoreSee Less

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Friday night night. You did a very very good job last night and I'm very pleased and very happy he did very good job my name is John see you soon

C'mon out tonight to Friday Night Live at Martha Merrell's but stay hydrated and cool - it's a hot one! ... See MoreSee Less

Cmon out tonight to Friday Night Live at Martha Merrells but stay hydrated and cool - its a hot one!

@Big Kenny and Friends are playing at Martha Merrell's Books tonight 6:30 - 9pm. A friendly reminder to take care to make sure you stay well watered and also our Stage is in the SHADE because of where it is located. Also we offer a great air condition indoors to take breaks inside. So hope to see you tonight at Waukesha's Friday Night Live. ... See MoreSee Less

@Big Kenny and Friends are playing at Martha Merrells Books tonight 6:30 - 9pm. A friendly reminder to take care to make sure you stay well watered and also our Stage is in the SHADE because of where it is located. Also we offer a great air condition indoors to take breaks inside. So hope to see you tonight at Waukeshas Friday Night Live.
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