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You Need A New Book

This explains the towering pile of books in the corner.

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Literary Humor

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May 1, 2013 · 9:57 am

Lumberjack Reviewed

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In the process of doing some promotional work for Stephen Meader’s Lumberjack, one of our currently discounted hardcover titles, I came across a vintage review of the book by the New York Herald Tribune, which was written before the newspaper ceased publication in 1966. A little throwback, and the review still holds up some 50 years later!

“This is the sort of book, rare today, which is equally enthralling to adults and children. Dan Garland is a very real and very human boy and his adventures and experiences are completely absorbing. This really is a grand book and one it would not be possible to recommend too highly.”

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Choose Your Favorite

It may be a little early to be thinking about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. After all, I still haven’t dragged out a single Easter decoration with five days to go. A record, I believe. However, I am in planning mode for our spring book sale. With 44 Stephen Meader titles to choose from, I thought it might be fun to give our fans a say in the selection. So readers, which titles would you like most to see included in our next book sale?

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Obsolete, But Not Forgotten

Just in time to start your weekend off with a laugh, imagining how you could incorporate these into everyday conversation. These are fantastic. Personally, I’m giddy to learn about the word ‘resistentialism’ as I would wager money that both my car and hair have this on any given day.

Obsolete Words That Should Have Never Gone Out of Style

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New Art for Iconic Book Covers

This was a terrific little find in my web browsing today. A new take on some classic and iconic book covers. Wonderful artwork by talented artisits. From Emily Stemple at Flavorwire.com, Redesgined Book Covers.

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The Thrill of Waiting

There is a great article in this month’s issue of The Atlantic (March 2013): Serial Thriller by Megan Garber that discusses the surprising rise in popularity of the serial story. As in the opposite of instant gratification. As in you have to wait for the cliffhanger to be resolved. Its evident in the popularity of serial television shows such as The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad (just two of many) as well as in movies and books (Twilight Saga, Hunger Games).

In today’s world where we have access to almost anything, instantly with the click of a button, I must admit that I found this to be refreshing news. I rather like the thought that, despite all of the technological advancements that we have made towards instant acquisition, we haven’t lost the thrill of anticipation or as Garber puts it,  “the anticipatory pleasure that can come from the simple act of waiting.”

What are your favorite serial stories?

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Lesser-Known Trivia About Literary Classics

Happy Sunday Everyone! Here is a great post that I came across this week on BookRiot.com. Fascinating facts about some great, well-known books and authors:

Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Books and Authors You Had to Read in High School

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Elvis, the History Buff

Sigh. Oh, to have been the one to stumble upon this treasure in the trash pile.

Can’t you almost see the young Elvis Presley, new to town, perhaps shy, diligently reading about Andrew Jackson in the school library as giggling thirteen-year-old girls try to catch his attention?

From GOOD.com:

A Hunk of Bookish Love: Oldest Presley Autograph found in Library Shelves.

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Ebooks Less Social According to Kids

According to a report by Scholastic, kids still prefer print books for social reading such as bedtime stories and sharing with friends. Check out the results here: Kids See eBooks as Being Less Social Than Print

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