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Mall Book Stores: 100% Corporate, Just Add Character

Mall Book Stores: 100% Corporate, Just Add Character

by Jas Faulkner You could call this article “The Hanff Effect: Part One”. This story actually has two beginnings. The most recent is my friends’ experience with a reading group that had just finished Helene Hanff’s books and how they took them to heart. You’ll hear more about that later[Read More…]

by February 18, 2014 Book Buying, Book Collecting, Books & Mags
Discovering the Magic of Pop-ups

Discovering the Magic of Pop-ups

“What pop-up books do you have?” a customer asked a few months into my new gig as a bookseller. “Pop-up books? You mean for kids?” I asked back. He didn’t have any kids with him; just a woman who I assumed was his wife. “For kids, for adults, just pop-ups.[Read More…]

by January 20, 2014 Books & Mags
“Have You Read Any Good Books Lately?”

“Have You Read Any Good Books Lately?”

“Have you ready any good books lately that you can recommend?” the Customer asked… Cue the ominous music. Women and children duck into alleys. Men lower their hats over their eyes and idly drift away. A dog barks. A tumbleweed blows through the bookstore. All eyes turn to me. I[Read More…]

by January 7, 2014 Books & Mags, Good Reads
Reading List 2013

Reading List 2013

The holiday shopping frenzy is coming to an end and this shopkeeper is officially exhausted! This is my second Christmas as a bookseller and I am pleased to announce that every special order came in on time and we did a much better job keeping popular books and other items[Read More…]

by December 27, 2013 Good Reads
7 Podcasts for Bibliophiles

7 Podcasts for Bibliophiles

Give your eyes a break and listen to these book related podcasts – including author interviews, live readings and interesting facts from the literary world. 1. The New Yorker: Fiction : A monthly reading and conversation with the New Yorker fiction editor Deborah Treisman. 2. Litopia A podcast from the Litopia Writer’s Colony[Read More…]

by November 25, 2013 Books & Mags, Digital Devices
What’s In a Book?

What’s In a Book?

I woke up at 2:30am the other night and couldn’t fall back asleep. This happens every once in a while when I have too much on my mind. I used to toss and turn and get frustrated, angry – sometimes blaming my husband as he would lie there dreaming. He’d[Read More…]

by November 15, 2013 Books & Mags, Miscellaneous
A Couple Health & Fitness Recommendations

A Couple Health & Fitness Recommendations

If you carry any Health & Fitness books, here are a couple worth carrying. Starting Strength a ‘Must-Own’ For Any Weightlifter There’s a reason that everyone recommends Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength to any beginner looking to better themselves in the weight room — it’s one of the premiere entry-level books[Read More…]

by November 11, 2013 Book Reviews
Tea (and Books!) For Two, Three, Four, Five…

Tea (and Books!) For Two, Three, Four, Five…

by Jas Faulkner I joined my first book club in the mid-eighties.  We were a loosely organized group of a dozen or so students from three different colleges in Memphis.  We met at each other’s apartments and dorm rooms twice a month to discuss the book we’d chosen, what else[Read More…]

by November 7, 2013 Books & Mags, Miscellaneous, News & Opinions