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Chicago’s Independent Bookstores Making a Comeback

Chicago’s Independent Bookstores Making a Comeback

from The Chicago Grid For 10 years, Teresa Kirschbraun kept her eyes peeled for a business opportunity promising enough to let her safely escape her hectic but lucrative career as a healthcare industry consultant. She found her opening in a surprising enterprise: bookselling. Kirschbraun opened the doors to City Lit[Read More…]

by April 11, 2013 News & Opinions
My god, they could be twins!

A Mini Poodle Is Not a Ferret, You Nitwit!

You think I joke? I kid you not–some nitwit in Argentina was persuaded that a ferret was a mini poodle. He purchases one, and when home realized it was actually a huge ferret, one that had steroids foisted upon it when a baby to make it grow larger than the[Read More…]

by April 10, 2013 Books & Mags, Miscellaneous
Strangely, this is not on ABE's list.

You’re Crazy To Read That Book!

What does it say about an individual that has read many of the titles on ABE’s list of books with mental illness? Don’t answer that. If I haven’t read the book, I’ve seen the TV movie, or big screen drama. Their list isn’t a long one, but it’s chock full[Read More…]

by April 9, 2013 Miscellaneous
Death At Willow Grove Amusement Park, Philly PA

Death At Willow Grove Amusement Park, Philly PA

The title-The Disappearance of Mary Young doesn’t make sense to me. Mary Young doesn’t disappear. She’s murdered. And she’s murdered in public. In a dark ride at an amusement park outside of Philly PA. Which I know for a fact is based on a real park called Willow Grove. My[Read More…]

by April 8, 2013 Book Reviews, Dastardly Deeds
Graham Greene - English Author

The End of the Treasure Hunt?

“If I hadn’t been a novelist I would have been a rare book dealer. You’re always on a treasure hunt.” – Graham Greene Rare book dealers must lament the passing of an era. That is their job. There was a time, before the internet, when the mostly likely place to[Read More…]

by April 8, 2013 Book Collecting
Three Weeks Before the Opening of Swan’s Fine Books

Three Weeks Before the Opening of Swan’s Fine Books

It’s dark outside, the wind is howling, the oncoming headlights are blinding. I feel like a character out of Mad Max or Blade Runner. I’m wrestling my big rig (all right, it’s really only a 10-foot U-Haul, but to me it FEELS like a big rig) and trying not to[Read More…]

by April 8, 2013 News & Opinions
OK, so not half nude, but quite not a spinster either.

Trade Paperbacks Take Over the World

When did the powers that be decide that trade paperbacks were the right way to go? I understand why authors would welcome this format–I would gather that the more expensive the work, the more royalties paid. Mass market paperbacks give little return for the author. And maybe, maybe the print[Read More…]

The Best Cookbooks to Consider Stocking

The Best Cookbooks to Consider Stocking

Recently, I found something interesting in a box of old books, which started me thinking about something new: cookbooks. I have been ignorant of cookbooks my whole life, treating them with an attitude similar to how I view my chainsaw instruction manual. But as a bookseller, I have quickly learned[Read More…]

by April 5, 2013 Books & Mags