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Archive | May, 2011

Playing cards on books

Playing cards have been around for more than a thousand years. The cards themselves and the myriad of card games are deeply embedded in many aspects of culture, including books where you will find a wide selection of literature featuring playing card designs. Learn more.

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Naipaul & Theroux end feud over dedicated books

The feud between V.S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux is over. The writers buried the hatchet over the weekend at the Hay literary festival, reports The Independent. They shook hands after an intervention by Ian McEwan. The two writers had met in 1966 but fell out 30 years later after Theroux picked up a rare bookseller’s […]

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High New Zealand heating costs drive citizens to library

The punishing cold of the upcoming New Zealand winter has Auckland residents heading to the city’s libraries to catch 40 winks among the well heated stacks. I can’t even imagine what their Starbucks look like if this is the trend at libraries. The Herald reports.

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Textbooks wanted: buyback program ready & waiting

If you are a student, or if you have a student in your life, please remember that AbeBooks.com has a textbook buyback program. With many students having no completed their exams, AbeBooks is looking to buyback used textbooks. Just visit our buyback page, type in the ISBNs of the books you wish to sell and […]

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Naples ’44: Norman Lewis’ classic travel book

On Saturday, The Guardian revisited the classic travel book, Naples ’44 by Norman Lewis. Lewis describes the war-torn Italian city during the latter stages of World War II and also an eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which is just across the bay from Naples. I’m glad The Guardian takes time to write about books like this […]

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Video review of The Fight by Norman Mailer

Here’s me again, talking about The Fight by Norman Mailer. I picked this book up at a charity book sale a few years back and it sat on bookshelf for a few months before I read it. It’s a decent piece of non-fiction where Mailer writes about the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ fight between Muhammad […]

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New crisis for booklovers: inattentional deafness

The Daily Mail reports on the nasty affliction ‘inattentional deafness’. This awful illness can affect people who are intensely reading a book or doing a crossword puzzle.

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Tipping Point: How One Word & A Colon Changed Non-Fiction

You’ve seen them in the non-fiction section – long titles with ‘: How’ right in the centre. Thank author and academic Malcolm Gladwell for the boom in that phenomenon; while they existed before its publication, his 2000 book The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference was…well, the tipping point, and since […]

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A book I should have bought but didn’t

Earlier this month I went to the Times Colonist book sale – a massive charity sale featuring thousands of secondhand books here in Victoria, BC. I was sorting through the sports section, which was packed with terrible books on hockey and golf, when I came across this book – the Frisbee Players’ Handbook by Mark […]

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Harry Potter textbook

It had to happen. Someone has written a textbook on Harry Potter… basically creating ‘Harry Potter Studies’ reports the Boston College Chronicle. Vera Lee has penned On the Trail of Harry Potter – the first book-length literary analysis of the Harry Potter novels. JK Rowling’s books are, of course, a classic example of Bildungsroman where […]

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