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A Tour of Tokyo’s Bookstores

Leave it to the Japanese to find an elegant, efficient and practical approach to everything – even shopping for books. Book-loving visitors to Tokyo who seek out Jimbocho, an entire district dedicated to used books and publishing, will find themselves in a beautiful, bookish heaven. Jimbocho, named for a 17th-century Samurai, was razed by fire […]

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Revolutionary Bunny Book Sends Kids to Slumber

File this under “must be too good to be true”. According to the Telegraph and others, a self-published children’s book is zooming up the bestsellers’ lists due to its reputation for sending children to dreamland quickly and easily. The book is called The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep: A New Way of Getting Children […]

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10 Memorable, Unusual Cookbooks

Over all the years of book love, I’ve come across so many weird and wonderful books, from rare and collectible automobile repair manuals to children’s potty-training books to unimaginably beautiful books of art and everything in between. Some of my favorites have been cookbooks. Since we all eat, you’d think cookbooks would bring out our […]

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Insider Recap of the 2015 Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar

Today we have a guest post from Zoe Abrams, winner of one of the ABAA-sponsored scholarships to this year’s Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar. Zoe was kind enough to recount her experiences at the seminar. Reproduced below: ***** On the first day of the Colorado Antiquarian Book Seminar (CABS), Terry Belanger stood solemnly in front of our […]

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“The Places You’ll Feed!” – Dr. Seuss Meets Breastfeeding

Despite what millions of commercials (and the rare, very lucky woman who finds it a breeze) would have you believe, breastfeeding is a lot of work, and comes neither easily nor naturally to many women. From physical discomfort and challenges to low milk supply, hellish pumps and supplements, to gawking and disapproving strangers, it’s an […]

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Amazon’s Top 10 Books: August 2015

Here we are again – time for the book editors at Amazon to give us their ten best bets for the books to read this month. I’m excited, because this month, there isn’t a single author I’ve ever read before. All fresh meat for me! Huzzah! Here are the 10 books recommended by Amazon book […]

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Omar Sharif, Boris Pasternak, The KGB and the CIA

Midway through the year, while scanning a report of our recent high-value orders, a sale caught my eye. It was a copy of Boris Pasternak’s classic novel Doctor Zhivago, in its original Russian, bound in plain, blue cloth. It sold for $11,000. The bookseller’s description mentioned that this was the edition “covertly published by the […]

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2015 Booker Prize Longlist Announced

It’s here, it’s here! My bookish little heart is going pitter-pat with joy. The 2015 Man Booker Prize Longlist has been announced. Many of my favorite books throughout the years have been Booker nominees or winners, so I trust the committee’s selections implicitly. Since its inception in 1969, the Booker prize has been awarded to […]

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Bookish Yoga Poses

I think there’s a widespread belief that bookishness and athleticism are much like oil and water, and rarely mix well. Bookworms have oft been portrayed as pale obsessives with one-track minds, who eschew the outside world and any activity other than delving into their next read. …Come to think of it, that might not be […]

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The Appeal of Post-Apocalyptic Reading

A few years ago, we put together a list of the best post-apocalyptic fiction. But I’ve been reading more and more of it, and there have been some excellent selections since then, so wanted to look into it again. What is it that so attracts me to post-apocalyptic fiction as a genre? I’m not sure […]

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