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Happy 100th Birthday Beverly Cleary!

Beloved children’s author Beverly Cleary turns 100 today!  She’s sold millions of books, won several awards, has statues of her best know characters in a park in Portland, has an elementary school named after her and has written not one but two memoirs. Cleary’s most loved characters, Ramona Quimby, Henry Huggins, Beezus, Ribsy and little Ralph […]

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Memories of reading To Kill a Mockingbird

I’ve read Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird twice. I have no interest in reading Go Set a Watchman, and won’t be picking it up. My first encounter with Mockingbird came in the early 1990s when I was trying to read as many ‘classics’ as possible. Unlike Moby Dick and Heart of Darkness, I read […]

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Rare Books Uncovered by Rebecca Rego Barry: A Review

If you have ever dreamed of finding a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird in a flea market or discovering a bundle of comics worth millions in a basement, then Rare Books Uncovered: True Stories of Fantastic Finds in Unlikely Places by Rebecca Rego Barry is worth a place on your bookshelf. Rebecca is […]

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10 Facts About Lucy Maud Montgomery

“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” — L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maud Montgomery is without a doubt one of the most beloved authors of all time. In honor of her 141st birthday on November 30th, AbeBooks has put together 10 […]

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Recovered from a garage, Robert Heinlein’s original typed manuscript for Friday listed for sale

Stored in a garage for years, Robert Heinlein’s original typed manuscript for his 1982 science fiction novel, Friday, has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com by The Fine Books Company located in Rochester, Michigan. This manuscript was Heinlein’s last to be created on a typewriter before the author switched to a computer – a computer-generated […]

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Discover the book Keith Richards would take to a desert island

What book would you take to a desert island? Rolling Stones star Keith Richards selected Doctor Dogbody’s Leg by James Norman Hall when he appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs show last month. The book is an entertaining collection of short stories told by Dr. Dogbody, a crusty one-legged old sailor, in a […]

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Vincent Price’s cookbook back in print to celebrate 50th anniversary

Vincent and Mary Price’s famous cookbook – A Treasury of Great Recipes – has been reissued to celebrate its 50 anniversary with NPR doing an interesting piece on the book this morning. This recipe book had been one of the most sought-after out-of-print books in the world for many years. A Treasury of Great Recipes was […]

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Most unusual item for sale on AbeBooks is…. Edith Wharton’s baby rattle

It’s not difficult to find weird things for sale on the AbeBooks marketplace but Edith Wharton’s baby rattle takes some beating. In fact, I’d say it’s the most unusual item to be listed for sale on AbeBooks since Eugene O’Neill’s underpants in 2013. Priced at $16,500, this is no ordinary baby rattle. It’s made from […]

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Crime writer Judy Penz Sheluk discusses small town mysteries

One of my jobs is to inform journalists about AbeBooks, our books and our booksellers. But I like it when a journalist turns the tables and tells me about their book. Meet Judy Penz Sheluk. She’s a journalist who specializes in antiques and has covered stories about AbeBooks for years. Judy is also a crime […]

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Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize is Marlon James with A Brief History of Seven Killings

Congratulations to Marlon James, author of A Brief History of Seven Killings. James is the 2015 winner of the prestigious Man Booker Prize and the first Jamaican author to win the prize since it was first awarded 47 years ago. His novel is fictional history and focuses on the attempted murder of Bob Marley in 1976. […]

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