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Literary Starbucks – Your Favorite Author’s Coffee Order

Some clever duck has created a quite funny concept on Tumblr. Literary Starbucks posts witty snippets of what a Starbucks order might look like, if placed by our favorite authors, and some fictional characters as well. They are quick and dirty, and often spot on: “George R.R. Martin goes up to the counter and orders […]

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American Tourist Accidentally Locked Inside London Bookstore

When I was a little girl, I saw a movie in which some children are trapped overnight in a shopping mall. I can’t remember how that came to pass, what they did in there, or the eventual outcome (I feel sure they made it out alive). What I do remember, however, is trying to go […]

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Introducing Crap Taxidermy, the must-have coffee table book

The blog Crappy Taxidermy has spawned a book, Crap Taxidermy. If you thought no more damage could be done to an animal after its death, think again. This book features many examples of oddly posed animals, badly stuffed animals and bizarre animal hybrids created on some person’s kitchen table.  If you enjoy this book, then you […]

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If The Smiths Sang About Charles Dickens…

In one of our Ask AbeBooks videos, we answered a letter from a woman seeking suggestions to keep her attention-span-challenged kid engaged when reading about school subjects. One of the suggestions that my colleague Richard made was for Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories series . Featuring titles such as The Vile Victorians, Ruthless Romans and Awful […]

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Prancercise: The Book by Joanna Rohrback

By now, if you are someone who finds themselves mired in internet from time to time, you may well have already experienced the joyous phenomenon that is Prancercise. If you are yet unfamiliar, let me help you – Prancercise is much what the name implies – a fitness program that combines prancing, sashaying, cantering, trotting […]

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Mailer to Hemingway: “I suspect you’re even more vain than I am.”

I love this letter that Norman Mailer sent to Ernest Hemingway in 1965, along with a copy of his novel, The Deer Park, which had been rejected multiple times for years before finally being published: TO ERNEST HEMINGWAY —because finally after all these years I am deeply curious to know what you think of this. […]

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Author Smack Talk: The Literary Diss

Perhaps it’s mean and base of me, but I really enjoyed this article that I found on The Examiner. It lists 50 examples of authors trash talking each other’s works.  Reading a highly articulate slam from one of the century’s greatest authors against another literary titan is something I find very amusing – perhaps because […]

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The Antikamnia Chemical Company’s Skeleton Calendars

These are fantastic and I would like to own one. The images come from Antikamnia Skeleton Calendars, put out by the Antikamnia Chemical Company, St. Louis, MO. Antikamnia’s analgesic compound, which was never patented, was marketed as a ‘proudly ethical drug’ and used to treat headaches, fever, stomach aches, nervousness, insomnia and ‘the blues’. It […]

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Board Games for Book Lovers

There are few things I like to do better than play a good game. Rummoli, Texas Hold ‘Em, Charades, Cribbage, Pictionary – you name it, I’ll probably love playing it. And of course it goes without saying that I adore books, so I was happy to find that Flavorwire has a list of 10 Literary […]

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Roald Dahl was factually inaccurate

Students at Leicester University have answered the age old question of “Was Roald Dahl being scientifically accurate when he described 501 seagulls lifting a giant peach in his classic children’s story James and the Giant Peach.” The students estimated the size of the peach, described by Dahl as being tall and wide like a small […]

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