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Top 10 most expensive books ever sold

With lots of excitement surrounding the Bay Psalm Book that’s coming up for auction at Sotheby’s, this is a good time to step aside and consider the most expensive books that have ever been sold. By saying books, we are including documents and manuscripts, and not just objects published on a press. I would be […]

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2013 Man Booker Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2013 Man Booker Prize was announced today. Leading the way are Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann and Colm Tóibín, although there is plenty of literary talent on the list. here are the contenders: Tash Aw – Five Star Billionaire Eleanor Catton – The Luminaries Jim Crace – Harvest Eve Harris – The […]

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10 Literary-Themed Restaurants

It’s not news that books and food go together well. Obviously we think so – you can read our posts on the 50 Best Food Memoirs, Penguin’s Great Food Series, The Best Literary Recipes, and Fiction in the Kitchen: 30 Culinary Novels to name just a few. Reading and eating are two of the great […]

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Original Artwork from Famous Folks

AbeBooks is all about the business of books, including book-related ephemera: in this case, art. Many authors have tried their hand at drawing or painting, and many artists and illustrators drew and painted long before they became successful or famous. To the lucky collector who finds one, nothing is more priceless or precious than a […]

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The 25 Books Every Kid Should Have on Their Bookshelf

It’s been 70 years this month since Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s masterpiece of innocence, simplicity and wonder Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince) was first published. Few books or stories have managed to capture the sense of joy and honesty of children, of mystery in the universe, and of the beauty of simple acceptance, nearly as […]

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Literature from Librarians: Great Reads Written by the Experts

This is a unique reading list – these books were all written by librarians and most of them were recommended to us by librarians. If any profession is well qualified to write books then librarians truly fit the bill. Librarians are loyal customers of AbeBooks and we tend to listen when they speak. But it […]

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Books on The Madness of Mental Illness

According to the World Health Organization, over 450 million people worldwide suffer from mental illness of some variety. From depression and mood disorders to paranoid schizophrenia and obsessive compulsive disorder, countless books have been written about the subject in an effort to explore, understand or cope with it. From informational texts like the Diagnostic and […]

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Recommended reading list from George R. R. Martin

Fans of George R.R. Martin love the author for his amazing attention to detail within his vast storylines; what they don’t love, is having to wait several years between books.  This isn’t to say his fans are unappreciative – I assume most understand that quality craftsmanship takes time.  It’s more that they’ve been accustomed to […]

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The 50 Best Food Memoirs

The memoir is a tricky beast of a book to write, not only do you have to be a great wordsmith (a requirement for any good book) but you also have to be rather interesting, or at least had a series somewhat extraordinary things happen to you, otherwise what’s the point?  Last year I read […]

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Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year shortlist

The Diagram Prize just may be my favorite literary award (although the Bad Sex Award is right up there), it’s an annual competition to determine the strangest book title published in the last 12 months – many previous winners can be found in the halls of the Weird Book Room.  From Stray Shopping Carts of […]

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