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Chicken Soup for the….mouth, esophagus and stomach. Like before, remember?

And in a strange, boomerang twist of cross-marketing, the Self-helpers behind the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of books are now trying their hands at….soup! But not soul soup. Not emotional soup. Not soup that’s actually just nice words to inspire you and make you feel spiritual. Just actual soup. “Launching the line will […]

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Ask AbeBooks: Recommended Unusual Cookbooks

This ir our first “Ask AbeBooks” video, in which we recommend unusual cookbooks to Marjorie, who wrote to us from Wichita asking for gift suggestions. Enjoy. And if you’d like, you can read about even more weird cookbooks.

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Don’t Read and Drive: Unless You’re Rob Ford, Mayor of Toronto

Toronto mayor Rob Ford is in the middle of a torrid scandal. Sex scandal? No. Embezzling? No. Drinking and driving? Close, but no. Ford’s crime is reading and driving. You read that right. A twitter user posted a photo of what appears to be Rob Ford, driving in 70km/hour traffic on the Gardiner Expressway, with […]

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11 Book Covers by Edward Gorey

It’s no secret that we’re bonkers for Edward Gorey around here. He wrote and illustrated so many fancifully fiendish and whimsically weird books, each with a style uniquely Gorey that were a pleasure for fans to behold. But he also designed and illustrated book covers for other people, many of which were just gorgeous, and […]

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Bikinis Meet Books: Together at Last

I know it’s silly, but I can’t help really enjoying Matchbook.nu, which exists solely to match swimwear to book covers, as far as I can tell. Some of them are very clever and spot on (though with plenty of one-pieces and trunks, “bikinis” is not strictly accurate). A couple of my favorites: You can see […]

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Positions in Bed – One Youtube User’s Take

I blogged once about the difficulties of comfortable reading in bed and revealed that I am a tummy-and-elbow reader. When I asked around I discovered there were side readers, back-with-the-book-in-the-air readers, propped-against-headboard-or-pillow readers, and more – but the youtube user below gets into some positions I’ve never even attempted. Perhaps she’s into yoga.

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Joseph Merrick: The Elephant Man & the History of the Human Sideshow

August 5th 2012 Next month marks the 150th birthday of Joseph Merrick. Arguably the world’s most famous freak, the so-called “Elephant Man” lived in 19th-century England, and was part of human curiosity exhibits. Not so long ago, people with unusual physical attributes were fair game for gawking, in circuses and sideshows. Arguments both for and […]

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The Original LOLcats: Harry Whittier Frees

Have you heard of Harry Whittier Frees? Born in 1879, Frees was an American photographer who became well-known for his recognizable and unusual style of photography. Specifically, he posed animals in human scenarios – riding bicycles, painting on easels, sitting in a ferris wheel at the fair. Real, live animals, which he also dressed in […]

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ULTRA LATEX: Exotic Rubber Fashions for Every Mood

I have to put up this amazing book ULTRA LATEX: Exotic Rubber Fashions for Every Mood quickly, because we only have one copy on the site, and it’s bound to sell quickly. Just take a gander at this. it’s from 1975. It says “for every mood”. while I think the mood of the others is […]

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A Christian Grey Cake – 50 Shades of Grey Goes Bakery

We usually try to keep the content between our AbeBooks UK blog and this blog different, but this entry was just too good not to steal. I’m sorry to come back to Fifty Shades of Grey once again but frankly there is a story a day at the moment. Richard’s Cakes (their tagline is ‘Quality […]

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