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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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Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” – Done Differently

Ken Sanders, a longtime seller on AbeBooks, is now offering a rare and highly unusual edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland stories. Les Aventures d’Alice au pays des Merveilles at De l’autre cote du mirroir et de ce qu’Alice y trouva (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There) […]

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1899 Antikamnia Chemical Calendar with Skeletons

This is fantastic and I would like to own it. It’s a complete Skeleton Sketches calendar from 1899, put out by the Antikamnia Chemical Company, St. Louis, MO. Each panel depicts a skeleton, dressed in various styles/occupations: January/February, “Extra! All About The [-----]!!!,” as a raggedly-clad newsboy, hawking newspapers; March/April, “His Fourth of July!”, with […]

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Artist Cuts Books into Mark Zuckerberg’s Face

…Get it? Facebook? (warning: books were harmed in the making of this video.)

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Bruce Lee and the Bond Girl: Vintage Self-Defense Books

There are truly some fantastic vintage book gems out there, in some unexpected places. What about self-defence (or self-defense, depending which side of the pond you call home)? People have, sadly, always attacked one another like big creeps, and there have been books written for ages on how to protect yourself from those creeps. But […]

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James Earl Jones Reads “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe

This is the way this poem should always sound. Goosebumps. Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door. ” ‘Tis some visitor,” […]

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How to Open a New Book

It may sound easy-peasy, but for maximum spine protection and book-life extension, there is indeed a way to open a new (hardcover) book. Read on, readers. Turns out we may be doing it wrong. via Alfred a. Knopf

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Mike McGrady AKA Penelope Ashe 1934-2012

Former Newsday columnist Mike McGrady has died of pneumonia. McGrady was most famous as being the leader of a group of 24 prominent journalists (19 men, 5 women), who in 1966 set out to prove that the minds and tastes of the American people, when it came to culture consumption, had become tasteless and vulgar. […]

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Drop Dead Healthy by A.J. Jacobs

We’ve explored the weird, weird world of A.J. Jacobs before. He decided to read the entire Encyclopedia Britannica in The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World, decided to spend a year living as faithfully to the bible as he could in The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s […]

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Morgan Freeman Sings for Literacy as “Easy Reader”

This is Morgan Freeman in approximately 1971 as “Easy Reader” – a literacy-promoting character on The Electric Company, a children’s television show in the 1970s. Amazing. Words fail me, so I will let the video speak for itself. “Top to bottom and left to right, readin’ stuff is… outta sight!” “What I’m needin’….is somethin’ for […]

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