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Yesterday’s Racist Books and Memorabilia – To Acknowledge or Ignore?

We look at many, many, many books in a day as part of the AbeBooks marketing team. They go as far back as ancient times, long before the printing press, and I see books from centuries ago every day. So it should come as no surprise that very often I end up reminded of the […]

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Stephen King – “Tax Me!”

Stephen King wants to pay more tax – and wants his fellow ultra-rich elite members to do the same.

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Avant-Garde Books from Behind the Iron Curtain

The Russian Avant-Garde movement began prior to the rule of Nicholas II and thrived in the early years of the Communist regime. This selection of rare and collectable treasures shows how Avant-Garde art influenced books and other publications during these turbulent years. Glasnost brought in political openness and revealed some beautiful rare books. See the […]

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Escape from Camp 14

Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden is perhaps a book you should add to your ‘to-be-read-list.’ The Guardian carries an article by Harden. One day in June 1989, Shin’s teacher, a guard who wore a uniform and a pistol on his hip, […]

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Quoting the wrong Shakespeare

Everyone quotes Shakespeare and most of the time they don’t know they are doing it. Everyday language is littered with phrases popularized by the Bard in his writing. French presidential candidate François Hollande made a key speech on Sunday and, indeed, quoted Shakespeare, reports the Daily Telegraph. The “universal message” he wished to convey, Mr […]

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Newt Gingrich: author and reviewer

John F Kennedy had Profiles in Courage, Barack Obama had Dreams From my Father and then The Audacity of Hope. Newt Gingrich has written, or co-written, …well….a small library of books, including six novels and at least 15 non-fiction books. The former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Republican frontrunner for the 2012 presidential […]

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Barack Obama goes shopping for books

Barack Obama and family went book shopping on Saturday in Washington DC. I love how this article comments how both his daughters wore jeans – as if what the president’s daughters wear was remotely important. The Obamas bought the following books: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin […]

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Breaking news: poet becomes president of a country

I’m a bit surprised to see so little reaction to the news that a poet, Michael D Higgins, has been elected as the ninth Irish president. Let me repeat that – a man who writes poems is going to be running a country of 4.5 million people. It’s safe to say that the Republic of […]

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American Grown: Michelle Obama’s Vegetable Garden

Michelle Obama has a new book on the way: “American Grown: How the White House Kitchen Garden Inspires Families, Schools, and Communities” will be released in April 2012.

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Signed copies of Dick Cheney’s memoir

Dick Cheney’s memoir, In My Time, is out, reports the Jacket Copy blog. Like George Bush’s book, Decision Points, it’s not my cup of tea but it’s going to do well. “There are gonna be heads exploding all over Washington,” said Dick Cheney to NBC on Monday night. AbeBooks already has some signed copies of […]

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