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Collectible Memorabilia from Fidel Castro’s Communist Cuba

  Rarely has there been a more controversial and polarizing political figure than Fidel Castro. On Thursday, November 24th, my mother-in-law arrived to stay with my family for two weeks. She is a Cuban woman who was born and raised in Cuba, and lived there until the early sixties, when a series of terrifying incidents relating […]

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“It Can’t Happen Here” sales soar as book buyers rush for reassurance

  Why have sales of Sinclair Lewis’ 1935 dystopian novel It Can’t Happen Here suddenly spiked, leaving some retailers with no copies on the shelves? Well, they say truth is stranger than fiction – but what if fiction just gets there first? It Can’t Happen Here is a dark, partially satirical novel written by American […]

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Interview with BargainBookStores

BargainBookStores have sold with AbeBooks since January 2002 and currently list more than 800,000 books for sale on our marketplace. Co-owner Ralf Scharnowski took a few minutes to answer our questions about life as a marketplace bookseller. AbeBooks: How did your business start? Ralf Scharnowski: “On a Lake Michigan beach. My family was vacationing with […]

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Discovering Skeletons in the Attic – mystery author Judy Penz Sheluk on unraveling family secrets

Crime writer Judy Penz Sheluk is back with a new mystery novel called Skeletons in the Attic. Her debut novel, The Hanged Man’s Noose, was published in July 2015. Skeletons in the Attic is the first book in what is going to be the Marketville Mystery Series. The heroine of Skeletons is Calamity (Callie) Barnstable who […]

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Amazon’s Top 10 Books for October 2016

So many good books to choose from this month. Time to get reading! The Wangs vs. the World by Jade Chang A hilarious debut novel about a wealthy but fractured Chinese immigrant family that had it all, only to lose every last cent—and about the road trip they take across America that binds them back […]

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Westworld by Michael Crichton could be a bestseller right now, but where is the book?

HBO’s revival of Michael Crichton’s science fiction thriller Westworld is off to a flyer after an entertaining premiere on Sunday evening.  Entertainment Weekly reported that 3.3 million viewers watched the first episode where it becomes clear that all is not well in the Western-themed amusement park populated by robots. But wait something is missing. Westworld […]

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Elon Musk recommends obscure history book, Twelve Against the Gods

Elon Musk now has something else in common with Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, like the others, can now sell books by simply revealing what he is reading. This is exactly what happened last week when Musk revealed he is reading Twelve Against the Gods by William Bolitho […]

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How I Conquered Netflix and Started Reading Again

In 2008 I was living alone without television. My phone wasn’t smart and my stolen wifi wasn’t strong enough for streaming. I didn’t keep track of how many books I read, but almost every evening was spent with one. My book club met every 6 weeks. Eventually, I met a boy and that boy came […]

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Amazon’s Top 10 Books: February 2016

It’s that time again when we get to see Amazon’s list of the top ten books to read this month – which books are going on your must read pile? A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin Spanning seven decades as it moves from California to Princeton to the Midwest to New York, A Doubter’s Almanac tells […]

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What We Read in 2015

At AbeBooks we have software engineers, accountants, marketers, customer support reps, account managers and we all share one thing in common: a passion for books. We asked people around the office to share some of the books they read this year – it’s a fascinating list and perhaps you’ll be inspired to read some of these recommended […]

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