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Amazing Things at AbeBooks

The thing about AbeBooks is, it’s amazing. And for more than just books. You might think you know it, have a good sense of what it is all about, but there is always something new, something rare, something beautiful and amazing and even unique, just below the surface, if you type the right, magical combination […]

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Amazon’s Best Books of the Month: April 2017

Merciful Zeus, the books editors at Amazon are determined to ensure my TBR pile never gets small enough to stop being a toppling hazard. They always choose such fascinating books to feature, so that by the time I finish reading about the 10, there are generally at least five on my shopping list. This month […]

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15 Literary Heroines for International Women’s Day

For over a century, each year on March 8th, people all around the globe take time out to celebrate the work, struggles, and achievements of women. We remember and acknowledge with gratitude those who fought for us in the past and recognize we have a long way yet to go for equal rights. Feminists and […]

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Amazon’s Best Books of the Month: March 2017

If you’re looking for your next favorite page-turner, look no further than this fantastic list of books, recommended by the Amazon Book editors as the best book bets for the month. Warning: your TBR (To Be Read) pile may teeter dangerously high after reading the synopses to follow. This is a particularly intriguing month. * […]

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Goodbye from the Vinyl Cafe: Stuart McLean 1948-2017

We’re so very sad here  to learn that Stuart McLean has passed away. His stories were the soundtrack to so many Christmas Eves, so many roadtrips, and many family laughs. Have ever other fictional characters felt so real, and generated such camaraderie as Dave, Morley and their kids?  I find it impossible to imagine anyone […]

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Amazon’s Best Books of the Month: February 2017

So many books, so little time! Our friends at Amazon have released yet another exciting list of their top 10 book picks for the month. Are you a fan of the 80s? A mythology buff? Which of these titles will find its way to your TBR pile? The top spotlight pick of the month is […]

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Meet @mybookbath – Where Beauty Meets Books

If you are an avid user of Instagram, you are no doubt well aware of the keen eye for beauty and photography layout that many creative folks and artists share around the globe. Happily, the same is true of booklovers, many of whom can be found sharing their collections there in gorgeous visual buffets. Among […]

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2017 Children’s Book Award Winners

Yesterday was the biggest day of the year for children’s books and their authors – the day the American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of its prestigious Children’s Book Awards. There were more than 20 awards given in total. Some of the most notable: The John Newbery Medal: Named for 18th-century bookseller John Newbery, […]

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Memories of Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. would have turned 88 yesterday, on January 15th, 2017, were he not publicly assassinated on April 4th, 1968. Today,  Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday in the United States, observed annually on the third Monday in January, close to MLK’s birthday. Now 49 years after his murder, longer dead than […]

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AbeBooks’ Literary Review of 2016

We know, we know – the less said about the year 2016 the better. While we too held our collective breath and cringed painfully through much of the year, it is worth noting that whether for better or (much, much) worse, the most remarkable years in history stay with us and go on to be […]

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