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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 2016

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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Beth’s Best Reads of 2016

  “It’s the most wonderful tiiiiiiiiime of the yeeeeear….” That’s right, fellow book nerds. It’s the end of the year, which always finds me looking back fondly at all the new characters I met, stories I read, history I learned, and authors I discovered, all thanks to books. Books! You may have noticed (though I’d […]

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Collecting Nostalgia: Vintage Christmas Memorabilia

With its time-honored traditions, sacred recipes passed down through generations and emphasis on family and friends, few areas of life lend themselves so well to nostalgia as Christmas. Of the families who celebrate Christmas, everyone does it a little bit differently. My husband’s family are Cuban, and celebrate “Noche Buena” on December 24th, opening all […]

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“Disneyana” – Walt Disney Collectibles and Souvenirs

  You may not know the term “Disneyana” yet, but you probably know somebody obsessed with it. Maybe they feverishly collect Disneyland souvenirs like collectible Disney mugs, or vintage Disney park guides, maps and tickets. Or perhaps they have a tattoo of Tinkerbell, and an apartment full of vintage Tinkerbell Disney memorabilia to match. They’d […]

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Amazon’s Best Books of the Month: December 2016

There’s really nothing as cozy as curling up with a good book and a mug of something warm when the weather is lashing against the windows outside. But what to read? Not to worry – the talented curators at Amazon books have furnished us with their Top 10 Books of the Month (and just in […]

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