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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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Shopping habits of the rich and famous: the amazing books that could be unwrapped on Christmas Day

One of the joys of this time of year is seeing the orders come in for fascinating books. Here’s a brief list of just some of the amazing books and ephemera being purchased on AbeBooks at the moment. We looked at orders since November 15 in order to identify what the world’s rich and famous […]

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Reading The Night Before Christmas (or, A Visit from St. Nicholas) on Christmas Eve is a longstanding tradition in my family, as it is for countless others. Even as adults, we gather around my dad to hear his booming voice announce the arrival of Father Christmas. The iconic poem made its debut in 1823, the […]

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Barack Obama’s Holiday Shopping List

President Barack Obama loaded up on books at an independent bookstore last weekend in support of Small Business Saturday.  The White House reports that the President picked up 21 titles, ranging from children’s books and YA Literature to brand new best-sellers.  Looks like the Obama’s will be have a very bookish Christmas. Here’s the list: Half Brother […]

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A Christmas Carol: Parents’ Top Pick to Pass On to Future Generations

In an August, 2012 blog post titled “Top ten books parents think children should read“, The Telegraph discussed a survey conducted by the University of Worcester in which 2000 adults were queried as to what books they felt most important to pass on to future generations to read. The #1, most-often mentioned title was Charles […]

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Vintage Holiday Books: Ghosts of Bookshelves Past

Pinterest’s specialty lies in an abundance of beauty- a feast for the eyes! Our festive Pinterest board embraces that notion, along with some wonderful memories and nostalgia for the booklover. It showcases a huge selection of Christmas books and holiday books from the late 19th century to the 1960s, including titles from Charles Dickens, Jean […]

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Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials Set

Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” trilogy is now available in a single beautiful volume, published by Everyman’s Library.

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Stephen King’s gift for Christmas

Stephen King is donating money so 150 soldiers in the Maine Army National Guard can travel from Indiana to Maine to be with their families for Christmas. What a nice man!

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Pricey Christmas Presents

Around the holiday season we like to look at some of our top sales and guess which ones might be Christmas presents for some lucky bibliophile. It a lot of fun because you start to think about the type of person who would be really excited about receiving each book, I even go a step […]

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