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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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My Year of Reading Women

In 2014 writer Joanna Walsh launched a project called The Year of Reading Women. The movement was largely about raising awareness in the book industry and encouraged publishers, distributors, and promoters to pull women writers into the spotlight so readers like you and I could better discover them. Looking back on my 2016 reading list, […]

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Backgammon’s back. Surge in demand for backgammon books

Is backgammon undergoing a revival? It appears many people will receive backgammon sets this Christmas along with books about learning to play the board game. Sales of backgammon guidebooks have been steadily increasing on the AbeBooks marketplace since the start of October. And then over the weekend, a long out-of-print book, Vanity Fair’s Backgammon to […]

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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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