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An Avid Reader’s 2017 Reading List (so far)

At the start of 2016, I set out to kick my Netflix habit and pick up a book. A novel concept for someone in my line of work (pun intended). 2016 was a success (read about it here) and I vowed to continue my good habits in 2017. By sharing the books I read with […]

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Eight Pancake Books Worth Stacking on Your Shelf

The editors at AbeBooks.com have selected eight pancake cookbooks offering recipes that span the world, from California to Russia and Scandinavia, and show numerous forms of this humble but versatile dish. Pancakes are closely associated with Shrove Tuesday so Christians could use the last of their rich foods (eggs, milk, sugar, and lard) before starting […]

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Imagine a sequel to 1984? We did & so did Gyorgy Dalos

What would have happened if George Orwell had written a sequel to Nineteen Eighty-Four? A few years ago, we asked our designers to imagine that exact scenario and this is what they came up with. Not bad, and the Ministry of Truth thinks “it’s doubleplus good.” Published in 1949, Nineteen Eighty-Four was Orwell’s last book. […]

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Trump’s pipeline orders sparks interest in Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson – the book that launched the modern environmental movement – was the most searched for book on AbeBooks.com yesterday with 1984 by George Orwell a close second. Silent Spring was published in 1962 and addressed the indiscriminate use of pesticides at the time. The last edition was published in 2003. […]

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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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