Required Reading Revisited – January 2016

In The Required Reading Revisited Book Club we focus on books considered “Required Reading” by most educational institutions, i.e. books you read (or were supposed to read) in school – either high school or university. Our last meeting of the year was a rousing discussion of Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart. The novel itself has a number … Continue reading Required Reading Revisited – January 2016

The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Gets Carsick With John Waters

John Waters - gay pope of trash and vile connoisseur of low culture - attempted something extraordinary, risking life, sanity, and intestinal fortitude for art (or a queasy approximation thereof). Terminally in between films, the notorious, lowbrow director of Pink Flamingos, Cecil B. Demented, Hairspray, and a dozen more celluloid slimeballs walked out of his … Continue reading The Stand Up Sit Down Book Club Gets Carsick With John Waters

Graphic Novel Gift Guide from your Friendly Neighborhood Feminist

This post comes from our children's inventory manager, Demi. Nimona by Noelle Stevenson She's not a girl, she's a shark! Nimona is a magical shapeshifter who has apprenticed herself to the malicious Ballister Blackheart against the do-good schemes of the knightly Ambrosius Goldenloin! Read on for a rollicking, charming adventure with several wonderful twists. Bitch … Continue reading Graphic Novel Gift Guide from your Friendly Neighborhood Feminist

Sarah’s Favorite Book of 2015: MILK BAR LIFE

Every year, our marketing department works with our booksellers and book buyers to put together our Winter Catalog, a collection of our favorite books of 2015 along with recommendations for holiday gifts. Booksellers submit competing essays about their favorite books and the winners are featured in the full-color, glossy pages of the catalog. Tons of brainstorming goes into … Continue reading Sarah’s Favorite Book of 2015: MILK BAR LIFE

The Nightmare Factory Toasts 2015

2015 has been a tremendous year for horror. Goosebumps finally got the film treatment it deserves, Stephen King released two new books, and Donald Trump briefly ran for president. Encapsulating the ghastly spirit of the year is editor extraordinaire Paula Guran's newest anthology The Year's Best Dark Fantasy & Horror 2015.  Within these pages lurks fresh and … Continue reading The Nightmare Factory Toasts 2015