History, from Herodotus down through Gibbon and into Ambrose, Zinn and beyond, has always been about narrative. And with narrative, almost by its very nature, comes a certain sense of inevitability: what has happened is what would have happened. But that is history as it has been written. History as it is lived is a … Continue reading Top Shelf for January – Vanished Kingdoms by Norman Davies
I think it goes without saying that if you work at a bookstore, you love books. I've been this way for as long as I can remember, ever since I was a young reader obsessed with Claudia Kishi, Wayside School, and writing in hieroglyphics. I keep almost every book I read and enjoy, and reread … Continue reading I Love Books
Earlier this summer, my mother-in-law surprised my husband and I with cake pops for our anniversary. They were so good and immediately inspired me to create some of my own. The only problem was I was working really hard to start a new routine of exercising and eating right, so I decided to postpone my … Continue reading My Adventure in Cake Pops!
Lidia Bastianich is one of my very favorite chefs. With many years of being cable-free, I realized what a goldmine KLRU, the local PBS station, is. Antiques Roadshow! NOVA! Doctor Who! And, of course, Lidia's Italy! I came to love Lidia, and her totally unfussy way of cooking. She cooks like a normal person -- … Continue reading Mac ‘n Cheese and Pizza, Lidia’s Way
For the past 5 years, BookPeople has created a catalog featuring booksellers and their favorite books of the year, entitled "This Is My Favorite Book". The catalog is one of my very favorite things to do each year. From choosing the bookseller essays to crafting a photo concept to actually taking the photos to inputting … Continue reading This Is Our Favorite Book
Johnny Depp and Hunter S. Thompson seemed to truly understand each other. Depp starred as Thompson in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the movie based on Thompson's 1971 book of the same name. Depp is back in The Rum Diary, based on a novel by Thompson about a freelance journalist in Puerto Rico … Continue reading The Rum Diary
Obviously, BookPeople has tons of books. New releases, old favorites, signed books, kids books... you know to come here to pick up the books on your reading list. But have you ever shopped our awesome selection of gift items? I love our gift items, and I have a tendency to buy presents for … Continue reading Mugs! T-Shirts! Squirrel Underpants!
Every Holiday season, we offer local non-profit organizations the chance to gift wrap at BookPeople for donations. We provide the table, wrapping paper and other supplies, and you supply the wrappers. Our customers can then get their gifts wrapped for the holidays, and tip the volunteers a dollar or two for the service. If your … Continue reading Gift Wrap at BookPeople for your Non-Profit
Wow! We received so many excellent entries in our first ever T-shirt design contest! We had a great time going through them all, but a VERY difficult time choosing the winning entry. But a big congratulations goes out to... (drumroll)... Kristine F.! Look at that happy book! We'll be printing Kristine's winning design, and they'll … Continue reading T-shirt Contest Winner!
John Hodgman has quite a nice mustache. Very full, well-groomed, and a dapper addition to his upper lip. So fine is his mustache, in fact, that we've been inspired. During our event with John on Tuesday, November 8 at 7PM, we're encouraging all mustachioed individuals to enter our Mustache Contest! Co-sponsored by the good folks … Continue reading Show Off Your Mustache