We true crime fans are witnessing a huge upswing in the popularity of our favorite genre right now. For some, that means indulging in gruesome details of murder and mayhem (e.g. The Last Podcast on the Left). For others, that means examining the darkest elements of humanity in order to ensure the safety of each … Continue reading The Fact of a Body and the Emotional Body of Law
Attention lit lovers: look at your bookshelves. How white is your library? Whose voices are represented? Whose stories are missing? What I’m saying is it’s time to expand your horizons. Good thing our brand new World Literature in Translation section can be found on the first floor between Classics and Poetry. Our inventory managers … Continue reading Introducing…World Lit in Translation
Every March, we in Texas celebrate the history of our state: the Texas declaration of independence (1836), birth of Sam Houston (1793), and Alamo Heroes Day (1836) all occur this month. After over 40 years serving Austin’s bookish community, we’d like to reintroduce you to our own Texas history. In this series, we take a … Continue reading A History of BookPeople: Checking Your Bags at the Door for Over 40 years.
If Mary Miller’s last novel The Last Days of California was a love letter to adolescence, her latest work is a series of love letters to arrested development--letters never sent, pushed to the back of the desk drawer. In Always Happy Hour, Miller glorifies life’s unevents: the life that happens between life happenings. The stories … Continue reading It’s Always Happy Hour at the New & Noteworthy Book Club
Each month, we choose one book as our Top Shelf selection. This month, that book is Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto. Are you a feminist? If yes, what called you to declare yourself a feminist? This is the core question in Jessa Crispin's anti-feminist Why I Am Not a Feminist: A Feminist Manifesto. Did … Continue reading February Top Shelf: Why I Am Not a Feminist
Let's face it: 2016 sucked. You can literally don a blindfold and throw a dart at a yearly calendar, then pick your tragedy from any month you hit. But people kept being people, and amazing minds kept sharing their incredible stories of resilience. As for me, I kept reading, and reading kept me sane. Now … Continue reading Last Minute Gifts for Your Angry Intersectional Feminist (from 2016)
Adult coloring books. That's right: last year's big gift trend is still going strong. But just looking at the sheer wall of coloring book titles can get overwhelming. How do you pick one? Aren't they all the same, really? In my experience, a lot of them are. Like any pleasure worth the emotional investment to cross … Continue reading Gift Guide: 2016’s Best “Alternative” Adult Coloring Books