AVENGERS – READ THIS!

With the new Avengers movie hitting screens, I was thinking -

What would Spiral recommend to this spectacular cast of superheroes?

Well, I can’t resist a bit of character analysis and and jab of whimsy, so I decided to give it a shot.  Here’s what I recommend – now pick up a book and get to it!

 

CAPTAIN AMERICA 

A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING AUTHOR’S COURT
BY MARK TWAIN 

Hey there Captain – We all know you are a bit sensitive and certainly a powerhouse out of time.  I’ll think you’ll appreciate this story of a fish out of water and how, inevitably, you can’t re-write history.

ctYANKEE

 

IRON MAN

BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS BY KURT VONNEGUT, JR. 

Let me just explain one thing to you Stark – You have free will.  Everyone else is a robot.  Wait, wait, wait, I mean -You are a robot, and everyone else has free will.  Okay, maybe not – but I think you’ll appreciate this biting satire, even if you’re a robot with free will.

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THOR

MATILDA BY ROALD DAHL

Hey Thor, this little girl has some Power < yep, with a capital “P”.   Her family is mean, her teacher is the worst, but she finds support in a comely teacher and learns to take control.   I think you’ll clench your teeth at the mean-spirited humans she has to deal with – but remember, we’re not all bad.

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HULK

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER
BY CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN

Bruce – I think you’ll like this one.  It is creepy, I won’t lie.  But I think you’ll be taken by the narrator’s descent into psychosis and come to find a deep understanding within these pages.  Perhaps a bit of insight into your own malady?

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THE BLACK WIDOW

WHY THE CHILD IS COOKING IN THE POLENTA
BY AGLAJA VETERANYI (TRANS. VINCENT KLING)

This is a dark book, Natasha, but I just need to recommend it to you.  It’s tragic, it’s stunning, it’s everything that you escaped.  The story will make you cry, but sometimes it’s good to remember our demons.

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HAWKEYE

GEEK LOVE BY KATHERINE DUNN

Okay, this one might hit a little bit close to home, Clint, but like Natasha, I think you’ll appreciate it.  Circus freaks, familial strain, unfettered emotions - have I got you yet? Draw a bubble bath and jump in.

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LOKI

ULYSSES BY JAMES JOYCE

Loki – I think you’ll be lost forever trying to figure this one out – Have at it.

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Those are my very specially selected recommendations.  What would you recommend to The Avengers?  Let us know on facebook and twitter – #spiralavengers

These books can be found or ordered by emailing spiralbookcase@gmail.com or stopping by the shop!

 

MARCH MADNESS – HEAD-CASES, PSYCHOPATHS, AND MALCONTENTS

MARCH MADNESS

A delirious selection of books for those seeking something a bit off-kilter.

Call 215-482-0704 to order any of these titles, mention MARCH MADNESS, and get 15% off your order or free shipping.  (We ship anywhere in the US and our flat-rate shipping fee is $2.50.)


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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illus. by Camille Rose Garcia

A stunning edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  You will feel wonderfully mad as you navigate through Camille Rose Garcia’s trippy & creepy illustrations.


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The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson

Have you wondered if you or your boss/co-worker/friend/mother-in-law is a psychopath?  This is the book for you.  Jon Ronson explores the concept of psychopathy through discussions with mental health specialists, descriptions of odd and unsettling treatments, and the lens of mass media.  Ultimately, an engaging look at how psychopathy is viewed and treated in our world.


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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

There is a reason everyone is reading this.  For those of you with voyeuristic tendencies (I know you’re out there), read this book.  Three perspectives – three versions of the truth.  The perfect thriller.


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The Devil and Sherlock Holmes by David Grann

A motley collection of heroes and rogues from around the world.  Strange non-fiction, the best kind perhaps?  Tumble along these tales and leave wanting more.


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Jillian by Halle Butler

Two secretaries, Megan & Jillian, a malcontent and a short-sighted optimist.  They will test your patience, yet you can’t help but feel for them.  Somehow humorous, somehow distasteful, completely great. If you like staring at car crashes, this is your book.  (Meet the author and get a signed copy : March 4th, 630-900)


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The Year of No Mistakes by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

After all of these maddening reads, cleanse your palate.  Poetry has a beautiful way to return you to yourself, and Aptowicz deftly and simply presents moments of personal struggle, joy, and insight.  This isn’t sugar sweet, but life isn’t either.


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I hope you enjoyed our foray into madness – and if you do like our recommendations, please remember to SHOP INDIE!  We are happy to get these books into your hands (just call!), and I bet your local indie is ready to help too.

Book Notes : Dave Housley’s “Commerical Fiction”

MEET Dave housley : SAT : FEBRUARY 28th : 630-900

STORY & SONG : ROCK AND ROLL EDITION 

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This article was originally published by largeheartedboy.com on 2/24/14.  Dave will be reading and signing copies of his latest short story collection: If I Knew The Way, I Would Take You Home.  PURCHASE SIGNED COPY HERE

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

 

 

cfDave Housley’s short story collection Commercial Fiction is filled with humor, pathos, and popular culture, with each story drawing inspiration from a specific television commercial.

Matt Bell wrote of the book:

“With Commercial Fiction, Dave Housley once again stakes his claim as the poet laureate of pop culture. No one else could take the cynical manipulations of commercials and extract from them so much humor and empathy and heart.”

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.

In his own words, here is Dave Housley’s Book Notes music playlist for his short story collection, Commercial Fiction:
As you’ll quickly notice when you read the titles of these stories, this is a book of short fiction based on television commercials. In assembling this playlist, I’m trying to do what I tried to do when I wrote the stories, which is not so much to make fun of the source material (which would be too easy, and not even very much fun) but to use these mostly ridiculous commercials as jumping off points, to take them at face value and try to see what might happen if these people  were actual people, with actual complicated, messy lives concerned with more than fast food and cars and beer and erectile dysfunction (spoiler alert: a good deal of the book was written during football season).

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Book Notes – Tara Murtha’s “Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Bille Joe”

Meet Tara Murtha : Sat : February 28th : 630-900

Story & Song : Rock and Roll Edition 

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This article was originally published by largeheartedboy.com on January 28th.

Tara Murtha’s Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe : PURCHASE SIGNED COPIES HERE

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book.

Tara Murtha’s fascinating 33 1/3 book on Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe album explores the mysterious recording artist’s life through the lens of her work.

The Utne Reader wrote of the book:

“Murtha pulls free the threads of truth from a tangled knot of personal mythology and contradictions. Her book is likely to be a hit with casual listeners and pop-culture obsessives alike.”

Stream a playlist of these songs at Spotify.

In her own words, here is Tara Murtha’s Book Notes music playlist for her book Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe:

I still clearly recall the first time I heard Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Love a Rainy Night.” My cute mom stopped dusting the furniture long enough to start dancing in our living room while singing along. I love to hear the thunder, watch the lightning! Most people don’t have a flashbulb memory around hearing “I love a Rainy Night.” I only do because it gilds a fond scene.

Almost universally, though, people remember the first time they heard “Ode to Billie Joe,” especially when it first hit the charts in the summer of 1967. Bobbie Gentry said fans felt compelled to share with her where they were and what they were doing—usually driving—when they first heard her sing her signature spooky story-ballad about a teenage suicide in the South.

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A Sweet Deal – A Second Bite at the Apple

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Featured Book – A Second Bite at the Apple by Dana Bate

Looking for a Valentine’s Day gift (for yourself, or someone else)? Why not give two gifts in one! Dana Bate and The Spiral Bookcase have teamed up for this sweet deal.  With every purchase of this delightful foodie rom-com, we will be donating a gently used book to Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, an organization that provides housing and services to homeless families in the Philadelphia area.

Buy a book, give a book. It’s a win-win! We are happy to ship anywhere in the USA – all you have to do is order direct from the shop : 215-482-0704, or order here: A Second Bite at the Apple

“Funny, sweet, & a perfect read to rid the winter doldrums” – Ann 

LIBER LIBRI LOVE Contest & Photo Gallery

LLLShow the world why you LOVE The Spiral Bookcase! 

To Enter:
1) Follow us on Instagram @spiralbookcase
2) Post a photo of why you love The Spiral Bookcase
* perhaps a book you recently acquired or a picture of Amelia Cat
3) tag your post #spiralbooklove
4) tag @spiralbookcase
* contest ends on March 6th * you do not need to be present to claim prize *
Winner will receive a $25 Gift Card and A Stack of Signed Books
PHOTO EXHIBIT featuring YOU
First Friday  March 6th, 630pm – 930pm
On March 6th, join us in-shop while we celebrate this outpouring of love!  YOUR PHOTOS will be displayed throughout the shop.  Feel the love, show off to your friends, and bring home a 4×4 print out of your photo.  Light refreshments will be provided. BYOB.

Winter Stockpile Sale!

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Dana Bate at Huntingdon Valley Library

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TUES, FEB 3RD, 630PM @ THE HUNTINGDON VALLEY LIBRARY

Please join Dana Bate & The Spiral Bookcase at the Huntingdon Valley Library, Tues, February 3rd at 6:30pm. Dana will be discussing her delicious and humorous new book – A SECOND BITE AT THE APPLE.  This foodie rom-com is the perfect read to beat the winter doldrums.

The cherry on top –  For every copy of A SECOND BITE AT THE APPLE we sell, we will be donating a gently used book to The Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, an organization that provides housing and services to homeless families in the area. Buy a book, give a book. It’s a win-win!

See you there!

GATHER + SHOP + GIVE : HOLIDAYS AT SPIRAL

 HOLIDAY HOURS :

Monday : 10am – 5pm
Tues, Weds, Thurs : 10am – 8pm
Friday, Saturday : 10am-9pm
Sunday : 10am – 7pm

 

 events : (see our weekly promotions below!):

(click on each link to discover more–check back as links are added!) 
Friday, Nov. 28th : 10am – 9pm
Black Friday 
Pick up a coupon at the shop to enjoy  20% off any one book on Black Friday. 
Saturday, Nov. 29th : 10am – 9pm
Authors become booksellers-for-a-day to help YOU find perfect books to get & give. Grab special in-store deals and load up on coffee and seasonal treats.
Friday, Dec. 5th : 6pm – 9pm
We love Shaak’s brilliant & intricate designs.   Prints will be available for sale as well as one-of-a-kind holiday cards.
Saturday, Dec. 6th : 10am – 9pm
Brian Biggs, local children’s book author & illustrator will be on-site for a drawing lesson.  Buy & Give : With every book purchase, we will donate one gently used children’s book to North Light Community Center. 
Friday, Dec 12th : 6pm – 9pm
Grab a glass of wine, unwind, & enjoy a special night kid-free.  (Dads welcome too!)
Saturday, Dec. 13th : 3pm – 5pm
A great holiday tradition – bring, share, and keep an assortment of cookies.  The baker of the best cookie (chosen by our Spiral Staff) will win a special prize! 
Friday, Dec. 19th : 6pm – 9pm
Solstice Party 
CELEBRATE!  Potluck & BYOB

 

WEEKLY PROMOTIONS :

Every Tuesday in December (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd) :
Enjoy 15% off your entire purchase 
Wednesdays in December (3rd, 10th, 17th) :
Storytime at 1pm 
Thursdays in December (4th, 11th, 18th) :
Holiday Portraits : 6pm – 9pm 
Saturdays in December (6th, 13th, 20th) :
Tea & Cookies (first come, first serve)

 

GATHER

now aren’t you glad you have a neighborhood, independent bookstore?  ENJOY! 

 

Hi There! It’s been a while…

Hello everyone!

It’s been quite a busy year at Spiral!  From Art Openings, to Author Soirees, Writers’ Conferences, and Book Signings, we’ve flown through the first part of 2014.   But, we have oh, so much more to share with you.

You may have noticed that Ann has been very busy with little Zelda over the past year.  Now that Zelda is getting bigger (14 months!) and Ann’s maternity leave is coming to a close, she’s able to dive back into the shop full force and start working on many many many wonderful things.  New stock! New blog posts! Special deals! Fancy new celebrations of all things literary!  We cannot wait to share them all with you.

You will also see some changes on the website.  You’ll see – more event postings! more reviews! more books!  All things Spiral.  Aren’t you excited?!  If you are hankering for even more Spiral, follow us on Instagram @spiralbookcase, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Now for the fun part – a handful of pics from the past 6 months.  Enjoy and hope to see you soon!

Zelda loves books!

Zelda loves books!

#readwomen2014

#readwomen2014

Behind the scenes at Asymptote's 3rd Anniversary Party

Behind the scenes at Asymptote’s 3rd Anniversary Party

Barrelhouse Conference

Barrelhouse Conference

Arcadia Salon

Arcadia Salon

Bert Kreischer at Helium

Bert Kreischer at Helium

True Detective Display

True Detective Display

New Recommendations

New Acquisitions

New Acquisitions

...and let's not forget the snow!

…and let’s not forget the snow!

 

Top Ten Books of 2013 – The Brittany Brown Edition

Spiralnauts - 

We enjoy our jobs of putting stupendous, uplifting, challenging, & ridiculously good books into your hands.  When we are not in the shop – we are cracking open numerous tomes for our own enjoyment.  Well, how could we call ourselves booksellers without being voracious readers ourselves?  So, without further adieu – a brief look at each of our Top Ten (or so) Books of 2013.  

Brittany Brown’s Eye-Opening & Mind-Altering Selection

nightNight Flower: The Life and Art of Vali Myers – Vali Myers Art Gallery Trust, Gemma Jones, Julia Inglis, Martin McIntosh and editors

unclean jobsUnclean Jobs for Women and Girls by Alissa Nutting

bornA Guide to Being Born by Ramona Ausubel

fairylandFairyland by Alysia Abbott

bellIn The House Upon the Dirt Between the Lake and the Woods by Matt Bell

fireBrain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

benderThe Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

SafeAsHouses_Cover_600Safe as Houses by Marie-Helene Bertino

trinieWide Eyed by Trinie Dalton

oceanThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman