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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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The Doctor Recommends – Doctor Who?

You want weapons? We’re in a library. Books are the best weapon in the world. This room’s the greatest arsenal we could have. Arm yourself! – The Tenth Doctor

A whimsical look at books and their Doctors.*

The First Doctor recommends

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The Second Doctor recommends

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The Third Doctor recommends

time

The Fourth Doctor recommends

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The Fifth Doctor recommends

great

The Sixth Doctor Recommends

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The Seventh Doctor Recommends

journey

The Eighth Doctor Recommends

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The Ninth Doctor Recommends

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The Tenth Doctor Recommends

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The Eleventh Doctor Recommends

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Amelia Pond Recommends

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*Given time-travel I am fairly certain that these recommendations are pretty accurate.

Peg and Awl Book Necklaces

I’ve had my eye on Peg and Awl book necklaces and beautiful handmade goods for years.  I am so excited to now carry a gorgeous selection of their ever-popular book necklaces and small Chalk Tablets.

I first came across their artistry on the Anthropologie website – selling an incredible multi-strand book necklace.  I was smitten.  However, my budget did not allow for such a sweet treat.  Fortunately, I found, they have perfect little single book necklaces.  Even better – their goods are handmade in Philly.  (Local Love!)

Autumnal Library Book Necklace - Courtesy of Peg and Awl

For this holiday season, I wanted to stock the shop with some of my favorite gift items.  Their necklaces were unquestionably a good match.  The books come in small, medium, and large and are made with recycled materials – from old leather sofas and deer hide to the more secretive “a mysterious arrival.”

I am so pleased to stock these incredible pieces from the well-respected Philadelphia duo – Peg and Awl.  Now in the shop – just in time for the holiday season.  (We ship too!)

Never-Ending Stories – The May Edition

Another installment of Never-Ending Stories!

The joy of running a bookshop is the joy of of always discovering books that I need to read.   I was always one of those people (I prefer the term ‘gently mad’ as coined by Nicholas Basbanes) who would buy at least three books a week, slowly stock-piling and collecting.  I loved touching the covers and contemplating for long stretches of time which of them were coming home with me.

The joy of visiting bookshops and the joy of selecting new and secondhand books for my shop is a tactile, deep time, where I lose everything else.  The book holds its sway.  Now, I would like to share monthly lists of new and secondhand books that I plan on reading (or re-reading) and collecting for my personal library in 2012.  Read on!

All books are now -or soon to be- in the shop.  I also am happy to ship to our out-of-town friends!

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NeverEnding Stories – The March Edition

The joy of running a bookshop is the joy of of always discovering books that I need to read.   I was always one of those people (I prefer the term ‘gently mad’ as coined by Nicholas Basbanes) who would buy at least three books a week, slowly stock-piling and collecting.  I loved touching the covers and contemplating for long stretches of time which of them were coming home with me.

The joy of visiting bookshops and the joy of selecting new and secondhand books for my shop is a tactile, deep time, where I lose everything else.  The book holds its sway.  Now, I would like to share monthly lists of new and secondhand books that I plan on reading and collecting for my personal library in 2012.  Read on!

All books are now -or soon to be- in the shop.  I also am happy to ship to our out-of-town friends!

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