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Here are some of our favorite books to give & get this holiday season – and beyond! Any and all of these are suggested reads to begin a literary new year.
And now you can purchase direct with Spiral right here- Just click the links below to connect to our online Square E-Commerce site. Shop Spiral this holiday season and all year around!
AMERICAN GODS : PURCHASE HERE
We are fans of the Gaiman’s entire oeuvre, but you need to read AMERICAN GODS now! A cross-country & cross-mythological journey that will bring you deep into a world that you always wanted to experience. Plus, we can’t wait for the STARZ Original Series take on the book to come out in 2017.
THROUGH THE WOODS : PURCHASE HERE
Not going to lie – this is SPOOKY & CREEPY & I just couldn’t get enough. This was my favorite read of the year, the illustrations and the re-told fairy tales wound around me and the imagery still holds me hostage. Good for those who like a bit of a scare – suggested age 13years and up.
THE COLLECTED POEMS OF SYLVIA PLATH : PURCHASE HERE
Years ago, I received a special copy of Ariel by Plath as a Christmas present, and shortly after delved into the rest of her works. Specifically her poems capture you with their strange beauty- read them on a quiet winter day when you have space to savor each stanza.
DHARMA BUMS : PURCHASE HERE
This was the third Kerouac book I’ve read, but it left the biggest impression. Both frenetic and solitary, if you liked On the Road you will love Dharma Bums. This semi-fictional book travels deeper and farther, from city life to complete isolation. For those seeking something more.
THE HANDMAID’S TALE : PURCHASE HERE
This is probably one of my favorite books of all time. I am a huge Margaret Atwood fan, but The Handmaid’s Tale is exceptional. This dystopian novel is set in the near-future, and describes a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the US government. This is a terrifying look at women in subjugation in the context of a new regime. Be sure to read it before the show hits HULU in 2017.
BAD FEMINIST : PURCHASE HERE
If you haven’t read this book, get it now. Funny personal essays that tackle the supremely relevant issues of feminism and politics. Roxane Gay’s intelligent and empathetic dialogue will make you a believer- and then you’ll recommend this book to everyone you know.
THE ORIGINAL FOLK AND FAIRY TALES OF THE BROTHERS GRIMM: THE COMPLETE FIRST EDITION : PURCHASE HERE
A necessary addition to any fairy tale library. NECESSARY.
THE HAUNTED LOOKING GLASS BY EDWARD GOREY : PURCHASE HERE
Illustrated by Edward Gorey – this book is his personal selection of favorite stories that go bump in the night. The master of the macabre knows how to make your skin crawl, with stories from Algernon Blackwook, L.P. Hartley, Bram Stoker, and M.R. James to name a few. And, my personal favorite – The Monkey’s Paw by W.W. Jacobs.
100 THINGS TO DO IN PHILADELPHIA BEFORE YOU DIE : PURCHASE HERE
The perfect book for anyone who wants to enjoy Philly in all its glory. Ahem- including a mention of ye olde establishment, The Spiral Bookcase.
WEIRD PA : PURCHASE HERE
THE book to celebrate all that is weird and wonderful in this glorious state. Penned by our good friend, MATT LAKE, this book needs to go on your bookshelf. Also – ROAD TRIPS!
DR. MUTTER’S MARVELS : PURCHASE HERE
We cannot keep this book in-stock. For good reason, it a fascinating history of the much loved historical figure Dr. Mutter- the medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities. Perfect for your weird uncle or your scientist brother, and really anyone who appreciates a great and readable history book.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of some of our very favorite books. We’d love to get these essential reads into your hands. Click the links and purchase direct with Spiral – you can either request pick-up or shipment for any of these titles. Happy Reading!
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3rd, 11AM-9PM
It is the Seventh Annual Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day and we are ready to celebrate!
We know how vital bookstores are to a dynamic community and how important reading and books are to children. This Saturday, take some time to celebrate with the rest of the world, and bring your child to enjoy a very special day at Spiral.
Brian Biggs, local author/ illustrator and one of our favorite people, will joining us in the shop. He will be signing copies of his newest collection of books - the adorable Tinyville Town series. (A perfect gift for the kids in your life!)
GATHER, SHOP, & GIVE:
Also, with every children’s book purchase on Sat. Dec. 3rd, we are donating a gently used children’s book to Cook-Wissahickon Elementary School. Buy a children’s book – Give a children’s book.
We hope you join us for this very special day!
Thursdays 12pm-8pm + June 9th – Sept 1st
Every Thursday in the summer (June 2nd to Sept 1) Main Street Manayunk will be alive with music, food trucks, artists, and other wonderful fanfare. The Spiral Bookcase is happy to use this weekly event as a chance for us to open our shop to you & fundraise for a local literacy organization.
Please join us – swing by the shop, purchase a coloring book, relax, color, and enjoy the company of our bookish community. BYOB. When we get together, The Spiral Bookcase gives back. 10% of all Thursday Sales (6/9-9/1) and 10% of all coloring book sales will be going to two indispensable Philadelphia literacy organizations.
For the first half of the summer we will be raising funds for the Children’s Literary Intiative. Founded in 1988, Children’s Literacy Initiative (CLI) is a Philadelphia-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works with pre-kindergarten through 3rd grade teachers to improve instruction so that children can become powerful readers, writers and thinkers. CLI envisions a nation where every child has the power of literacy and the opportunity for a lifetime of success.
CLI partners with community organizations, educators and district leaders to provide teachers and principals with training and coaching in the most effective practices for early literacy instruction, and stocks classrooms with collections of high-quality children’s literature. By focusing on educators’ professional skills that improve over time, CLI helps create a sustainable, school-wide culture of literacy that introduces students to the joys of reading, writing, and life-long learning.
Last school year, CLI worked in 190 schools nationwide – in Chicago, Denver, Passaic, N. J., and Philadelphia, for example – to train and coach more than 1,600 educators and improve the reading achievement of more than 40,000 pre-k- 3rd grade students. In the Philadelphia region alone, CLI is working in over 90 schools (public, private and parochial) during the 2016-2017 school year, while also providing 22 pre-kindergarten and early childhood education centers with professional development and CLI’s Blueprint for Early Literacy pre-kindergarten curriculum. For more information, visit www.cli.org.
Win a chance to be the face of our Holiday Greeting Card, meet the infamous Krampus, and create a unforgettable holiday portrait!
HOLIDAY PORTRAITS : DEC. 22nd 5PM-8PM
Using fun props, a comfy chair, and a cat if you’d like, sit and have your photo taken. Bring your neighbors, your family, or pose alone in all your magnificence!
If we love your mug, you’ll be featured as the poster child for our Holiday Greeting Card & a $15 gift card. PS – If you make us laugh you’ll have a good chance of winning.