Monthly Archives: December 2016

Spiral’s Essential Reads to Give & Get

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 

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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 

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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

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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 

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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

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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

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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 

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A necessary addition to any fairy tale library.  NECESSARY.

THE HAUNTED LOOKING GLASS BY EDWARD GOREY : PURCHASE HERE

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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 

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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 

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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 

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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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day!

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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!

The Great Cookie Swap + Cookie Contest

The Great Cookie Swap & Cookie Contest : Sun, Dec 11th, 3-5pm

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*Please note -this event is limited to 12 people. To participate please email spiralbookcase@gmail.com or call 215-482-0704* 

What’s tastier and cozier than sharing cookies with friends and neighbors? Join us at the bookshop to participate in a fun, traditional cookie swap. 

We will also be picking our favorite cookie – and that baker will receive a special $25 gift card for their delicious efforts. We will provide coffee and tea for the event. 

Details:
1) RSVP
2) Bring 2 dozen of your favorite cookie as well as the recipe to share. One dozen to sample, one dozen to swap!
3) Feel free to bring ribbons or boxes to package the goods – We will also supply some cookie bags and plates.
4) CELEBRATE!

Holiday Portraits with KRAMPUS + PRIZES

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

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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!

PORTRAIT CONTEST: 
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.

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