Now Reading

by kara on August 24, 2015

The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante

Europa Editions, Paperback, 9781933372006, 188pp.

Publication Date: September 2005


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Bookstore Confidential

by kara on August 15, 2015

There was interesting situation in Twitter this afternoon. A  gentleman I follow, Marc Lamont Hill was at a Barnes and Noble in Center City Philadelphia when he witnessed this happening and live-tweeted it:


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The Road Scholar

by kara on August 15, 2015

It was a novel idea. Just cold dump your unwanted old books onto the highway, just toss ‘em right out your car window as you speed on by. Unless you get caught, then you get a humilating nickname like the “Literary Litterbug”. A Colorado state trooper witnessed 62 year old man, Glenn Pladsen, dumping thousands of books onto U.S. Highway 287. He pleaded guilty to charges of littering, and yep, he had the book thrown at him, and was sentenced to 30 hours of community service and ordered to pay a fee of $1,725.

Pladsen had acquired the books—most of them romance novels—from a used bookstore that had closed eight years prior. After trying to sell the books online, a failed attempt at giving them away ( I suspect the LL really didn’t try very hard. People looking in the ”free” section of Craigslist will come pick up damn near anything), and long work hours that made it difficult for Pladsen to donate them to a thrift store or take them to a landfill, Pladsen decided the best way to free himself of his literary burden was to send them out onto the highway.

Pladsen lives in Arvada, a town just outside of Denver. For several months before he was caught, locals were trying to figure out why so many books were being discarded. Some of the orphaned books were titled Rogue Angel SacrificeTaken by the Viking and Rocky and Bullwinkle: The Movie Official Joke Book. The  Literary Litterbug apparently threw thousands of books out on the highway over several months.

Let’s hope he turns over a new leaf. Hardy-Har-har.


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by kara on July 30, 2015

My current favorite author is The Mysterious Elana Ferrante


via London Review Bookshop, ‘Elena Ferrante’ is the pseudonymous author of several highly acclaimed Italian novels, most recently the Neapolitan Quartet, the fourth and final part of which will be published in English in September. Political, personal, discursive and compulsively readable, Ferrante’s books have become essential reading for those who wish to understand the life and world of late 20th-century Europe. Explore them here!

(they also have a cake shop, Alexina).

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RIP Ann Rule

by kara on July 27, 2015


I don’t care what you say, the woman wrote FORTY-THREE books. FORTY THREE.

October 22, 1930 – July 27, 2015

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by kara on July 21, 2015

E.L. Doctorow, 1931 – 2015


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The Big Cheat: Goodbye Columbus

by kara on July 20, 2015

The Big Cheat focuses on the movie versions books.

Goodbye Columbus , Philip Roth’s scathing satire of a nouveau riche Jewish family, was made into a 1969 American romantic comedy drama film starring Richard Benjamin and Ali MacGraw. Let’s explore the Neo Colonial splendor that is the Patimkin family house. Sets designed by Emanuel Gerard (1926 – 1973)

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by kara on July 5, 2015

Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson
July 10, 1905-May 28, 2002

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things no man has ever said, ever.

by kara on June 17, 2015

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66 Bookstores on Route 66

by kara on June 9, 2015

from AbeBooks

It’s arguably the most famous road in the world. Route 66 – just saying those words makes you want to hit the road. But did you know there are many wonderful used bookstores along the way from Chicago to Los Angeles? We have plotted the ultimate bibliophile’s road trip where you can visit 66 bricks and mortar used bookstores – who all sell on the AbeBooks marketplace – while driving from the shores of Lake Michigan to the beaches of Santa Monica. We are talking about two thousand miles and hundreds of thousands of books. It’s a booklover’s paradise – and worth the trip for that alone. Some folks travel for culinary adventures, some travel for landmarks and museums, but bibliophiles travel for the finest in literary offerings. It’s called Bookstore Tourism, and yes – there’s a book about it.

The bookstores we’ve featured vary in size, and range from quintessential neighborhood used bookstores to specialists dedicated to subjects like children’s books, history, mysteries, architecture, theology, alternative religions and cooking. Get your motor running, head out on the highway and discover some amazing used and rare bookshops in America’s heartland.

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