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    Exploring Dystopian Stories »

    One day at lunch I needed a book to read and picked up Shards and Ashes. It is a short story collection of dystopian stories. The first story was so amazing I pushed my break until the last possible second before I went back to work! Shards and Ashes is by Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong […]

    French Country Table »

    Well, this was kind of fun … build a table like we built back in 2005 only almost 12′ long instead of 7′ long … this one has a nice distressed, stained cherry finish with a thickish (1.375″ ) top with breadboard ends and pegged apron/leg joints.  Stretching out the aprons and redesigning/refining the leg/apron […]

    Gustav Gloom and the People Taker By Adam-Troy Castro »

    This book is a wonderful and frightful adventure like nothing I’ve ever read before.  I first noticed itwhile organizing the middle reader series books in the children’s department. There it was, all alone in the series section, with its promising blue-grey cover of Gustav and his shadow. I hadn’t heard anything about it at all, […]

    Redshirts: Self-Deprecating Science Fiction’s Finest Hour »

    Despite my role as a children’s bookseller–and my fondness for all things, for the most part, enjoyed by kids–I do not tend to enjoy funny adult books. My area of “expertise” on the floor is middle reader and young adult literature for a reason–ask for a great title with historical themes, violence, suffering, big philosophical […]

    Delights Ring Out on the Page »

    As you know from my blogs, I usually deal with children and young adult books. Reading in these genres has always been a passion of mine.  But today I need you to be in a comfortable spot, preferably sitting, since I will introduce you to something a little different: two adult poets. Yes. Adult. Both […]

    Curved Ash Benches »

    We’ve been working on these boookmatched ash benches since, oh, 2010 sometime.  Well, actually, we’ve been wondering what to do with these planks for that long … benches was always a possibility, but so too was a wall mounted or outdoor sculpture … it’s settled … benches they are now … and pretty cool ones […]

    Debbie Reynolds—Impervious On A Fault Line »

    “I’m going to faint, Mr. Hathaway.” — Debbie Reynolds, a number of times during the making of How the West Was Won Debbie Reynolds could hardly have come up with a better title for her memoir than Unsinkable. The word is, of course, a reference to her most celebrated role as Molly Brown, the feisty, […]

    Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso Poems »

    As you know, April is poetry month. I have always enjoyed reading different types of poetry and even trying my hand at writing poetry. My reading lists have seen traditional, not so traditional, rhyming, not so rhyming, prose poetry, classical poems and modern poetry. But when I picked up Follow Follow: A Book of Reverso […]

    REDSHIRTS [John Scalzi]: self-depricating science fiction’s finest hour »

    Despite my role as a children’s bookseller–and my fondness for all things, for the most part, enjoyed by kids–I do not tend to enjoy funny adult books. My area of “expertise” on the floor is middle reader and young adult literature for a reason–ask for a great title with historical themes, violence, suffering, big philosophical […]

    The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente »

    September is a very bored little girl.  Her father has shipped off to war and her mother is raising her alone.  Her mother works all day repairing engines in a factory.  They live in Nebraska, where there is nothing for a little girl like September to do. She wishes endlessly to be taken off to […]

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