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BookTrib Review: ‘Summer Hours at the Robbers Library’ Is Worth Checking Out

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Libraries are here to stay. Long after your corner coffeehouse has been turned into a drug store, your local library will be there to embrace you with an ever-changing community of avid readers. Summer Hours at the Robbers Library (Harper Perennial) by veteran author and journalist Sue Halpern offers an introspective and poignant look at the lives of people who frequent libraries and the unlikely relationships that form between the pages. For Kit, the head librarian at the Robbers Library, libraries offer a sense of peace. No one expects her to talk about the problems that shook her out of the settled, quiet suburban life she thought she’d have forever. Kit’s peaceful life is headed for a surprise, however, with the arrival of 15-year-old,…

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Barnes & Noble Kitchen: Bookseller’s Perfect Pairing of Books and Food is Our New Favorite Thing

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What goes better with a good book than food (other than a little wine)? Barnes & Noble Kitchen is answering the call of the new wave literati and pairing its bookstores with a variety of food choices for book-loving foodies in four major U.S. cities. This week, the retail chain opened up the fourth Barnes & Noble Kitchen in Plano, Texas. – Like its predecessors, this one comes with a full-service bar, and restaurant serving American cuisine like grilled salmon, salads and hamburgers. Unlike the Starbucks Café in traditional Barnes & Noble’s bookstores, the ‘Kitchens’ are fairly upscale and serve a full breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. In an interview with Dallas News, Chef Robbie Nowlin said they’re working to expand…

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15 Best Independent Bookstore Bargains

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Fueling a book addiction can be seriously expensive. While reading is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience, if you still enjoy the feel of a paperback or hardcover in your hands, financing the experience can put a dent in your budget. As we get closer to the holidays it’s nice to find bargains on all the things we love, especially BOOKS! But what happens when the book you’re looking for isn’t on sale or your bookstore rewards aren’t available? Don’t despair! We have a list of online bookstores that offer good books for those of us on a budget! So indulge in that book addiction without breaking the bank (and even have a little left over to spend this holiday season). Strand Books…

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Just the Right Book! Podcast: Episode 32 – Michael Kindness

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Just the Right Book! Podcast, hosted by Roxanne Coady of Connecticut’s acclaimed, award-winning, independent bookseller R.J. Julia, is now available on BookTrib.com, the premier website where readers meet writers. The podcast and BookTrib are both dedicated to helping readers find their next favorite read and this pairing will open up a world of great possibilities. We bring you the latest episode, where Roxanne Coady talks to Michael Kindness, a friend of the show who has appeared in Just the Right Book! Podcast in earlier days. Michael Kindness is a sales representative for Penguin Random House and is a former host of the popular podcast, Books on the Nightstand. Kindness’ past relationship with Books on the Nightstand consisted of great book…

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Leave Your Reading Comfort Zone — Go on a Blind Date with a Book!

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A few weeks ago I took a trip to one of my favorite U.S. cities, Asheville, North Carolina. In between hikes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, strolls through the River Arts District and lazy river tubing down the French Broad River, I also found some time to pop into one of their local literary gems, Malaprop’s Bookstore. My friends and I all went our separate ways into our own preferred book worlds; I found myself going back and forth to the new fiction section and the DIY stacks, but nothing seemed to tempt me until their “Blind Date with a Book” shelf caught my attention. Each book was wrapped in brown paper with the description, price and ISBN written on…

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Independent Bookstores You Need to Visit on a Summer Getaway

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In a country of big corporations and homogenized megastores, the little shop down the street has become all too rare. Everywhere I go I try to find that bookstore where I can have my own little keepsake; My own memory of the places I’ve been to. Since Memorial Day Weekend is upon us, here are five independent bookstores that you should visit on a long weekend (like this one) or on a summer getaway. Mermaid Books: Williamsburg, VA On a Saturday morning after having a much needed breakfast by the William and Mary campus, I came across Mermaid Books. Resting below a flight of stairs leading to a basement, this little store sells all kinds of vintage used books. In a…

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Move over Amazon, the Brits are in the sky race

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Before Amazon’s delivery drones even take flight, they’ll have some competition from across the pond. The competitors won’t be as shiny, or as easily wrangled, but they are programmed to fly. The British bookstore chain Waterstones announced on their website the launch of a new delivery system, O.W.L.S. (Ornithological Waterstones Landing Service). Introduced in the clip below by their aptly named press manager Jon Owls, this service “consists of a fleet of specially trained owls that, either working individually or as an adorable team, will be able to deliver your package within thirty minutes of you placing your order.” For those of you who have the tendency to lump all things British into a Hogwarts-sized heap, O.W.L.S. should not be…

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Books To Have And To Hold

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Reprinted from The New York Times by Verlyn Klinkenborg on August 10, 2013 I finish reading a book on my iPad — one by Ed McBain, for instance — and I shelve it in the cloud. It vanishes from my “device” and from my consciousness too. It’s very odd. When I read a physical book, I remember the text and the book — its shape, jacket, heft and typography. When I read an e-book, I remember the text alone. The bookness of the book simply disappears, or rather it never really existed. Amazon reminds me that I’ve already bought the e-book I’m about to order. In bookstores, I find myself discovering, as if for the first time, books I’ve already…

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