Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hanukkah 2009!

With Hanukkah only 10 days away
we have some fabulous Hanukkah
treats, gifts, books and stuff galore!

Gold coins, dreidels, and books oh my! Great gifts for tots both young and old!

And this year we are pleased to carry some beautiful menorahs and mezuzahs.

If you are looking for a good Hanukkah tale we also carry some classic literature that is sure to entertain guests and family at you holiday soiree!


Thursday, November 12, 2009

Logicomix... the logical thing to read?

Logicomix by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou is a great new read and gift for the logician/mathematician/philosopher/ graphic novel reader in your life. It follows Betrand Russell on his epic search for truth.
The story line starts with the creators of the book coming together to write the novel, silmultaneously during a lecture that Russell gives on the eve of WWII. Rather than being a cut and dry look at Russell's life work, a body of which very few people would understand, and even fewer would be willing to read, this work follows Russell throughout his life. Telling his personal history in such a way that is interesting for even those who might not necessarily be on any great search for truth themselves.
The book has a cool website that readers can link to here.
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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Hilarious new read!

I just finished reading a memoir of one man's time at Hampshire college in the late 1980's. I have to say that Richard Rushfield's Don't Follow Me, I'm Lost was pretty hysterical.

Less than two decades after Hampshire College, an alternative to collegiate education, where students are encouraged to learn at their own pace, build their own curriculum and create their own majors, Rushfield enrolls as fresh faced student.

The memoir chronicles Rushfield's time on a campus filled with the subculture of subcultures. During his first year, the bulk of the book, he has a slew of adventures involving himself and a group known on campus as the "Supreme Dicks."

While college is definitely a time in many young people's lives where the search for self begins, it is, as Rushfield's title would suggest, often a long and winding road to self discovery, and sometimes with no real clear cut answers.

This memoir evokes a time in the childhood of a new college from one man's perspective that is laugh out loud funny.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

The Return of the Classics

Some of my favorite gifts to give are classic novels. This year it would seem that several publishers have taken to reformating some of their classic books for today's reader.

One new set has been bound in beautiful hardcover by Penguin.
They have selected some great reprinting ranging from Charle's Dicken's Great Expectations to Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights. These books are 20.00 each. Click here to order from the Odyssey.

Harper Collins republished several older writer's collections of short stories. These paperbacks have a nice pop/graphic art appeal to them and run around 10.00 each.
The authors ranged from Willa Cather and Fydor Dostoevsky to Oscar Wilde and Stephen Crane.
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Here are a few other reprintings of classics that just came out this past week. I think that in a lot of ways these new bindings capture the mystery and passion that reading the book convey's.

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Hope you enjoy as much as I do!