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Bringing a love of books back to the bookselling industry

“I know. You’ve never killed anyone before, and don’t want to. But listen to me, there are times in life when those kinds of excuses don’t cut it any more. Situations when nobody cares whether you’re suited for the task at hand or not. I need you to understand that. For instance, it happens in war. When a war starts people are forced to become soldiers. They carry guns and go to the front lines and have to kill soldiers on the other side. As many as they possibly can. Nobody cares whether you like killing other people or not. It’s just something you have to do. Otherwise you’re the one who gets killed. Bang ! Human history in a nutshell”

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Haruki Murakami: Kafka on the shore.

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theartofgooglebooks:

An image that has been gone through at least four surface treatments: the printed book to microfilm to the printed book to digitization by Google Books.
 The frontispiece to A Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies in God’s Worship by William Ames (1633). 

theartofgooglebooks:

An image that has been gone through at least four surface treatments: the printed book to microfilm to the printed book to digitization by Google Books.

 The frontispiece to A Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies in God’s Worship by William Ames (1633). 

fishingboatproceeds:

A reader annotates F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.

fishingboatproceeds:

A reader annotates F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby.

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Hey internet!

Long time, no blog! Here’s a sneak peek at something we’ve been working on with our friends over at Inspire(d) Media - A list of books to Change The World!

(note: all links lead to Goodreads, the best site around for book nerds!* - while you’re there, join our group!)

  • Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes! - It’s an interesting look at, you guessed it, homemaking. Thinking about going organic and homemade? Want to save a buck on food, clothing, and medical expenses**? Read this book! 
  • When Everything Changed by Gail Collins! - “When Everything Changed begins in 1960, when most American women had to get their husbands’ permission to apply for a credit card. It ends in 2008 with Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential campaign." Interested in feminism? Read this book!
  • A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnit! - Changing the world doesn’t just mean changing the circumstances that lead to tragedy and world suck. It can also mean changing the world’s reaction to tragedy. Do you doubt that joy can come from sorrow? Read this book! 
  • Color-Blind by Tim Wise! - Are we really living in a post-racial society? Is “colorblindness” a beneficial (or detrimental?) practice? Want to read an opinionated book on a relevant issue? Read this book!
  • Pedaling Revolution by Jeff Mapes! - “Jeff Mapes traces the growth of bicycle advocacy and explores the environmental, safety, and health aspects of bicycling.” What more do I need to say? Read this book!

*My personal opinion. I haven’t been paid to say that!
**This is a pretty contentious point in the book, so just fair warning. 

So what do you guys think? I haven’t read all of them, but they’re all high up on my to-read list now! Do you guys have any additions? Subtractions?

millionsmillions:

“It needs saying that Kafka’s books are, among other things, funny,  sentimental, and in their own way, yea-saying. I am so weary of the  serious Kafka, the pessimist Kafka. Kafkaesque has become synonymous  with the machinations of anonymous bureaucracy- but, of course, Kafka  was a satirist  (ironist, exaggerator) of the bureaucratic, and not an organ of it.  Because of this mischaracterization, Kafka’s books have a tendency to be  jacketed in either black, or in some combination of colors I associate  with socialist realism, constructivism, or fascism- i.e. black, beige  and red. Part of the purpose of this project for me, was to let some of  the sunlight back in. In any case, hopefully these colors, though  bright, are not without tension.”
Peter Mendelsund on designing Schoken’s forthcoming series of Kafka re-releases. Look out for these eye-catching beauties in the spring.

oh god, I want all of them.

millionsmillions:

“It needs saying that Kafka’s books are, among other things, funny, sentimental, and in their own way, yea-saying. I am so weary of the serious Kafka, the pessimist Kafka. Kafkaesque has become synonymous with the machinations of anonymous bureaucracy- but, of course, Kafka was a satirist (ironist, exaggerator) of the bureaucratic, and not an organ of it. Because of this mischaracterization, Kafka’s books have a tendency to be jacketed in either black, or in some combination of colors I associate with socialist realism, constructivism, or fascism- i.e. black, beige and red. Part of the purpose of this project for me, was to let some of the sunlight back in. In any case, hopefully these colors, though bright, are not without tension.”

Peter Mendelsund on designing Schoken’s forthcoming series of Kafka re-releases. Look out for these eye-catching beauties in the spring.

oh god, I want all of them.

thedukeoflions:

Currently Reading/Listening:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green // A Rush Of Blood To The Head by Coldplay

Excellent choices!

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Hi,

We are O.K.

Love,
Mom + Dad 

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WORLD BOOK NIGHT

futureevilex:

Do you love a book so much you want everyone to read it?


World Book Night launched in the UK in 2011 and saw passionate readers across that beautiful country, give 1 million books to light or non readers to spread the joy and love of reading. Reading changes lives and at the heart of World Book Night lies the simplest of ideas and acts - that of putting a book into another person’s hand and saying ‘this one’s amazing, you have to read it’.

Now, it’s our time to join the cause.

World Book Night 2012 will be held on April 23 - in the US and the UK - and we’re looking for 50,000 volunteer book givers to hand out 20 copies each - for a total of 1 million free special World Book Night paperbacks!

SIGN UP BEFORE FEBRUARY FIRST! 

teachingliteracy:

Brontë Sisters  book set from juniper books.

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tatteredcover:

Drawings you won’t soon forget. Look closely. Let your imagination go wild.

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