Breaking Up with my Book Club and Other Literary Affairs

Dancing

Breakups are hard, especially if one of the parties involved really wants to stay together, and the other party wants to somehow extricate themselves, preferably without losing the friendship, and also intends to date other people immediately and publicly. What are you supposed to say? There’s only the truth: “I’m just not happy with you.”

All of this is leading up to the fact that I broke up with my book club last month. continue reading >>

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The Top 25 Books that Changed History (NYPL) continue reading >>

Renew Your Resolutions

Clean House

We are now a full three weeks into 2015. How are your resolutions doing? If they aren’t going well, you’re in great company—only 8% of people achieve their resolutions.

Those who are in the 92% of resolution breakers should take heart! It’s never too late to renew your goals. In fact, one of the authors on today’s booklist started her resolutions in September! She called them “school year resolutions.” It worked so well for her, she wrote a book about her journey.

So, go ahead and renew your resolutions. Make them spring resolutions, or February resolutions, or equinox resolutions! Brush three weeks worth of dust off of your best laid plans, and crack open one of these books on how to declutter your home and your life. continue reading >>

Literary Ducks: New Books by UO Alums

Alder Building

Just around the corner from the Campus Duck Store is the Alder Building, home of the University of Oregon’s creative writing program. The University of Oregon is known as a football powerhouse, but it has long proven itself as a literary powerhouse, as well! Graduates of the creative writing program at the University of Oregon have received such illustrious honors as the Dylan Thomas Award and the Wallace Stegner Fellowship. Kirstin Valdez Quade, a 2009 MFA graduate and author of Night at the Fiestas, was named one of the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35, while Sara Eliza Johnson, a 2009 MFA graduate, and Major Jackson, a 1999 MFA graduate, were recipients of 2015 NEA Creative Writing Fellowships in Poetry.

If you’re in search for a new favorite, try an author who honed their skills in our very own backyard. From poetry to memoir to fiction, Oregon has produced writers at the top of their craft. continue reading >>

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When T.S. Eliot Invented the Hipster (The Atlantic)

Literary Quotes That Double As Excellent Mantras During A Final Set (Or: Things I Have Whispered Quietly To Myself At The Gym) (The Toast) continue reading >>

Marsala Books

Marsala

“I don’t remember the title, but the cover was blue.”

“I don’t know who the author is, but it had ‘love’ in the title and the cover was pink.”

If there’s one thing that booksellers learn, it’s that the color of a book is often easier for a reader to remember than the title. And that makes sense. A book cover can grab you from across a room before you ever even know the plot. That old adage that you should never judge a book by its cover? Ignore it. Judge a book by its cover. Let vivid covers lure you into reading books you might not otherwise have noticed. continue reading >>

Andy’s Favorites!

Snow Angels

Andy is our bookseller emeritus, and oh, how we adore her! A former English teacher and a bookseller with decades of experience, Andy has impeccable taste honed by a lifelong love affair with literature. Each month, she devours stacks of books, casts aside those that don’t meet her strict standards, and tells us which are worth recommending to our beloved customers. The three she has recommended this month have us raring to read! And now, dear reader, without further ado, here are Andy’s favorite books for January: continue reading >>

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Literary Knock-Knock Jokes Too Brilliant for the New Yorker (Medium) continue reading >>

Sing Your Books!

That's a Funny Book

You sing songs to a child, and you read books to a child, but have you ever sung a book to a child?

Singing books to children not only makes reading more fun and engaging, but it also serves an important early literacy purpose. Singing breaks words down into phonemes, their basic units of sound. When children are first learning to read, they sound out the phonemes as they try to pronounce a word. Singing books and breaking the words of a song up with the tune helps kids begin to think of words as made up of sound parts, which is one of the first steps to reading. continue reading >>

Clean Slate Cooking

Clean Slate

Celebrations have ended. The fun is over. No more indulgences. It’s Monday morning. It’s time to buckle down and get to work on our resolutions.

Ann Wigmore said, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” If your resolution is to nourish yourself with a more nutritious way of eating, we have compiled the newest cookbooks to help you on your journey. Paleo, vegetarian, vegan, autoimmune: whatever your food journey, we have a cookbook for you! continue reading >>