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07 May

Geeking Out | Goats: The Book and Movie

Each department at Bookmans comes with an employee that thoroughly loves their job and the product they specialize in. Some prefer video games, but couldn’t tell you who wrote To Kill a Mockingbird. Others could tell you the names of every musician in almost every band, but won’t know Pyrex from Family Dollar. We each have our things and that’s what makes Bookmans so special. We all get to geek out about the things we love. Being a total book nerd myself, I have to shamefully announce I watched the movie Goats starring David Duchovny and fell instantly in love. It’s not often I’ll watch a movie over and over again, but there’s something about this gem of a film that keeps me coming back for more. To make matters worse, I found out the movie originated as a book and I felt even more shame for not knowing. Now, I have a new favorite movie and book combo, where I appreciate each one for entirely different reasons.

04 May

Books Get Sexy at Bookmans

Bookmans East has rearranged some of our non-fiction sections to make finding the books you are hunting for easier. Some of those sections include topics that are fundamental to the human experience. No, we aren’t talking about taxes. We aren’t even talking about cooking or home maintenance, at least not cooking in the traditional sense. We are talking about sexuality, relationships, marriage and divorce – the BIG 4. It’s something we all have in common, unless you are a monk, but even then you got here somehow. So yeah, sex is a thing.

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02 May

Bookmans Favorites | Heroines from Kids Books

We recently took a moment to search for the all-time best selling children’s books and stumbled upon a list published in 2001 from Publishers Weekly. Compiled of well over 100 children’s books ranked by their sales, the number one kid’s book was The Pokey Little Puppy by Janette Lowrey. Published in 1942, this book has sold more than 14,898,341 copies. That’s insane! It’s not surprising that the other top authors are classics such as Dr. Seuss, J.K Rowling, Shel Silverstein and Beatrix Potter, who wrote the Peter Rabbit stories. We noticed, however, that these top selling stories all have one thing in common: the main characters are all male-oriented. With the exception of Hermione Granger from Harry Potter (p.s. she is absolutely one of our all-time favorite fiction females) not a single book within the top 20 spots has a female lead. So we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile a list of our favorite children’s books with strong female leads. Some titles you may recognize and others you may not. Either way, we want your future feminists to have a library full of women they can look up to. Let’s dive in!

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01 May

What to Expect When You’re Expecting to Sell Textbooks

It’s May and the weather is beautiful. The sun shines and the birds chirp. Even better, school joyously screeches to a halt and will soon be a thing of last semester. But what to do about those cumbersome and pricey school books? You can sell textbooks at your local Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, of course! We caught up with real life college student*, Rhett J. Bookcestershire IV, to answer a few of his questions about selling and trading with Bookmans. End of semester can be a confusing time, we know. We’ve been through it too. Rest assured, we’re here to guide you through the textbook trading experience.

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28 Apr

Being Green and Orange

April is Earth month for Bookmans, because one of our core values as a company is the environment. It makes sense to take care of that which is most important to all of us – Mother Earth. Reuse, Reduce, Recycle has been our mission for 40 years, way before the term global warming was an unfortunate part of our modern lexicon. While we are glad that humanity is beginning to wake up, we have a long way to go. Like Kermit said, “it ain’t easy being green” or orange. The best changes are those that are incorporated into our daily lives, small changes that can have lasting and large cumulative effects. All through the month of April our Bookmans locations host environmental fairs and recycling events to help you stay informed, but we rock Mother Earth all year long and we want you to join us. We’re here to help you find the best ways to support our environment and protect this precious planet, so let’s get started!

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10 Apr

Coloring Grows Up – Join Our Adult Color Club

Coloring has grown up, and become quite sophisticated. One of the newest trends in relaxation and creativity is adult coloring. When the trend first began, Bookmans was bombarded with requests for adult coloring books and we responded quickly!

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27 Mar

Art 4 All; Art History Unpacked | Bookmans

Not everyone can be an art historian, critic or theorist, even if you actually studied art history. The Fine Arts field is a highly dynamic and ever changing arena. There is always something new to explore, always something new to learn. Art history is much broader than the Renaissance where even the most learned scholars who have devoted their entire lives and careers to it’s study are daunted. From there is can be argued that art is essential, innate to the human experience. The creation and appreciation of art can be traced back to man’s earliest history. There is a fundamental quality about artistic endeavors. Humans are compelled to pursue creativity. Art, of course, is a somewhat over-broad term that encompasses the entirety of all human creations. We could include non homosapiens in our discussion, as in painting elephants. We will, however, stick to people and people creating fine art.

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14 Mar

Young Adult Book Club at Bookmans East in Tucson | Bookmans

PSA: Bookmans East has a Young Adult Book Club.

Have you ever read a book and desperately wanted to talk about it? Some novels, especially the best ones, leave us with a multitude of questions and ideas bouncing around our minds. We believe that the purpose of art and literature is to “hold a lens up to reality” (as aptly stated in Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy) as well as educating, expanding or challenging our own ideas – even ones we aren’t aware of.

We’re calling all young adults! Bookmans East has a Young Adult Book Club and you are invited to join! The club originally began as a teen club but the excellence of the genre coupled with the attention Hollywood has given these titles inspired us to open membership to all young adults. Books such as Hunger Games, Maze Runner and Perk of Being a Wallflower and more have been adapted for the screen which bringing wider attention to young adult fiction.

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07 Mar

Bookmans Reccommends – The Virgin Suicides

Need a new book recommendation? We suggest The Virgin Suicides by Jeffrey Eugenides – it perfectly captures the adolescent obsession and infatuation that so often comes hand-in-hand with pubescence and High School. Written from the perspective of a group of young boys in the quiet town of Grosse Pointe (a suburb of Detroit.) The Virgin Suicides details their attempts to understand the mysterious Lisbon sisters, the youngest of which, Cecilia, has committed suicide at the age of 13.

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The Lisbon girls (Mary, Therese, Bonnie, Lux, and Cecilia) come from a very conservative household. Mr. and Mrs. Lisbon hold the girls to strict guidelines, and as a result they are largely isolated from the rest of the kids from school. Since most of their time is spent behind closed doors at home, the neighborhood boys are left to imagine what might occupy the minds of the elusive sisters.

02 Mar

Read To Me: Recommends for Kids to Love Reading | Bookmans

We are literary lovers, and rightfully so surrounded by all the awesomeness that is our orange shelves. We are passionate about reading – obviously. The question sometimes posed to us is “How do I get the young people in my life to enjoy reading as much as I do?” or “My kid doesn’t like to read, how do I get them off their smart phone?” Naturally we have an answer, one that may surprise you, it is a two-part answer.

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27 Feb

Love of Reading: Home to Harlem | Bookmans

February is Love of Reading Month and Black History Month, so naturally, with two more days we are celebrating the great American writers of the Harlem Renaissance. These poets and authors revolutionized literature and paved the way for the Civil Rights Movement. Beginning in the 1920s, The Harlem Renaissance was an era of expression and voicing of African-American cultural experiences. Writers, artists and performers spanned the Northeast and Midwest United States – expanding even to Paris, France. At the heart of the movement was New York’s own Harlem. We’re highlighting just a few of the brilliant writers who made American literature a world-class artform.

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23 Feb

Grind Your Gears at Bookmans! Find all things Cars at Your Fave Bookstore

When you think of Bookmans you think of…Cars!! Yeah!! Cars. Not just cars though, anything that moves, runs, can work on those vehicles or can be made from parts from said vehicles. We have parts and manuals, tools and photo essays. We even have tiny little cars, motorcycles, tractors and kits that you put together to make your own model cars, ships, bikes and planes. Do you have a transportation enthusiast in your life or, maybe, you ARE an enthusiast? Check out our Transportation section for all kinds of motorized wonders, and read on to get a better idea!

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20 Feb

Wandering Through the Wellness Wilderness | Bookmans

We feel like it’s that time of year (STILL) that people are on a roll with thinking about health and wellness, trying out new fitness and diets. We assume that in a few more months we’ll all have moved into the routine phase and less into the research, but if you’re still there (go you!) then let’s have a look at some awesome wellness reads as we wander through the wellness wilderness together. #handinhand

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16 Feb

A Netflix Original Series (of Unfortunate Events) | Bookmans

A Series of Unfortunate Events, the classic series of children’s books, written by Daniel Handler (under the pseudonym “Lemony Snicket), is finally making it’s way back onto our TV screens. After Jim Carrey’s box office outing with the series received mixed reviews it was regarded as unlikely that the protagonist Baudelaire children would be making a return to the silver screen. Now, thirteen years later, hopes are high once more as the Baudelaires have made their cinematic return. This time not on the silver screen, but as a Netflix original series.

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15 Feb

Love of Quirky Lit | Bookmans Love of Reading Month

What better way to show your affection this month than with…Books?!! Bookmans has combined Valentines Day with our love of literacy to create Love of Reading month. This February we are highlighting what we do best, focusing on our roots. Our quirkiness and unique collections make us a huge Cabinet of Curiosities; you never know what treasures you will find. In every corner, each nook and cranny is another wonderfully weird title and that is half the fun. It’s a giant pirate chest that holds precious gems, priceless volumes of wisdom and wit. We get so excited about all the fantastic finds that we decided to set up an extra section just for our most unusual, extra interesting finds. Check out our Cool, Interesting, Unique and Just Plain Weird Display for that special title featuring topics that you never knew were in print. Here is a little teaser to give you an idea what kinds of subjects you can find here at Bookmans Cabinet of Curiosities.

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10 Feb

Love of Reading: Ladies of Literature | Bookmans

February is Love of Reading Month and we’re counting down our top five heroines in literature. These loveable yet powerful characters play an important role in challenging the minds of countless readers and that is in itself is a timeless story. Not only do these characters represent life, love and coming of age, they show the world through the eyes of a young lady. How is it possible to so accurately capture the essence and adventure of growing up as a girl? These protagonists are written by some of the most ground-breaking authors of all time, who are also women.

A Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel, adapted & illustrated by Hope Larson.

02 Feb

Graphic Novels We’re Fiending For | Bookmans Review

In a world of super hero stardom and graphic novels the Marvel and DC worlds have taken over. Ya’ll are gettin’ your fix if you love action-packed cape or tight suit-wearing villains or heroes. For the rest of us, however, there’s a whole world of graphic novel reading that doesn’t revolve around the same 8 super heroes in outlandish scenarios. *We’re only hating a little bit, to each their own!* As a collective, the employees here at Bookmans Midtown have been geeking out over Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and illustrated by Fionna Staples for months now and we were definitely behind the game. Now, after our little minds have been blown, we’ve decided to branch out and open the door to a world of illustrated wonder. We recommend these series to you as beautifully crafted visual tales of adventure and suspense; sure, there may be a cape here or there, but nothing as obscene as the Marvel/DC realm. *cough*

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31 Jan

Go On a Blind Date with a Book | Bookmans

Hello lovers of literature wherever you are. We celebrate our shared love of reading every February. From the non-fic addict and the sci-fi fiend to the contemporary romancer in all of us, if you consume words like half-priced froyo then the second month of the calendar year is your time to shine. What better way to get your bookish booty shaking than by participating in a blind date or two – with a book. This month several Bookmans locations ask customers to take a chance on love with our Blind Date With A Book displays. Our Blind Date Books produce lovey dovey reading eyes galore. Don’t believe us? Just read these three totally true love stories that took place at our Blind Date With a Book display at Bookmans Flagstaff.

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27 Jan

Sensational Seussabrations Set Seuss On the Leuss | Bookmans

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. –Oh, the Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

As part of our Love of Reading celebration, Bookmans locations across Arizona host parties, or Seussabrations to be exact, to commemorate lyrical wordsmith Theodore Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. Come have a blast with fun activities, story times and art projects as we set Seuss on the leuss. In joy and mirth we shall immerse as we honor this master of meter and verse!

Sensational Seussabrations at Every Bookmans

25 Jan

Critters: A Keeper’s Guide to Pets | Bookmans

Got Pets? Bookmans is passionate about animal welfare so we have sections specified for all types of animals and pets. We do separate the sections between animals and pets not just for ease of shopping, but for practical reasons. Not all animals should be pets, how many folks have a pet grizzly bear or a killer whale in their backyard? Luckily it isn’t necessary to own or live with animals to respect and admire them. That is why Bookmans has such a large selection on different types of animals and pets. If you are considering pet adoption, we encourage to do your research first and we have all of the guides and manuals to assist you in choosing and caring for your pets. We also have a section for animal stories, (Tails? haha), that will give you a first hand look at the relationship between animals and humans. Many of these titles are humorous, heartwarming and educational. Let’s take a look at some titles that caught our eye.

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