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06 Oct

Bookmans Recommends: Money Books

Most of us spend a disproportionate amount of our lives pursuing money–earning it or spending it. How much do we know about how money works? As the analysts like to say, make your money work for you instead of working for your money. Great! Uh, how do you do that? Do the pros have the secret to getting rich quick or not?

Money Books

For those of us who have no money, it’s tempting to ignore financial advice all together. You have to have money to save money, right? The task of financial planning is daunting to say the least, and we put it off. We think that portfolios and stock trends are for the rich or that lucky gal who just won the Powerball. It turns out that many of today’s authors are (or were) on a similar page and have a thing or two to say about getting your duck dollars in a row.

The Contrarian of Finance, Stephen M. Pollan
Die Broke by Stephen M. Pollan runs contrary to what most of us have heard about the lofty pursuit of financial planning. It’s also how most of us expect to die! Pollan is a financial adviser who developed a radical four-part plan that claims to improve your lifestyle, increase your net worth and give you confidence in the world of dollars and cents. (Yeah, but can it get that nasty stain out of the rug?) Die Broke is an easy read, without complicated graphs and concepts. It also doesn’t assume that you already have a yacht and are just looking for the right dock and crew. Pollan starts by getting you to change your thinking. Ideas like “overcoming the retirement complex”, the “inheritance obsession”, choosing your own path and letting go of the idea of perfection are not concepts one expects to encounter in a finance book. The back cover breaks down his ideas; “Quit Today, Pay Cash, Don’t Retire and Die Broke.”

The Rock Stars of Finance, Suze Orman, Robert T. Kiyosaki and Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D.
Suze Orman has a thing or two to say about money. She is as easy to follow in print as she is in her public lectures. Pick up her book, The Road to Wealth for information and practical advice on spending, saving and investing as well as on legal considerations like prenuptial agreements, wills and taxes.

If it makes you feel better to take advice from a doctor, take a look at The Millionaire Mind by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D. This money book is for linear thinkers and includes complicated graphs, but these graphs make sense and hopefully cents. (Sorry, had to go there.) Stanley is more traditional, bringing us back to money basics with ideas like, “money is not your God.” He says you control your money, not the other way around. Stanley explains how the world of money works, who the rich are and how they got there. One of the more interesting parts of this work was the coverage of demographics, specifically with regards to education. Stanley asks, “What college experiences influenced millionaires?” Even though Stanley is a traditionalist, he thinks outside the box.

Rich Dad Poor Dad tells the story of Robert Kiyosaki and his two dads, his real father and the father of his best friend. Both men shaped his thoughts about money and investing. The takeaway is that you don’t have to earn a high income to be rich. Like Orman, Kiyosaki has built a brand out of his financial advice and has published 30 branded books.

If you’re looking to cut to the chase, grab one of many For Dummies books like Investing for Dummies. These books are clear, basic guides to the topic of money. These titles are easy to read and keep your attention. Whatever your preference, unconventional or popular, Bookmans has the books on personal finance that will help you get a handle on your money. What do you have to lose? You can buy these titles with trade. What an investment!

* Bookmans is your store to explore. We can’t guarantee stock so if you are interested in one of these Bookmans recommended money books, please give us a call and we’ll check our orange shelves for you. Otherwise, we hope you will come and browse.

02 Oct

Bookmans Recommends: Spooky Reads

There’s no better time of year to read thrilling stories and novels than October. There are plenty of spooky authors we’re sure you already know, like R.L. Stine, Steven King and Dean Koontz. We want to introduce you to some not-so-well-known authors. Take a look at the Bookmans Recommends list of spooky reads. We dare you to read them all if you think you’ll be able to fall asleep at night!

Bookmans Recommends: Spooky Reads

23 Sep

Protecting Brain Health with Nonfiction

Bookmans promotes literacy in part because we really, really like learning things. “Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young,” said Henry Ford. New research shows he was right. In an earlier article we explored the relationship between puzzles and brain health. This time we take the idea a little further. Additional studies show the connection between learning and protecting brain health. The basic idea is simple. If you want a healthy brain, use it!

Protecting Brain Health with Nonfiction

18 Sep

Fight Censorship: Science Is NOT Porn

No case of censorship gets us more hot under the collar than book banning. Every time a book is removed from library shelves we feel like Guy Montag goaded by Captain Beatty in Fahrenheit 451. Yeah, we know it’s dark! But we’re bookworms and how does Beatty know all that stuff if he’s not reading those books himself?! Book banning is nothing new and the reasons for such behavior runs the gambit. No excuse gets this blogger more peeved than the accusation that a book of science and medical discovery is pornographic, so we bring to you, our wonderfully reasonable readers, three reasons why science is not porn.

Fight Censorship with Bookmans

17 Sep

5 Censored Women We Love

We could publish an article a week for the rest of our existence featuring scandalously brilliant women and still not scratch the surface of their contributions. From across the entertainment spectrum women are ridiculed, demeaned and suppressed. Countless women endure hardships for letting their creative voices out and we thank them. Today we highlight just five women whose work has been censored or banned. Each one deserves recognition.

5 Censored Women We Love: Ciara, Basic Instinct

10 Sep

Bookmans Recommends: You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

I’ve been a Felicia Day fan since her comedy web series The Guild debuted on YouTube in 2007, introducing the world to the trials and tribulations of Cyd Sherman and her gaming guild as they try to make sense of real life outside of video games. As a female gamer, it is refreshing to see the world of gaming represented from a female perspective. I connect with the socially awkward but well-meaning Cyd as she struggles with life, love and the pursuit of a real life connection with her eccentric online gaming friends.

Bookmans Recommends: You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) by Felicia Day

09 Sep

Banned Books for Every Age

By Megan Maiden, Bookmans Enthusiast

Like most rebellious children, I never liked being told what to do. I never liked being told that I couldn’t watch a certain kind of movie, couldn’t listen to a certain kind of music or couldn’t read a certain kind of book. “Don’t tell me what I can’t read!” I would screech while causing a scene at the public library. Nothing has ever stopped me from reading what I wanted, whether it was appropriate or not (says the girl that used the novelization of Sleeping with the Enemy for her 4th grade book report). Bookmans opposes censorship of any kind and every year they start the conversation in September with a Fight Censorship campaign. It’s never about cramming scandal down people’s throats, but about letting everyone feel comfortable to shop for whatever interests them. Always ready with a list, here are a few of my favorites to challenge authority and read voraciously for every age range. Banned books, shmanned books, read these banned books for every age!

Fight Censorship with Bookmans: Banned Books for Every Age

25 Aug

King of Kid Lit Adam Rex Talks to Bookmans

Moonday, Cold Cereal and the New York Bestseller Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich have one hysterical thing in common — Adam Rex. True to his name, the author/illustrator/artist is a literary king and a gateway author for young readers. You might have seen his books or attended one of his popular sessions at the Tucson Festival of Books (TFOB) or maybe you’ve seen the DreamWorks movie Home based on his book The True Meaning of Smekday. If not, get thee to a bookstore! Meanwhile geek out with us as this UofA alumnus shares his thoughts on creativity, Magic: The Gathering and Bookmans.

Adam Rex

20 Aug

The True Legend of Hunter S. Thompson

We presume the world is familiar with the book/movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. If not, the name Hunter S. Thompson at least strikes a chord. He’s the father of gonzo jouranlism who dove neck deep into alcohol-fueled drug binges yet still wrote masterfully crafted articles, the guy who requested his ashes be shot out of a cannon after his death in 2005 at the age of 67, the guy who shot books when fans asked him to autograph them, the guy who bought himself a mail order doctorate so he could refer to himself as “Dr.” He’s that guy, and these aren’t even the best examples of why he’s the ultimate bad ass.

The True Legend of Hunter S. Thompson

19 Aug

Timelessness of Peter Pan

Watch out Harry Potter. There’s another with a prior claim to the moniker, “the boy who lived.” Not only does he never grow old, Peter Pan is a timeless classic. Starting in his 1902 novel Little White Bird, J.M. Barrie merely mentions Peter Pan. In fact, not until a successful 1904 play production did Barrie consider the the wonder of Pan. Subsequently he publishes Peter and Wendy in 1911. Not only have we seen numerous film adaptations over the span of the last 100+ years, with an even newer release coming out on October 9, 2015, there’s the book series Peter and The Starcatchers, the cartoon show Jake and the Never Land Pirates and the franchise around Tinkerbell and her fairies.

peter pan

10 Aug

Three Strong Female Characters in Modern Fiction

We love little more than an engrossing book with an independently minded female lead. It’s even better that our shelves are stocked full of them. Let’s take a look at three of the the many strong female characters in modern fiction.

Strong Female Characters in Modern Fiction

05 Aug

Audio Book Day at Bookmans Speedway

Words and sound, literary noise, a movie in your mind? We call it heaven. We Bookmans Speedway peeps love audio books and evidently we aren’t alone. Audio book sales are up 19% nation wide. Numbers like these make voice actors rejoice and cause publishers to take notice. Bookmans has seen this trend in our stores too, but unlike industry analysts we aren’t surprised. Our love affair with the spoken word has quietly raged for some time now and it has finally paid off. Bookmans Speedway was chosen to host a Random House sponsored event with one of Audiophile’s top reviewers, Jonathan Lowe of Tower Review.

Audio Book Day

04 Aug

Happee Birthdae Harry

In 1997 a tattered paperback made its way among the students in my forth grade class at Hansen Lane Elementary. When the book finally made it into my grubby hands, even though everyone demanded I read it, I dismissed the book. A few weeks later sister forced it on me and because I was bored I finally began the journey into the wonderful world of Harry Potter.

Happee Birthdae Harry

31 Jul

The Exploitation of Lost Manuscripts and Stagnation of Art

Something has irritated me for some time now. It happens every year. It’s time to call out the practice of dragging out “lost manuscripts” that magically appear about the time someone can make a pile of money. Yes, I mean the recent and controversial release of Harper Lee’s new book, Go Set a Watchman. We need to retire the nostalgia that pushes us to devour unfinished or deliberately shelved manuscripts and move on.

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

16 Jul

Hoping Harper Lee Delivers in Go Set a Watchman

After a 40 year hiatus and with much controversy about legal ethics, Harper Lee blessed us with another novel. We look forward to hearing the charming voice of Scout Finch once more. Already making its way up the best seller chain, Go Set a Watchman picks up years later when Scout goes home to visit Atticus in his old age. While reviews indicate this new book portrays Atticus in a not so positive light, we’re stoked to see a copy come across our counter so WE can be the final judge.

Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

09 Jul

Henri Recommends Books about Dogs for Humans

Whoever said diamonds are a girl’s best friend never had a dog. Never was there ever a more faithful companion than that of a canine. Loving, loyal and able to give the best snuggles known to man, a dog is everyone’s best friend. Henri, short for Henrietta, an adorable border collie, is my best friend. Not only does Henri work the floor for Bookmans Flagstaff, she was adopted here. What better way to celebrate Animal Welfare month at Bookmans than to ask this Bookmans baby her fave books about dogs? Enjoy Henri’s book recommendations for humans.

Henri the dog

08 Jul

Explore the Latest In Science Nonfiction

Nothing in our wardrobe feels better than our smarty pants. Geeking out is as natural to us as breathing and it makes perfect “science” that our geekery would attract other geeks. Our nonfiction sections have become more popular than ever across every age group. One area in particular has seen an influx of interesting new titles and changing perspectives — science. More than ever, writers are exploring scientific ideas and theories. Toss out your 8th grade snooze-fest science texts because these titles are engaging and fresh, funny and thought provoking. They are also accessible, no Ph.D. required to read, understand or enjoy them. Select any subject on the scientific spectrum and there is a recent title to help you explore it. Let’s look at some of the latest science nonfiction.

Science Nonfiction

07 Jul

Animal Rescues and Tall Tails from Bookmans Speedway

July is Animal Welfare month for us and Bookmans Speedway ramped up their show of support for our furry, feathered and scaly faced friends. Each weekend Bookmans Speedway brings in animal rescues to heighten awareness about a variety of animal welfare issues. We have everything from Any Rat Rescue to Arizona Greyhound Rescue. Starting in August we welcome our newest rescue, Hermitage Cat Shelter. Read on to learn more about our animal rescue events and the tall tails we keep on our orange shelves.

Tall Tails

26 Jun

Science Fiction’s Historic Run

Science Fiction is a varied genre that has been around for longer than you might imagine. Its origin is a subject for debate with camps claiming that it started as early as 2150 BCE or between the 17th and 19th centuries. Some scholars claim science fiction formed in the ancient Mesopotamian epic of Gilgamesh. Ancient Indian poetry such as the Hindu epic Ramayana has science fiction elements as does the works of the ancient Greek playwright, Aristophanes. Regardless of where and when science fiction began, we are just glad it did.

science fiction

24 Jun

Bookmans Recommends: Preacher

With a pilot by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg for geek friendly AMC in development, now is the time to pick up a copy of DC’s Vertigo Comics Preacher. Created in 1996 by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, Preacher tells the tale of small town Texas reverend Jesse Custer, who, after being possessed by the creature Genesis and killing his entire congregation, develops the ability to speak the Word of God. Using his ability to control someone merely by telling them what to do, Jesse goes on a road trip across the country to find God, who has abandoned his post in heaven. Jesse isn’t your typical man of the cloth. He’s got a colorful past and lives within a moral gray. Accompanied by his hired hand/ex-girlfriend, Tulip O’hare, and Cassidy, a century-old Irish vampire, Jesse is on a mission to track down the all powerful being who up and quit the moment Genesis was born.

Bookmans Recommends Preacher

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