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29 May

Bookmans Recommends: Marvel’s Civil War

Last month I had writer’s block. Why was I plagued with this self-esteem destroying ailment? Because I couldn’t stop thinking about Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and making his debut in Captain America Civil War. It’s no secret that I am obsessed with Marvel. (See full blown fangirl rant.) Since the news broke that Sony and the untouchable Marvel Studios would join forces to bring the beloved web slinger to their cinematic universe and in so doing completely reboot the franchise, my eyes have been an ever flowing waterfall of tears. Instead of fighting my excitement by playing it cool or finding a distraction to last me until May 2016, I’m going to try my hardest to get it all out of my system by pestering you to read Marvel’s Civil War. I will have comrades to feel all the feels with me. So. Many. Feels.

Marvel's Civil War

27 May

Geeking Out for History

We take issue with a rumor going around. Word is that history is boring. The ways in which this is not only false but also insane are innumerable! People packed theaters for Titanic and Zero Dark Thirty — movies based on historic events. We find it impossible to believe that nothing that occurred over the historic record is of any interest to folks. Our standard argument is two-fold: 1) imagine how much more exciting that movie would be if you knew that these events are based in reality and 2) history is self preservation, ergo “Those who do not know history, are doomed to repeat it.” And so, let’s take a moment to geek out for crazy cool history titles. If we don’t mention one that spins your spurs, don’t worry. We have approximately 200,000 more to choose from.

History is not boring.

20 May

Time Travel Pop Culture at Bookmans Flag

We love things old and new. That’s why we buy, sell, trade things like vinyl and VHS tapes. We fill our shelves with items that can’t be found at your everyday department store. We geek out over limited edition. We swoon at the sight of the vintage and the hard to find. We reach maximum nostalgia levels when we spot something retro. That’s why we are so excited to launch our time travel displays for May. Bookmans Flagstaff takes you through time to admire the books, movies and music of yesteryear. Time travel pop culture with Bookmans. There are plenty of geek-worthy decades, but to keep this post from turning into a novel we highlight two of our favorites.

Time Travel Pop Culture

14 May

Magnificent Magazines

How many times have you been in a waiting room, only to find nothing to read but a 10-year-old copy of Golf Digest — and you aren’t a golfer?! Bookmans peeps can’t understand this when we have hundreds of super interesting magazines to read and enjoy, even if you aren’t in a waiting room. Magazines are under-rated and over looked these days. These quick reads are excellent sources for the most current, already condensed information available for student research. Unlike online magazines, they are better edited and allow for more relaxation. They have tested tutorials to help readers learn anything from a new craft to how to rig your sailboat (because we have so many boating opportunities). No matter what you are into, there is a magazine devoted to the subject. We probably have a copy that you can select using your trade credit.

Speedway magazines

08 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.

sell textbooks

30 Apr

Trade Used Textbooks at Bookmans

Low is the life of a poor college student. Never having clean clothes because laundry is hard and, if you’re supposed to separate your darks from your lights, then by the old gods and the new, where do you put your gray Cardi Avengers sweater!? Most importantly, what do you do with all those backpack busting used textbooks you were forced to buy even though your professor never once referred to them?

We have no answers for your laundry quandary, but we do have a suggestion in the matter of your used textbooks. Bring them to Bookmans, yo! We take your used movies, music and instruments so why wouldn’t we consider your copy of Applied Statistics and Probability for Engineers? Well, if it’s covered in Flamin’ Hot Cheetos dust, we might pass. Even so, a lot could be gained by bringing your textbooks to Bookmans, like these five cool things!

Used Textbooks
Too sexy for your textbooks like Robert here? Bring them by Bookmans for trade credit.

23 Apr

To Read or Not to Read Classic Literature

To read or not to read? Such unfairness exists in classic literature. Like Hamlet’s query, this one begs the knowledge of whether the pain of reading a classic is greater than the pain of never having read the classics. The summer prior to my freshman year at the UofA I received a required reading list and assigned myself the task of reading the classics. I reasoned that I had not read enough of them in high school and that it would be a good idea to be familiar with as many of them as possible. My reading continued well into the school year. I hit a low point when a friend asked me what I thought about my current selection, Moby Dick. I answered, “When does the bit about the fish end?” My pal changed the subject. I never finished the novel.

Classic Literature

17 Apr

Young Reader Favorites

The success of many Young Adult novels that have been adapted for film has brought more attention to books for kids and teens. Young reader favorites like Twilight, Hunger Games and Divergent bring kids, and their parents, into bookstores looking for the next great story. Each Bookmans has a fully stocked Children and Young Adult Department and extremely knowledgeable staff to help navigate it. Our inventory runs the full spectrum of ages and reading levels, with every genre for every taste.

young reader favorites

30 Mar

Banned Book Club: American Psycho

No book has caused more controversy since its publication than American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis. If you’ve seen the movie, your insides have surely coiled in revolt from Patrick Bateman’s violent and outlandish murders; and the book is only worse. So extreme were a few of the scenes in the book, they don’t even appear in the movie itself! Before the release date in 1991 employees of Simon and Schuster, the publishing company who backed the book, leaked a few of the more graphic passages to the press. They were immensely unhappy with Ellis and his novel. They didn’t want it to be published. The public outcry was so extreme the publishing company ultimately backed out of the deal and the 250,000 advance they’d given Ellis. This was their loss as Vintage, a sect of Random House publishing picked the book up and ran with it.

american psycho

23 Mar

We’ve Got Books and So Could You

Bookmans peeps are known to go gaga for a book or two, after all books are how we got our start. Before founder Bob Oldfather developed the stores to become the mother ship of all things entertainment, Bookmans Entertainment Exchange was just Bookmans, but with an apostrophe and an inventory exclusively made up of books. Books are our first love. Who can resist that slight vanilla smell of an old book? Seriously, have they started bottling that stuff yet? (Yes.) To this day, Bookmans dedicates the largest portion of our sales floor to books. All used. All affordable. And all smelling good and waiting for you to crack that spine for escape.


12 Mar

Audio Books Provide Welcome Distraction

“Let me tell you a story.” Humans have always been drawn to great tales. Since the days of gathering around the campfire to gathering around the family radio, story telling has been a favorite past-time. There is something intimate and endlessly enjoyable about listening to stories. In the golden days of radio, actors created spectacular performances with words and sound. The same is still true today with the world of audio books. Beware, it starts as a way to fill the morning commute, but the next thing you know, you find yourself sitting in your car in the driveway, unable to leave the story.

Audio Books

11 Mar

A Brief Steampunk Primer

Tucson recently held its annual Steampunk Convention and we are happy the genre has taken hold. Employees at Bookmans Speedway are especially big fans of steampunk. It folds nicely into all the things we hold dear, promote and geek out over. Steampunk ideals incorporate re-purposing, creativity, individualism, anti-censorship, fantasy, science fiction, film and books, books, books! Let’s have a look at how the steampunk pony rode into our one horse town in this brief steampunk primer.

Brief Steampunk Primer

10 Mar

Decoupage Comic Book Letters

Is your home boring? Does your office lack luster? Do you ever think, “I sure wish my life was like a comic book,” or “This day would be so much cooler if I was surrounded by onomatopoeia”? We have the news of the century for you (hyperbole, which is almost as fun as onomatopoeia)! To celebrate arts and crafts month we share one of our favorite craft projects in today’s blog post, Decoupage Comic Book Letters. With a few cheap supplies, you can easily add more pizazz to your life by decorating your walls with super heroes and villains.

Decoupage Comic Book

09 Mar

Mrs. Green’s World Makes Tucson Festival of Books Appearance

Your Mother Called (Mother Earth)… You’d Better Call Her Back! carries Gina Murphy-Darling’s passionate message of respect for Mother Earth. Mrs. Green’s World, including Murphy-Darling herself, joins Bookmans from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 14 at the Tucson Festival of Books booth #328.

Mrs. Green's World

06 Mar

10 Ways to Reuse Old Books

Bookworms have shelves upon shelves of books we love and cherish, books that are like extensions of the family. But what happens to the books that lived their life to the fullest? The spines are cracked, the pages torn or falling out and the information or stories are so dated they are no longer relevant. Rather than recycling or throwing away these treasures, let them live a little longer. By turning old books into art you not only save the planet a bit of indignity, you renew the life of the words and ink that you’ve loved for years. As March is Arts and Crafts month at Bookmans, we made a list of ten ways to reuse old books.

reuse old books

04 Mar

Book Review: The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

A spiritual journey is assumed to be large undertaking, possibly involving a shaved head and extended periods of silent meditation. In his 1982 book The Tao of Pooh, Benjamin Hoff explains to the contrary that a spiritual path can be traveled even in our most mundane daily activities. If you seek a way to change your outlook, this book is great place to start. It is also an organic meeting of Eastern and Western philosophies, perfect for someone hoping to understand the foundations of both.

The Two of Pooh

27 Feb

6 Reasons We Love to Read

By now it’s well known we celebrate Love of Reading month. We made lists of our top selling, best loved and “wish you’d read it” books. Beyond recommended reading lists, the fundamental reason why we love to read hasn’t yet been addressed. Sure, the fact that it helps prevent Alzheimer’s is a definite plus and, okay, better analytical thinking may come in handy, someday. Reading also expands our vocabulary, enhances our memory and improves our reasoning skills, but let’s face it, none of us read for these reasons. What is it about getting lost in a book that captivates us? The employees of Bookmans Ina offers up their reading motives.

We Love to Read

25 Feb

Rare Handy Mandy Available

Bookmans Speedway debuted a special rare book collection during Love of Reading month that took us all back to our childhood. The collection of children’s books by Ruth Plumly Thompson with illustrations by Jno R. Neill is founded on and continues the famous Oz stories by L. Frank Baum. We categorize this collection under Children’s Books by habit but these exemplary finds appeal to all ages and types of readers. Most of the books in this collection flew off our orange shelves, but we have one book left — Handy Mandy.

Handy Mandy

24 Feb

Bookmans Recommends: Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech

Whether it is a picture book featuring a caboose named Katie or spooky chapter books ala R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps series, everyone has a story that introduced us to the thousand lives lived in the worlds of books. It may not be our favorite novel now. Like most first loves, we grow out of them, but those stories are still very much a part of our makeup. For me that book is Chasing Redbird by Sharon Creech. For Love of Reading month, I celebrate Creech’s story of Zinny and her adventures in Bybanks, Kentucky.

chasing redbird by sharon creech

23 Feb

Explore Arizona in Books

Bookmans has many and varied loves with the deepest of soft spots for Arizona and all its troubles and trappings. We are a complex state geographically, politically and socially. We can’t think of a better way to embrace Love of Reading month than to explore our own back yard.

Explore Arizona in Books

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