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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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20 Jan

Enjoy JanYOUary With The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron | Bookmans

If your 2016 resulted in a longest period of artist block good thing 2017 is here and seems to want to stay and JanYOUary is off to a brilliant start. During the latter half of 2016 I had been creatively trapped behind a seemingly insurmountable wall and now that the year is over it’s time to shake the dust off my creative engine and give it a kickstart. To do this, I am turning to my favorite inspirational book, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron.

I originally came across this book over a decade ago when I was still struggling to find some sort of outlet for my creativity but was unsure which direction I should go. The Artist’s Way taught me that the creative process is a reward in and of itself and when you divorce yourself from needing to produce something perfect and instead give yourself over to the shear joy of creating, you not only create more often and regularly, but you create better and with a greater sense of direction.

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It’s one of the ironies of the creative process that the more you focus on perfection and trying to get something right, the less likely you are to create something of quality that you can be happy with. If you let go of the need for perfection and instead focus on the process, the experience is far more rewarding and the results often end up better than you expect. Quantity not quality is one of the major sayings of the book. It’s more important to create often and regularly than to get hung up on perfection.

19 Jan

Well Read Women | Bookmans

As we continue to move into 2017, we thought it important to remember a few of the great works of feminist fiction and non-fiction that have blossomed to light in 2016 that serve as great recommends for the new year. It’s a blooming time for feminine power, acceptance and stance. Last year we said goodbye to some phenomenal women, but all is not lost. We’ve also been gifted with great works for women and men alike. The titles we mention below are only a few stars among a galaxy, so we encourage dipping your toes further into the pool and finding others, but start with these. They’ll have you howling with laughter, crying in fury but also you’ll find sparks of knowledge you might otherwise have overlooked. Enjoy!

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13 Jan

Bookmans Recommends: The Vegetarian

At Bookmans we are all about books that make us feel something good, something bad, or ones that we just plain like. Especially in JanYOUary, we encourage you to read, write, watch and listen to anything and everything that sets your little heart on fire. Looking for something new? Bookmans recommends The Vegetarian by Han Kang of South Korea. It is a baffling, mesmerizing novel that has nothing to with vegetarians or the practice thereof. It’s a small cryptic novel about abstention, how people deal with otherness, and obsession. The Vegetarian, translated by Deborah Smith, is plain in its language and fantastic in it its simplicity. There are three narrators, it was originally published as three novellas, with three different narrators who each has a different view on the namesake vegetarian’s, Yeong-Hye, decision to stop eating meat ranging from anger, fascination, to worry.

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10 Jan

The Moon is Wrong: Astronomy 101 | Bookmans

If you are anything like a typical Bookmans employee you stand out in your yard at 3am and wonder what is wrong with the moon. This behavior could also be linked to growing up in Tucson. Little desert kids spend lots of time looking up, or laying on the ground staring at the night sky, possibly because there is so much to look at. Arizona has long been a hub on astronomical research with the University of Arizona’s Flandrau Planetarium and Kitt Peak. In lieu of deeper psychological exploration which might expose our potentially embarrassing fascination with standing in our yards late at night we will just say it’s typical for Tucsonans. We do things like this.

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Folks from Michigan go fishing, we stand around getting a kink in our necks. We therefore notice things, things that aren’t right – like the moon. Just before the new year, around Dec. 18th, some of you might have also been standing in your yard noticing that the moon was wrong. Totally wrong. It was getting smaller like usual but it was disappearing from the top down. Initially it looked like cloud cover was simply obscuring the top quarter of the Moon but NOPE. It kept doing this strange thing night after night. It actually was waning (your first technical term; it means getting smaller, yeah I had to look it up to be sure) from a horizontal position. Wrong. No, no, the moon is supposed to get smaller – or larger – from left to right or right to left, depending upon the phase and where you are on the planet. We will try to cover all of this but it gets messy.

03 Jan

Fisher, Michaels, Cohen: Legendary Losses | Bookmans

What a year. So many of our beloved luminaries, entertainers, and writers have passed. It’s mind boggling and leaves us feeling almost numb, but not numb enough. There are simply too many fantastic creative intelligent people who have passed in 2016 to cover here. We do want to begin though by giving a special nod to Gwen Ifill of PBS and broadcasting fame as well as writers Harper Lee and Richard Adams who wrote the famous To Kill a Mockingbird and Watership Down respectively. All three gave us so much and they leave behind a legacy of intelligence and excellence in their fields.

 

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Now we will turn to those three we have decided to remember here in slightly more depth, although the task impossible. It would take infinite volumes to cover not only their works but their lives, which were equally interesting and unique.

23 Dec

Krampus by Brom – An Alternative to Christmas Cheer | Bookmans Review

‘Tis the season to be… punished? While St. Nicolas is stuffing his sack with toys for all the good boys and girls, Krampus is busy at work punishing all the misbehaved children instead. With folk tales from all over the globe featuring this holiday heathen, it’s the adaptation from Brom that has this reader all spun up. In his classic sinister and eerie voice, Brom’s Krampus gives us the backside story of our favorite holiday elf, Santa, and who he might really be instead of the happy go lucky toy maker we all seem to think he is.

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How caught up on Norse mythology are you? Baldr, an ancient Norse God and son of Odin was known for his aura of peace, love and light. Little old Santa Clause may just be his reincarnated form, but is our perception of Santa an utter lie? Did Santa capture and incarcerate the Yule Lord, Krampus?! Steal his magic sack and claim it as his own?! Your whole world will be turned upside down as Brom weaves his magic and shows the true colors of our favorite holiday super hero. The lines of good guy/ bad guy are blurred as we learn more about Krampus and his arch enemy. Enslaved for 500 years by Santa and freed only to discover no one celebrates Yule anymore, the battle is on and only one holiday can win.

14 Dec

Crime Pays: Books Sure to Put You in Stiches | Bookmans Entertainment

The world has seen a lot of silly criminals, and crime isn’t funny, except when it is. Law enforcement has been known to lament the utter lack of common sense in some of those trying to make a buck or heist. Get ready to face palm as we cover a few True Crime titles that tell the stories of criminals gone wrong.

We’ll start with America’s Dumbest Criminals by Butler, Ray and Gregory. The subtitle of this one is equally telling “victims of their own crimes” and we wish all crime could be so self referential. America’s Dumbest tells some truly entertaining stories like the lady who ruined her $5,000 winning lottery ticket by altering it to match a $20.00 ticket. One convenience store robber made off with one hot dog only to choke on it in the store’s parking lot, proving once again, everything we need to know we learned in kindergarten. He must have flunked sandbox. A check forger mistakenly signed the stolen check with his own signature then proceeded to give the teller his real i.d. complete with his current address.

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09 Dec

Geek Out Christmas

You want to buy your person an awesome gift, but you would prefer to get them something really really cool for not a lot of cash money. No mugs (unless it’s a Doctor Who mug), no ties (OK, maybe a Darth Vader tie), no ‘As Seen on TV’ gadget (they never work anyway). What is a proper Geek with properly Geeky friends supposed to do?? Go to Bookmans of course!! Not only can you purchase your gifts with Trade Credit (so put away that credit card – the interest rate is waaay too high). You can find the most unique gifts in our Geek Zone. You might want to cry “but they are used!!”. Well, yes they are but this isn’t Manhattan my friend and we do things different in these parts and we only purchase items that are in the best quality. Also, you might be surprised to discover that the items you find in our Geek Zone (and all over our vast spectacular Showrooms of Quirkiness) LOOK NEW. Most of the time we have to tell folks that our merchandise is used, and they are amazed. Your friends and family will be so shocked with awe and gratitude for the truly cool gift you gave them that it will never occur to think past their amazement that they actually received a gift that they wanted. Yeah, that could be YOU giving those gifts. So lets have a quick look at some of the fabulous fabulousness you can achieve by giving your peeps gifts from Bookmans!

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07 Dec

Gifts for the Horror Junkie on Your Gift List | Bookmans

We’re thinking of twinkle lights, Nat King Cole and copious amounts of sweets, but there’s always someone on your gift list that is a lover of all things not so typically associated with the holiday vibes, and therefore we’re here to offer some recommendations for the person on your list that would squeal at a new horror fiction compared to cookbook. Feel free to peruse the following list of horror fiction recommendations as a source of gift giving inspiration for the horror junkie on your gift list.

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02 Dec

Manuals for Manly Men: Recommends | Bookmans

Our guest reviewer decided to take a look at one of today’s most popular subjects – manuals for the man, or guides for the guy. These are titles aimed, supposedly, at making men more manly or maybe they intend to help men be more like men. Look at any bookstore and you will see countless titles aimed at women, purportedly to help them be better women. Nothing wrong with that – we all want to be our best selves. With the New Year upon us, many will indulge in that annual tradition of New Year’s Resolutions. Here is a light-hearted review of one such title, one specifically for men, Mark Dawidziak’s Mark Twain’s Guide to Diet, Exercise, Beauty, Fashion, Investment, Romance, Health and Happiness. This review was submitted by Taylor Birkey who began innocently enough by looking for mustache trimming tips and fell into the land of Self Help. Here is what he learned:

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