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24 Nov

Bookmans Recommends: Louis L’Amour

Famous for his western novels, Louis Dearborn L’Amour wrote 105 novels and is one of America’s most beloved authors. L’Amour was born in Jamestown, North Dakota. As a result of financial difficulties, the L’Amours headed south in the winter of 1923. Over the next decade, L’Amour and his family took on many jobs as they traveled the American West. They skinned cattle in west Texas, baled hay in the Pecos Valley of New Mexico, worked in the mines of Arizona, California and Nevada, and in the saw mills and lumber camps of the Pacific Northwest. L’Amour met a variety of people in these colorful places, upon whom he modeled the characters in his novels. Many of these real life characters are Old West personalities who had survived into the 1920s and 30s.

Bookmans Recommends: Louis L'Amour

19 Nov

Bookmans Recommends: Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

Whether you prefer the book or the streaming series, Orange Is the New Black has fans wrapped around its little finger. Due for a fourth season in 2016, the Netflix exclusive takes us on a roller coaster ride of emotions as we experience prison from Piper Kerman’s point of view. We go behind bars as Kerman and her cell mates fall in and out of love, make new friends and lose old ones, and experience what it’s like to be an affiliate of crime. The book and show differ but each offers insight to Kerman’s trials and tribulations. Robert Fisher, our guy at Bookmans Grant, gives us his take on the non-fiction book.

Orange Is the New Black

26 Oct

Write a Novel in 30 Days with NaNoWriMo 2015

By C’loni Bailey, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

November is right around the corner and so is National Novel Writing Month. NaNoWriMo (as it’s called) is an annual writing marathon started by Chris Baty in 1999 as a way to get himself, and about a hundred other participants, writing for fun. It has since bloomed into a worldwide event with over 400,000 participants. Join me as I participate in NaNoWriMo 2015 by writing a novel in 30 days.

Write a Novel in 30 Days with NaNoWriMo 2015

22 Oct

Tucson Weekly Announces 2015 Best of Tucson

In some ways, we could have predicted success in the Tucson Weekly’s 2015 Best of Tucson awards. Our stores reflect the communities in which we operate. Tucson is awesome, your bring your awesome stuff to trade and you elevate our cred by hanging out with us. Ergo we’re the best because you’re the best. Even so, having your expressed support and approval gives us the Sally Field experience. You like us, right now! You like us! And we LOVE you. As the cherry on top, the writers at Tucson Weekly squeeze our already squishy hearts with their explanations about how we earned the awards.


21 Oct

Book Review: Zen In the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams

Reviewed by by Robert Fisher, Book Department at Bookmans Grant

Zen In the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams has long been a favorite of mine. Hyams’ philosophy is less about technique and more about philosophy, quite a bit of which is useful even if one does not practice the martial arts. Hyams shares how to diffuse conflict with a positive outcome.

Book Review: Zen In the Martial Arts by Joe Hyams

19 Oct

Bookmans Recommends: Mucho Macho Lee Child

Mucho macho writer Lee Child appeals to the Y chromosome set. Child’s main character, Jack Reacher, is a flesh and blood superhero. Reacher has just enough realism to encourage any gunslinger fantasy. At bottom Reacher is an any-man hero–simple, straightforward and unencumbered, thus morally pure.

Bookmans Recommends: Mucho Macho Lee Child

15 Oct

Eight Awesome Marvel Superheroines

Though DC Comics characters have their merits, today we are Team Marvel. Amid a male-dominated superhero universe, we highlight Marvel superheroines of valor. Geeking out on comics is a pastime shared by all ages, genders and backgrounds. These fabulous females help young girls feel self-empowered and take charge. Some of our selections are villainous, but their girl power endures. Bad girls, good girls, girls who switch sides–we love them all. In a world of ordinary mortals, these are truly wonder women.

Eight Awesome Marvel Superheroines

14 Oct

Get Repossessed with The Exorcist

“The belief in evil and the belief that evil can be cast out.” From these two strands of faith, author William Peter Blatty weaves a frightening, explicit and realistic tale of an innocent young girl inhabited by a malevolent entity. The Exorcist endures as a classic horror novel. Rediscover its ghastly gravitas.

Get Repossessed with The Exorcist

13 Oct

Bookmans Recommends: More Spooky Reads

It’s October and that means Bookmans Sells Dead People, or at least their books! Horror genre is often underrated. It is also a Bookmans favorite. Rarely are we scared by a book, but it has happened. October is the perfect time to highlight the best of Horror. Check out these four more spooky reads selections and give us your take on the best spooky stories in the comment section.

Bookmans Recommends: More Spooky Reads

08 Oct

Review of Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

Reviewed by Flavio Collins, Cashier Supervisor at Bookmans Ina

Most people’s perceptions of Westerns skew in a narrow canyon between John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. Television shows like Bonanza introduce the West as an idyllic place. Yes, yes, we all live in Arizona. We’ve all been to Old Tucson and/or Tombstone. We know the stories — but do we really? Do we truly understand the horror of the Wild West? We LOVE to romanticize anything and everything concerning horrific circumstances that are otherwise too hard to deal with. It’s a way to cope with the blood that has spilled in the name of race, religion, country and all that controversial whatnot. In this way, romanticism helps censor the truth behind the bloodiness of our country’s history. Cormac McCarthy does the opposite of that in Blood Meridian. Though fiction, this novel presents the honest truth of our desert landscape; blood helped the West grow such that it’s persistently replicated for our entertainment.

Review of Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

07 Oct

The Monumental Greatness that Is Goosebumps

This October marks not only the annual event for mass candy consumption known as Halloween but also the theatrical release of the long awaited Goosebumps. Starring Jack Black as the fictional version of Goosebumps creator R.L. Stine, Goosebumps tells the tale of what would happen if the famous author’s scary creations were real and accidentally released to wreak spooky havoc on the suburbs of America. We shiver in anticipation to see this nostalgic series brought to life on the big screen. Bookmans Flagstaff is geeking out so hard about the Goosebumps movie that we insisted on throwing party to celebrate this momentous event. More about that later. First let’s discuss what makes this beloved children’s series so monumental.

The Monumental Greatness that Is Goosebumps

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

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

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