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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

20 Feb

Book Review: Skeleton Crew by Deborah Halber

Reviewed by Darcy Short

As Deborah Halber points out in her new book The Skeleton Crew, America has a shocking number of unidentified human remains sitting in storage in morgues. It is difficult for police to connect bodies to identities when clothes and wallets have been removed, so it is not uncommon for human remains to languish in storage and cold case files. With the rise of the Internet, civilian helpers have stepped up to help match remains to identities and close some of these cold cases.

Skeleton Crew

19 Feb

Top 10 Books We Wish Customers Would Request

The country may be focused on Love of Reading this month, but for Bookmans peeps it’s ALWAYS Love of Reading time. We recently posted our customers’ most requested titles, all of which are excellent requests. Working among books all day, every day, we are entrenched in great titles with no restrictions about hot new releases, critical acclaim or movie tie-ins. Bookmans Speedway asked employees to name their top 10 books we wish customers would request. These are not necessarily our personal favorite titles (listing those would take way too long), but novels we most want to recommend or believe are unsung heroes of literature.

Top 10 Books We Wish Customers Would Request

18 Feb

Megan’s Love of Reading Book Recommendations

By Megan Maiden, Assistant Manager at Bookmans Mesa

By some act of voodoo and happenstance, I managed to read several books for Love of Reading month. Being a mom to two kids and several animals, I don’t know how this happened! I won’t question the why, but I will share my new favorite books and some oldies but goodies as my Love of Reading book recommendations.

Love of Reading

12 Feb

10 Ways to Get Your Children Reading

Reading readiness is one of the most valuable parts of a child’s development. With the influx of electronic attention grabbers this isn’t as easy a process as it may have once been. Whether your children are beginning their reading journey or they’ve already launched, your whole family can benefit from and enjoy a variety of reading activities. This list of 10 ways to get your children reading can get you started.

10 ways to get your children reading

11 Feb

Bookmans Top 10 Best Sellers

To help our customers celebrate their love of reading, we polled our employees to create a list of Bookmans Top 10 Best Sellers for this year. These books have already made a big impact in 2015 or continue to ride their best-selling tide. These books are what you, your neighbors and your friends ask for at our customer service desk. In true Bookmans fashion, these aren’t in any particular order and the list best reflects Bookmans Speedway because that’s where we did the poll.

Bookmans Top 10 Best Sellers

09 Feb

Love of Reading Seussabrations

February is all about our Love of Reading. The spark that ignited many a book loving flame comes along when we are very young in the form of an imaginary rhyming world where lessons are plentiful and anything is possible. This is in the magical books of Dr. Seuss! The perfect way to share our infatuation with books is to honor this special children’s author. Additionally, our Seussabrations lead up to Read Across America Day on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

seuss quote

05 Feb

Whovian’s Doctor Who Heaven

All hail 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, 1963 — a holy date in the world of Whovians. That is the date of the first episode of Doctor Who aired. We were never the same. For the seven people on planet Earth who do not know what Doctor Who is, let us explain. Doctor Who is a television series by BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) in which a rogue time lord explores the universe in his TARDIS. TARDIS, Time and Relative Dimension In Space, looks like a blue British Police Box. TARDIS is not an “it” but a “who” as TARDIS is sentient. Tomes have been written on the impact, history and social relevance of the popular show and its success has is equally powerful today. Bookmans Speedway has plenty of Doctor Who merchandise for the devout Whovian, including a collection of Doctor Who books, collectables, DVDs and magazines.

Whovian Wonderland

23 Jan

Banned Book Club: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Because Sherman Alexie writes about sexual awareness and awakening in The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, one could understand why parents, librarians, school administrators and even some students deem the book as inappropriate. To suggest the book for a more mature audience might seem reasonable enough. The reality is that the main character, Arnold, is a freshman in high school and speaks in a relatable voice for young adults. The situations in the book correlate to real world experiences of high school aged people. As Alexie says, “I write books for teenagers because I vividly remember what it felt like to be teen facing everyday and epic dangers. I don’t write to protect them. It’s far too late for that.” This is why we chose to read this title as January’s Banned Book Club selection.

sherman alexie

20 Jan

New Year, New You, New House

With the year off to a new start, many of us are full steam ahead with our resolutions. Get healthy, eat right, exercise more, spend more time with family and friends — working on all of them. Let’s consider for a moment WHERE we will do these things. Your home is your castle, so along with your fresh start think about a fresh start for your house. Move forward with a new year, new you, new house.

new year, new you, new house

15 Jan

Sci-Fi Sub Genres

Bookmans Speedway knows our Sci-Fi up, down, sideways and underneath. The depth and diversity of sci-fi led John O. to create brochures with suggestions and explanations to highlight unusual Sci-Fi sub genres.

Sci-Fi sub genres

06 Jan

YOU Like What YOU Like: Romance Novels

Bookmans supports you in whatever changes or improvements you want to make in 2015. We’ve got countless self help, exercise and overall health related literature to aid any number of resolutions. We are all about what makes you feel like the best version of you. We’re also all about those quirks that complete the profile that you keep in the shadows. This includes the movie, music and lit genres deemed “guilty pleasures” that have you geeking out. As part of our Jan-YOU-ary campaign we celebrate the the silly shows you watch, the chart topping pop music you can’t help but dance to and novels you never take out in public — genres that have difficulty even getting reviews. You like what you like and we think that’s great.

romance novels

05 Jan

Make Wellness a Jan-YOU-ary Resolution

Bookmans declares January 2015, “Jan-YOU-ary” — a time to start fresh! It’s a new year and a new you is possible, though the old you is wonderful too. Bookmans is up to the challenge with tons of tomes to get you started, show you how, walk you through it and keep you on track. Several of our departments are dedicated to helping you be your best, whether it is physical, mental or spiritual, we can help you expand, explore or start again. Check out our Diet/Health, Natural Healing, Exercise or Fashion and Beauty sections to find the perfect plan for you.


Doctors Bradley J. Wilcox, D. Craig Wilcox and Makuto Suzuki collaborate on The Okinawa Program. These experts base their work on the landmark, scientifically documented, 25-year Okinawa Centenarian Study, a Japanese Ministry of health sponsored study. Okinawans are the healthiest and longest-lived population in the world and this 4-week turnaround plan can help you recreate their winning habits.

Tucson loves Dr. Andrew Weil and Bookmans Speedway has all of his popular titles like his national bestseller Healthy Aging. This practical and uplifting work combines traditional and nontraditional approaches to health and well-being. Other titles include SuperFoods HealthStyle by Steven G. Pratt and Kathy Matthews, which offers simple changes to get the most out of life for the rest of your life.

Want to look great while getting healthy? Our Beauty/Fashion section can help you make the most of a healthy new you. Grab BBC’s What not to Wear, an accompaniment to the popular television show. This humorous and informative work gives you tips and tricks to help you be confident in any situation. For a behind the scenes look at the those who help you look your best read, Emma Forrest’s Damage Control, a look at women and the therapists, beauticians and trainers who navigate their bodies.

From exercise to diet, recipes to skin care, fashion to natural healing, Bookmans has hundreds of titles to help you succeed this year. If you want to enhance this book learning IRL (in real life), Bookmans Speedway hosts our annual Wellness Fair, Jan-YOU-ary 2015 from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 17. Local health and wellness practitioners will be pamper and guide you.

30 Dec

Bookmans Recommends: Top Reads of 2014

As we say goodbye to 2014 and all it had to offer, we reflect on the amazing books we’ve enjoyed. From fiction to nonfiction and all the genres in between, 2014 was full of great literary works that we have to gush over. The staff of Bookmans Flagstaff debated what we would dub our favorite reads of 2014. These aren’t books published within the past year, but what we call “new to us” texts. Some of these books have been around and we are just now reading and some may be the latest best seller. No matter how we selected them from our orange shelves, these are the books we couldn’t put down. These are our Top Reads of 2014. To celebrate another awesome year of awesome books, we asked members of our bookish team to name two of the best books they read this past year.

Top Reads of 2014

29 Dec

Bookmans Recommends: The Trial of Jean Grey

By Jeremy N. Fisher, Administrative Assistant at Bookmans Mesa

Comics are great. I love comics. I’ve grown fond of independent comics, stuff from Image or Dark Horse, maybe Vertigo. I’m not as enamored with the superhero genre as I once was. When I do get a hankering for some good ol’ fashioned capes and cowls, make mine Marvel! I gravitate to their characters and storytelling more so than DC, but lately both companies have muddied the waters with massive crossovers, reboots and character franchising. It’s hard to get a simple, well-written, engaging story these days without having to check several Wikipedia pages to get the full back story on all the characters to make sure your continuity is up to date. It can be exhausting. Or just plain confusing. With this in mind, I picked up The Trial of Jean Grey.

trial of jean grey

17 Dec

‘Tis the Season for Holiday Reads

While the holidays are a great time to snuggle on the couch and watch your favorite seasonal films (see Bookmans Recommends: Christmas Movies to Get You Into the Holiday Spirit or Have Yourself a Vintage Television Holiday), we at Bookmans Ina tend towards cozying up with a great holiday book. It’s easy to forget the seasonal classics when movies like Elf are on, but what about a yearly read of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens? Remember ‘Twas the Nigh before Christmas, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer or Frosty the Snowman? All of these stories are available in book form and are classics no child or (let’s be honest) adult should go without reading this season. We also encourage you to go beyond the expected holiday reads.

Holiday Reads

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