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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.

Textbooks

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

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

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