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Bookie Blog

30 Jul

Book Review: Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.

Reviewed by Darcy Short

Empty Mansions by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr. is the true story of Huguette Clark, daughter of copper baron and corrupt Senator W.A. Clark. At the time she died, Clark was one of the richest women in the world. She owned hundreds of millions of dollars in property including mansions in Connecticut and California, as well as apartments in one of the most exclusive buildings in New York. Yet she spent the last 20 years of her life confined to a hospital room, perfectly healthy but unwilling to leave.

Empty Mansions

17 Jul

Break from Summer Blockbusters with Mind Movies

Everyone loves a good movie but a really, really good movie starts with a great story. In the olden days, families gathered around a fire and listened to the clan story teller weave an epic tale of daring do to captivate listeners. Times changed with printing and even later radio became the new story teller, holding listeners in thrall. Radio stories are wonderful because they include sound effects and skilled actors to weave the tale. Eventually, all this gave way to cinema. It sometimes seems as if nothing can compare to the way films transport us, taking us to other worlds and other places. Unfortunately modern films often rely too much on special effects, drowning us with elaborate visuals but leaving us drenched in CGI. We crave the story that transports us by allowing us to use our imaginations.

Speedway Audio Books

16 Jul

Book Review: Carsick by John Waters

Review by Darcy Short

Cult trash film director John Waters hitchhiked from his home in Baltimore, Maryland to his apartment in San Francisco in 2012. This book details his journey. Carsick is made up of three parts; first he fantasizes about the best that could happen on his trip, then the worst, and finally what actually transpired. I found each part captivating.

Carsick by John Waters

07 Jul

Find Books On Pet Care at Bookmans

We love pets of all kinds at Bookmans; whether it is a loyal dog, a feisty cat or a slithery reptile friend, we support all animals! In July each year, we take the time to recognize our best non-human friends and focus on the animals that bring joy into our lives. We have many animal related events in each of our stores all year-around plus extra special events each July, which you can check out via our Events Calendar. We have other ways to help care for your pets — books!

Animal Shelves

30 Jun

Kids Read, Write and Repeat at Bookmans

Hey, Students! School’s out and you’re itching to have some fun. How does this sound; Bookmans will give you credit for your book reviews. It’s a sweet little program we call Read 10 and it’s super simple. Read 10 books, write 10 book reviews, bring them to your nearest Bookmans location and we will give you $10 off your next purchase. Cool, right?!

Read 10

12 Jun

Bookmans Employee Recommends Books

With so many titles in so many genres available, selecting your next good read can feel overwhelming. Adding to the pressure is the chance that the book you pick out will disappoint you. Even if you have stacks upon stacks of books that you haven’t read on every surface of your home, none of those may seem right. We understand how difficult this decision can be. The Bookmans team is always prepared with recommendations to guide you to your next favorite book. From mysteries to biographies, just ask because we’ve got you covered. If fiction is your addiction Pat, the Visual Merchandiser and book buyer for Bookmans Flagstaff swears by these two novels.

Employee Recommends

19 May

Bookmans Lord of the Rings Bookclub Says Goodbye

This past Sunday marked the end of an era. As our precious (Gollum voice) gathered for the last time — at least for the time being.

LOTR Book Club 1

14 May

Book Review: Emergency: This Book Will Save Your Life by Neil Strauss

Review by Darcy Short

Like most of us, Neil Strauss lived a sheltered life of convenience and modern comfort. But after the distressing events of the 2000s, the terrorists attacks of September 11, 2001 and the financial collapse of 2008, Strauss decided he couldn’t rely on society to take care of him if sh*t hit the fan. He must learn to take care of himself.

Neil Strauss Emergency

08 May

Bookmans Recommends: 5 Women, 5 Books, 5 Questions

The women of Bookmans Grant are hard-working and intelligent. We don’t just sell books, we read them too. We asked about their favorite books. You may be surprised by what they say.


29 Apr

More Novel Treasures at Bookmans Speedway

Bookmans Speedway has a diverse collection of rare and 1st edition novels to browse. A portion of our selection is local interest, including works from local authors and stories and subjects about the Southwest.

Speedway Rare Books

21 Apr

James and the Giant Zombie

James Gurley was ahead of the curve, a trend setter, Zombie Cool before the rest of us knew! Local author and Zombie King James Gurley shares his zombie knowledge in his novels Ice Station Zombie, Judgement Day, Judgement Day: Redemption and Judgement Day: Retribution. The current IT monsters of the day have never been as interesting as those in Gurley’s novels.

James Gurley

18 Apr

Soul Searching with Bookmans

A night at the opera is a night well spent. As the din of sound and energy rushes from the stage, each member of the audience lends their ear to awe-inspiring sound. Perhaps for the gentleman in the front row, the pounding of the timpani drums are enticing to his senses but to the ladies in the back of the house the stringed instruments carry their melody and sound especially sweet.

Soul Searching

03 Apr

Book Review: The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Review by Darcy Short

It’s nice when a novel lives up to the hype surrounding it. The Goldfinch does just that. It has been placed on numerous best-of-the-year lists and for good reason. The book follows the life of Theodore Decker, a New York boy whose life is pushed into an unusual trajectory after his mother is killed when a bomb is set off in an art museum. In the confusion surrounding the explosion, a concussed Theo makes off with a beautiful painting of a goldfinch done by an obscure Dutch master.

The Goldfinch A Novel

28 Mar

Brand New Books Available at Bookmans

Yes, we do! Bookmans now carries brand spankin’ new copies of your favorite, high-demand books. While we bibliophiles love the smell of old books, the thrill of cracking open a brand new edition is an unrivaled experience. Check our shelves and displays regularly as we update them daily. Come see what we have for you now.

Brand New Books

27 Mar

Middle Earth Magic at Bookmans Phoenix

Bookmans Phoenix celebrated Tolkien Reading Day at our Shindig in the Shire. Many attendees dressed for Middle Earth mirth including first and second breakfasts at the Prancing Pony and a cakewalk for trade credit at the Hobbiton Hoedown.


26 Mar

One Choice Can Transform You: Divergence at Bookmans Mesa

The first installment of a trilogy by author Veronica Roth, Divergent is set within a dystopian version of Chicago. The nationwide film adaptation release was Friday, March 21 and we couldn’t wait to celebrate. Bookmans Mesa invited fans to spend an evening getting to know one another and choosing their faction.


18 Mar

Keith Parkinson Tribute

Bookmans is a popular hang out for creative and artistic types. We think of it as your Third Place. It is hard to predict what you may find or who you may meet at any of our seven locations. In the few years that I have been an employee, I have met Grammy winning musicians, prolific authors of inspiring fiction and countless fanatics of all things artistic. Recently, I met a relative of one of my favorite artists and want to share the experience.

Keith Parkinson Tribute

14 Mar

Bookmans Satisfies Your Crafty Craving

Tired of television? Burnt out on blogging? Has the creativity bug bitten you but you aren’t sure where which activity is your salve? Then we are just in time. Bookmans is getting crafty and we have the ideas and materials to help you make it this March. You won’t have to take out a bank loan to test your new hobby; pay with trade! There has never been a better time to try something new and create a one of a kind treasure.

crafting materials

12 Mar

Book Review — Role Models by John Waters

Reviewed by Darcy Short

Once in a while we come across a book that, after reading the first three pages, we know will be one of our all-time favorites forever. A book that we know we’ll read until the cover disintegrates and then, regardless of how broke we are, we’ll immediately run out and buy a new copy. Role Models by John Waters is one of those books.

Role Models by John Waters Book Jacket

05 Mar

Science Rules at Bookmans

Science is amazing. It is incredible to think that science happens everywhere! No matter where you look, science, all the time. And so many different fields of scientific study! Earth sciences (geology, hydrology, ecology), natural sciences (biology, chemistry, physics), and social sciences (anthropology, psychology, sociology) make up a fraction of the science to be studied. There is never a shortage of areas to investigate. A person could pursue a lifetime studying science and never run out of things to learn. There is a whole world of information out there to seek and discover!

science books

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