Thursday, November 27, 2014

16 Bookstores To Visit This Holiday Weekend

Black Friday? More like BOOK Friday.


Powell's, Portland, Oregon


Powell's , Portland, Oregon


The ever-amazing indie bookseller Powell's isn't waiting for Black Friday to start offering its holiday savings. You can choose two titles from its "Wintersalen" collection and get a third one free; or, for more options, take 30% off any of their holiday favorites, which include some of the best in this year's fiction and nonfiction.


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Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, New York


Housing Works Bookstore Cafe , New York


Not only is everything in the store 30% off on Friday, Nov. 28 — that includes rare books, vinyl, brand-new stationery, DVD box sets, and more — but also, you can enjoy happy hour discounts in the cafe: cheap coffee, pastries, wine, and beer.


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Politics & Prose, Washington, D.C.


Politics & Prose , Washington, D.C.


The D.C. shop has an impressive roster of writers — including New York Times best-selling author David Baldacci — stopping by on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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Books & Books, multiple Florida locations


Books & Books , multiple Florida locations


Books & Books is taking part in Small Business Saturday, meaning if you shop with your American Express card on Nov. 29, you'll get cash back. A nice bonus? If you're shopping online, all shipping within the U.S. is free.


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The Thanksgiving I Ate My Pet Turkey

Raise what you eat.



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One sunny day in May a few years ago, two roommates and I drove out to a farm in the country to pick up a couple of three-week-old turkey poults. The farmer raised her eyebrows when we told her that we planned to keep them in our urban neighborhood in Berkeley, California. But we assured her that our turkeys would have a good life, and she relinquished the apple-size birds to us. They chirped plaintively throughout the entire hour and a half of our drive home.


The farmer was probably right to worry. None of us had ever had any turkey experience, unless you counted the kind that appears on your plate at Thanksgiving. A lifelong city-dweller, I had never spent so much as an afternoon on a farm, let alone raised my own livestock.


But that year, 2011, all of a sudden my friends and neighbors began to talk about farming and food. Michael Pollan's influential book The Omnivore's Dilemma had come out a few years earlier, and more recently, journalist and farmer Novella Carpenter had written her book Farm City about raising turkeys, goats, and even pigs in one of Oakland's grittiest neighborhoods.


On my block, chicken coops sprouted like toadstools overnight. Hipsters began haunting the farmers markets, flirting with each other over baskets of kale and collard greens. The poor butcher at the meat stall couldn't get a moment's peace, so surrounded was he by swooning girls. My friends and I signed up for weekly boxes of farm produce, which resulted in acrobatic feats of menu planning. For a while, if I typed "too much" into Google on my laptop, it automatically filled in "kohlrabi."



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It didn't take long for our turkeys to get used to their new life in Berkeley. Until they were big enough to live outside, we kept them in our living room. There is a reason that people don't typically keep poultry in their living rooms: The birds poop everywhere and make your house smell awful. But what our turkeys lacked in personal hygiene they more than made up for with charm. In the evenings, they followed my two roommates and me from room to room, skittering along in an adorable half-flying, half-scurrying fashion. We taught them to fly from one couch to another. If I curled up in a chair to read a book, the birds would eventually arrange themselves on my lap and fall asleep. They looked like miniature dinosaurs.


When they were ready for an outdoor home, our across-the-street neighbors, a carpenter and a landscaper, built an impressive and spacious pen for the turkeys in their yard. I came over every morning with treats for the birds: raisins, nuts, and canned tuna for extra protein. They developed a particular taste for Trader Joe's arugula, which they could spot before I even took it out of the bag. They flapped their wings and nipped at me in anticipation. Both birds turned out to be hens — lucky for us and our neighbors, since male birds would have made a lot more noise.


Despite their bohemian upbringing, our turkeys thrived. By November they were 15 pounds each, big enough to feed a crowd. As Thanksgiving approached, we all agreed that we wanted to do right by these amazing creatures.




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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

64 Reasons Growing Up At Hogwarts Ruins You For Life

“The stories we love live in us forever.” – J.K. Rowling


Because you’ll never forget the first time you saw it.


Because you’ll never forget the first time you saw it.


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Because the journey there was one of the best parts.


Because the journey there was one of the best parts.


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Because everywhere you look is breathtaking.


Because everywhere you look is breathtaking.


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Because you'll never tire of the Great Hall.


Because you'll never tire of the Great Hall.


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12 Nicholas Sparks Movies You'll Never See

In between the time it takes for those white people staring longingly at each other to finally kiss, these movies still won’t ever happen.


Just Desserts


Just Desserts


Gretchen runs a popular ice cream parlour in the small town of Oak River Mountain Glen Ridge. Her life is pretty sweet until a handsome stranger, Rohin, moves in and opens a competing ice cream shop... right next door. The cherry on the sundae? Both were totally ghosts the entire time.


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Dear Yoselín


Dear Yoselín


Yoselín has spent her whole life dealing with baristas misspelling her name, until she meets Yuniesky, a rugged-yet-sensitive Cuban novelist/lumberjack/rancher who knows her pain... and how to heal it.


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Nights in Oakland


Nights in Oakland


Tarell and Kareem fall in love in San Francisco but love isn't enough to pay the increasing price of rent in the city so they have to move to Oakland.


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A Stroll Over Which to Reminisce


A Stroll Over Which to Reminisce


The epic saga of Amina and Omar is told in flashback, as they walk up and down the same well-worn path, trying to think of a time they’ve seen a hijabi star as the romantic lead in an American drama. "Ok, but Persepolis wasn’t a romantic drama, per se," whispers Omar.


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23 T-Shirts Only Book Nerds Will Appreciate

Dicken a box.


This shout out to the best character in To Kill A Mockingbird.


This shout out to the best character in To Kill A Mockingbird.


Find it here.


meanfellas.com


Or this tee from our favorite Maycomb lawyer.


Or this tee from our favorite Maycomb lawyer.


Find it here.


etsy.com


This line-up of players from A Room With A View.


This line-up of players from A Room With A View.


Find it here.


redmolotov.com


This bro tank that knows what a real party looks like.


This bro tank that knows what a real party looks like.


Find it here.


lookhuman.com




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Famous First Lines Re-Written For The 21st Century

It was love at first swipe.



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If Hermione Granger Had Instagram

#TBT to that time I turned myself into a cat.


When she's reminiscing:


When she's reminiscing:


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When she's fangirling:


When she's fangirling:


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When she's feeling sentimental:


When she's feeling sentimental:


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And when she's sharing her style:


And when she's sharing her style:


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What Book Are You Most Thankful For?

This year, give thanks for Gillian Flynn.


It's November: a time for gratitude, turkey, and curling up by the fire with a great book.


It's November: a time for gratitude, turkey, and curling up by the fire with a great book.


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This Thanksgiving, we're giving thanks for books.


This Thanksgiving, we're giving thanks for books.


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We're thankful for the books that have opened our imaginations...


We're thankful for the books that have opened our imaginations...


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... for the books that have challenged the way we think...


... for the books that have challenged the way we think...


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Ferguson Library Sees Huge Spike In Donations Overnight

With an unexpected five figures to work with, the director of the Ferguson Public Library has big plans to serve his ravaged community.



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"Not An Elegy For Mike Brown": Two Poems For Ferguson

Poet Danez Smith’s “Not An Elegy For Mike Brown” and “Alternate Names for Black Boys.” Republished with permission.



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I am sick of writing this poem

but bring the boy. his new name


his same old body. ordinary, black

dead thing. bring him & we will mourn

until we forget what we are mourning


& isn't that what being black is about?

not the joy of it, but the feeling


you get when you are looking

at your child, turn your head,

then, poof, no more child.


that feeling. that's black.


\\


think: once, a white girl


was kidnapped & that's the Trojan war.


later, up the block, Troy got shot

& that was Tuesday. are we not worthy


of a city of ash? of 1000 ships

launched because we are missed?


always, something deserves to be burned.

it's never the right thing now a days.


I demand a war to bring the dead boy back

no matter what his name is this time.


I at least demand a song. a song will do just fine.


\\


look at what the lord has made.

above Missouri, sweet smoke.


Originally published on Split This Rock. Used with permission.



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1. smoke above the burning bush

2. archnemesis of summer night

3. first son of soil

4. coal awaiting spark & wind

5. guilty until proven dead

6. oil heavy starlight

7. monster until proven ghost

8. gone

9. phoenix who forgets to un-ash

10. going, going, gone

11. gods of shovels & black veils

12. what once passed for kindling

13. fireworks at dawn

14. brilliant, shadow hued coral

15. (I thought to leave this blank

but who am I to name us nothing?)

16. prayer who learned to bite & sprint

17. a mother's joy & clutched breath


Originally published in Poetry. Used with permission.




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