Get 20% off the new books with promo code new books at checkout.



Our Bookish Lives

Book review: The Quelling, by Barbara Barrow

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

The Quelling by Barbara Barrow was something both Stan Lee and I liked. As soon as I brought it home from the Baltimore Book Festival three years ago, he sat on it, pawed it, and wouldn't let me touch it. Addie and Dorian are sisters who have spent most of their lives in a locked psych ward. They're clever and beautiful, but violent and diagnosed with a rare mental disorder called Reactive Attachment Disorder. Now that the girls are on the cusp of adulthood, Addie has a plan to start a new family, ostensibly to replace the one she lost...

Read more →


3 books Stan Lee read by osmosis while simultaneously demanding worship

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Ah yes, the joys of having a furry, dark, and handsome cat park himself on a book you're trying to enjoy and read it by osmosis... While he simultaneously demands you worship him like the god he is. There's nothing quite like it. Here are 3 books Stan Lee enjoyed and read by osmosis. 1. No More Goddesses, by Kim Baccellia It's easy to see why Stan Lee liked this book. There's two goddesses, and he says Egyptian gods and goddesses are his peers. 15-year-old Jordan Lake finds a bracelet her favorite actress, Audrey Hepburn wore in a movie. She...

Read more →


3 books for National Poetry Month

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

April is my favorite month of the year: my birthday and National Poetry Month both happen. Since it's National Poetry Month, here are 3 poetry collections you need to read. To see pictures of Zoey giving some of these books her cat butt stamp of approval, scroll to the bottom of the article. 1. Hello Darling, by Christine Higgins Stan Lee, my now retired bookstore cat, decided that Hello Darling is one of his favorite books that he's "read" in the last couple of years. After it arrived at the bookstore last year, he kept sitting on it and absorbing...

Read more →


Book review: The Dowry Bride

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

A couple weeks ago, I picked up a copy of The Dowry Bride, by Shobhan Bantwal. I was intrigued, because I like reading books set in other countries, and this was set in...

Read more →


Bookish trend to follow: books from independent publishers

Posted by Melissa Eisenmeier on

Lately, independent publishers have been getting a lot of attention. The public likes that small, independent publishers are willing to take more risks on authors and that they tend to focus on creativity and originality over sales. Authors like working with them because they get greater input into things like cover designs, without the hassle of self-publishing. Also, big publishers have been getting a lot of criticism, and readers and authors are turning more to small, independent publishers, because of various scandals, including a recent price fixing scandal. To read about the price fixing scandal, go here. Here are some of our...

Read more →