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Rare & Wonderful on social media

November 14th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Book Collecting, Books, Eureka Books, Feature 3, New Arrivals

This may be the reason for you to get on social media if you are not already there.

We recently opened up a page to view some of the wonderful books that come through our shop every day.

So check it out and come by the shop in real life to see these rare books in person.

https://www.instagram.com/rareandwonderful/

https://www.facebook.com/eurekabooksrareandwonderful/

 


Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions Now Available

September 10th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Books, Eureka Books, Events, Local Authors

The latest from Eureka Books’ own Amy Stewart has arrived! Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions is the third novel in the extraordinary journey into the real lives of the forgotten but fabulous Kopp sisters.

Deputy Sheriff Constance Kopp is outraged to see young women brought into the Hackensack jail over dubious charges of waywardness, incorrigibility, and moral depravity. The strong willed, patriotic Edna Heustis, who left home to work in a munitions factory, certainly doesn’t belong behind bars. And sixteen year old runaway Minnie Davis, with few prospects and fewer friends, shouldn’t be publicly shamed and packed off to a state run reformatory. But such were the laws – and morals – of 1916.

Constance uses her authority as deputy sheriff, and occasionally exceeds it, to investigate and defend these women when no one else will. But it’s her sister Fleurette who puts Constance’s beliefs to the test and forces her to reckon with her own ideas of how a young woman should and shouldn’t behave.

Against the backdrop of World War I, and drawn once again from the true story of the Kopp sisters, Miss Kopp’s Midnight Confessions is a spirited, page turning story that will delight fans of historical fiction and lighthearted detective fiction alike.

Hear more of their story and see pictures from the time period which inspired the book from local author Amy Stewart herself at the Eureka Theater on Saturday October 7th at 7pm. Arrive early for conversation and cocktails.

https://www.facebook.com/events/109752436381802

 


Lady Cop Makes Trouble Now In Paperback

June 25th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Books, Bookstore, Eureka Books, Local Authors, New Arrivals

Lady Cop Makes Trouble is now out in paperback and it makes a perfect addition to your summer reading list. Get your signed copy now at Eureka Books.

Based on the Kopp sisters’ real-life adventures, the first book of the series Girl Waits with Gun introduced the sensational lives of Constance Kopp and her unconventional sisters to an army of enthusiastic readers. This second installment, also based on their true story, takes us further into the romping, riveting story of a woman who defied expectations, forged her own path, and tackled crime—and nefarious criminals!—along the way.

And if you read Lady Cop Makes Trouble now, you won’t have long to wait for the third installment, due out in September.


Why We Don’t Celebrate Banned Books Week

June 23rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Books, Bookselling

 

[Used without permission. Get your Banned Books Week Swag here.]

[Used without permission. Get your
Banned Books Week Swag here.]

Why We Don’t Celebrate Banned Books Week.

Every September, the American Library Association (A.L.A.) celebrates Banned Books Week. Thousands of libraries and bookstores put up displays of banned books like Huckleberry Finn, The Grapes of Wrath, and Ulysses. Eureka Books never does.

This year’s list (permalink here) of the most frequently challenged books, compiled by the Office of Intellectual Freedom (the A.L.A. unit with the most Orwellian-sounding name), include Sherman Alexie’s The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel, Persepolis, and A Stolen Life by Jaycee Dugard. The reason these books have been challenged are drugs, sex, and language. Homosexuality, racial slurs, and political viewpoint are other common reasons books are challenged. Challenges are mostly made by parents and community members concerned about books available in libraries and taught in schools.

Did you catch what I did?

I started out talking about “banned” books and then I switched to “challenged” books. Book banning is easy to oppose; challenges, a murky concept as described on the A.L.A. website, are less black and white.

It’s a common ploy, using banned and challenged interchangeably. Pay attention next time you read an article about Banned Books Week. Look at the A.L.A.’s website for the same bait-and-switch maneuver.

Even David Goldenberg, of the myth-busting FiveThirtyEight blog, did it with his recent post, We Tried—And Failed—to Find the Most Banned Book in America. [I attempt answer Goldenberg’s question about the most banned books in America here.]

The reason Goldenberg failed was that the A.L.A. won’t show anyone the data used to compile the list. He finally settles on And Tango Makes Three as probably the most challenged book in America (note the switch, from banned to challenged!). Tango is a picture book about a true story of two male penguins who adopt a baby chick at a zoo. It’s challenged as a gay-lifestyle parable. Really, I’m not making that up.

But here’s the thing, despite being the “most challenged” book in America, Tango has sold hundreds of thousands of copies and has been translated into many languages. This year, look for a 10th anniversary deluxe edition.

Wait a minute. A bestselling banned book? Isn’t that an oxymoron? How can a banned book sell so well?

Here’s how, and it’s the reason we don’t celebrate Banned Books Week at Eureka Books: The books are promoted and sold as “banned” books, and readers are encouraged to “celebrate the freedom to read” by buying and reading them. The clear subtext is to encourage a feeling of superiority (“I read banned books”) among those of us (me included) with liberal, left-leaning sensibilities.

But superior to whom? To conservative parents who don’t want their children exposed to four-letter words or to the real-life horrors  Jaycee Dugard suffered during her 18 years of captivity.

You or I might disagree with those opinions, but I suspect few parents would object to a high school library turning down a donation of the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy. Explicit S/M sex scenes probably aren’t appropriate for 14-year-olds.

So if we aren’t going to expose our children at publicly funded institutions to every kind of printed matter, then there have to be standards (spoken or unspoken) about what is and is not appropriate. Discussions and even disagreements about those standards are appropriate topics for parents, schools and libraries to engage in. [Amy Stewart, a co-owner of Eureka Books, weighs in with her perspective as a writer.]

While certain books do get challenged regularly, very few of them are actually banned at the local level. Even if a book is removed from one library or school, it’s not as if the book cannot be found nearby. After all, there are millions of copies of the 2014 top-challenged books in circulation.

I support freedom of expression, but I won’t use Banned Books Week to belittle the heart-felt concerns of people whose political and social values I don’t share. I don’t think they are right to try to remove most books from schools, and I am glad they almost always lose their battles (and they almost always lose).

Ironically, the people who challenge books may have the strongest belief in the printed word—books are so powerful to them that they have to fight against them. That sentiment, even if applied in a questionable way, always gives me encouragement in the day-to-day slog of keeping a bookstore alive and thriving.

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NOTE: In all fairness, it’s entirely possible that a headline writer came up with the title of Mr. Goldenberg’s 538.com blog post, but it’s a perfect example of how “challenged” books get confused with “banned” books.

 


Read. Swap. Repeat.

May 16th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Blog, Books, Bookstore, Feature

READ-SWAP-REPEATAt Eureka Books, you can now swap your (gently) used books for almost anything in the store, even new books and most special orders.

Up until now, swap credit was good for used books in the store only. With the new program, you can trade your used books for new books, too. A very few exceptions apply.

In addition to books, swap credit is good for maps, prints, t-shirts, tote bags, pouches and greeting cards.  Nearly everything in the store — and most things we can order — can be bought with swap credit.

So read, swap, and repeat. Expand your mind; help save the planet.


Nov. 1 Book Launch Party for Both Sides of the Bluff by Jerry Rohde

July 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Blog, Books, Events, Feature, Local Authors

scott bsb coverJerry Rohde will be giving a free lecture and signing his new book, Both Sides of the Bluff, at Eureka Theater on November 1, 2014.  Eureka Theater is located at 612 F Street.

The lecture is at 5 p.m. and the book signing is from 6-9 p.m.  The event is sponsored by Booklegger and Eureka Books.

Pre-Ordering Now Available!

Can’t make it to the event? Don’t want to wait until November 1 (we will have books by October 23, at the latest)?  Pre-order your copy online now.


Quilt books galore

February 3rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Books, Bookstore, Feature 2

QuiltsTHIS JUST IN: Quilt books.  Lots and lots of quilt books. Tell your crafty friends.

To name just a few of the titles:

  • Quilting with Style: Principles for Great Pattern Design
  • Quilts from the Quiltmaker’s Gift: 20 Traditional Patterns for a New Generation of Generous Quiltmakers
  • 70 Classic Quilting Patterns: Ready-to-Use Designs and Instructions (Dover Quilting)
  • Applique Masterpiece : Affairs of the Heart
  • Applique 12 Easy Ways! : Charming Quilts, Giftable Projects, and Timeless Techniques
  • Garden Party: Applique Quilts That Bloom (That Patchwork Place)
  • Quick & Easy Quiltmaking: 26 Projects Featuring Speedy Cutting and Piecing Methods
  • Applique in Bloom
  • Pink Lemonade & Other Delights : 10 Refreshing Quilt Projects
  • Fast Patch: A Treasury of Strip-Quilt Projects (Contemporary quilting)
  • The Border Workbook: Easy Speed-Pieced and Foundation-Pieced Borders
  • Lois Smith’s Machine Quiltmaking
  • Quick Quilting: Rotary Cutting, Machine Piecing, Machine Applique, Machine Quilting
  • Cat’s Meow : Purr-fect Quilts for Cat Lovers
  • Botanical Wreaths: Nature’s Glory in Applique
  • Machine Applique: A Sampler of Techniques
  • Radiant New York Beauties: 14 Paper-Pieced Quilt Projects
  • Pieces of the Past
  • Magic Stack-n-Whack Quilts
  • Magic Base Blocks for Unlimited Quilt Designs
  • Super Simple Strips
  • Contemporary Classics in Plaids & Stripes: 9 Projects from Piece O’Cake Designs
  • The Standard Book of Quilt Making and Collecting
  • Quilts for Fabric Lovers
  • Sensational Scrap Quilts
  • It’s Raining Cats & Dogs: Paper-Pieced Quilts for Pet Lovers
  • Fantasy Fabrics: Techniques for Layered Surface Design
  • Plentiful Possibilities: A Timeless Treasury of 16 Terrific Quilts
  • Go Wild With Quilts : 14 North American Birds & Animals
  • Timeless Toile: Terrific Quilts, Pillows, and Purses
  • Precision-Pieced Quilts: Using the Foundation Method (Contemporary Quilting)
  • Paper Piecing with Alex Anderson: Tips Techniques 6 Projects
  • Easy Paper-Pieced Keepsake Quilts : 72 New Blocks Including the Alphabet!
  • Paper Piece a Merry Christmas (That Patchwork Place)
  • Scrap Quilts
  • Scrapmania: More Quick-Pieced Scrap Quilts
  • The Scrap Look: Designs, Fabrics, Colors and Piecing Techniques for Creating Multi-Fabric Quilts
  • Rotary Roundup: 40 More Fast & Fabulous Quilts
  • More Quick Rotary Cutter Quilts
  • Rotary Riot: 40 Fast and Fabulous Quilts
  • Dutch Flower Pot Quilts
  • Little Quilts : All Through the House
  • Quilts Galore!: Quiltmaking Styles and Techniques
  • Old Favorites in Miniature: Patterns and Instructions for Making Nineteen Miniature Quilts
  • Twenty Little Patchwork Quilts: With Full-Size Templates (Dover Quilting)
  • Working in Miniature: A Machine Piecing Approach to Miniature Quilts
  • Quilts for Red-Letter Days: More Than 30 Small Celebration Quilts
  • Quilted for Christmas: Book Two
  • Mariner’s Compass: An American Quilt Classic
  • Applique Masterpiece: Little Brown Bird Patterns
  • Pieced Borders : The Complete Resource
  • A Bird’s Eye View
  • The Block Book
  • Baltimore Album Legacy
  • Applique Designs: My Mother Taught Me to Sew
  • Baltimore Album Quilts: Historic Notes and Antique Patterns : A Pattern Companion to Baltimore Beauties and Beyond
  • Quilting Makes the Quilt
  • Attic Windows: Quilts With a View
  • Stripes in Quilts
  • Jacobean Applique: Exotica, Book I (Bk.1)
  • A Quilter’s Ark: More Than 50 Designs for Foundation Piecing

 

 


Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier

June 12th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Books, Feature 2

Humboldt-book-coverThe newest book on Humboldt County goes on sale June 18th.  Until then we have it under lock and key.

From the publisher:

In the vein of Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief and Deborah Feldman’s Unorthodox, journalist Emily Brady journeys into a secretive subculture–one that marijuana built.

Humboldt: Life on America’s Marijuana Frontier

Say the words “Humboldt County” to a stranger and you might receive a knowing grin. The name is infamous, and yet the place, and its inhabitants, have been nearly impenetrable. Until now.

Humboldt is a narrative exploration of an insular community in Northern California, which for nearly 40 years has existed primarily on the cultivation and sale of marijuana. It’s a place where business is done with thick wads of cash and savings are buried in the backyard. In Humboldt County, marijuana supports everything from fire departments to schools, but it comes with a heavy price. As legalization looms, the community stands at a crossroads and its inhabitants are deeply divided on the issue–some want to claim their rightful heritage as master growers and have their livelihood legitimized, others want to continue reaping the inflated profits of the black market.

Emily Brady spent a year living with the highly secretive residents of Humboldt County, and her cast of eccentric, intimately drawn characters take us into a fascinating, alternate universe. It’s the story of a small town that became dependent on a forbidden plant, and of how everything is changing as marijuana goes mainstream.


The Saddest Book in the World?

August 30th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Books

This made me want to cry:

The 1943 “Taps” yearbook. Taps, of course, being the song played at military funerals and the school being the Pennsylvania Soldiers’ Orphan School, whose students were made to parade around with “Orphan School” signs — and you thought your high school years were tough.

Senior Guy Cooper’s fondest memory was his “12 years at S.O.S.”

SOS! Are you kidding me? They called the yearbook Taps and the school abbreviation was SOS?

When the official in charge of the Soldiers’ Orphan School said his goal was to “fit [the students] physically, mentally, and morally for the stern realities of this world,” he wasn’t kidding.

If Lemony Snickett had come up with this for the Baudelaire Orphans in his Series of Unfortunate Events, it would have seemed too satirical.

And to top it off, the bright young seniors in this yearbook, who survived twelve years of SOS, graduated just in time to be drafted for the worst years of WWII.


Ray Raphael to Sign New Book on April 7

March 26th, 2012  |  by  |  published in Arts Alive, Books, Local Authors

Mr. President by Ray RaphaelAs a populist historian of the American Revolution, Redway author Ray Raphael is more likely to write about farmers and innkeepers than presidents. But that’s exactly what makes his new book, Mr. President: How and Why the Founders Created a Chief Executive, so compelling. To celebrate the release of the book, published by Knopf, the most prestigious American publisher, Raphael will sign copies—and undoubtedly engage in lively discussions ab

out this hot topic—at Eureka Books during Arts Alive on Saturday, April 7 at 6 PM.

The book is in stock now.


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