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Staff Flash-Review: 'The Immortalists' by Chloe Benjamin

BookBar Thu, 01/18/2018 - 10:03am

Imagine knowing the day you were going to die, your entire life. Chloe Benjamin's "The Immortalists" follow four siblings as they live their lives, each shadowed by the date of their deaths. There's the fearless Simon who learns to live his life on his terms, the majestic Klara who's haunted by ghosts of her past, the steady Daniel who's blame controls his decisions, and the logical Varya who has forgotten what it means to be alive. Follow this modern classic through forty years of tragedy, grief, and understanding what it means to be a family.

BookBar 2017 Bestsellers

BookBar Wed, 01/10/2018 - 5:22am

Our bestsellers are driven largely by events, our Local to Local program, and YOU!  These are some of the titles you were most excited about in 2017

BookWorm Review of Everless

BookBar Tue, 01/09/2018 - 5:51pm

Seventeen-year old Jules Ember lives in teh Kingdom of Sempera, a world where time is the currency, found in the blood of its citizens, made into iron coins, and heavily taxed. 

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How to Pretend You've Read a Book

BookBar Tue, 11/28/2017 - 1:41pm

I have a confession. I’ve never read anything by Tana French. I had to look at the back of the book when I told you what Euphoria by Lily King was about, because I never read that either. I got halfway through House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski and put it down. All the Light We Cannot See? 100 pages. Louise Erdrich’s The Beet Queen? Nope. I told you I had read these books. You bought these books because I told you I had read them. While we’re being honest, I only read a quarter of House of Leaves.

 

The Mystery of The Berensta(e)in Bears Books (which happen to be 40% off at BookBar right now!)

BookBar Thu, 11/16/2017 - 9:43am

There has been a slowly dawning phenomena over the past several years, most specifically as Millennials have come of age and begun their phase of existential introspection. The time for nostalgic remembrance, the longing for the “simpler” times–that stage of life when one can, for the first time, begin to appreciate the breadth of time, and both how much and how little time has truly passed.

7 Time-Travel Books for Falling Back, and Combating Seasonal Affective Disorder

BookBar Fri, 11/10/2017 - 3:26pm

It’s once again time to fall back which is exciting for the sake of more sleep, but more importantly, that means it’s time to post think-pieces on why daylight savings time is an ancient useless relic of the past and we should rid ourselves of it posthaste. It also marks the beginning of the season when you can be mean and grumpy to everyone and have a reasonable excuse for it. 

Scary Stories for the Spooky Season

BookBar Fri, 10/13/2017 - 12:57pm

This time of year always revives the same old questions: When’s it gonna snow? What are you gonna be for Halloween? Will anyone remember to vote when presidential candidates aren’t on the ballot? Will Halloween finally fall on Friday the 13th this year? Why has that still never happened? All great questions if you ask me. This year is unique however, in that we can all agree that no scary story or movie comes anywhere near the daily reality we live in. Horror has become an escape–a reminder of a more comfortable time when these stories actually did scare us.

The Reader’s Guide to America’s Gun Debate

BookBar Sat, 10/07/2017 - 11:54am

To call this subject a “sensitive” one might be appropriate, if a little lackluster. Calling it a “goddamn minefield” might be a little more honest. Nevertheless, it rises up again and again, in think pieces, blogs, non-sequitur tweets, and worst of all–hundreds-long comment chains on Facebook. No matter how dormant your social media presence might be, post an opinion on this topic and you’re suddenly wearing a suit of stale bread at the beach. Read More...

Griffin Reviews ‘Wishtree’ by Katherine Applegate

BookBar Tue, 10/03/2017 - 12:56pm

Our own Bookworm Griffin wrote his review for Wishtree below, but for the more visual types, he was kind enough to do a video review as well! 

Spoiler alert. You shouldn’t read this book unless you’re prepared to cry a little. Read More...

How Starfish: Her Infinite Impact is Working to Make Illiteracy a Distant Memory in Guatemala

BookBar Tue, 09/05/2017 - 1:12pm

Shhh. Don’t tell Nicole this, but my favorite bookstore in all the world is Libros del Lago, a tiny bookstore along Calle Santander in Panajachel, Guatemala. It’s sandwiched between an ice cream shop and street vendors, and is my go-to store for books to develop my Spanish fluency and literacy. In Guatemala, independent bookstores don’t compete against big chains and online retailers, they compete against literacy rates among the worst in the hemisphere.

What is Labor Day, How Can I Celebrate it, and When Should I Be Wearing White?

BookBar Fri, 09/01/2017 - 9:41am

Labor Day was invented back in the early 1920s to by the fashion industry to convince rich white-collar workers to buy more expensive, colorful clothes. It’s a little-known fact that white-collar workers used to wear exclusively white clothes to work until Labor Day was popularized. It was later co-opted by the poor working class in the 1880s as a means of fighting for better working conditions. By 1894, it became a federal holiday, and it wasn’t long before everyone forgot why it was started in the first place.

Sandhya Menon is Coming to BookBar and the BookWorms Are in Love

BookBar Tue, 08/15/2017 - 3:54pm

I, Emma the BookWorm, a young woman who refuses to do anything but hide in her room and read stories about Jack the Ripper while drinking tea, a girl who has only ever read two romances in her entire life (three if you count The Scarlet Letter) declare that a romantic comedy was an excellent read. Read More...

September's BookBar BookClub Review: 'Marked Men' by Joseph Hutchison

BookBar Tue, 08/08/2017 - 8:03pm

It's difficult not to wonder if this story is more poignant today than it might have been say, six months ago. That isn't to suggest this story stood any less strong when published in 2013, but it's a cogent reminder that progress attained is never permanent. Progress doesn't preclude regression, and a regression feels a little less like a morbid fantasy daily.... Read More

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