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Weekly Book Special: Mozart Children’s Book, Now 75% Off

Weekly Book Special: July 26th-August 1st

Today marks the 220th birthday of acclaimed classical music composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. To commemorate, this week’s book special is:

Mozart: The Wonder Child: A Puppet Play in Three Acts

Written and Illustrated by Diane Stanley
Hardcover, 48 pages, ISBN: 0060726741
List Price: $19.00, OUR PRICE: $4.75

“Mozart was only three years old on the day his life changed forever.” So begins this biography about one of the most legendary prodigies in history. Diane Stanley engagingly tells the story of a brilliant boy who grew up to be a complex and often troubled young man — a man who composed some of the most beautiful music of all time.

With stunning full-color illus., she portrays Mozart’s turbulent life as a marionette show, inspired by the famous Salzburg Marionette Theatre, using an innovative artistic approach to present the life of a renowned musical genius. She presents an honest and sympathetic portrait of the boyhood and tragically short adulthood of a composer whose music has lived on for more than 200 years.

Our favorite illustration is when he plays for the great nobles of Europe (click to enlarge):
Mozart Concert

“Stanley frames this engaging and well-paced biography of Mozart as a three-act puppet play,” writes Publishers Weekly. “Painting gessoed wood panels with egg tempera in soft tones, Stanley achieves an authentic sense of place, while augmenting the historic mood with musical staffs that wind through the scenes and informational asides presented by angels.”

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July 26, 2011 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Vegetarian Soul Food Cookbook, Now 70% Off

Weekly Book Special: October 5th-October 11th

In recognition of World Vegetarian Day, we’ve been poring over our collection of cookbooks looking for the best in animal-friendly, heart healthy recipes. Our undisputed favorite was this collection of 150 sumptuous vegan meals from acclaimed food justice activist and “eco-chef” Bryant Terry.

Vegan Soul Kitchen:
Fresh, Healthy and Creative African-American Cuisine

by Bryant Terry, Paperback, 165 pages
List Price: $18.95, Lowest Price: $7.32, OUR PRICE: $5.95

Vegan Soul Kitchen

Bryant Terry takes local, organic, vegan cuisine, gives it a Southern twist and a much needed dollop of soul. It wasn’t enough to provide us with soon-to-be-family-favorites like upper Caribbean creamy grits with roasted plantain pieces, Terry gives us a soundtrack as well. Each of these mouthwatering recipes comes with a recommendation for musical inspiration ranging from old-school soul to gospel to hip-hop.

Terry’s background in food justice activism leads him to eschew elitism; his recipes depend on commonly available ingredients without sacrificing quality. Don’t let the “vegan” label scare you; this is a book for all of us who know that “healthy” and “hearty” are not mutually exclusive.

The two vegans in our office humbly defy you to resist Terry’s open-faced BBQ tempeh sandwich with carrot-cayenne coleslaw (click to enlarge):


Diet for a New America author John Robbins extols the virtues of Terry’s kitchen-craft, asking us: “do you think a commitment to healthy eating means enduring bland and boring food? Vegan Soul Kitchen will not only show you otherwise, but will make it easy for you to create fabulously delicious and exotic dishes. Here’s proof that natural foods can be fascinating and sensuous.”

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October 5, 2010 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

Weekly Book Special: Elvis Treasures, Biography by Robert Gordon (ISBN: 0375506268)

Weekly Book Special: August 10th-August 16th

This week marks Elvis Week, an annual, gathering of friends and fans from around the world celebrating Elvis’ life and career. Get an all-access pass to his life with this week’s book special:

The Elvis Treasures

by Robert Gordon (Hardcover with slipcase and in original shrinkwrap, 2002, 64 pages)
List Price: $50.00, OUR PRICE: $14.95
Elvis Treasures

For Elvis fans everywhere, Graceland has opened the doors to its extensive archives, allowing the historic documents and memorabilia within to be reproduced in facsimile, collectible form.

With the expert help of archivists from Elvis Presley Enterprises, the King’s life story is told through hundreds of never-before-published handwritten letters, press releases, movie scripts, memorabilia and photographs.

These historic documents, combined with the evocative text of author Robert Gordon, create a moving portrait of the legendary performer in this one-of-a-kind collector’s book.

Includes “Elvis Speaks,” an exclusive 60-minute Audio CD of candid conversations with the King of Rock ‘n Roll. Praised by Joe Esposito and Sam Phillips.

Our favorite section is on his “Aloha from Hawaii” charity concert (click to enlarge):
Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii ranks this among their Top 10 Elvis Books. This book has “plenty to offer and intrigue any Elvis fan,” writes official Elvin fan club Elvis Information Network. “The removable artifacts are compelling and make fascinating viewing as they bring you much closer to the spirit and life of The King. This is a release you will appreciate in your Elvis library and one you will revisit time and time again.”

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August 10, 2010 at 10:51 am 1 comment

St. Patrick’s Day and Irish/Ireland Books

St. Patrick’s Day is next week on Wednesday, March 17th. Browse our more than 50 titles on Ireland and on the Irish to find that perfect St. Patrick’s Day gift for friends and family.

Savour of Ireland

Our special this week is “Savour of Ireland”, a hard-to-find travel cookbook of turn-of-the-century Ireland, imported from the U.K. The book, written by award-winning Irish historian George Morrison, features more than 50 historical photos and more than a dozen recipes.
(Paperback, 127 pages, 1996, $17.00)Add to Cart

Here are three additional titles we recommend:

Feasting Galore Irish Style

Feasting Galore Irish Style: Recipes & Food Lore from the Emerald Isle
by Maura Laverty
(Paperback, 144 pages, 1961, $15.00)

Beckons readers through the door of the traditional Irish kitchen. Each of the 11 chapters begins with an engaging anecdote that puts the food into its context — whether it is prepared to celebrate an occasion, to welcome guests, or even to seduce!

With simple ingredients and easy-to-follow instructions, these recipes will help the home chef create a rich, plentiful Irish feast. Among the 200 recipes are classics like Irish Stew and Mince Pie, which Oliver Cromwell unsuccessfully attempted to ban because of its then-religious shape.

Also, Christmas Pudding, and traditional Halloween delicacies, Boxty, Barmbrack, and Colcannon, which contain paper-wrapped charms. Beverages include homemade wines, liqueurs, and the perfect recipe for famed Gaelic Coffee.

Cooking blogger Culture_Vulture at the Theories of Bacon blog whipped up Haggerty, based on the recipe in the book. “Maura Laverty’s marvelous cookbook,” she writes, “comes across very much as a cookbook full of recipes that someone mostly wrote down from memory, perhaps in a bit of a hurry, while also reminiscing lovingly about various occasions in which these dishes were cooked.”

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Definitive St. Patrick’s Day Festivity Book

Definitive St. Patrick’s Day Festivity Book
by Michael James Fallon
(Hardcover, 237 pages, 1997, $22.00)

This book presents Irish culture related to St. Patrick & his Day. It is a cookbook of comestibles, a how-to book of activities, a guidebook for hosting parties, a bag of tricks for enlivening a social affair, a workbook for teachers to use in classrooms, and a good humor book for food and drink establishments.

Beyond its shenanigans, its anecdotes delight in reading and provide general knowledge in Celtic legend. This trove presents “a wee bit of everything Irish” from ambiance to activities, songs to skits, parties to Patrick, blessings to toasts and proverbs to boast. “For fun at home, school, office or pub.” Illustrations.

Librarian Mary Ellen of the Dayton, Ohio Metro Library raves of the book: “Here’s the book you need if you are planning on having a St. Patrick’s Day party the way the Irish would!”

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Danny Boy: The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad

Danny Boy: The Legend of the Beloved Irish Ballad
by Malachy McCourt
(Hardcover, 141 pages, 2002, $19.00)

Everyone can hum “Danny Boy,” the haunting Irish ballad that inevitably brings a tear to the eye. Yet for all its popularity, the most requested “Irish” song and its origins still remain an enigma.

Is it even Irish? Did the song initially grace the Irish countryside as the winsome ballad of an itinerant piper, or did it first take form as a blind musician’s bow danced across the strings of a fiddle?

Travel with best-selling author Malachy McCourt on his journey for the truth as he interviews musicologists, historians, academics, celebrities and Irish icons. Join the expedition and trace the complex evolution and enduring mystique of “Danny Boy” in an unforgettable tribute that brilliantly weaves history with folklore.

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March 12, 2010 at 5:02 pm 3 comments

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