Bibliobar: What you should read, based on your favorite drink

In that same vein, we’ve been daydreaming about opening our own bar – the Bibliobar – where you get a classic book to go with your drink order. It’s kind of like a blind date, only safer and more likely to be a good match. Here are our book recommendations based on what you’re drinking. Feel free to chime in with your own drink and book recommendations in the comments, and look for round two (and three) of Bibliobar.


Top Ten Survival Books to Get You Safely Through the Storm

Hurricanes, Wildfires, Tornados, Floods, there are endless disasters, natural and man-made, that threaten humans on a daily basis – are you prepared? We’ve put together a checklist of top survival books to get you safely through the storms. SAS Survival Guide by John “Lofty” Wiseman A classic outdoor manual covering every numerous disaster scenarios, this book has gone through multiple editions and sold millions of copies. John Wiseman was a former survival instructor for Britain’s elite Special Air Force. The … Continued


Collecting Thomas Wolfe

Here in Asheville, NC, where Thomas Wolfe and Biblio.com both have their roots, Wolfe’s novels have always been well known and touted throughout the small mountain town. Actually – that’s not true at all – Wolfe left Asheville when he was 15 and didn’t come back until right before his death at the young age of 37 – and his reception during his visit wasn’t the welcome homecoming he was hoping for.  But Asheville was never far from his thoughts, … Continued


Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds (February 11, 1936 – September 6, 2018)   Nothing can replicate the screen presence of Burt Reynolds, but there are some excellent books available about the acting giant. But Enough About Me  by Burt Reynolds and Jon Winokur This memoir, published in 2015, is described as “scandalous, sentimental, no-holds-barred, New York Times bestselling memoir from one of Hollywood’s most enduring and resilient stars.”         Burt Reynolds: My Life Published in 1994 by Hyperion, Reynolds admits that he censored … Continued


Collecting Popular Authors of the 2000s

Continuing where we left off with Collecting Popular Authors of the 1990s, here are some mega-bestsellers from the 2000s and their most collectable works: John Sandford Born, John Roswell Camp, John Sandford (2/23/1944) starting writing for newspapers, winning a Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for a series in 1985 titled “Life on the Land: an American farm family.” He then turned his attention to fiction, and began writing his most popular works, the Prey Series, starting with Rules of Prey … Continued


Collecting Popular Authors of the 1990s

Collecting Popular Authors of the 1990s Collecting popular fiction from best-selling authors may seem like heresy for some – there is nothing rare about most of these commercially printed books, and some book scholars may snub their noses at the literary value. But collecting doesn’t have to be high-brow or based purely on monetary value, it can just be fun. If you have a passion for a popular author there is no reason to not dub yourself a bibliophile and … Continued


The Enduring Relevance of Dr. Seuss’s Political Cartoons and Illustrations

“And the Wolf chewed up the children and spit out their bones…But those were Foreign Children and it really didn’t matter” An early Dr. Seuss cartoon has gone viral for the second time in recent years. First used as a condemnation against international inaction regarding the crimes against humanity in Syria in 2015, the cartoon has more recently been used to oppose the detention camps on the US-Mexico border, where children are being separated from parents seeking asylum in the … Continued


A Complete List of Anthony Bourdain’s Books

A Career In Writing Anthony Bourdain may be best known as the television persona traveling the world and eating exotic cuisines in his hit shows on the Food Network A Cook’s Tour, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, and The Layover, along with CNN’s Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, but he is also the author of multiple best-selling books. Most of his books, both fiction and non-fiction, center around cooking and food, including his first breakout best-seller Kitchen Confidential, published in 2001. The … Continued


The Last Slave Ship: The Story behind Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon

A Daring Bet, and the Consequences that Fell in the Wrong Place In the late 1850s tensions were rising between the North and the South in the United States, and the South’s desire to hold on to slavery was a key issue in those tensions. Many laws had been made toward the abolition of slavery, including a bill passed in March 2, 1807, that made it illegal to import slaves into the United States after January 1, 1808, or to … Continued


You Can’t Read in Prison

Censorship in Prisons Recently, there has been news coverage of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander being banned in New Jersey Prisons. The book, which argues that the US criminal justice system today functions as a form of racial control similar to the Jim Crow laws of the pre-Civil Rights era, was taken off of the banned list in New Jersey shortly after the story broke. The book was also banned in … Continued