8 Books on Hygge to Make Your Winter a Little Cozier

Here’s a few good books on Hygge! Hygge translates roughly to mean cozy, content, enjoying the simple things in life. It can be best understood through feeling: cozying up with a loved one and watching a movie, eating a warm meal with family and friends, or sitting alone in thick socks and a warm drink next to a fireplace with a favorite book.


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.


Book Review: Before the Fall by Noah Hawley [spoiler alert and language warning]

On a foggy summer night, eleven people — ten privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter — depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later, the unthinkable happens: the plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are the painter Scott Burroughs and a four-year-old boy, who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.

 

I’ve been on a bit of murder kick lately, so when Georgia Hardstock of the super-cool podcast My Favorite Murder recommended Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall, I eagerly grabbed a copy. This review will contain the big spoiler, so consider yourself warned. (more…)


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


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


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


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


The Biographies of Billy Graham

Evangelist Billy Graham speaking at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Florida

 

Although Billy Graham wrote many autobiographies including the 1997 Best-seller Just As I Am, Nearing Home: Life, Faith, and Finishing Well (2011), and Where I Am: Heaven, Eternity, and Our Life Beyond (2015), many others took an opportunity to examine the popular evangelist’s life as well. With Graham’s recent passing near the approach of his 100th birthday, there should no doubt be multiple re-releases of Graham’s titles as well as many new retrospective biographies on his life and legacy. (more…)

Amy C. Manikowski is a writer, bookseller, trail-diverger, history buff, and pitbull lover. She graduated from Chatham University with an MFA a while ago, and after wandering aimlessly settled in Asheville NC.


The Gentle Grace of Faith in A Wrinkle in Time

With the cinematic adaptation of Madeline L’Engle’s seminal work A Wrinkle in Time soon premiering, it’s worth examining the aspect of the book that has made the novel a frequent guest on banned books lists. In short: it really confused and challenged conservative Christians. And I got to witness it all firsthand. In the late 90’s, I went to a very small, very conservative evangelical Christian school, and the religious instruction was more fire and brimstone than love, peace, and … Continued


Ten Romance Novels to get you through Valentine’s Day

Cheesy, but beloved by many.

Valentine’s Day is a happy occasion for some and less so for others – if you aren’t seeing enough roses, chocolates, and unbearably fancy dinners headed your way today, here’s a few romantic reads to delve into.

1. Dear John, A Walk to Remember, The Notebook: take your pick of Nicholas Sparks’ books. Eleven of his nineteen best-selling novels have been turned into films, so although they may be easy to criticize, something about them makes them undeniably popular.

2. Doctor Zhivago: Boris Pasternak won the Nobel Prize for Literature following the publication of this book in 1957 after the manuscript was smuggled from the USSR to Italy. The love story between Yuri and Lara during the Russian Revolution was further immortalized in film in 1965.

3. Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen), Jane Eyre (Charlotte Brontë), Wuthering Heights (Emily Brontë): Yep, I just lumped all of those together, just like I did with everything Nicholas Sparks. These titles make up a niche of undeniably popular romantic literature! (more…)

Amy C. Manikowski is a writer, bookseller, trail-diverger, history buff, and pitbull lover. She graduated from Chatham University with an MFA a while ago, and after wandering aimlessly settled in Asheville NC.