Saturday, December 18, 2010

Moving books around.

This week went somewhat like this: Five new bookcases?! Where to start?

So, let's move, the Art books to the back next to the Photography. However, that means we have to move Reference/Dictionaries/Reading over one case. Umm, now we have to move Travel/Travelogues over a case. Whew, but now we have another whole bookcase for Cookbooks!

Um, but then, there is bit of extra space in Cookbooks, so maybe we need to move Regional/New Orleans cookbooks with all the others. That looks great! Except, now the New Orleans/Regional section looks terrible so let's reorganize that.

Okay, I'm exhausted but we are done right? Um, no, I found two huge stacks of Memoir/Biographies so let's move the one bookcase full to the back and expand it into two sections. However, before we do that, let's make one small reinforcement to the bookcase. Aww, $%@#, we broke the bookcase. Pull all the books off, fix the bookcase and then put the books back on. Wait, who moved them out of order? Shouldn't take long to fix (6 hours).

But WAIT, because we haven't been tormented enough, let's expand all the books in the back room so they have more space. Yeah, sounds great . . . but it's going to have to wait until next week.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Special

Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!
Opening regular business hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and offering a great post-Thanksgiving Special Sale:
15% off all our Putumayo World Music, including the super popular New Orleans Playground and New Orleans Christmas AND Basin Street Records including Kermit Ruffins fabulous "Happy Talk." This weekend only so get 'em while the getting is good!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What a Festival!

Thanks so much to everyone who showed up to make this year's New Orleans Po-Boy Preservation Festival our best one yet! I'm still cleaning up shreaded lettuce and there are napkins glued to my outside wall but I couldn't be more pleased. The merchants and residents of Oak Street fought so hard to keep this Festival on Oak where it was created and nurtured. There are clearly still issues with crowds and lines, especially the bottleneck created on the 3rd block due to the huge demand for Jacques-Imo's po-boys. But again, to each and every one of you who came to see all that Oak Street had to offer, THANK YOU!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Busy weekend for the bookstore

Happy to be having our first table event at this year's Healing Arts Festival this Saturday, November 13th, from 12-8 at Michauls Restaurant at 840 St. Charles Avenue. From the website:

At The Healing Arts Festival the public will not only have the chance to talk to opinion leaders, philosophers, therapists, artists, product suppliers in health, beauty, and fitness, but also to attend a wide range of fascinating and inspiring workshops and demonstrations taking place throughout the events on healing on all aspects, Art, environmental issues, philosophy and spirituality for adults and children. Our aim is to inspire the city, creating a community dedicated to sustainable, joyful,sharing, caring and creative living.

Then we roll right into our beloved New Orleans Po-boy Preservation Festival starting at 11 on Sunday, November 14th. Check out the food and drink map to see that this year's organizers finally figured out that Oak Street would be much easier to navigate if the food lines were on the side streets. People, this is THE place to be on Sunday. See ya there and don't drop too much shredded lettuce on my floor!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Healing Arts International Festival

Will be there with a table full of great books!

Support for Lusher libraries

Lusher Parents check your Lusher Letter ~ You can now bring in your outgrown children's books (or your own gently read books) for credit that can be turned over Lusher libraries - Willow, Fortier and JCC campuses. The librarians are looking forward to shopping (Lusher Middle already has several new books on their shelves). A perfect way to help support your school library!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

1st Annual Pelican Block Party

Come join us this Saturday, October 23 on Oak Street for the Humane Society of Louisiana's Inauguaral Oak Street Pelican Block Party from noon to 5 p.m.

Celebrating All Things Pelican!

This event will be a celebration of the wonders of our coastal wildlife, especially the brown pelican, our state bird, area businesses will be decorating their stores with pelican-themed ornaments. Participating businesses will also donate 10% of all proceeds on this day to the Humane Society of Louisiana. You can purchase a pelican t-shirt, visit our mega-grooming salon, or enter our raffle drawing for fabulous prizes. Oak Street businesses participating include:

Curry Corner, Skip and Whistle, Oak Cafe, Zotz’s Cafe, Blue Cyprus Books, Salon Alphonse, Lil Dave’s Alterations, Carollton Jewelry and Beatrice Shops, Oak, Jacques-Imo’s, Body Bistro Spa & Salon and Glue. You can buy specialty drinks and food at Oak, Oak Cafe, Zotz’s Cafe and Jacques Imo’s.

Only On Oak!
UPDATE: I posted this before I saw the news that the Humane Society of Louisiana had endorsed David Vitter for Senate. Apparently this is the National group and not our local Louisiana group and they have been scrambling for damage control on this one. So, despite the National groups stance, don't let that keep you from supporting our hardworking local organization.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Blue Cypress Books Book Club

Just a reminder the Blue Cypress Books Book Club is meeting this Sunday at 4 to read and discuss Chuck Palahniuk's "Survivor." There is still time to read and join us!

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Come Get Your Craft On

We are very happy to host this great crafting class:

Beginner Embroidery Class
Saturday October 9th 2-4
Learn all the basics of embroidery! Start with easy decorative stitches, discuss supplies, other resources, how to make and use hot iron on transfers, project ideas, etc.
We will also have time in the second part of the class to do some hands on practice stitching together. Practice supplies will be provided to use in class.
Class is $12. Registration is limited to only 8 people!
If you would like to register or have further questions, please contact Laura Jane Yarbrough at

New New Orleans books.

It's possible went a little crazy on the book buying spree but I picked up FOUR BOXES of new New Orleans and regional books. Oh, boy. I'm sure I needed to have every book that Johnette Downing wrote, right? And maybe I didn't need both the gold version of River Road Recipes in addition to the white "original" RRR. But I definitely did need the copy of Art Blakley Cookin' and Jammin' by Sandy Warren as there is an author signing event at the Maple Leaf Bar next Sunday, the 10th from 3-5. There is something so endlessly fascinating about New Orleans and I'm glad to lose myself in the writings of people who clearly love this town.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Awakening - Kate Chopin

So glad to have another satisfying book club today. The general consensus was Kate Chopin's book remains the go-to novel on woman's search for self hood, self-discovery and identity. Chopin is almost relentless in her study on the revolt against gender conformity and against the standardized social norms of her times. Personally, I simply enjoyed how Chopin is able to bring each and every one of her characters, main and secondary, to life in just a few sentences. Brilliant. The best part of book club was when a fellow member set the stage for "What If." What if Edna had spoken to the Doctor and he'd advised she take an European sabbatical? What if Robert hadn't denied Edna? What if Robert hadn't come back from Mexico? I was a disappointed to find my edition did not have Chopin's collection of vignettes including, At Fault, as her shorts add to a greater understanding of her body of work.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Looking for these?

Some very requested books just showed up today:

Steig Larsson's "The Girl Who Played With Fire"
Kathryn Stockett's "The Help"
Elizabeth Strout's "Olive Kitterage."

In addition I finally have copies of "A Howling In The Wires" Edited by Sam Jasper and Mark Folse. Haven't had a chance to read it but I've read Robin Kemp's poetry (oh, so powerful and lovely) and Mark's other work "Carry Me Home - A Journey to New Orleans". Also, this book collects Ashley Morris' best and are giving back a portion of the proceeds to his wife. I'm so glad to see the bloggers who gave me strength during those dark times being honored with this book.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Customer question of the day!

"Do you have any books on lovemaking? I'm just an old brother trying to make his wife happy." - Awesome bookstore customer.

Friday, September 17, 2010

What I lifted from the shop this week.

I'm probably being ambitious on the amount of reading time I have this week, but here's what I lifted from the shop this week:

The Day Road by Joseph Boyden. There hasn't been an extra copy at the shop until now. Now there is no longer an extra copy.

The Inquisitors' Manual by Antonio Lobo Antunes. Oh, if you could have heard the uproar at the shop when my Brazilian friend, Alex, swore Antunes was better than Jose Saramago (may he rest in peace)! Blasphemy! As there was no Antunes on the shelf, I thought the argument would also rest in peace. However, Alex showed up at the shop with this book in hand. I do love when someone brings The Book Lady a "MUST" read book. Alright, alright, I'll give it a shot. But I'm sure I'll be right. No one can top Jose Saramago.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. Confession: I wasn't really impressed with The Time Traveler's Wife. Strong plot and story but the whole punk thing felt silly and false. However, I've recalled the book enough and read enough reviews of Niffengger's newest work to want to see for myself.

The Magicians by Lev Grossman. I think I stuck this on my Shelfari list after reading a review on The Onion. I'm not often driven to fantasy but I recently read two that make me want to give the entire genre more attention: The Stolen Child by Keith Donahue and The Book of Lost Things by John Connelly. One comment that turns me away from these type of books is the whole "Harry Potter for adults" and "Harry Potter but with a dark side." Please, fantasy fiction existed way before Harry Potter (no offense Mr. Potter) so stop comparing every fantasy book with children protagonists to Harry Potter.* *Gets off soapbox.

And as if all those weren't enough to keep me busy for more than a month, Mr. David Lummis, stopped by to introduce himself and show me his new book The Coffee Shop Chronicles of New Orleans. According to Cultures of the South: "Lummis' tender and affectionate descriptions of New Orleans, his 'Paris of the South,' evoke Pat Conroy's lush and loving portrayal of coastal South Carolina. Yep, I'm going to read this one.

Elizabeth, Book Reader and Book Seller

Friday, July 30, 2010

Friday to Friday Sale 7/30 - 8/6

Happy Friday!
This week's Friday to Friday Sale:

Biographies, Auto-Biographies, Memoirs

Buy 1, Get 1 Half-Off!

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Friday to Friday Sale 7/23 - 7/30

Happy Friday!
This week's Friday to Friday Sale:

Mystery, Thrillers, True Crime

Buy 1, Get 1 Half-Off!

Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday to Friday Sale!

Happy Friday!
This week's Friday to Friday Sale:
Travel Guides, Travelogues, and Maps
Buy 1, Get 1 Half-Off!
Time to indulge in a little armchair travel.
Thinking Sara Wheeler's "Terra Incognita," an account of the seven months she spent in Antarctica is looking pretty appealing right about now.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

What I read in May

Just some notes on my readings for the month of May:

Olive Kitteridge (A Novel in Stories) by Elizabeth Strout. Strout won this year's Pulitzer Prize in Fiction. The book is a collection of short stories with the main character, Olive Kitteridge, tying all the stories together. Strout's writing was so lovely it almost, almost, made up for the horrible people she was writing about. Please save me from ever meeting the upright, uptight, repressed, depressed people of Maine. One character described how she "didn't like music." We weren't talking a specific genre here, just she didn't like music. Oh boy.

Kindred by Octavia E. Butler. I was excited to read this book for three reasons (1) feminist (2) African-American (3) science fiction writer. This was Blue Cypress Books' book club pick for May and I'm glad we choose it. I'll confess the story of a time-traveling woman interacting with her ancestor in a terribly brutal way was riveting but in the end, the writing itself was so "he said, she said", and "then this happened" style which began to bore me. However, I'm going to read more of Butler's works before further judgement.

What the Dog Saw And Other Adventures by Malcolm Gladwell. It wouldn't be possible for me to love Gladwell any more than I do. I'm a huge fan of not only The Tipping Point (connector! mavens!), and Blink (changed the way the Mister and I work out our disagreements) and Outliers (practice practice practice). That said, not loving the disjointedness of these articles. Several of the articles covered the same issues more than once. Individually, these were thought provoking essays but collectively in a book, they weren't as powerful.

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld. This was my light read of the month. Sittenfeld tries to claim this book isn't about Laura Bush, but please, you'd have to have been under a rock to not read this book while imagining Laura as the main character. Which makes it a little disconcerting during the sex scenes. In the end, I'm a little embarrassed that I enjoyed it as much as I did. Definitely a beach read type of book, though Sittenfeld's end of the book analysis of how responsible we are for our loved ones' actions was pretty insightful.

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka. A lovely novella about a Japanese family's struggles during Internment. Each member of the family took a turn with their tale and while the writing was lyrical, the book felt too short and abrupt. Would have love to see these characters grow more with a full novel.

Shades of Grey by Jasper Fforde. Once again, Fforde does not disappoint me. I've read the entire Eyre Affair series and his Nursery Crimes books. This dystopian story about a group of people who are divided into groups according to Color Perception has much of the wit and satire Fforde is famous for but this one is much darker. I didn't mind and was so pleased to find in the end this was part one of a planned trilogy. Lucky me!

The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan. Yes, I read this. Frankly I read it most every day. The garden is growing oh so well and I've been eyeballing the "moonshine" section a little too closely. Intriguing . . .

Crying of Lot 49 - Thomas Pynchon. Still working on this one. Question is, will I ever finish? Gonna try again but ugg, this one, not sure.

Best of the Month: Fforde's Shades of Grey.

On my list for June:

Blessed Unrest (How the Largest Movement in the World Came Into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming) by Paul Hawken
Dance Dance Dance by Haruki Murakami
Seeing by Jose Saramago
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Plus anything amazing that comes through the shop. Yep, I get first pick for a reason.

Happy reading y'all!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

These are a few of my favorite things.

A stack of 30+ immaculate French children's books. Foreign language books trickle into the shop a few at a time but this is the largest collection I've gotten in awhile. Happy me!

This huge stack of awesome audio books. Audio books are also something that trickle in here a few at a time. A timely find as I have lots of requests for audio books for the summer road trips. *Update* Since I started typing, I've already sold two. Ha!

My rocking first stickers! I'd been wanting some promotion for the store and I'd remembered seeing this in a bumper sticker version outside my shop back in August of 2008. This is how long it takes me to think of something and then get it done. But the stickers are in and you want one. You know you do. ;)

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Po-boy Festival

Last night, the Oak Street Main Street Association voted to move the Po-boy Preservation Festival off of Oak Street and into Palmer Park.

Check out my Facebook page to see what I think of this.

Why don't you let the Oak Street Association know what you think? Here's their link.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

March Book Signings & Author Events

We are really lucky to have so much going on this month. This time last year, the Oak Street construction started and that was pretty much the end of business. V E R Y slow and boring months followed. Well, a year later, we are hopping!

On this Saturday, March 13th at 2:00 o'clock, we look forward to hosting local author and potter, Casey Willems as he discusses and signs his novel "On The Run." Mr. Williams' novel is the moving coming-of- age story of Frans, a twelve-year-old boarding school student taking care of a band of ponies in 1944, when an American airman is shot down over occupied Holland. Frans rescues Bill. While trying to bring him to a safe place, they are both nearly captured by the Germans. This book tells how people survived the occupation, the hunger winter, separation, displacement, and the loss of family, friends and homes. It is a story of friendships, of people taking care of each other.

Next Saturday, March 20th, at 4 o'clock, author Erin Akey will be discussing and signing her book "After The Rain." Ms. Akey's work details the journey of one family's survival after one of the most devastating and destructive natural disasters in this country's history. However, this is not just a story of desperation but also of conquest. Despite the misery and heartache, Erin's story has a wonderful and exciting conclusion and the anticipation of a wonderful future filled with happiness and service to those who find themselves in circumstances similar to those she and her family faced.

Cornell P. Landry, author of the wildly popular children's book "Goodnight NOLA", will be signing and discussing his book on Saturday, March 27th at 11:00 a.m. Goodnight NOLA is a lovable tribute to things unique to New Orleans. People of all ages will enjoy this rhythmic salute to red beans and rice, po'boys, celebrated chefs, music, historic landmarks, the sporting scene and many other features of the Crescent City. An excellent introduction for young children and a wonderful souvenir.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Book Reading Tomorrow

Zoe from Oak Street Cafe is going to be doing a fabulous reading of "Oh, The Places You'll Go!" by Dr. Seuss, tomorrow, Friday at 10:30 a.m.

See you there!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Overflowing stacks!

“It is completely unimportant. That is why it is so interesting!” Agatha Christie.

How did I get so many Mysteries/Thrillers?

Buy 2 get 1 free for the rest of the week!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Poetry Reading, Saturday, February 21st @ 2 p.m.

Simpatico Poets Press
presents a reading
with poets Joseph Makkos
Laura Mattingly
Gina Ferrara
Daniel Kerwick
Blue Cypress Books
8126 Oak Street
on Sunday Feb 21st at 2pm
after this reading, head over to
the leaf

Thursday, January 21, 2010


HOLY MOLY. Blue Cypress Books is in this month's OPRAH MAGAZINE! The article is titled 100 Things That Are Getting Better and Oak Street is featured as #12, with this little bookstore mentioned by name. WOW. Okay, WOW.