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