Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Just Around the Corner

Click below to watch our funny, fabulous "Shop Local & Save the Planet" video: "Just Around the Corner!"

Monday, August 24, 2009

Blast from the Past

"Endangered Durham,"
a cool little website that documents the changes in land and architecture in Durham has a post about 9th street - more specifically 720 ninth street, the address of the bookshop. Check out what it once was here.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Brad Pitt raises chickens! You should, too.

In celebration of our collective ability to raise chickens...Top Selling Chicken Books in Durham:

1) Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens
Once you decide to raise chickens, you'll need all the information and advice you can get. And lucky for you, this book is as far as you'll have to look. A Guide to Raising Chickens contains everything you need to know, from starting your own backyard flock to putting eggs on the table. With easy-to-understand illustrations and text, this book shows you all about:
-- Choosing the right breed
-- Caring for chicks
--Feeding the growing flock
-- Building feeders and shelters
-- Collecting and storing eggs
-- Preventing health problems
-- Raising broilers for meat
-- Showing your chickens

2) Keep Chickens!
Chickens are hot! Kilarski, a woman with a passion for poultry, offers a handbook that is as practical and encouraging as it is witty and entertaining. This book provides the detailed information every aspiring chicken keeper needs to know. 16-page color insert.

3) Choosing and Keeping Chickens
Do you raise chickens as part of the family or as a livelihood? Are you looking for helpful information to provide the best care for your chickens? Or are you just curious to learn more about this popular animal? Choosing and Keeping Chickens provides detailed information about the most common types of chickens.

4) Chickens in your Backyard
Rick and Gail Luttmann
Your backyard can be the source of the best eggs and meat you've ever tasted. The answer is chickens-- endearing birds that require but a modest outlay of time, space and food.

5) Chicken Coops
Bring your chickens home to roost in comfort and style! Whether you're keeping one hen in a small backyard or 1,000 hens in a large free-range pasture, you will find the perfect housing plan in this comprehensive handbook.

6) The Joy of Keeping Chickens
Farmer and animal expert Megyesi discusses all the basic details of raising chickens--biology, health, food, and choosing breeds--and identifies what terms like organic and free-range really mean for poultry farmers and consumers. 100 color photographs.

7) Living with Chickens
Chickens-why not? Tens of thousands of people in all areas of the country enjoy raising these birds, whether for food or companionship. You can, too, with this indispensable guide. Then again, you may want to read Living With Chickens just for the sheer joy of it.

8) Hen and the Art of Chicken Maintenance
Watch out, poultry best-seller list: This hilarious account of a rookie poultry-owner's experience raising birds in his backyard is the first "chicken memoir" of its kind. Owning chickens is fast becoming the latest in metropolitan chic-and if you can't own them, you'll still want to read about them. Move over, Julia Roberts and Brad Pitt (both rumored to raise chickens), Martin Gurdon is the new celebrity chicken owner.

9)Extraordinary Chickens
Many people are not aware of the exotic nature of "fancy breed" chickens, so this unique volume, with 165 amazing color photographs of all kinds of international breeds, will be a revelation.

10) Chickens: Tending a Small-scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit
Helps hobby farmers to become more knowledgeable about their poultry and to better appreciate the bountiful gifts they bestow.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Eat, Sleep, Read

Hey, a lot of customers have asked about our "Eat Sleep Read" poster (soon to be followed by our "Snack Nap Read" poster in the kid's section. In addition to the Wish List page posted below, you can also find this and other cool posters (and T-shirts) at the Indie Bound site.

Regulator Wish Lists!

Are there any book lovers out there with a birthday coming up? Is anybody in a book group? The Indie Bound website (which advocates buying local for bookstores) has a cool Wish List feature (just like Amazon, only better - because you can help support local business). Once you set up an account, you can add any number of books to your list and email the list to anyone you choose. And there's a short, helpful video to get you started.

It'll be great for Christmas lists and for book groups. The site also provides links from your chosen books directly to our website (if you add us to your favorite bookstores) in case you want your relatives or book group members to buy from us online and support independents (not Amazon). Keep track of your “must-read” list, reading lists for school, or just all the books you love. Make lists and lists and lists!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Our August Rave Reviews!

Our August Rave Reviews section just went up on our website. (Of course, some reviews are a bit more nuanced than others.) It also looks like the Fall line up of books coming out are already getting some "Rave Reviews" over in British newspapers. Check back then for more! - Jaimee