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First Chapter Tuesdays: “Don’t Bet on the Prince”

It’s Tuesday! It’s time to share your excerpts and teasers from books we are currently reading, have read or are planning to read. So, feel free to join us by sharing the first paragraph or (a few) of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

 

Don’t Bet on the Prince

Contemporary Feminist Fairy Tales in North America and England

 Jack Zipes

Routledge, NY  1987

 

“A long time ago in a kingdom by the sea there lived a Princess tall and bright as a sunflower. Whatever the royal tutors taught her, she mastered with ease. She could tally the royal treasure on her gold and silver abacus, and charm even the Wizard with her enchantments. In short, she had every gift but love, for in all the kingdom there was no suitable match for her. So she played the zither and designed great tapestries and trained her finches to eat from her hand, for she had a way with animals.”

” I really didn’t notice that he had a funny nose.

And he certainly looked better all dressed up in fancy clothes.

He’s not nearly as attractive as he seemed the other night.

So I think I’ll just pretend tat this glass slipper feels too tight.”

“For centuries now theologians, educators, literary critics, psychologist, and librarians have debated the pros and cons of reading fairy tales to children.” But why?  Why shouldn’t children see the violence, cruelty and superstition of made up worlds? Why shield the children from morality tales, that entertain while you think? Why should a child not understand that Cinderella might get a happy ending, but also that the stepmother gets her punishment?  This is the point of fairy tales: to see the world and it’s actions in a way that makes one think.  In this book Jack Zipes brings together 16 fairy tales rewritten by modern authors, like Tanith Lee, Jane Yolen, Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood, to fit the true heroine story.  A restructuring of the traditional framework of the subordination of women into a voice for silent oppressed groups. Here we see the princess who is just too tall and outspoken falling for a prince with issues,who discovers the real meaning of love after sacrificing everything she has. Or how the story of Snow White was really about feeling contentment and friendship.

This is an amazing read full of enjoyable stories, perfect for those who feel like they have outgrown the fairy tales they loved as a child.

You can find a copy of this book on our biblio store page https://www.biblio.com/bookstore/e-campbell-tallahassee

Happy Reading.

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Book Review: The Yellow Wallpaper

 

Hello and welcome to another book review. Today’s pick is The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

 

The Yellow Wall-Paper — Feminist Press

 

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, also known as Charlotte Perkins Stetson, her first married name, was a prominent American humanist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry and nonfiction, and a lecturer for social reform. First published in 1892, The Yellow Wallpaper  is a written secret journal of a new mother who was failing to relish the joys of domestic life, and was sent to a secluded country home to cure her “nervous condition,” or Postpartum depression. Isolated from people, & forbidden to read or write due to how it “aggravates her”  her doctor & husband insist on complete passivity. Locked in her bedroom she creates a reality of a hidden figure moving underneath the yellow wall paper and goes about freeing her.

Rediscovered in the 1960s, this book became a rallying cry for the importance of self empowerment  and legal freedom for women.

This book is a psychological & dramatic read and is great for anyone wanting to understand how women can be treated physically well, but also be mentally & emotionally neglected.

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Book Review: The Great Good Thing.

Hardcover The Great Good Thing Book

A few years back I came across this book.  As a lover of fairy tales and folk lore I found the cover art to be intriguing, but I wondered if the interior would match up. It did.  This is the story about a story book princess, who knows she is in a story, because all of the characters are acting everything out. The Princess is bored with repeating the story and wishes for more. But years without a reader is causing issues.  One day the characters make a mistake in the plot and the Princess’ dream of having a real unscripted adventure begins.

That alone would have kept my interest. Self aware characters breaking the mold to grow.  But there is more to this book.  In reality this book is about the working of memory, the history of storytelling and the adaptable and collective nature of imagination.

Intended for readers ages 8 to 10, this is a well written book for all ages.

 

 

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First Chapter Tuesday: “Past Lives, Future Lives”

It’s Tuesday! It’s time to share your excerpts and teasers from books we are currently reading, have read or are planning to read. So, feel free to join us by sharing the first paragraph or (a few) of a book you are reading or thinking about reading soon.

Past Lives, Future Lives

by Dr. Bruce Goldberg

Ballentine Books 1982

 Isbn: 034535575X

 

 Chapter 1:

“On a cold and overcast Wednesday afternoon in March of 1980, Harry Martin began his journey into the past. From the moment he arrived at my office, Harry made it clear that he was very skeptical about hypnosis and even more skeptical about past-life regressions. Yet i could tell that this twenty-eight year old TV talk show co-host was a highly intelligent man with great powers of concentration- which made him, potentially at least, an excellent candidate for hypnosis. (Being skeptical about regressions has very little to o with one’s ability to be regressed. The suggestibility of the patient and the doctor-patient rapport determines success or failure in regression therapy.)”

 

Teaser:

Your past problems can affect your future, so be careful about what you wish for in this life.  Follow along with a prominent Baltimore hypnotherapist on dramatic voyages of self discovery through the past centuries and the ones to come.

 

An interesting scientific approach to the subject. A bit preachy at times, and sometimes very unsettling.  If you want to learn more about this subject, this is a good place to start. If you want something a bit more light hearted  I suggest you watch the movie On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.  In this  1970 American musical comedy-drama fantasy film starring Barbra Streisand, Daisy Gamble decides she’ll give hypnosis a try to help her stop smoking, at the request of her fiancé. While hypnotized, she discloses to her psychiatrist (Yves Montand) that she’s the reincarnation of a 19th-century seductress named Lady Melinda Winifred Waine Tentrees.

Does this sound interesting to read? Let me know.  What are you interested in?

Happy Reading

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Merchandise

It is an unspoken fact that in order for people to remember your business, you not only need good product and excellent customer service, you need a brand.  In order to promote that brand you need merchandise. So what type of merchandise do you need?

That depends on your industry, but for bookstores it is fairly simple and short list.

  • Bookmarks. These are the standard item for a book business. Doubling as a business card, with the store information on either one side or incorporated in the design, these little items can be as cheaply made (off a printer & laminated) or as detailed as you like (carved out of wood). Some people even collect bookmarks. But most people will only pay for  the fancier ones, so if you are  intending to give them away don’t blow the budget on them.
  • Bags.  There are many types, but since every customer needs something to hold all of the purchases, bags are a no brainer. The two most common types are Plastic and Canvas.

                                   Plastic:  Okay no one really wants to use these any more. In fact a growing trend is to ban the use of them. But if you do want to get them, you can have your store name                                      printed on them in bulk.  Now there are some more environmental friendly plastic bags out there, but they tend to be very expensive.

                                    Canvas: These can be made with different cloths, but tend to be durable and are reusable.  Multiple designs can be made on them, all tailored to showcase a different                                         aspect of your brand.  Best of all, they are washable.

                                      Style/Size: The style of bag  is important as well. A square bottom bag is better to hold items securely, but the handles are the most important.  Books are heavy, and                                            if  the handles break the books are damaged.  It is good to offer a selection of sizes as well. Smaller bags (holding a few paperbacks) can be a substitute for gift-                                                       wrapping if the design is good. Larger bags (like paper delivery bags) are great to re-purpose as laundry bags, but fill them with books and you’ll need to start selling                                               pain medicine.

  • Writing Materials.  What goes with reading better than writing materials? Decorative notebooks are a brilliant thing to do, but the market is getting quite cluttered with them.  So unless you have a hook that will make you stand out ( hand-carved wooden notebooks, glitter covered pages and so on) , don’t over do it. Pens and pencils are still a good idea and there are many companies out there that can make this an affordable option.
  • Household items.  This is mainly coffee mugs, and tea cups. Which can be connected to books and reading quite easily.  But some stores make decorative hot plates, coasters and I have even seen utensils.  Once again, the object is to get people to advertise for you, so unless the customer is a professional chef, slapping your store information on a set of kitchen knives is not going to do much for you. And that would also be expensive to make.
  • Apparel. T-shirts, hoodies, scarves, hats and umbrellas are the items I see most often. All of them imprinted with the store’s information and a logo.  Unless it rains a lot near your store, skip the umbrellas. They are expressive to make and sell, and very few people look at the top of one to see the logo.  Like business cards and book marks clothing is the place to go crazy (with in reason). Good quality and a good or unusual design will make them a good add on item, which will then be a constant reminder of your store and brand for months to come.
  • Store Specific.  Some stores already have a brand  item from the start. There is a bookshop that sells teddy bears with the books as a reading device for beginner readers.  So they started to put small t-shirts on the bears with the store name on them. Another store  had a cat mascot, and started selling plushies. Find what is special about your store and see if it is easily transferable . If not don’t sweat it.

So those are the ones that are industry specific.  Brand awareness and the merchandise it  creates can be helpful and harmful to the business depending on how much time and income is spent on it. Remember this is an add on.  If it becomes your business, then that is a whole other situation.

 

Happy Reading.