Thank you, J. K. Rowling, for the magic.
In 1990, a secretary for Amnesty International was traveling from Manchester to London, when her train was delayed. Thus unoccupied, she began to imagine a magical world that existed beside our own. Seven years later, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published. Ten years after that, and the epic, fantastical tale was complete. An entire generation of readers have been effected by the Harry Potter Series, much as earlier readers had been effected by The Lord of the Rings, and the Chronicles of Narnia.
Thank you, J. K. Rowling, for the magic.
I'm going to let my nerd flag fly. Peter F. Hamilton is one of my favorite authors of all time. Certainly, within science fiction, he ranks right up at the top. I wouldn't be without The Night's Dawn Trilogy on my bookshelf for anything.
Which authors are you hoarding? Steven King, Louis L'amour, Tom Clancy, Robert Heinlein?
"The Herdmans were absolutely the worst kids in the history of the world. They lied and stole and smoked cigars (even the girls) and talked dirty and hit little kids and cussed their teachers and took the name of the Lord in vain and set fire to Fred Shoemaker's old broken-down toolhouse." -- Barbara Robinson, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
What's your favorite holiday story? The one that takes you back to your childhood, and just for a moment, the magic is real again?
Books at a Fifth has Gift Certificates! These great stocking stuffers let everyone on your gift list pick out exactly the books they want. No guessing on who's read what, or whether they'll like the book you picked out for them. And, as always, our books are 80% off the publisher's price, so everybody gets 5 times the books they would get elsewhere!
Do you have a long way to travel this holiday season? Check out our audio book selection. Mystery, Western, Romance, whatever your pleasure, we have something that fits the bill. Got a really long way to go? How about Richard Ellmann's Unabridged Biography of Oscar Wilde, on cassette tape. (Actually, it's on 21 cassette tapes, for 31.5 hours of the life of Oscar Wilde.)
Do you, or someone you know, have dumb questions about cats? A deep yearning to know more about the life of Arnold Schwarzenegger? An unsettling uncertainty about the color of your parachute? We can help. Come on in and find the answers to life's many questions. We don't guarantee these answers will be correct or helpful, but they're answers nonetheless.
Today is Small Business Saturday! Support your local small businesses, from candy makers to bookstores, and everything in between.
Looking to start your own small business? We've got whole shelves of books for you! Business, finance, memoirs and biographies of inspirational business leaders throughout history, the list goes on.
And, don't forget, our holiday sales specials will be going till Christmas. Be honest, there are people in your life that should really read a book. ;)
I hope you all had a terrific Thanksgiving! As promised, we are back today, with special savings throughout the store. Try one of our One Buck Books, or, if that's too rich for your blood, check out our new Four Bit Book Bin. That's $.50 per title! James Patterson Hardcovers are just $2. Plus, select titles throughout the store are 50% off of their already unbeatable prices.
We will be closed tomorrow for Thanksgiving, to give our customers and staff time to enjoy the company of friends and family and reflect on all we have to be thankful for this season. We will resume our normal hours on Friday, November 28th, at 10 a.m. with special deals throughout the store!
Thank you to all of our fabulous customers. You make this store possible.
"The latin novellus was taken into Italian as novella and from the thirteenth century had been used as a noun for 'tale, fable, narrative'. In the sixteenth century, English needed a literary term for a short narrative dealing with local events that were humorous, political, or amorous in nature. This need was met when the Italian novella was borrowed as novel." -- Webster's Dictionary of Word Origins.
No day is wasted if you learned something.
Rachel Guderjahn (Feb 2016)