Thursday, June 14, 2018

Happy Birthday Harriet Beecher Stowe!

Today, we are celebrating the birthday of Harriet Beecher Stowe (born on this day in 1811!) and her best-selling anti-slavery novel that catapulted her into the spotlight. Uncle Tom's Cabin helped influence anti-slavery movement in the northern parts of the United States as well as Britain, while simultaneously sparking anger in the southern parts of America.

It is the best known book about American slavery, and was so incendiary upon its first publication in 1852 that it actually ignited the social flames that led to Civil War less than a decade later. 

What began as a series of sketches for the Cincinnati abolitionist newspaper The National Era scandalized the North, was banned in the South, and ultimately became the bestselling novel of the 19th century. Today, controversy over this melodramatic tale of the dignified slave Tom, the brutal plantation owner Simon Legree, and Stowe's other vividly drawn characters continues, as modern scholars debate the work's newly appreciated feminist undertones and others decry it as the source of enduring stereotypes about African Americans. 

As one of the most influential books in U.S. history, it deserves to be read by all students of literature and of the American story. 

About the Author
American abolitionist and author Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) was born in Connecticut, daughter of a Congregationalist minister and sister to abolitionist theologian Henry Ward Beecher. She wrote more than two dozen books, both fiction and nonfiction.

We are pleased to offer the this great Classic title in both a practical paperback and attractive hardcover.








Tuesday, June 12, 2018

June Book of the Month: A Grumpy Man's Guide to Suburbia by Herbert Foster

Bust out the grill and open a few cans of beer, it is almost Father's Day! To show the various fathers in your life you care, why not pick up our June Book of the Month A Grumpy Man's Guide to Suburbia on Marriage, Kids, Chores, and More by Herbert Foster?

A Grumpy Man's Guide to Suburbia provides a hilarious perspective on life in the 'burbs. These short essays offer an entertaining look at everyday happenings, like tag sales ("Why would anyone work for fifty hours to make $43.25?") or what not to say when your wife comes home from the hairdresser ("You paid $25 for THAT?") or how to carve a turkey ("Score: Turkey 1, Herb 0").

The author provides humorous commentary on everything from houseguests to neighbors, from barbecuing to shopping for a spouse, and from marital communications to cleaning out the freezer. If you live in the suburbs or are married this book is a must. 

Happy Father's Day!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

June Series of the Month: The History of England from the Accession of James II

Still reminiscing about he Royal Wedding, afternoon tea, and horse-drawn carriages? Yeah, us too. To commemorate the new couple who are now Duke and Duchess of Sussex, our June Series of the Month is The History of England from the Accession of James II by Thomas Babington MacAulay.

Perhaps the most famous example of the "Whig interpretation of history"-the idea that the human story has been inevitably destined for enlightenment, progress, and scientific truth-this five-volume work instantly revolutionized the British understanding of history when its first volume was published in 1848.

About the AuthorThough not without its detractors-Karl Marx called author Baron Thomas Babington Macaulay(1800-1859), an English politician and historian, "a systematic falsifier of history"-it nevertheless became a standard text, and one that is today required reading for anyone who wishes to explore changing values and ideals in historical scholarship.

The hardcover retail list price for the series is $159.95 but now: our price: $129.99 (you save $30 or a 19 percent discount)

The paperback retail list price: $99.95, but now: our price: $79.99 (you save $20 or a 20 percent discount)

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June Classic of the Month: Boy Scouts of America: The Official Handbook for Boys

This June, we have made Boy Scouts of America: The Official Handbook for Boys our Classic of the Month surrounding the news that that girls will now be allowed to join!

Boy Scouts of America: The Official Handbook for Boys was first published in 1910 and continues to be published until this day. It outlines the principles and tenets of the Boy Scouts of America, the merit badges boys can attain for completing tasks and challenges, the classes and levels of scout, and the various skills a scout must possess.

The motto "Always Be Prepared" is not taken lightly, and the handbook goes on to describe everything from tying knots, camping, and self defense to field observation, first aid, wildlife conservation, and chivalry.

Filled with instructions accompanied by diagrams and pictures, this comprehensive guide is a must-have for any scout's, or anyone's, survival kit.

About the Boy ScoutsThe Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910, and since its inception has remained one of the largest organizations in America, with more than four million boys participating today. Influenced by the Boy Scout Movement in England by Robert Baden-Powell, it was started in America by a group of young men and boys anxious to be a part of the noble and deserving enterprise.