Have Books, Will Travel: From Fable to Table

Booklovers, rejoice! The holidays are just around the bend, which means meals. Plain and simple. Family and friends will gather around tables far and wide to partake in all manner of meats, potatoes, peas and pies. Nanas, grannies and great aunts will break out the recipes that have no exact measurements whatsoever and we’ll all salivate at the mere thought of seconds…okay, thirds…and an extra slice of cake. That’s right, as much as the holidays remind us of what it means to take a moment to be thankful for those near and dear, they also allow us to pig out. And in honor of that tradition, we bring you a list of Aesop’s fables made famous for their mention of food. Also, foxes. Aesop had a thing for foxes. Let’s dig in!

The Fox and the Crow

The Fox and The Crow

Our first mention of the fox finds the mischievous creature creeping up on a crow who had the good fortune of finding a piece of cheese. Never one to let a delectable morsel get away, the fox resorts to flattery as a means of coaxing the crow out of its snack. Sure enough, the shenanigans work, and the crow ends up dropping the cheese smack-dab into the snout of the enemy. Tsk tsk tsk. Keep a keen eye on those who shower you with empty acclaim.

Moral of the story:The flatterer lives at the expense of those who will listen to him.”

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Have Books, Will Travel: To Hell & Back

Halloween is upon us, and we’ve got just the thing for those of you who love books that have a little tingle in the spine. Ah, yes. If you love a good ghoulish read, then this list is right up your dark alley. Should you be brave enough to embrace the terror, take a look as we guide you through our great, ghastly list of horror books perfect for reading in the dead of night with a flashlight held to your chin just so. This edition of Have Books, Will Travel? To Hell & Back. MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAA…ahem. Let’s get started!

 

Arthur's Halloween

Arthur’s Halloween by Marc Brown
We get it. Not everyone takes an interest in terror. Some of you enjoy an adorable dose of silly spookiness and that’s all you can handle. As an honorable mention, we look no further than our favorite nearsighted aardvark, Arthur. In the Halloween installment of Marc Brown’s beloved children’s series, Arthur must face his fears (and he has a lot of them) and find the courage to save his little sister after she wanders aimlessly into the scariest house on the block. Is D.W. doomed to spend the rest of her days in Elwood City’s most haunted house? Something tells us her brother has what it takes to set the scary things aside and save the day.

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Have Books, Will Travel- Autumn In New York

Can you feel it? Pumpkin Spice is in the air, fellow booklovers!

‘Tis the season for cozying up on the couch with a few of your favorites and leaving the text messages unread. You’ve got pages to flip and you will not be bothered!

As temperatures taper off to more reasonable degrees, bookworms far and wide pack up their beloved beach reads and begin the search for stories that leave them with that warm feeling. Autumn has arrived, and rumor has it that when you’re in New York City, no season can compare. In this edition of Have Books, Will Travel, we take a look at a few good books set in the Big Apple. Continue reading

Have Books, Will Travel – College Tour!

Brace yourself. We’re going to say it.

The end of summer is upon us.

As the fall semester makes its swift approach, and college tours come to an end, it’s high time that you start thinking about books. Not that we ever stop thinking about books around here, but if you’ll be taking in the aroma of fresh-cut college grass soon, we want you to be prepared. Whether you’re attending a liberal arts university or law school, one thing is certain: you’re going to need books…and if you’re an honest college student, you have no problem admitting that you’re procrastinating and have yet to purchase any.

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Have Books, Will Travel – Rollercoasters!

Ah, summer. ‘Tis the time of year when the smell of cotton candy and chlorine fills the air. Kids are free from the woes of homework, adults are itching to use vacation days that have been racking up since the holidays and amusement parks await! The possibility of spending an indefinite amount of time in endless lines packed with thrill seekers, nary a seat in sight, is high. You’re gonna need a book for that.

In this edition of Have Books, Will Travel, we’re offering up the best amusement park-themed books to indulge in while you’re waiting to get strapped into a super tiny cart that will proceed to toss you every which way. And we’re pairing them with rollercoasters around the nation that are sure to take you to the brink of nausea and leave you wanting more. Continue reading

Have Books, Will Travel – Summer Edition

Can you feel it? Spring allergies are practically a thing of the past and summer allergies are well on their way, school days are done and children are spending long evenings poolside, summer vacations are booked and seaside travel abounds. If you’re headed to the beach this season, why not let a few good books tag along?

Introducing our new series, Have Books, Will Travel, where we’ll give you suggestions about the best books to have by your side as you trot the globe. Let’s start seaside, shall we? It is summer, after all. Continue reading

Mother May I? A Random Wish List for the Month of May

With Spring in the air, it’s the perfect time for play! One of our favorite games growing up, way back when kid’s chased ice cream trucks and endured skinned knee caps from rough bike rides, was Mother May I. Ahem, Mother May I. See what we did there? Anywho, as an ode to playing outside when the weather is pristine, we’ve compiled a list of items you can find at HPB that correlate with some of the actions a player might choose after asking the famous question. Continue reading

The Revolution Will Be Written: A New Class of Contemporary African-American Authors

From medicine to the arts and all areas in between, African Americans have contributed to the distinct fabric of the United States of America. The culture’s significance has been nationally celebrated during the month of February since its inception in 1970, however, its impact on literature alone could easily span a complete calendar year.

Frederick Douglass overcame the decree that it be illegal for slaves to read, penning his best-known work, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. W.E.B. Dubois overcame segregated academia to become the first African American to earn a doctorate degree from Harvard and produce his acclaimed essay collection, The Souls of Black Folks. Zora Neale Hurston burst onto the scene of the Harlem Renaissance with the classic, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Nikki Giovanni amplified the frustration felt during the Civil Rights and Black Power movements with the eloquent prose of her collections, Black Judgement and Re:creation…and current African American authors continue to carry the torch, using literature as an expansive tool to express social commentary, celebrate shared experiences, grieve lives assaulted and lost due to ignorance and injustice and inspire new generations to continue to push forward with pride.

 

Below is a mere fraction of our favorite contemporary African-American authors, each of whom are doing their part in securing a place for people of color in the “Best of” literary lists for this era.

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Perfect Reads for Your Relationship Status

Ah, love. Whether you’re hopelessly in it with your partner, showing it and sharing it with your friends or, you know, just waiting around for something to happen, we’ve got books for you! To be clear, we always have books for you, but Valentine’s Day is this month and we love (pun totally intended) a theme. Read on for our favorite couple (we’ll be here all night, folks) of books to suit your relationship status. Continue reading

The 7 Step Shelf Detox

The start of the year is the perfect time to take on a fresh perspective. Sure, you could follow the fitness crowd or go the way of inner peace and wellness or whatever, but have you seen your book shelves lately? Honestly, when was the last time you broke the spine of Calculus of Variations? When, exactly, are you going to get around to Mastering the Art of French Cooking…or any cooking for that matter?

Sounds like it’s time for a shelf detox. We’ve outlined some practices to help you successfully declutter, then restock, your book shelves.

Step 1: Survey the books you own.
Take a long hard look at what you claim to have been reading.

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Step 2: Keep your favorites.
Let me be perfectly clear: All of them are not your favorite. You are going to have to get rid of some books. Just accept that now. I know we tend to get attached but relax, you’re clearing out your book shelves so that you can replenish them. You’re going to get more. Breathe through this. Take this time to bask in the nostalgia of your favorite reads as you add them to a separate pile and schedule some future time to revisit them. Try to focus on books you find yourself reading several times. Continue reading