Category Archives: Books


“Happiness is having your own library card!”

"Happiness is having your own library card!" Sally from the Peanuts comic strip.

Sally from the Peanuts comic strip.

Sally from the Peanuts comic strip gang says it so well… “Happiness is having your own library card!” I only wish all my “cards” let me shop for free stuff!

Source: Charles M. Schulz Museum

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Posted by on November 21, 2013 in Books, Cartoon


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The best time of year: Halloween!!

The best time of year: Halloween!! Looks like Betty Grable is going to read us a scary bedtime story.

Betty Grable, Halloween book

Looks like Betty Grable is going to read us a scary bedtime story!


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Posted by on October 8, 2013 in Books, Movie, Photos


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LEGO Bookends – gotta have ’em!

LEGO Bookends - gotta have them!

LEGO Bookends from MOCPages

Love these LEGO bookends by LEGO Junkie!

Also, visit more LEGO Junkie creations at Flickr.

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Posted by on October 5, 2013 in Art, Books, LEGO, Photos


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“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx Browsing movie books!

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For those of you who crave to know even more about your favorite movies, here’s a sampling of what one particular movie book publisher, McFarland, offers:

  1. The Marx Brothers as Social Critics: Satire and Comic Nihilism in Their Films – Martin A. Gardner

  2. Vixens, Floozies and Molls: 28 Actresses of Late 1920s and 1930s Hollywood – Hans J. Wollstein

  3. The Titanic in Print and on Screen: An Annotated Guide to Books, Films, Television Shows and Other Media – D. Brian Anderson 

  4. The Image of Librarians in Cinema, 1917-1999 – Ray Tevis and Brenda Tevis 

  5. Food in the Movies, 2d ed. – Steve Zimmerman 

  6. Reel Portrayals: The Lives of 640 Historical Persons on Film, 1929 through 2001 – Michael G. Stevens Edited by R. Thompson

  7. The First Hollywood Sound Shorts, 1926-1931 – Edwin M. Bradley 

  8. The Literary Monster on Film: Five Nineteenth Century British Novels and Their Cinematic Adaptations – Abigail Burnham Bloom 

  9. William Powell: The Life and Films – Roger Bryant 

  10. June Cleaver Was a Feminist!: Reconsidering the Female Characters of Early Television – Cary O’Dell

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Posted by on October 1, 2013 in Books, Movie


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“Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” – Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock sketch

Alfred Hitchcock sketch from the Film Daily Yearbook of 1938. Artist unknown.

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Posted by on September 27, 2013 in Books, Movie, Photos


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“I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.” – Yogi Berra

Barbara Billingsley, Hugh Beaumont, Tony Dow, Jerry Mathers in “Leave it to Beaver”

Who admits to remembering what it was like to look up something in your encyclopedia set? Just a few of you, huh? Well, if you can’t recall that grand experience, or you only know what it’s like to look something up on the Internet, it’s okay. This is how I remember it.

First, it was pretty keen if your family could afford to have an encyclopedia set in your home. Any moment, a burning question might surface and you would race to the family bookshelf, pull out the chosen, gold-lettered volume, and ferret out your answer — just like that!

Second, once you found what you needed, it was tough to put the encyclopedia down. The books were stuffed full of facts you didn’t know! So much to learn from those smooth, glossy pages. You might stumble upon pictures of ugly bugs, long-dead dinosaurs, far away countries, or the anatomy of the sexes! And, there was a book for each letter of the alphabet … plus year books! 

Third, some encyclopedias had long, fancy names. Ours was called Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia! Name-dropping alert: sometime later, I was told that we were related to Mr. Funk who started the whole thing with Mr. Wagnall. Cool! 


Fourth, our set filled a whole bookshelf! All by itself! It felt rather rich to have an entire bookshelf of encyclopedias. They stood up so straight and steady; like little towers of wisdom.

Fifth, encyclopedias have been around for over 2,000 years; my Funk & Wagnalls, since 1912. Take that, Internet!

Even though I love the Internet, and it’s a might cheaper than my encyclopedias were at the time, my heart still goes out to those well-trodden books, where any morsel of knowledge could be found on a lazy afternoon without waiting for it to boot up.


Posted by on September 12, 2013 in Books, TV


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Judge a book by its … Vassos cover!

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Very cool Art Deco book bindings by well-known industrial and graphic designer, John Vassos. From 1927 to 1935, there were nine books illustrated by Vassos, which included graphic books by himself and his wife, Ruth, plus some of Oscar Wilde’s works. The Wolfsonian-FIU library collection for rare monographs houses the three books pictured here.

Vassos was also known for designing less literary items: the popular Peevy subway turnstiles, early television and radio cabinets, Hohner accordions, and shotguns.

Radio by Vassos

Radio by Vassos

“Phobia,” his book published in 1931, exhibited futuristic illustrations of claustrophobia, acrophobia, and mechanophobia. Visit JVJ Publishing to read more about this original artist.

"Phobia" illustration

“Phobia” illustration


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Posted by on August 28, 2013 in Art, Books


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