Friday, July 29, 2011

Free Gift Wrapping

One of the services we offer that is a great convenience for our customers:  


You pick the gift, we wrap it, it's as simple as that.

And guess what - if you give us a call and tell us what you'd like we'll pick it out, wrap it, and have it ready for you when you stop by.  It doesn't get any better than that!

Here's what Susan Henderson says about buying gifts at Burry's:

"Burry Bookstore is such a wonderful place!  I have been shopping at Burry Bookstore since I was 12 years old, and now I love shopping there with my own children. From books to engraved stationery to educational toys, the selection is wonderful.  When I need a gift, it is so convenient to stop by, make my selection, and have the gift beautifully wrapped.  It is indeed a blessing to have such a personable bookstore right here in Hartsville!"

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ever tried to hug a porcupine?

How Do You Hug a Porcupine? by Laurie Isop

Can you imagine hugging a porcupine? Sure, it's easy to picture hugging a bunny or even a billy goat, but where would you begin to try to hug a porcupine?

After seeing all his friends hug their favorite animals, one brave boy works up the courage to hug a porcupine, but the porcupine isn't so sure he wants to be hugged!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Troublemaker by Andrew Clements - a good message for Middle School Age children

Troublemaker - Andrew Clements

There's a folder in Principal Kelling's office that's as thick as a phonebook and it's growing daily. It's filled with the incident reports of every time Clayton Hensley broke the rules. There's the minor stuff like running in the hallways and not being where he was suppose to be when he was supposed to be there. But then there are also reports that show Clay's own brand of troublemaking, like the most recent addition: the art teacher has said that the class should spend the period drawing anything they want and Clay decides to be extra "creative" and draw a spot-on portrait of Principal a donkey.

It's a pretty funny joke, but really, Clay is coming to realize that the biggest joke of all may be on him. When his big brother, Mitchell, gets in some serious trouble, Clay decides to change his own mischief making ways...but he can't seem to shake his reputation as a troublemaker.

From the master of the school story comes a book about the fine line between good-humored mischief and dangerous behavior and how everyday choices can close or open doors.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Jim Butcher - Ghost Story - Dresden Files #13

Out today!  Jim Butcher's Ghost Story.  This is #13 in the Dresden Files series.

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin.
But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own.

To save his friends Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Back to School Pirate Party with Author Melinda Long

On Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Burry Bookstore is hosting
A Back to School Pirate Party for Kids
from 10:00 am until 12 noon.

Melinda Long will be our guest author. She has written
How I Became a Pirate,
Pirates Don't Change Diapers, and
The Twelve Days of Christmas in South Carolina.

This event is FREE and open to the public.
Lots of fun activities, songs, readings. 
Come dressed as a pirate and receive a special prize!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Our Children's Block Table and Beanbag Chairs are favorites of Shopping Moms!

Do you find it hard to shop when your children are with you? 
We've tried to provide something fun for the kids to do while Mom and Dad concentrate on selecting a book, greeting card, or would just like a few minutes to browse around.  If your children haven't used our block table and beanbag chairs, come give them a try.

Here's what Mandee Thompsen says about her shopping trips to Burry's:

"I love Burry Bookstore!  It’s my very favorite place to buy gifts – for family, teachers, and sometimes myself!  I especially like to shop for children’s birthday gifts at Burry’s.  When my kids get a birthday invitation, they know we’ll be making a trip to the bookstore.   Their favorite part is getting to play with the blocks and toys in the play area while I pick out the card, do a quick check to make sure there isn’t a book that I just have to have, while the ladies there wrap the gift!  Burry’s is convenient, friendly, and I feel good about shopping there because I know I’m supporting Hartsville families.  And, it feels good to support a business that I know loves Hartsville and gives so much back to the community.  Besides, I don’t think Hartsville would be the same without Burry’s (it breaks my heart to think of a vacant building where Burry’s has been for decades!) and the only way to ensure it’ll be here for years to come is to make sure we visit them regularly rather than just hoping someone else is, while we shop online to save a few dollars."

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Anne Rivers Siddons - It's Good to See You Again

It's been awhile since Anne Rivers Siddons has had a new novel out - debuting this week is Burnt Mountain

From one of our most acclaimed writers comes this dramatic tale of a well-born Southern woman whose life is forever changed by the betrayal of her mother and by the man she loves.

Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp - Camp Sherwood Forest in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she came alive and where she met Nick Abrams, her first love...and first heartbreak.

Years later, Thayer marries Aengus, an Irish professor, and they move into her deceased grandmother's house in Atlanta, only miles from Camp Edgewood on Burnt Mountain where her father died years ago in a car accident. There, Aengus and Thayer lead quiet and happy lives until Aengus is invited up to the camp to tell old Irish tales to the campers. As Aengus spends less time at home and becomes more distant, Thayer must confront dark secrets-about her mother, her first love, and, most devastating of all, her husband.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Robert Ludlum has a new one out - Bourne Dominion

Jason Bourne is searching for an elusive cadre of terrorists planning to destroy America's most strategic natural resources-and needs the help of his longtime friend, General Boris Karpov. Karpov, the newly appointed head of Russia's most feared spy agency, FSB-2, is one of the most determined, honorable, and justice-hungry men that Bourne knows. But Karpov has made a deal with the devil. In order to remain the head of FSB-2, he must hunt down and kill Bourne.
Now, these two trusted friends are on a deadly collision course. From the Colombian highlands to Munich, Cadiz, and Damascus, the clock is counting down to a disaster that will cripple America's economic and military future. Only Bourne and Karpov have a chance to avert the catastrophe-but if they destroy each other first, that chance will be gone forever.

Jason Bourne is one of the most compelling and best loved characters created by internationally bestselling novelist Robert Ludlum. The hero of eight novels, including "The Bourne Identity" and "The Bourne Supremacy," Bourne has also been featured in three blockbuster movies starring Matt Damon. Now, "New York Times" bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader presents a new story about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Pre-Order Pre-Pay - Save a Bundle!

We have 9 titles that we are offering a special discount on if you pre-order and pre-pay before they are released.

Save 25% on the titles below, simply by ordering and paying by 7-31-11.  Follow this link for more information.

Five Languages of Appreciation in the Workplace – Gary Chapman
This book helps supervisors and managers effectively communicate appreciation and encouragement to their employees, resulting in higher levels of job satisfaction, healthier relationships between managers and employees, and decreased cases of burnout. Ideal for both the profit and non-profit sectors, the principles presented in this book have a proven history of success in businesses, schools, medical offices, churches, and industry. Each book contains an access code for the reader to take a comprehensive online MBA Inventory (Motivating By Appreciation) - a $20 value. The inventory is designed to provide a clearer picture of an individual's primary language of appreciation and motivation as experienced in a work-related setting. It identifies individuals' preference in the languages of appreciation. Understanding an individual's primary and secondary languages of appreciation can assist managers and supervisors in communicating effectively to their team members.

Regular Price 19.99    Pre-Order Price 14.99

Llama Llama Home With Mama – Anna Dewdney
"Llama Llama, morning light. Feeling yucky, just not right.  Down to breakfast.  Tiny sneeze.  Sniffle, snuffle.
Tissues, please!"  "Ah-choo!" Uh-oh, Llama Llama's nose is feeling tickly, his throat is feeling scratchy, and his head is feeling stuffy. Back to bed, no school today for Llama Llama! Instead, he's home with Mama. By lunchtime, though, he's beginning to feel a tiny bit better. But now someone else has the sneezes . . . Mama! And who will help her feel better? Why, Llama Llama, of course! Anna Dewdney's fun-to-read rhymes are sure to help children and their parents get through those under-the-weather days.

Regular Price 17.99    Pre-Order Price 13.49

Ideal Man – Julie Garwood
Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter's face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation.

Regular Price 26.95    Pre-Order Price 20.21

Victory and Honor – WEB Griffin
Just weeks after Hitler's suicide, Cletus Frade and his colleagues in the OSS find themselves up to their necks in battles every bit as fierce as the ones just ended. To get a jump on Joseph Stalin, Frade has been conducting a secret operation, one of great daring--and great danger--but to conduct it and not be discovered, he and his men must walk a perilously dark line.

Regular Price 26.95    Pre-Order Price 20.21

Sookie Stackhouse Companion – Charlaine Harris
Charlaine Harris has topped the bestseller charts and has become a nationwide phenomenon, thanks to the unconventional-and otherworldly- life of Sookie Stackhouse. Now, readers will have the opportunity for an in-depth look at Sookie, her family, friends, enemies, adventures, and-of course-the lovers who set her world on fire.
Readers will:
Tour Bon Temps via the detailed map in the book, the one created by Charlaine herself!
Read transcripts of Eric and Bill's private conversations
Examine all the branches of Sookie's family tree
Learn the fine points of the distinctions between vampire, shifter, and fae
Get must-have Bon Temps recipes, including Caroline Bellefleur's famous chocolate cake
Test themselves with trivia questions from the series

Regular Price 30.00   Pre-Order Price 22.50

Golden Lasso – Fern Michaels
A spellbinding novel of love and its miracles - When she inherits a ranch in Arizona, Jan Warren puts all her money and dreams into making a success of it. But she soon finds that with Rancho Arroyo comes a heap of problems - problems not helped by the commanding presence of Derek Bannon, owner of the Golden Lasso, the neighboring ranch and vacation hotspot. Derek is determined to buy Jan out - but as the battle becomes increasingly personal, Jan realizes that it's not just her business that's at stake, but also her heart.

Regular Price 27.95   Pre-Order Price 20.96

Magic Tree House #46 Dogs in the Dead of Night – Mary Pope Osborne
Jack and Annie travel to a monastery in the Swiss Alps where, with the help of St. Bernard dogs and magic, they seek the second of four special objects necessary to break the spell on the wizard Merlin's beloved penguin, Penny. Annotation: Jack and Annie travel to a monastery in the Swiss Alps where, with the help of St. Bernard dogs and magic, they seek the second of four special objects necessary to break the spell on the wizard Merlin's beloved penguin, Penny.ReRRegurE
1Regular Price 12.99    Pre-Order Price 9.74

Kill Me If You Can – James Patterson
A poor art student living in New York City finds a duffel bag filled with diamonds during a chaotic attack at Grand Central Station. Plans for a worry-free life with his gorgeous girlfriend fill his thoughts--until he realizes that he is being hunted, and that whoever is after him won't stop until they have reclaimed the diamonds and exacted their revenge.

Regular Price 27.99    Pre-Order Price 20.99
Flash and Bones – Kathy Reichs
A body is found in a barrel of asphalt next to Lowes Motor Speedway near Charlotte just as 200,000 fans are pouring into town for race week. The next day, a NASCAR crew member shares with Tempe a devastating story. Twelve years earlier his sister, Cyndi Gamble, then a high school senior who wanted to be a professional racecar driver, disappeared along with her boyfriend, Cale Lovette. Lovette kept company with a group of right wing extremists known as the Patriot Posse. Is the body Cyndi's? Or Cale's?

Regulary Price 26.99   Pre-Order Price 20.24

Friday, July 15, 2011

Some of you have been around for awhile!

Are you a new customer of Burry's, just discovering us, or have you been around for awhile?
Who remembers Imogene, Jo Ann, and Cheri?

Now we have Lynn, Elise, Janet, Sue, Elaine and Kit helping you with whatever it is you might be looking for. 

If you're a new customer, how did you discover us?

If you're a golden oldie, tell us why you continue to shop at Burry's.

Here is what Libby Bannister had to say:

"My family has been shopping at Burry Bookstore for years for a variety of reasons.  When my children were small I shopped for books and gift items for them.  Now that I am a grandmother/babysitter I still enjoy the children's section immensely. However, my shopping time is very limited and Burry's always tries to help by wrapping things and having them ready so I can run in quickly and pick them up in between caring for grandchildren.  As my children have grown up my oldest daughter orders books that she needs for teaching at Mayo and I had a great experience ordering my youngest daughter's wedding invitations and informal notes a few years ago from Burry's.  By being a member of the Super Shopper Club I save quite a bit on my purchases, particularly at Christmas when I do something a bit different for the members of my family and close friends.  I select one children's Christmas book and order a large quantity for these special people.  The ladies at Burry's gift wrap them for free, I get a discount as a club member, and am supporting my community, all at the same time.  Why would I shop anywhere else?"

Thursday, July 14, 2011

$459.55 given away at Burry's yesterday!

Hey Super Shoppers!  Hope you enjoyed the 25% off sale we had yesterday.  We gave away $459.55 in discounts to our Super Shoppers who took advantage of our sale. 
If you haven't joined yet, you are missing out on some great savings.  As a Super Shopper Club member you will save 25% on all New York Times and Christian Hardcover Bestsellers, 20% on all other adult hardcover titles, and 10% off on everything else (unless it's already on sale).  We have 4 Super Shopper Club sales a year.  Yesterday our Super Shopper members saved $459.55!

Follow this link for more information!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Are you a complete idiot when it comes to electronics?

Here's the perfect guide for you!

Complete Idiot's Guide to Electronics 101 by Sean Westcott and Jean Riescher Westcott

A creative spark for electronic enthusiasts.

Teaches readers the fundamentals of electronics in an engaging, hands-on way. Appropriate for students and aspiring hobbyists alike, this book is loaded with more than a dozen projects that start simple and progressively get more involved as the reader moves through the book.

Topics include: fundamentals of electronics: electrons, voltage, current, power, conductors, insulators, semiconductors, etc.; designing, building, and modifying circuit boards; sensors and controllers; and transmitters and receivers.

Community college enrollment-where basic courses in electronics are most often taught-is at an all time high, up 8% from 2008 enrollment to 3.4 million new students per year.

Specifically designed to appeal to both students and hobbyists with lost of fun, hands-on projects to aid in the learning process.

SEAN WESTCOTT is an IT professional dating back to before the World Wide Web. He was in his high school AV club where he explained technology to his teachers, and ever since he has made it his specialty to bridge the knowledge gap between geeks and the rest of the world.

JEAN RIESCHER WESTCOTT took a History of Computers class back in 1985 and spent a summer studying programming in high school, but has been more of a book geek since she finished her law degree. She spent a long, wonderful time in independent bookselling and now works in book publishing. Sean and Jean have two children and live in Northern Virginia.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What do you do when a cat wants to go to dog school?

Here is another Skippyjon Jones adventure - what is the siamese cat up to this time?

Skippyjon Jones Class Action
by Judith Schachner

Siamese cat Skippyjon Jones really wants to go to dog school, but his mama won't let him. Inside his closet, he finds himself on the playground of his imagination surrounded by dogs of all kinds. And when a bully sends shiver-itos down the spines of the little yippers, Skippy saves the day and earns the biggest gold star.

Monday, July 11, 2011

25% OFF Super Shopper Club Sale - Wednesday

We will be having our next Super Shopper Club Member Only Sale on Wednesday, July 13th.

Members will save 25% OFF of all regularly priced in stock merchandise.

For more information about our Super Shopper Club follow this link.

See our most recent email newsletter here!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Dinner With a Perfect Stranger Will Change Your Life

Dinner With a Perfect Stranger - David Gregory

The mysterious envelope arrives on Nick Cominsky's desk amid a stack of credit card applications and business-related junk mail. Although his seventy-hour workweek has already eaten into his limited family time, Nick can't pass up the opportunity to see what kind of plot his colleagues have hatched...

The normally confident, cynical Nick soon finds himself thrown off-balance, drawn into an intriguing conversation with a baffling man who comfortably discusses everything from world religions to the existence of heaven and hell. And this man who calls himself Jesus also seems to know a disturbing amount about Nick's personal life.

"You're bored, Nick. You were made for more than this. You're worried about God stealing your fun, but you've got it backwards.... There's no adventure like being joined to the Creator of the universe." He leaned back off the table. "And your first mission would be to let him guide you out of the mess you're in at work."

As the evening progresses, their conversation touches on life, God, meaning, pain, faith, and doubt--and it seems that having "Dinner with a Perfect Stranger" may change Nick's life forever.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Stressed Out About How to Feed Your Family Healthy Meals?

American Heart Association Healthy Family Meals

Are you stressed out over how to feed your family a nutritious meal at the end of a long, busy day without turning to convenience foods or the drive-through? Now, the nation's most trusted authority on heart-healthy living presents a cookbook bursting with nourishing, flavorful recipes to please the palates of family members of "all" ages. Since the main dish is usually the starting point of meal planning, more than half the recipes in this book are for entrees.

Here's how they're organized:

- Everyday Dinners

- Busy Nights

- Plan-Aheads

- Cook Once, Eat Twice

To help you incorporate additional vegetables, fruits, and grains into your family's diet, we've included Make It a Meal, a special feature that suggests accompaniments-salads and soups, vegetable and grain side dishes, and even desserts-for many of the main dishes.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Why do you think it is important to shop at your local independent stores?

I can think of a lot of good reasons to shop at locally owned independent stores.  Well, of course I can, I own one!  But really, what are some reasons you have for shopping locally?

Here are mine:
  • Significantly more money re-circulates in your community when purchases are made at locally owned businesses.
  • Purchasing locally grows your community's tax base.
  • Most new jobs are provided by local businesses.
  • Local businesses often hire people with more specific product expertise which results in better customer service.
  • Non profit organizations receive an average of 350% greater support from local business owners than they do from non-locally owned business.
Harriett Lemke said this about shopping specifically at Burry Bookstore:

"Some people think shopping 'away' in another town or city is better than shopping locally.  Why is that?  Have you shopped at Burry Bookstore recently?  Did you attend an author’s booksigning or place an order for a special book?  I did.  In an age when technology sometimes isolates us, it is nice to see a familiar face and hear a friendly voice."

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A new Barbara Delinsky novel is out today!

Escape - Barbara Delinsky

Painful as it is to return, 30-year-old lawyer Emily Aulenbach knows that the key to reclaiming her life from career disappointments and a fading marriage lies in the New Hampshire town of her past. Delinsky's luminous new novel explores every woman's desire to abandon the endless obligations of work and marriage--and the idea that the most passionate romance can be found with the person you know best.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Burry Bookstore Supports Carolina Kids, LLC, Will You???

Carolina Kids is a 501(c)3 helping needy children in Darlington County and Hartsville – visit their website at 

Programs Include:

·       Hunger Busters (food program for children to have food for the weekend

·       Kids Closet (free clothing for school-age children)

·       Backpacks (school supplies)

·       Christmas Wishes

·       Everyone Should Go (provide money for field trips for students who would not be able to go because of financial reasons)

·       Gardening

How Can You Help?

  • Make a financial donation (checks payable to Carolina Kids, LLC can be left at the front desk)
  • Donate your change - drop it in our collection box.
  • Make a purchase at Burry Bookstore during the month of July, drop your receipt in the collection box and we will donate a portion of your purchase to Carolina Kids
  • Volunteer your time to work with children and get involved in the above programs – call Andrea Pulling 843-332-3740

Shop locally

YOU will make a difference in YOUR community!

Please call 843-332-2511 for more information