Thursday, December 13, 2012

What Do You Like Best About Your E-Reader?

The Kobo Mini - $79.99

The Kobo Glo - $129.99

These are the two e-readers we are selling.  I have the Kobo Glo.  It's going to take some time for me to get used to not holding a book!

The two things I have found that I like best about e-reading is the light on the Glo that allows me to read in the car when it's dark, as well as after I've gone to bed and turned out the lights.  That way I'm not disturbing anyone else!  I also like being able to swipe a page quickly while using the elliptical to exercise rather than having to hold a book up and turn the pages!

I am excited that we are able to offer to our customers who do like e-reading the option to do that while supporting Burry Bookstore.  We've not been able to compete with the "big guys" up to this point, so we are asking you to register with our e-book partner, Kobo books, through the affiliate link on our website and start supporting us!  For Burry Bookstore to receive credit for your purchases, you must register with Kobo through the link on our website.  After you do that, all of your purchases will be associated with Burry Bookstore, so you will be keeping your shopping dollars in downtown Hartsville, South Carolina!

If you already have an e-reading device, that's okay too!  Kobo offers free apps that can be downloaded on your IPad, IPhone, Android Phone, and other tablets.  Get started today! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Postscript to Yesterday's Blog

I corresponded with Elizabeth Collins of Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina, yesterday and she sent me this great book trailer for Mary Whyte's new book Down Bohicket Road .

The friendship she mentions in the trailer is one she developed with Alfreda Gibbs Smiley LaBoard, a Gullah woman she met when she and her husband moved to the barrier islands of the low country. 

You'll be touched by the tribute she has made to the Gullah way of life through her new book Down Bohicket Road .

Here is a link to the book trailer .

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New Book by Artist Mary Whyte

Imagine my surprise awhile ago when I answered the phone and Mary Whyte was calling!  If you don't know who Mary is, you may remember the children's book P is for Palmetto that came out about 10 years ago.  Mary is the illustrator of that book. 

Watercolor artist Mary Whyte is a teacher and author who has achieved national recognition.  Her portraits are included in numerous corporate, private, and university collections, as well as in the permanent collections of South Carolina's Greenville County Museum of Art and the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston.  Her work can be found at Coleman Fine Art in Charleston, South Carolina.  Here is a link to her website .

Down Bohicket Road has just been released and includes two decades' worth of watercolors - depicting a select group of Gullah women of Johns Island, South Carolina, and their stories. 

When Mary called she and I tried to coordinate our calendars, hoping to come up with a date that would work well for both of us to have her come to Burry Bookstore.  Unfortunately, with the busyness of the holidays, we weren't able to do that, but we do hope to schedule something this Spring.  I have not met Mary in person, but have read enough about her to know that she would be a delight to meet.  I'm hoping that this Spring I will have the opportunity to do just that!

Down Bohicket Road:  An Artist's Journey by Mary Whyte with excerpts from Alfreda's World comes in both paperback and hardcover.  We have the hardcover edition and it is $49.95. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Small Business Saturday - It's Important!

Wouldn't you rather shop at a store owned by a friend or a neighbor?
We'd like for you to do that this Saturday in support of Small Business Saturday and to make it a habit to support your local businesses all year long!
Happy Thanksgiving from Your Friends at Burry Bookstore!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Marley's going trick or treating, how about you?

Trick or Treat, Marley! by John Grogan

It's Halloween, the silliest and spookiest night of the year. And when Marley's around, it's also the messiest! This year the family is throwing a big Halloween party, and Marley wants to help with the preparations. But in typical Marley fashion, instead of helping he causes havoc. He gets his head stuck in a pumpkin, turns the streamers into confetti, eats all of the Halloween candy, and that's just the beginning!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Boo to You!

Boo to You! by Lois Ehlert

Garden-fresh vegetables are utilized in the illustrations of this Halloween story, in which mice are looking forward to their annual Halloween-night feast. Scary Cat has not been invited to the party, but he seems to think he's coming anyway. Can the mice come up with a clever trick to outsmart him?

Friday, October 26, 2012

Treats in the Streets this afternoon - Downtown Hartsville

Treats in the Streets tonight in Downtown Hartsville from 4:30 until 6:30 pm.
Stop in and pick up one of our cute Halloween books while you're here!
Dora's Halloween Adventure - Sarah Willson
Join Dora on the candy trail in this fun Halloween adventure!
Oh, no! Swiper swiped Boots's Halloween candy! Follow the candy trail to help Dora and Boots find where he hid it, and don't miss the other spooky surprises along the way!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Pumpkin Gospel

The Pumpkin Gospel by Mary Manz Simon

The Halloween tradition of pumpkin carving is used as a metaphor for the gospel message to show how God cleans out all of the yucky stuff and puts a light within believers to shine for Him. Shaped like a pumpkin, this book also features glow-in-the-dark ink throughout.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Do you remember your first ghost?

What a cute book!  Ghosts never get dirty, so don't try to wash your pet ghost!

My First Ghost by Maggie Miller and Michael Leviton;  Illustrated by Stephanie Buscema

This book comes with a free ghost! But, like any pet, ghosts need special care and attention. A playful riff on "My First Pet" books, My First Ghost teaches kids everything they need to know about taking care of their very own ghost. Debut picture book authors Miller and Leviton offer humorous tips on feeding, grooming, and ghostly games which are complemented by charming illustrations with a retro twist.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ten Dollar Dinners!

Ten Dollar Dinners: 140 Recipes and Tips to Elevate Simple, Fresh Meals Any Night of the Week

Contributor(s):  Melissa D'Arabian (Author), Ben Fink (Photographer), Raquel Pelzel (With)     

Melissa d'Arabian, host of Food Network's "Ten Dollar Dinners" and season 5 winner of "The Next Food Network Star" makes good on the $10 promise of dinner for four in her eagerly awaited debut cookbook. For home cooks who care about what they feed their families and want to stretch their dollars, Melissa is the best guide for putting delicious meals on the table.

With four young girls ages six and under, and a hit show on Food Network, Melissa d'Arabian focuses on savvy budgeting, efficient shopping, and full-flavored cooking. "Ten Dollar Dinners" has 140 recipes and more than 100 creative, practical tips on great money-savers ("Clear-Your-Pantry Week"); inventive takes on old standby dinners (try her Moroccan Meatloaf); and how to get ingredients to last longer (keep your green onions in a glass of water and they will regrow several times over!). And with a coding system to help you create your own $10 menu, "Ten Dollar Dinners" celebrates spending with purpose, cooking with love, minimizing time spent in front of the stove, and savoring your homemade meal.

Melissa is a pro at creating satisfying meals that adults and kids alike will enjoy, using everyday ingredients and transforming them into delicious dinners. Her Potato-Bacon Torte (which, at 50 cents a serving, was one of her winning recipes on "The Next Food Network Star") shows how basic and inexpensive supermarket ingredients can be turned into an amazingly satisfying dish. Her Roasted Vegetable Tian is a great way to take advantage of deals in the produce aisle. The Four-Step Chicken Piccata offers a plan for getting food on the table in just minutes, using almost anything in the pantry.

Anyone can use this book--especially those who want to save money--and feel great about cooking sensibly for elevated, simple meals that are healthy family-pleasers.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Whoa! 95,000 blogs launched worldwide every 24 hours!

Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community

Joy Deangdeelert Cho (Author), Meg Mateo Ilasco (Editor), Grace Bonney (Foreword by)

With roughly 95,000 blogs launched worldwide every 24 hours (BlogPulse), making a fledgling site stand out isn't easy. This authoritative handbook gives creative hopefuls a leg up. Joy Cho, of the award-winning Oh Joy!, offers expert advice on starting and growing a blog, from design and finance to overcoming blogger's block, attracting readers, and more. With a foreword from Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge plus expert interviews, this book will fine-tune what the next generation of bloggers shares with the world.

Learn how to:

- Design your site
- Choose the right platform
- Attract a fan base
- Finance your blog
- Maintain work/life balance
- Manage comments
- Find content inspiration
- Overcome blogger's block
- Choose the right ads
- Develop a voice
- Protect your work
- Create a media kit
- Leverage your social network
- Take better photographs
- Set up an affiliate program
- Partner with sponsors
- Build community
- Go full-time with your blog
- And more!

Friday, October 12, 2012

New Book About Lynches River!

A History of Lynches Forks and Extended Areas on Big and Little Lynches Rivers, South Carolina
     A new book on the history of the Kershaw, Chesterfield, Lancaster, Lee and Darlington County areas of Lynches River has been published by Lon D. Outen.  This book should be of interest to historians, Native American enthusiasts, American Revolutionary enthusiasts, War Between the States enthusiasts, genealogists, gold mining interest, railroad enthusiasts, ghost’s buffs, and local history buffs.  This area was affected by two wars, Revolutionary and the War Between the States.     
     South Carolina is a state with an enormous amount of history and every year research reveals new information about its past. The Lynches Forks and surrounding areas had a rich history in the Ancient and Native American period, Colonial period, the American Revolution period, the War Between the States era, as well as commerce.  The “Forks” area is the land between the confluence of Big Lynches Creek/River and Little Lynches Creek/River in Kershaw County.   
     The area included in the book is Lynches Fork and surrounding areas in Kershaw, Chesterfield, Lancaster, Lee, and Darlington Counties.  The book includes historical places such as Kelly’s Bridge, Tillers Ferry, McBee (McKay), Bethune (Lynchwood), Kershaw (Welsh’s Station), Jefferson (Millersville), the Haile Gold Mine and the Brewer Gold Mine.  It describes the history of the gold mines in Lancaster, Chesterfield, and Kershaw Counties from discovery to there demise. 
     Navigation on Big Lynches is discussed as it impacted Darlington, Chesterfield, and Kershaw Counties from transportation of barges, rafts, boats, and steamboat hulls. 
     The book begins with unusual land and rock formations, bays, and caves.  It includes the period of Ancient Americans to the Natives Americans and early explorers.  In the Colonial period religion, taverns, mills, Meeting Houses and churches are discussed.  The Revolutionary War discusses the area known for Patriot support and Tory accounts terrorizing local families on Big Lynches, along with skirmishes and the Battle of Hanging Rock. 
      Settlers brought with them their religions and established Meeting Houses.  Churches began to appear in the late 18th Century.  Some of the earlier churches include Gum Branch Church and Flat Creek Church. 
     The Antebellum Period includes plantations in and near the Forks area and identification of families living in the area.  Lynches Fork rice planations were found on both Big and Little Lynches.  Sherman’s Army came through the Forks area, affecting the Tillers Ferry area, Kelly’s Bridge area and Young’s Bridge area.  Union Troops caused devastation in these areas and some accounts from families are included. 
     A brief description of the Reconstruction period and a section on nearby communities are included.   The formation of the railroads including the Three C’s, C. M. &C., and SAL including mining and logging railroads in the area are listed.  Discussed are the timber, turpentine, logging, and lumber businesses from Colonial times to the early 1900’s.  Large sawmill operations, rock quarries, cotton gins, grist, flour, and corn mills are also listed. 
     Sharecropping and tenant farming was large in and near the Forks area until the building of the cotton mills. 
     A listing of bridges, branches, creeks, road, fords, ferries, muster grounds,  churches (pre-1900), post offices, houses (pre-1900), schools, doctors and dentists, leaders and officials, faith healers, treasure and ghost stories, and some cemeteries are in the book.     
      There is a section is devoted to the Sistare Family, a family of ship captains, whalers, merchants, and their role in the import and export business, and their migration to South Carolina from Connecticut and Spain.
     The cost of the book is $35.00.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Day the Johnboat Went Up the Mountain

The Day the Johnboat Went Up the Mountain:  Stories From My Twenty Years in South Carolina Maritime Archaelogy by Carl Naylor

Combining his skills as a veteran journalist and well-practiced storyteller with his two decades of underwater adventures in maritime archaeology, Carl Naylor offers a candid account of remarkable discoveries in the Palmetto State's history and prehistory. Through a mix of personal anecdotes and archaeological data, Naylor's memoir documents his experiences in the service of the Maritime Research Division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology. 

This insightful survey of Naylor's distinguished career is highlighted by his firsthand account of serving as diving officer for the raising of the Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley in 1996 and the subsequent investigation of its victim, the USS Housatonic. He also recounts tales of dredging the bottom of an Allendale County creek for evidence of the earliest Paleoindians, exploring the waters of Port Royal Sound for a French corsair wrecked in 1577, searching for evidence of Hernando de Soto's travels through South Carolina in 1540, and other explorations. Naylor's narrative serves as an authoritative personal account of South Carolina's ongoing efforts to discover and preserve evidence of its own remarkable maritime history.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Just Say Boo!

We've got a cute display of Halloween books that have started getting some attention in the last couple of days!

Here is Just Say Boo! by Susan Hood

If three dinosaurs roar when you open your door, what do you say?
"Boo!" of course! In this charmingly spooky story by Susan Hood, little trick-or-treaters learn just what to say in every Halloween situation. From rattling bones to ghostly footsteps, Susan captures all the best scares of the season--and teaches just the right way to dispel fears in favor of fun. Jed Henry's lustrous watercolors add the perfect crisp chill to this fall-weather story.   For if a skeleton groans as she rattles her bones, what do you say?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company - yum!

Better Than Chocolate by Sheila Roberts
Sweet Dreams Chocolate Company has been in the Sterling family for generations, ever since Great-Grandma Rose literally dreamed up her first fabulous recipe. But now it looks as if they're about to lose Sweet Dreams to the bank--and that would be a disaster, not only for the family but for the town of Icicle Falls, Washington. Can Samantha, the oldest daughter and new head of the company, come up with a way to save it?
After Samantha does some brainstorming with her mother and sisters, inspiration strikes. They'll have a chocolate festival! Time's running out, but the Sterling women are determined and the town's behind them, so everything's bound to go smoothly....
Or not. Events seem to be conspiring against Samantha, and her mother's attempts to help aren't helping. To make matters worse, the fate of her company is in the hands of her archenemy, Blake Preston, the bank manager with the football-hero good looks. It's enough to drive her to chocolate. But Blake's also enough to convince her that (believe it or not) there's something even better than chocolate.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Did you ever wonder what happened to the parents of The Boxcar Children?

The Boxcar Children Beginning:  The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm
by Patricia MacLachlan

Before they were the Boxcar Children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden lived with their parents at Fair Meadow Farm. Although times are hard, they're happy--"the best family of all," Mama likes to say. One day, a blizzard hits the countryside, and a car is stranded on the road near their farm. The family in the car needs shelter, and when the Aldens take them in, the strangers soon become friends. But things never stay the same at Fair Meadow Farm, and the spring and summer bring events that will forever change the lives of the Alden children. Newbery-Award winning author Patricia MacLachlan pays loving tribute to the classic novel by Gertrude Chandler Warner in this story of the Alden children's origins and the challenges they faced before their boxcar adventures.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

What's in Your Crock Pot?

I left Cowboy Chicken simmering in my crock pot this morning.  We'll have it over brown rice with some green beans and grape/banana salad for supper tonight.

Take a look at this new slow cooker cookbook we've just gotten in:

The Mexican Slow Cooker: Recipes for Mole, Enchiladas, Carnitas, Chile Verde Pork, and More Favorites by Deborah Schneider

A collection of 55 fix it and forget it recipes for Mexican favorites from an award-winning Mexican cooking authority, in a stylish, engaging package.

When acclaimed chef and cookbook author Deborah Schneider discovered that using her trusty slow cooker to make authentic Mexican recipes actually enhanced their flavor while dramatically reducing active cooking time, it was a revelation. Packed with Schneider's favorite south-of-the-border recipes such as Tortilla Soup, Zesty Shredded Beef (Barbacoa), famed Mole Negro, the best tamales she has ever made, and more, "The Mexican Slow Cooker "delivers sophisticated meals and complex flavors, all with the ease and convenience that have made slow cookers enormously popular.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Eng transports the reader to a world that few people know about

The Garden of Evening Mists - Tan Twan Eng

Malaya, 1951. Yun Ling Teoh, the scarred lone survivor of a brutal Japanese wartime camp, seeks solace among the jungle-fringed tea plantations of Cameron Highlands. There she discovers Yugiri, the only Japanese garden in Malaya, and its owner and creator, the enigmatic Aritomo, exiled former gardener of the emperor of Japan. Despite her hatred of the Japanese, Yun Ling seeks to engage Aritomo to create a garden in memory of her sister, who died in the camp. Aritomo refuses but agrees to accept Yun Ling as his apprentice "until the monsoon comes." Then she can design a garden for herself.

As the months pass, Yun Ling finds herself intimately drawn to the gardener and his art, while all around them a communist guerilla war rages. But the "Garden of Evening Mists" remains a place of mystery. Who is Aritomo and how did he come to leave Japan? And is the real story of how Yun Ling managed to survive the war perhaps the darkest secret of all?

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Bear Has a Story to Tell!

Do you ever want to share a story but can't remember how it goes? 

Bear's friends Mouse, Duck, Frog and Mole were so busy preparing for the upcoming winter that they didn't have time to listen to Bear's story.  Bear patiently waited, but he just got sleepier . . .and sleepier. . . . and sleepier.  Next thing you know, it's springtime!  When the friends gather together after their long time apart, poor Bear can't remember the story he wanted to share!   His friends help him out because, after all, that's what friends are for!

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Erin E. Stead

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sherman Carmichael promotes his new book Legends and Lore of South Carolina

Sherman Carmichael has been traveling throughout the state to promote his new book Legends and Lore of South Carolina that was released at the end of July.  I spoke to Sherman by phone a few weeks ago, but we weren't able to coordinate a date that would bring him to Hartsville.

Carmichael, born in Hemingway and now a Johnsonville resident, spent 30 years as a photographer and 23 years in law enforcement.  He researches and writes about legends, folklore and the unexplained in South Carolina. He is also the author of Forgotten Tales of South Carolina.

This new collection of 80 strange and unusual South Carolina legends is rooted in the state’s deep history. Certain places hold secrets from different eras, including White Wolf Road in Blacksburg and the state’s numerous historic cemeteries, like the one at Salem Black River Church in Mayesville. These pages also contain simple explanations for local lore, like the Gullah tradition behind blue bottle trees that still decorate Carolina gardens today.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Map as Art - now available in paperback

The Map as Art by Katharine Harmon and Gayle Clemans

As seen in O: The Oprah Magazine, the New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Cool Hunting, and countless other media outlets, The Map as Art is available now in a paperback edition. This volume by Katharine Harmon, author of the best-selling book You Are Here, extends that book's celebration of mapmaking to the world of artists' maps.It is little surprise that in an era of globalized politics, culture, and ecology contemporary artists are drawn to maps to express their visions. Using paint, salt, souvenir tea towels, or their own bodies, map artists explore a world free of geographical constraints. In The Map as Art, Harmon collects 360 colorful, map-related artistic visions by well-known artists--such as Ed Ruscha, Julian Schnabel, Olafur Eliasson, William Kentridge, and Vik Muniz--and many more less-familiar artists for whom maps are the inspiration for creating art. Essays by Gayle Clemans bring an in-depth look into the artists' maps of Joyce Kozloff, Landon Mackenzie, Ingrid Calame, Guillermo Kuitca, and Maya Lin. Together, the beautiful reproductions and telling commentary make this an essential volume for anyone open to exploring new paths.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Richard Paul Evans has written a sci fi series for teens

After reading The Christmas Box it's hard to imagine Richard Paul Evans writing a sci fi series for teens, but Michael Vey is his star, and Evans has quite a pre-teen/teen following!

Book #1, The Prisoner of Cell 25, came out last August, and Book #2, Rise of the Elgen, came out a few weeks ago.

Michael must save his mother--and protect his powers--in the electric sequel to the #1 New York Times bestselling Michael Vey:  The Prisoner of Cell 25, from Richard Paul Evans.

"I rolled over to my back, struggling for breath. The pain continued to pulse through my body--a heavy throb followed by a sharp, crisp sting." The man said, "Trust me, there are worse things in this world than Cell 25."  Michael, Taylor, Ostin, and the rest of the Electroclan have escaped from the Elgen Academy in Pasadena and are headed back to Idaho to plan their next move. But what's waiting for them there will change everything.  After using their wits and powers to narrowly escape an Elgen trap, a mysterious voice leads the Electroclan to the jungles of Peru in search of Michael's mother. Once there, they discover that Dr. Hatch and the Elgen are far more powerful than anyone realizes; entire countries have begun to fall under their control. Only the Electroclan and an anonymous voice now stand in the way of the Elgen's plan for global domination.  But is the voice that Michael is following really an ally, or is it just another Elgen trap?

Friday, September 14, 2012

A teenage boy becomes a spy in Nazi-occupied Norway

Shadow on the Mountain - Margi Preus

Shadow on the Mountain recounts the adventures of a 14-year-old Norwegian boy named Espen during World War II. After Nazi Germany invades and occupies Norway, Espen and his friends are swept up in the Norwegian resistance movement. Espen gets his start by delivering illegal newspapers, then graduates to the role of courier and finally becomes a spy, dodging the Gestapo along the way. During five years under the Nazi regime, he gains--and loses--friends, falls in love, and makes one small mistake that threatens to catch up with him as he sets out to escape on skis over the mountains to Sweden.

Preus incorporates archival photographs, maps, and other images to tell this story based on the real-life adventures of Norwegian Erling Storrusten, whom Preus interviewed in Norway.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

How to Speak Southern

How to Speak Southern  by Steve Mitchell

I don't know about you, but we already know how to speak southern pretty darn well.  However, we get a kick out of glancing through this book every now and then and having a little chuckle.

For example:
Dinner - Dinner is the meal Southerners eat while Northerners are eating lunch.  When the Northerners are eating dinner, Southerners are eating supper.  "We're just havin' butterbeans and biscuits for dinner, but we'll have a big supper."

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

New Children's Book about Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan

Annie and Helen by Deborah Hopkinson

I was excited to see this new children's book about the relationship between Helen Keller and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, and I ordered it right away, knowing some young child would be just as fascinated by Helen Keller as I was.  As a young child the Braille alphabet was intriguing to me, and I tried to learn the letters and use them to write notes and stories.  I couldn't believe Helen would read so much that her fingertips would bleed.  And how persistent Annie Sullivan had to have been to win over the frightened, unruly child who had never been able to relate to her family or the world around her.  We've just gotten in this new book and it's featured on our special Book Page display that offers different levels of Burry gift cards when you make a purchase from this section.

Here is some information about the new book:

Author Deborah Hopkinson and illustrator Raul Colon present the story of Helen Keller in a fresh and original way that is perfect for young children. Focusing on the relationship between Helen and her teacher, Annie Sullivan, the book is interspersed with excerpts of Annie's letters home, written as she struggled with her angry, wild pupil. But slowly, with devotion and determination, Annie teaches Helen finger spelling and braille, letters, and sentences. As Helen comes to understand language and starts to communicate, she connects for the first time with her family and the world around her. The lyrical text and exquisite art will make this fascinating story a favorite with young readers. Children will also enjoy learning the Braille alphabet, which is embossed on the back cover of the jacket.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Butterfly Stacker by Melissa and Doug

This charming wooden butterfly stacker is a classic activity sure to flutter into your toddler's heart. With eye-catching colors and patterns and four removable pieces to mix and match on the wooden base, this vertical puzzle and stacking toy will promote key early-learning skills while inspiring lots of fun!

Retail Price $9.99

Monday, August 27, 2012

Elliot White Springs' WWI Correspondence

Ranked among the top five American flying aces of World War I, Elliot White Springs (1896-1959) was credited with shooting down twelve enemy aircraft during his tour in France. In the postwar years, he was a prolific writer whose nine books include War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator, a classic air combat narrative. After his father's death in 1931, Springs inherited Springs Mills and quickly became one of South Carolina's most innovative and successful textile mill owners. Edited by David K. Vaughan, this engaging collection of Springs's wartime correspondence follows the derring-do of an accomplished World War I fighter pilot before he became one of the best-known tycoons in modern South Carolina history.

Following enlistment at Princeton University, Springs was sent to England, where he trained with the Royal Flying Corps and joined the prestigious British 85 Squadron, commanded by Canadian ace William "Billy" Bishop. Springs had earned four kills before being wounded in a crash landing in June 1918. On return to duty he transferred to the 148th Aero Squadron of the U.S. Army, where he remained for the next four months. By the end of the war, Springs had amassed eight more kills and was awarded the British Distinguished Flying Cross and the American Distinguished Service Cross.
Because of his unique career as a pilot in both British and American flying squadrons, Springs was able to offer especially colorful descriptions of his flight training and aerial combat experiences from both perspectives. Grouped into sections according to his training and combat assignments, Springs's letters from his combat years are rife with the wit, bravado, and fatalism of a young aviator deeply enthralled with the wartime culture of England and France. His detailed accounts of dogfights bring readers into the action with all the vigor and danger of the era. In contextualizing this correspondence, Vaughan explores Springs's complex relationships with his father and young stepmother on the home front and maps the connections between Springs's firsthand experiences and his subsequent literary endeavors.

This collection highlights the thrills, tactics, and technical aspects of early air warfare from the candid perspectives of a brave young flyer with deadly aim, unflinching nerves, and a prosperous future waiting for him back in his native South Carolina.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Splat the Cat Big Reading Collection

Splat the Cat is back with five hilarious I Can Read adventures in a travel-ready carrying case with its own handle--that's better than fish sticks and ice cream!

This set includes:
Splat the Cat Sings Flat
Splat the Cat: Good Night, Sleep Tight
Splat the Cat and the Duck with No Quack
Splat the Cat Takes the Cake
Splat the Cat: The Name of the Game

Thursday, August 23, 2012

From Garden to Grill to Fork

The Gardener & the Grill: The Bounty of the Garden Meets the Sizzle of the Grill
by Karen Adler and Judith Fertig

From garden to grill to fork, nothing tastes better than freshly harvested vegetables grilled to perfection alongside savory meats and plump grilled fruits. This book is the grilling guide for gardeners, seasonal eaters, and "flexitarians" everywhere, and anyone enamored of the powers of the grill. Keep the grill hot long after summer's finished with Planked Butternut Squash with Sage and Brie; Grilled Gazpacho; a Blackened Fish Po'Boy with Grilled Green Onion Mayonnaise; Pizza Primavera; Wood-Grilled Shrimp and Yellow Peppers; Tandoori Turkey Burgers: and Grill-Baked Apples with Cinnamon Nut Stuffing.

With seasonal recipes, tips on grilling for preserving, a burgeoning "griller's pantry" of rubs and versatile sauces, and more than 100 vegetarian recipes, this is the must-have resource for eager and experienced grillers and gardeners alike.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Learn to Forage for Food in Your Own Backyard


Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer's Market    
by Tama Matsuoka Wong

Forage for wild food and discover delicious edible plants growing everywhere--including your backyard--and how best to prepare them to highlight their unique flavors, with this seasonally organized field guide and cookbook.

While others have identified in the past which wild plants are edible, Tama Matsuoka Wong, the forager for Daniel, the flagship restaurant of renowned chef Daniel Boulud, and Eddy Leroux, its chef de cuisine, go two steps further, setting the bar much higher. First, they have carefully selected only the wild plants that are worth seeking out for their fabulous flavors. Second, after much taste-testing, they have figured out the best way to prepare each ingredient--a key in getting to know these exciting new foods. In "Foraged Flavor, " they reveal their seventy-one favorite plants, which are easy to identify and can be harvested sustainably across the country (including at farmers' markets for those without access to nearby fields and forests). Tama helps readers uncover bright lemony oxalis growing in patches of their lawn or creeping jenny, with its unmistakable leaves and delicate green-pea flavor. Eddy then gives simple recipes to showcase the foraged finds, including Cardamine Cress with Fennel and Orange Vinaigrette; Braised Beef, Dandelion Leaves, and Clear Noodles; and Purslane Eggplant Caponata.

With twenty-five botanical illustrations, fifty color photographs of the plants, and tons of field- and kitchen-tested know-how, "Foraged Flavor" will be an indispensable guide for cooking enthusiasts.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Vivaldi's Masterpiece - for children!

Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Anna Harwell Celenza - author
Joann Kitchel - illustrator

Lyrical descriptions, a lush historical backdrop, and colorful artwork tell the story behind Antonio Vivaldis composition of The Four Seasons. He is inspired by his talented and determined students, young girl musicians at a Venetian orphanage. Together, they bring Vivaldis masterpiece to life. CD recording of Vivaldis Four Seasons included.

Anna Harwell Celenza received her Ph.D. in musicology from Duke University and is currently an assistant professor at Michigan State University.

Joann Kitchel received her B.A. in art education from Central Michigan University.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Everybody Loves a Little Magic!

We've just added Melissa and Doug's Discovery Magic Set to our children's section.

What child doesn't enjoy trying out new card tricks and other illusions on their family and friends?   This is the perfect set for beginners.

Abracadabra! This fantastic wooden set includes four easy-to-master tricks for beginners. Young magicians will improve their confidence and fine motor skills as they amaze family and friends with exciting tricks and illusions!  "Magic Jewel Box," "Color Changing String," "Chamber of Illusion" and "Sword in the Stone" are included. One of the few magic sets appropriate for children as young as six.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Anyone headed to college in your family?

We've been reading all of the tearful stories on Facebook of parents sending their children off to college for the first time.  No matter where your child goes it's a time of adjustment for the entire family!  Do you know anyone headed to The College of Charleston?  Here's a nice hardcover history of the nationally recognized school by Nan Morrison.

Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston has evolved over time, like the historic port city in which it is situated, to preserve the best elements of its heritage while growing to meet the challenges of the present and future. This history of the college in the modern era surveys its responses to the challenges of the civil rights era, its expansions during a period when enrollment grew from fewer than five hundred to more than ten thousand, and its developments in the midst of transformative changes in higher-education administration and funding.

From nearly closing its doors while resisting integration in the 1960s to its monumental growth during the 1970s to the 1990s, the College of Charleston remade itself several times while continuing to offer a high-caliber education in the sciences and humanities. In 1970 the college became part of the South Carolina state-sponsored higher-education system, which also includes the University of South Carolina, Clemson University, the Citadel, and other institutions. As a state school, the college expanded its facilities throughout the Charleston peninsula and across the Ashley and Cooper rivers as well. Now a robust university with a diverse student body seeking undergraduate and graduate degrees, the college maintains its hard-won reputation through enriching student experiences in classroom and laboratory instruction, enhanced curricula, and cultural opportunities offered by its historic host city.

"Knowledge itself is liberty," promises the seal of the College of Charleston. Now with nearly fifty thousand alumni representing all fifty states and more than seventy nations, the college continues to excel at graduating a manifold student body eager to realize intellectual potential through original inquiry and creative expression.

Enhanced with thirty-nine illustrations, this briskly paced narrative highlights the activities of students, faculty, and alumni over the last eight decades while also sharing stories of the events and personalities that have helped shape the modern history of the College of Charleston.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Recipes for burgers, sliders, sloppies, fries, and sides

The Queen of Burgers has drawn together her tastiest recipes for the ultimate between-the-buns experience. Whether you're cooking for one or for one hundred in your own backyard burger bash, "The Book of Burger" has you covered for bringing family and friends together for the love of burgers! Please 'em all--big and small--with everything from burgers to sandwiches, hot dogs, fries, sliders, and sloppies, and so much more.  Start with Rach's "Big Spicy Mac," tempting you from the cover, or go with the heavenly French Onion Burgers. And if beef isn't your thing, there are plenty of chicken, pork, salmon, veggie, and lamb patties. Want a mind-blowing sandwich? Whip up the BEST one Rachael has ever made: the 7-Hour Smoked Brisket Sandwich with Smoky BBQ Sauce. Rachael even shares her legendary pickle recipe and her own homemade burger blend. Want a fun, cute, tasty bite-size treat to pass around? Rachael is slider obsessed and you will be, too: try the Mexican Pulled Pork Sliders.  Rachael's friends from the New York and South Beach Wine & Food Festivals' Burger Bashes also contribute their award-winning recipes, including Bobby Flay's Louisiana Burger and Masaharu Morimoto's Kakuni Burger.  Twelve original videos (directly accessible by links throughout the text) make "The Book of Burger" a truly multimedia experience and a smart book that celebrates the infinite possibilities of everybody's favorite food.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Courtship Letters of a Southern Couple

Dearest Hugh: The Courtship Letters of Gabrielle Drake & Hugh McColl,

Edited by Suzanne Cameron Linder Hurley  

Dearest Hugh offers a glimpse into what romance and marriage meant for a southern couple at the dawn of our modern age through a collection of some three hundred love letters exchanged between Gabrielle Drake and Hugh McColl from 1900 to 1901. Edited by Suzanne Cameron Linder Hurley, this correspondence illustrates the hopes and sacrifices of an upper-class couple forging a marriage in the small town of Bennettsville, South Carolina.

Hugh McColl was a cashier at the Bank of Marlboro, of which his father was president, when he began courting Gabrielle Drake, a schoolteacher and daughter of the clerk of court for Marlboro County. Most of their visits were chaperoned, but Hugh and Gabrielle could speak more freely in their correspondence and they exchanged notes--often two or three a day--detailing their private emotions, desires, and anxieties. The letters address equality within the relationship, Gabrielle's career, choosing and furnishing a home, and allocation of household chores. Hugh's letters are earnest, sincere, affectionate, and sometimes suggestive. His devotion to business and community is clear, as is his concern over being able to provide for a family. Gabrielle's writings are coquettish and playful, but she also anguishes over choosing between a career and a spouse. The attitudes expressed by both Hugh and Gabrielle also speak to the ambitious drive and community-minded dedication the McColls would later instill in their family, including grandson Hugh McColl, the former president and CEO of Bank of America.

Hurley's insightful introduction places the correspondence into the broader context of recent scholarship on courtship rituals and the changing educational and social status for women during this time in American life.

Monday, August 13, 2012

What to do when you can't fall asleep?

What do you do when you can't fall asleep?  milk and cookies?  count sheep?  surf the internet?  browse on facebook?

Karina Wolf is a lifelong insomniac and a debut picture book author. Karina studied literature and film in New York, Paris and Dublin, and she works in television and film production. She lives in Manhattan with her dogs, Luca and Barry Manilow.

The wonder of nighttime comes to life in this breathtaking debut.  When the Insomniacs move twelve time zones away for Mrs. Insomniac's new job, the family has an impossible time adapting to the change. They try everything to fall asleep at night--take hot baths, count to one thousand, sip mugs of milk--but nothing helps. Venturing out into the dark, they learn there is a whole world still awake and a beauty in their new and unconventional schedule.

Ideal for bedtime reading, this gorgeous and lyrical story celebrates nighttime's mystery and magic.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Chunky Puzzles from Melissa and Doug

Toddlers will love to "horse around" with six favorite farm animals in this simple introduction to puzzle play. Extra-thick wooden puzzle pieces stand upright for kid-powered pretend play and nestle into the sturdy wooden puzzle board. Full-color pictures under the pieces make matching easy and fun.

As the train rolls through the countryside, toddlers will want to get on board with this chunky puzzle! Matching is made easy with full-color pictures beneath the pieces and the individual pieces can stand upright for imaginative play.

Chunky Puzzles from one of our favorite vendors - Melissa and Doug - 10.00 each

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Clemson fans. . . .we've got something for you!

The Danny Ford Years at Clemson by Larry Williams - 19.99 - released July 10, 2012

The last time Danny Ford spit tobacco juice on a Clemson sideline was Dec. 30, 1989. Yet Ford has become more beloved as time has distanced the Tigers from the glory he orchestrated in eleven years as the team's football coach. It began in December of 1978 when a young, obscure offensive line coach took over a heartbroken fan base. It ended in January of 1990 under a cloud of controversy and mystery that has not yet been completely resolved. In between, Ford led Clemson on a wild and unforgettable ride. Award-winning sportswriter Larry Williams presents, for the first time in book form, the definitive story of Ford's complicated, compelling Clemson tenure.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

We need books.  Real live books.  Ones you can touch, hold, turn the pages. . .

Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books; after a powerful storm carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.

The book that inspired the Academy Award-winning short film, from "New York Times"- bestselling author and beloved visionary William Joyce. Stunningly brought to life, this book is a modern masterpiece, showing that in today's world of traditional books, eBooks, and apps, it's story that we truly celebrate.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Waldo Party Was a Huge Success! Thanks, Hartsville!

Check out all of our pictures on Facebook!  We had pictures with Waldo, Waldo trivia, Waldo poster search, Waldo Word a Thon, Pin the Glasses on Waldo, and lots and lots of prizes given away!  Thank you, friends, for searching for Waldo, shopping locally, and coming to our Waldo party!  Thank you, fellow merchants, for participating in the Waldo search!  Thank you for the door prizes you donated.  Children left with smiling faces and it was a wonderful morning!  Thank you, Candlewick Press, for celebrating Waldo's 25th Birthday with Burry Bookstore and downtown Hartsville!