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Movie Trailer Monday: Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters

We’ve read the book, and now we’re ready for the movie release of Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters (now playing), the second installment of the Percy Jackson series. When a book morphs into a movie, we pay attention. Will the characters live up to our imaginations? Will everything be just […]

Movie Trailer Monday: Spectacular Now

We’ve read the book, and now we’re ready for the August movie release of Spectacular Now, a great book that looks like a new classic summer love film. When a book morphs into a movie, we pay attention. Will the characters live up to our imaginations? Will everything be just […]

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Cuckoo’s Calling: Rowling’s Switch from Magic to Mystery

It’s hard to review the new mystery book, Cuckoo’s Calling, without seeing it as a J.K. Rowling novel. I keep wanting to make inside jokes about Hogwarts and Voldemort, or mention the lack of magic, or post pictures of myself in Harry Potter scenarios. And that’s probably a big part […]

Movie Trailer Monday: Joss Whedon’s Much Ado about Nothing playing at the Edge!

We’ve been waiting for Joss Whedon’s adaptation of Much Ado about Nothing to hit wide release, and we couldn’t be happier that it’s finally reached Birmingham’s Edge 12 theater, so we can see what the Avengers director does with a merry band of Shakespeare players. Our bookseller Janie has already […]

The Secret’s Out! JK Rowling Has a New Book!

J.K. Rowling published a new book, Cuckoo’s Calling, under pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The book was published in April and has great reviews, but it’s been very under the radar — until today, when news broke that Robert Galbraith is really J.K. Rowling, none other than the author of Harry Potter […]

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Let’s Talk about Bad Guys: Chuck Klosterman’s I Wear the Black Hat

Chuck Klosterman’s new book, I Wear the Black Hat, comes out today, and it’s a study in what it takes to be a villain. In the first chapter, Klosterman (I’m tempted to call him Chuck because he feels like a friend — a smart and funny friend who makes me […]

Happy Birthday, Proust!

  Marcel Proust’s 142nd birthday is tomorrow, and there are two ways to celebrate: Sit in bed (preferably in a cork-lined room) eating madeleines, or come hang out with us at the library. The library will have cake and madeleines, so we think the choice here is clear.   Emmet […]

Happy Anniversary — Choose a Free Book!

  July is our second anniversary here at Church Street, and we want to thank our customers for being so fantastic and supportive through our first couple of years — and what better way to celebrate than give great discounts, so you enjoy coming by the shop even more! Here’s […]

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Crazy Rich Asians: Great for the Beach

The easiest way to describe the summer book Crazy Rich Asians is: It’s like Gossip Girl, but with Asians. It has all the hallmarks of Manhattanite/chick lit stories: drama, infighting, backbiting, world travel, designer labels — and money. Lots of money. Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that Kevin Kwan looks […]

Movie Trailer Monday: The Lone Ranger

Lots of great movies start off as books — The Lone Ranger started as a radio play, then became a series of books, then a TV show, and now a Johnny Depp movie. We’ve enjoyed its transition through different media, and this trailer makes us excited to see how the […]