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Book Review — Patrik Svensson’s “The Gospel of the Eels”

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Book Review — Patrik Svensson’s “The Gospel of the Eels”

This month, Nirica Srinivasan reviews Patrik Svensson’s The Gospel of the Eels, a unique natural science memoir, and buy it on our online bookstore.     If you had asked me last week to name a single fact about eels, I would have come up short. “Sea snakes” is generally how I thought of them. I knew some eels are capable of generating electric shocks when in danger, and are therefore terrifying. With that, I would have exhausted my knowledge about eels entirely. The Gospel Of The Eels won me over with how much it taught me about this fascinating fish, but most strikingly for me, how...

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October Recommendations — Horror, Crime & Mystery

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October Recommendations — Horror, Crime & Mystery

In Peter Swanson’s Rules for Perfect Murders, a bookseller idly recommends a few of his favourite crime reads on the bookstore blog. Years later, a detective shows up at his door: she’s looking for a serial killer, who appears to be killing people in the same style as the “perfect murders” on his blog post.  We don’t want to inspire a serial killer — but we were inspired to put together some spooky recommendations for you, and October seemed the perfect time to do that. From classics, to translations, to poetry, here’s a list of books for those of you...

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Exploding Mangoes & Hiring Milkshakes: Recommended Reads for Designers & Makers by Jay Dutta

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Exploding Mangoes & Hiring Milkshakes: Recommended Reads for Designers & Makers by Jay Dutta

This month, we're featuring recommendations by Jay Dutta, the Founder/Curator of DesignUp. Here, he lists recommendations for designers — but really, they're recommendations for everyone! Find DesignUp Deconstruct, a report based on an extensive study of the Design-In-Tech industry in India and SE Asia, on our online store.

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September Recommendations — Cats!

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September Recommendations — Cats!

Our favourite part of our little bookstore (other than the books!) is our visiting cat who pops by to say hello and demand food. We often see her sunning herself on our roof, with just her tail hanging over the edge!

Have you ever wondered why cats love bookstores? Jason Diamond traces it back to ancient Egypt, when cats were revered (and some cats still act like they’re royalty!). Cats were trained to protect papyrus rolls from being eaten by pests. Over the years, they were kept around libraries and bookstores, trained to protect books from mice, rates, lizards, you name it! Our little cat comes from a long history of indie-bookstore felines.

This month, we’ve put together recommendations for cat-lovers, across poetry, graphic novels, science, and fiction. Read on for our recommendations, and find them on our online store!

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August Recommendations — Feminism

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August Recommendations — Feminism

In her book Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression, bell hooks says that feminism is a thing you do (“I support feminist action”), and not a thing that you are (“I am a feminist”). This idea asks us to think: if feminism is action and not identity, how do the social structures in which we live impact our lives? What things can we do to make a better future, and what concrete actions can help us get closer to that future? 

We’ve put together a collection of feminist writing that explore the intersection of feminism with race, caste, and class. In this list are memoirs, ethnography, biography and poetry. 

We hope you will enjoy reading these books. Find them on our online store.

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