When a Book Lover Wants a Book.

Things are moving fast around here.  We are close to nailing down a physical, brick-and-mortar, MTV True Life-ready location. We're talking design strategy, opening day celebrations, window decorations.  What I'm saying is, stay tuned because we're about to kick off this magic carpet ride.  

But before that happens, we have to get personal. A very special person is turning 25 (his name is Josh and he is my baby brother), and he asked for a book for his birthday.  What is a professed book lover to do?

I did some research, and these are some of my options. However, I'm looking to crowdsource this: what do you buy for a super-brilliant, multi-talented, many-faceted 25 year old third-year law student living in DC, headed towards NYC, with his heart permanently caught between Detroit and Algonquin Park?  He loves music (he's always heard it first) and philosophy and The Simpsons and people I'm not cool enough to know about. He's into history, he's into politics, he's the smartest and least affected. What's a protective, far-more-square older sister to do?

Josh was big into cartography in undergrad. He might know everything in this book, but he also might not!  Maybe there's a twist in the historical narrative here, since it focuses on a dodgy maps dealer.  

Josh was big into cartography in undergrad. He might know everything in this book, but he also might not!  Maybe there's a twist in the historical narrative here, since it focuses on a dodgy maps dealer.  

This seems like the type of dark trivia that would be fascinating at a dinner party. As Josh's older sister, I want to ensure that he is always the most interesting person at a proverbial dinner party.

This seems like the type of dark trivia that would be fascinating at a dinner party. As Josh's older sister, I want to ensure that he is always the most interesting person at a proverbial dinner party.

Is it possible he hasn't read this?  More insanely specific and beautiful trivia about one of Josh's driving interests, music. 

Is it possible he hasn't read this?  More insanely specific and beautiful trivia about one of Josh's driving interests, music. 

A niche population of radical collectors who seek out a rapidly disappearing fetishized object. Josh would dig this, probably?

A niche population of radical collectors who seek out a rapidly disappearing fetishized object. Josh would dig this, probably?

Josh should read this before he becomes a big-time city lawyer. Learn to take some time, bro.  

Josh should read this before he becomes a big-time city lawyer. Learn to take some time, bro.  

"Liner notes for hip hop junkies."  Does Joshman count? Likely. 

"Liner notes for hip hop junkies."  Does Joshman count? Likely. 

 

Somehow, this became an #OdeToJosh. Happy birthday, little brother.

(If you have any other suggestions for gifts, please leave them in the comments!) 

Happy New Year! A little late.

The blog has been a little quiet, I admit.  It has worn this winter weather in silent, frigid dignity while Bookspace Detroit has grown leaps and bounds over the last few weeks.  It is still early to say but I am so excited about everything to come for the bookstore, that I hope in the next few weeks we'll be shouting it from the rooftops.

In the meantime, my New Year's Resolution is to update with far more frequency on the blog, our facebook page, and our instagram.  We'll have weekly Pop Book Reviews (that is, reviews in 100 words or less), suggestions for Books-as-Gifts (the best of all gifts), pictures of books, pictures of words, the works.  

In the meantime, thanks for your patience and understanding.  Here's what's coming up on the blog in the next few days:

  • Pop Reviews of Bad Feminist by Roxanne Gay, the Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, and more...
  • Notes on bookstore design and visions for the future
  • More pictures.
  • And this:  everyone get a hold of this book, because in a few months we won't be able to talk about anything else::
 

Books make the Best Gifts.

Books make the best gifts.  Full stop.  

Books are the most right because they are perfectly personalized and customized for anyone's unique and strange and beautiful taste. Perhaps you find yourself stuck when considering what you can buy for your hipster-doofus-intellectual snob-sweet-little-brother-music-lover-history-and-law-student? How about The History of Rock and Roll in Ten Songs, by Greil Marcus?  Cool, that sounds great. He'll love it, even if he hides his smile behind his beard. 

What about your little niece, just mastering and falling in love with reading - enjoying every new chapter book she can get her hands on?  Well, my favorite book in second grade was a tie between The Little Match Girl and a picture-biography of Jackie Robinson, so what if you went with Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker by Patricia Hruby Powell and Christian Robinson? It's a beautiful story, gorgeously told - and every girl needs a good hero, and who better than the glamorous Josephine Baker? No one. 

And what about your super-sophisticated, art-loving friend?  You know the type - she knows everything, on the bleeding edge of all things beauty and fashion and literature and pop and art and relevant. You don't know what to get her because she has everything OR because she's above material things and free from 'want' - your love and affection and good sense of humor is all she wants for Christmas. Cool, well; regardless, the laws of Secret Santa must be abided.  Maybe this powerful and beautiful meditation, How to be Happy by Eleanor Davis will delight and surprise her.  

And your dear friend, embarking on a new business venture while getting married and upending everything she knows about the professional and personal world?  Well, Delancey, of course.  Thanks in advance!

More suggestions to come, but allow me to emphasize - books are the best.  I can't wait to help you tick off all your loved ones on your list next year!  

Also, if you want to spend house on a spectacular website with book recommendations, check out NPR's Best Books of 2014 app.  I want to crawl into this website and live there, if that's meaningful to you in any way.  

*all characters referred to in this post are totally fictional or maybe based on real people.