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“Faeries” Halloween Competition

After last year’s competition (Never Grow Up Peter Pan), we decided to have a new one this year, themed “Faeries”.

Send us a picture of yourself, your friends, your girlfriend (couples costumes are welcomed) wearing a faerie themed costume – any type of faes and elfs are welcomed! Not just little sexy Tinkerbell or serious Elrond – you can be anyone you want. You can tweet us your picture at @BooksCarra and use #Faeries in your tweet.

Alternatively, email us your picture at our email address:

Deadline: 31st of October 2015, Midnight

Winners are announced on the 1st of November

The Prize is a hardcover edition of Faeries by Brian Froud.


A quarter of a century after its initial publication and with well over a million copies in print worldwide, Brian Froud and Alan Lee’s Faeries is an unquestioned classic. Now, Froud and Lee return to their most enduring and beloved work, in this Deluxe Anniversary Edition.

This ultimate collector’s item includes eight frameable, limited edition prints as well as a signed facsimile of a personal letter from Brian and Alan. The book also includes 8 original, new pieces of art by Froud and Lee as well as the remarkable pencil drawings and watercolours of mythical creatures from faeries and goblins, to leprechauns and dwarves that started it all.

Accompanied by brief descriptions of each creature’s origins and powers, the images are enchanting and full of magical detail. More than just a reissue, this deluxe revised and updated edition also contains essays from both Froud and Lee on the influence of Faeries and an introduction by a name author in the Faerie community.

The remarkable package will be a delight to fans of the previous title and those who are just discovering this stunning book for the first time.

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White Oleander * Janet Fitch

WhiteoleandercoverWhat would you do if your mother was taken away? Just before those precious years of adolescence, your dear and beloved mother would be jailed for killing her lover. For poisoning him with the stems of the Oleander flower.

What would you do if you were cast from house to house, from foster family to foster family and you would discover the true nature of yourself and the deadly nature of your mother. The poison keeps dripping still.

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Wishing for a mother – White Oleander

“But then I realized, they weren’t calling out for their own mothers. Not those weak women, those victims. Drug addicts, shopaholics, cookie bakers. They didn’t mean the women who let them down, who failed to help them into womanhood, women who let their boyfriends run a train on them. Bingers, purgers, women smiling into mirrors, women in girdles, women on barstools. Not those women with their complaints and their magazines, controlling women, women who asked, what’s in in for me? Not the women watching TV while they made dinner, women who dyed their hair blond behind closed doors trying to look twenty-three. They didn’t mean the mothers washing dishes wishing they’d never married, the ones in the ER, saying they fell down the stairs, not the ones in prison saying lonliness is the human condition, get used to it.

The wanted the real mother, the blood mother, the great womb, mother of fierce compassion, a woman large enough to hold all the pain, to carry it away. What we needed was someone who bled, someone deep and rich as a field, a wide-hipped mother, awesome, immense, women like huge soft couches, mothers coursing with blood, mothers big enough, wide enough for us to hid in, to sink down to the bottom of, mothers who would breathe for us when we could not breathe anymore, who would fight for us, who would kill for us, die for us.”


WhiteoleandercoverWhite Oleander – Janet Fitch

Women are like rivers

My mother once wrote a poem about rivers.
They were women, she wrote.
Starting out small girls, tiny streams decorated with wildflowers.

They were torrents, gouging paths through sheer granite, flinging themselves off cliffs, fearless and irresistible.

Later, they grew fat serviceable, broad slow curves carrying commerce and sewage, but in their unconscious depths catfish gorged, grew the size of barges, and in the hundred-year storms, they rose up, forgetting the promises they made, the wedding vows, and drowned everything for miles around.
Finally they gave out, birth-emptied, malarial, into a fan of swamps that met the sea.

WhiteoleandercoverWhite oleander – Janet Fitch

The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi

51gCzgn1HrL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Musashi gives timeless advice on defeating an adversary, throwing an opponent off-guard, creating confusion, and other techniques for overpowering an assailant that will resonate with both martial artists and everyone else interested in skillfully dealing with conflict. For Musashi, the way of the martial arts was a mastery of the mind rather than simply technical prowess—and it is this path to mastery that is the core teaching in The Book of Five Rings.
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Of Mice and Men Encore * Theatre

I have been most blessed to see an outstanding performance from James Franco and Chris O’Dowd acting in the stage production of Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men”. An american classic, Of Mice and Men is one of the most read books in schools across the country despite appearing on the American Library Association’s list of Most Challenged Books of the 21st Century

Of Mice and Men tells the story of George (James Franco) and Lennie (Chris O’Dowd), an unlikely pair of friends drifting from job to job across the farms and fields of California, holding fast to their dream of one day having an acre of land they can call their own.


The creative team for Of Mice and Men includes scenic design by Tony Award winner Todd Rosenthal, costume design by the international, Emmy Award-winning designer of the London 2012 Olympic Opening Ceremony, Suttirat Larlarb, lighting design by 2014 Tony Award nominee Japhy Weideman, sound design by Rob Milburn & Michael Bodeen, original music by David Singer, fight direction by Thomas Schall, hair & wig design by Charles G. LaPointe and casting by Calleri Casting.
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11.22.63 * Stephen King

WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot – unless . . .

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H Rider Haggard – She – Her declaration of love

Among the ancient Arabians the power of poetic declamation, either in verse or prose, was held in the highest honour and esteem, and he who excelled in it was known as “Khateb,” or Orator. Every year a general assembly was held at which the rival poets repeated their compositions, when those poems which were judged to be the best were, so soon as the knowledge and the art of writing became general, inscribed on silk in letters of gold, and publicly exhibited, being known as “Al Modhahabat,” or golden verses. In the poem given above by Mr. Holly, Ayesha evidently followed the traditional poetic manner of her people, which was to embody their thoughts in a series of somewhat disconnected sentences, each remarkable for its beauty and the grace of its expression.  Continue reading “H Rider Haggard – She – Her declaration of love”

Family Thanksgiving Activities

If you’re hosting a family thanksgiving, you want to create a fun family environment that helps children understand the importance of thankfulness and reminds the adults of this as well.

Since Thanksgiving comes just before what many refer to as the “greedy” season, activities designed to remind people of the bounty in their lives are useful. For example, you might help children understand that while they don’t have everything they want, they do have everything they need.

How do you do this? Several ways. One is to help children create a cornucopia, which will sit on the Thanksgiving table. There are a variety of ways to do this. You can make a papier-mâché cornucopia using a balloon as the base to help you get the shape started. You can simply take large piece of poster board and shape them into a cone and fill those with whatever you like. As an extra activity, you can have the children decorate the cornucopia before it gets filled.


Since the idea of the cornucopia is to celebrate a bounty and appreciate that bounty, you can fill it as is traditionally done with squash, corn and the like. You might also ask each member of the family to bring something that represents their personal bounty in life. A new mom might bring a baby blanket to put in the cornucopia while a newly retired grandpa might add a picture of his family, since that’s what’s most important to him. You can discuss the items in the cornucopia basket at the dinner table while enjoying your Thanksgiving feast.

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Classroom Thanksgiving Games

Thanksgiving-Turkey-2030070If you’re planning a Thanksgiving party in the classroom, there are a myriad of games you can have the children play that will be fun but also educational and useful in teaching the concept of being thankful.

Be careful not to overdo the turkey aspect of Thanksgiving. Some children forget that it’s about more than the turkey. Playing some fun games can help them remember the purpose of Thanksgiving.

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The restaurant of LOVE regained * Ito Ogawa


The Japanese novels, by their nature, in the eyes of a Westerner are a bit strange. All the cultural background that is behind each line is completely different from that which accompanies the books that we usually read.

The Restaurant of Love Regained shows this feeling more alive than ever before.
Written in a style so light and flowing, similar to a mountain stream coming down from the mountain top, settling in a slow and placid flow, then fast and rapid towards the end. A perfect style for describing many scenes full of emotions. Continue reading “The restaurant of LOVE regained * Ito Ogawa”

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