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Author event: T. D. Allman.



An historian, author and foreign correspondent famed for his eye-witness accounts of historic events, T.D. Allman was born in Tampa, educated at Harvard and Oxford, and is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Nepal. He has reported from places as various as El Salvador, Beirut, Haiti, the Plain of Jars, Ethiopia during the famine, and Tiananmen Square.

We are thrilled to bring this prestigious author to Thomasville this weekend.

Allman's latest book, Finding Florida: The True History of the Sunshine State, has been praised in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. It was a finalist for the 2013 National Book Award for non-fiction and Kirkus named it one of the best books of the year in both non-fiction and history. 

Finding Florida is a staff favorite, and the paperback version is being released next week, which means our customers get a chance at these before anyone else. Allman will be joining us this Saturday, February 22 from 2:00 to 5:00. His book makes a great gift, and it's perfect for tourists looking for a keepsake to take home from their vacation on the Florida-Georgia line. 

We hope you'll join us so we can keep bringing quality writers to our area! 

Book List

Finding Florida (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780802122308
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Grove Press, 2/2014


Valentine's Day reads for the little ones.

There's really nothing cuter than children's Valentine's books. They're often simple and sweet, a gentle reminder at what love can -- and perhaps should -- be. 

Here's what we'd recommend for Valentine's Day gifts for your children. After all, what better way to show your love for your littles than story time together? 

Love, Splat by Rob Scotton. Kids love Splat almost as much as they love Pete. (Well, kind of.) Anyway, we think Splat is pretty adorable, and this tale of his first love is funny and sweet, perfect for kindergartners exchanging valentines for the first time. 

Catching Kisses by Amy Gibson. We think this book is absolutely precious, full of descriptive words and phrases kids will really appreciate, especially in an out-loud story time. The illustrations are our favorite. 

Always by Ann Stott. This book about parents who love their children "always" is a modern classic; it needs to be on your shelves at home. It's reminscent of the baby shower favorite, Love You Forever, but more kid-friendly, with funny phrasing and adorable illustrations. What a perfect reminder of your love this Valentine's Day! And, for an equally adorable book with a similar concept, we recommend You're Lovable to Me by Kat Yeh.

Guess How Much I Love You, the pop-up edition by Sam McBratney. So many parents and grandparents request pop-up books for their little ones; they're great for new readers who learn visually and who like to interact with their books. Enter Guess How Much I Love You, the book we all love, now with a pop-up version we can't get enough of. It's precious. 

Snowy Valentine by David Petersen. This new children's book is all about finding the perfect Valentine's Day gift for the people we love. Kids can join Jasper the bunny as he hunts for a gift for his bride, Lilly. It's a sweet story, with some adventuresome parts older preschoolers should like. 


Book List

Love, Splat (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780062077769
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: HarperCollins, 11/2011

Catching Kisses (Hardcover)

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ISBN-13: 9780312376475
Availability: Currently Unavailable
Published: Feiwel & Friends, 12/2013

Always (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780763632328
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Candlewick, 8/2008

ISBN-13: 9780375860157
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Random House Books for Young Readers, 12/2009

ISBN-13: 9780763653781
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 days
Published: Candlewick, 9/2011

Snowy Valentine (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780061463785
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperCollins, 11/2011

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