Submitted by bookshelf on Tue, 10/01/2013 - 2:32pm
Fall is in the air, and we're pretty excited. The cooler temperatures mean the scarves, boots, and tights taking up residence in the back of our closets can finally enjoy their (much-deserved!) place at the front of the line.
While we're all rearranging our closets, though, maybe it's time to give our bookshelves an overhaul, too. Autumn is the perfect time to read hot new releases and settle into old classic. We've compiled a list of our favorite fall 2013 reads, and we've arranged the whole thing by age, so you can find a a new book for every member of your family. Don't think it's time to turn off the TV, turn on the lamp, and snuggle up with a good book?
Duck & Goose Find a Pumpkin (ages 0 to 4): We think even the tiniest hands will love this Duck & Goose adventure. This oversized board book is filled with colorful illustrations, and toddlers will giggle as Duck and Goose search high and low for the perfect pumpkin. Read this one together before heading out to the pumpkin patch!
There, There (ages 3 to 8): The author of Guess How Much I Love You is back with this modern classic. Follow along as Little Hansie Bear plays pretend -- and runs into some small scrapes along the way. Father Bear is always there to pick him back up and offer a reassuring, "There, there." This is a sweet, sweet new book.
The Ghost Buddy series (middle readers, ages 8 to 12): A customer actually recommended this more-funny-than-scary new series by Henry Winkler -- yes, that Henry Winkler -- and now we love it too. It's tricky to find a series both genders will enjoy, but we think this one fits the bill. And it would be the perfect book to start around Halloween!
Allegiant (young adult, ages 14 and up): We bet your calendars are already marked, but in case you've forgotten, the third and final installment of the Divergent trilogy is coming out October 22, and it's at the very top of our list of books to read this fall. Join us in finding out what happens next in this dytopian world. (Perfect for fans of The Hunger Games.)
The Signature of All Things (adult fiction): Readers either loved or hated Elizabeth Gilbert's memoir, Eat Pray Love (put us in the love category), but her new novel has all the critics raving. The fact is, Gilbert can write, and you'll want to slowly digest this lengthy work. Each page unveils the love story of Alma Whittaker, a botanist intrigued by the mysteries of evolution, and Ambrose Price, an artist who sees the world as beautiful and divine.
Empty Mansions (adult fiction): Looking for some nonfiction to devour this fall? Try Empty Mansions, written by Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Bill Dedman. Join Dedman as he uncovers the historical mysteries behind reclusive heiress Huguette Clark and her beautiful, opulent homes.
Submitted by bookshelf on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 11:04am
"You never know when the wind may blow and dust a little bit of magic your way.” That's the slogan behind ShugLove, our new candy line we started carrying in-store last week.
We've obviously got a thing for sweets. Last year, we partnered with Tallahassee cupcakery Lucy & Leo's to bring fresh, homemade, small batch cupcakes to Thomasville. It's a partnership we're still proud of. We love Lucy & Leo's, and we think their cupcakes are pretty darn delicious.
Their beautiful creations inspired us to expand our sweets offering, and this summer at market, we found ShugLove, a candy line based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. The truth is, yummy and chic candy is kind of hard to find, so when we came across ShugLove, we knew it was meant to be.
ShugLove was started in 2009 by a graphic designer -- hence the gorgeous packaging detail -- and all of their candy is made in the USA. (You know we love that.) They offer a variety of sweet treats, ranging from squirmy gummy worms to chocolate covered almonds to strawberry meringue puffs, and guess what? They're all good. (My favorite? The chocolate covered sunflower seeds, which are downright addicting.)
With the holidays fast approaching, we think ShugLove could be the perfect pairing for holiday hostess gifts and kiddie stocking stuffers. We're carrying their dainty glass jars and their brown paper bag line for variety in gift-giving, and -- of course -- we think it all goes great with a good book.