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Browsing all posts in "books".

Find: Two Books for Grown-ups’ Big Birthdays (Nora Ephron)

The following post is being republished in memory of Nora Ephron, who brought us some of our favorite movies (“When Harry Met Sally,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” etc.) but whose books are just as delightful. Her last book, I Remember Nothing, is another great read that [...]

People I Want to Punch in the Throat…Before I Die

Whose big idea was it to start these lists of dishes to eat, things to try, and places to see BEFORE YOU DIE? As someone who battles a never-ending to-do list every day, I take these inventories of X number of things to try, see or own much [...]

Recession Coping Strategy: Pretend You’re Just Another March Girl

I’ve read lots of suggestions about how to live frugally, enjoy your family, and develop character during the Great Recession, but never have I heard of a more imaginative strategy than that of  my friend, a mom of tweens. When the last grocery item rolled across [...]

Go the (bleep) to Sleep – Parental Advisory

Forget the comb, the brush, and the bowl full of mush. There’s no little old lady whispering hush. When you  have a colicky baby that won’t sleep, you aren’t whispering “Goodnight Moon,” you’re howling at it. You will make any bargain, pay any price, buy [...]

Birmingham’s Best Finds for Booklovers

Selfishly, I almost hate to share these first two finds because I realize it could just mean more competition for the best titles. But if I’m stuck on self-help while you’re reading fiction, we can both have all the books we can read, which isn’t [...]

Cheap Thrills: Hoover Library’s Mechanical Book Return/Sorter

If you are the type that is mezmerized by the Krispy Kreme doughnut conveyor belt, here’s a new thrill for you. The Hoover Public Library has installed a mechanized book return system that’s almost as much fun as a gumball machine. Each item has to be [...]

Find: Scholastic Book Sale through Dec. 14th

Every Birmingham Mom should know about the Scholastic Book Fairs  Warehouse Book Sale that takes place each year in Pelham. You’re familiar with the book fairs that take place at schools and work places, which are always a great source of current books at attractive prices.  The annual warehouse sale [...]

Wimpy Kid Creator Visits Birmingham

You wouldn’t think a wimpy kid would have a diary worth reading, but it turns out that kids all over the country have been enthralled by the Wimpy Kid’s Diary series. The books began online (visit here if you haven’t already read these fun books) and [...]

Team Confused on Vampires

Now that the Team Edward vs. Team Jacob furor has died down somewhat, I have a confession to make: I don’t get it. Millions of  girls and their mothers have been enthralled by Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight book series. It’s been the female cultural phenomenon of [...]

Used Bookstore, 2nd & Charles, Opens in Hoover

There’s no coffee aroma and no glass case full of pastries, but there are rows and rows for browsing. 2nd & Charles is a used bookstore that works as a buy-back store for books and other media like DVDs,  video games, and CDs.  You can [...]