Tuesday, July 30, 2013

 

Despite the enormous quantity of books, how few people read! And if one reads profitably, one would realize how much stupid stuff the vulgar herd is content to swallow every day.”
― 
Voltaire

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We want to hear from you! We’ve got some ideas on how to improve our blog and our website but we want to hear what people want. Some changes to the blog are coming very soon including the occasional giveaway. The website will be redesigned in the next few months as we are currently looking at how to do that most effectively. What are your opinions on Village Book Shop? What would you like to see on our website, blog, Facebook and elsewhere from us?

Of God and Pelicans

Today we have a paperback by Jay B. McDaniel for you. We are reducing the price for this week only on Of God and Pelicans: A Theology of Reverence for Life. Amazon gives the following description:

Jay McDaniel’s book discusses the understanding of God’s relationship to all living things, the foundations and guidelines for a life-centered ethic, the understanding of Christian spirituality, and feminism. It is a powerful statement on justice, peace, and respect for the integrity of all creation.

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July 30th is Paperback Book Day. Whilst electronic books and e-readers are becoming increasingly popular, there’s still something very special about an old fashioned book. Paperback Book Day celebrates the look, texture and experience of reading a paperback classic.

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National Cheesecake Day is today. As food holidays go, this is one of the tastiest of treats. Despite being a rich, high calorie, and cholesterol filled, cheesecake is a very popular dessert. Why? Because it tastes so good. It is enjoyed plain, or with your favorite fruit topping. Enjoy the day with a piece of cheesecake, along with your favorite topping. If you have time, make the cheesecake yourself.

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Today is Father-In-Law Day, a day that honors that loving, funny, and cheerful father-in-law. Okay, so perhaps sometimes he is a little grumpy and intimidating. Regardless of his personality and charms, this day is dedicated to your spouse’s Dad. And, he certainly deserves a little recognition.


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The first cartoon short to use Technicolor as well as being the first Academy Award winning cartoon short was Walt Disney‘s Flowers and Trees which premiered on this day in 1932.

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President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized In God we trust as the U.S. national motto on July 30, 1956.

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Medicare and Medicaid were established on this day in 1965 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Some of the writers born July 30th include:

Giorgio Vasari (1511), Samuel Rogers (1763), Emily Brontë (1818), Chaim Aronson (1825), Salvador Novo (1904), C. Northcote Parkinson (1909), Michael Morris (1914), Berniece Baker Miracle (1919), Alexander Trocchi (1925), Patrick Modiano (1945), Anna Panayiotopoulou (1947), Richard Linklater (1960), Alton Brown (1962), Lisa Kudrow (1963), Christopher Nolan (1970), Graham Nicholls (1975), Cherie Priest (1975), Diana Bolocco (1977), and Maya Nasser (1979).

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Today we remember Maeve Binchy Snell. Known as Maeve Binchy, she was an Irish novelist, playwright, short story writer, columist, and speaker best known for her humorous take on small-town life in Ireland, her descriptive characters, her interest in human nature and her often clever surprise endings. Her novels, which were translated into 37 languages, sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, and her death, announced on Irish television late on 30 July 2012, was mourned as the passing of Ireland’s best-loved and most recognisable writer. Her books have outsold those of other Irish writers such as Oscar Wilde and James Joyce. She cracked the U.S. market, featuring on The New York Times best-seller list and in Oprah’s Book Club. Recognised for her “total absence of malice” and generosity to other writers, she finished ahead of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens and Stephen King in a 2000 poll for World Book Day. In 2002, Binchy “suffered a health crisis related to a heart condition”, which inspired her to write Heart and Soul. The book about (what Binchy terms) “a heart failure clinic” in Dublin and the people involved with it, reflects many of her own experiences and observations in the hospital. She suffered with severe arthritis, which left her in constant pain. As a result of the arthritis she had a hip operation. A year ago today the 72 year old Binchy succumbed to illness. Her husband was by her side. In all, Binchy published 16 novels, four short-story collections, a play and a novella. Her first book was rejected five times. She would later describe these rejections as “a slap in the face […] It’s like if you don’t go to a dance you can never be rejected but you’ll never get to dance either”. Binchy announced in 2000 that she would not tour any more of her novels, but would instead be devoting her time to other activities and to her husband, Gordon Snell. Binchy wrote several dramas specifically for radio and the silver screen. Additionally, several of her novels and short stories were adapted for radio, film, and television.

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Disclaimer:
Much of the information in this blog is taken directly from Wikipedia, Amazon, and other sources such as holidayinsights.com, which are directly linked to within the text.  Images have been taken from various sources found via Facebook, Goodsearch.com and Google.
Village Book Shop and the blogger claim no credit for the information above.


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