Forgive during the first weekend of August

August 3rd and 4th, 2013

One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel


Welcome to the weekend edition of the Village Book Shop blog! We have a very special post planned for tomorrow so be sure and check that out. We will be hosting a giveaway! In the meantime read on to find out the trivia and observances that caught our attention for this weekend.

This Day in History

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The Wheatland Hop Riot started in Wheatland, California a century ago today. This was a violent outburst which was embroiled in a strike of agricultural workers. Four people died and many were injured. The Wheatland Hop Riot was among the first major farm labor confrontations in California and a harbinger of further battles throughout the 20th Century.

Happy Birthday

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Writers who were born August 3rd:

Géza Gárdonyi (1863), Vernon Louis Parrington (1871), Maithili Sharan Gupt (1886), Rupert Brooke (1887), Ernie Pyle (1900), Clifford D. Simak (1904), Walter Van Tilburg Clark (1909), Mel Tolkin (1913), Shakeel Badayuni (1916), James MacGregor Burns (1918), Max Fatchen (1920), P. D. James (1920), Hayden Carruth (1921), Leon Uris (1924), Anthony Sampson (1926), James Tyler (1940), Martha Stewart (1941), Steven Millhauser (1943), and Mathieu Kassovitz (1967).


Writers who were born August 4th:

Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), Walter Pater (1839), Knut Hamsun (1859), Fritz Gause (1893), Witold Gombrowicz (1904), Robert Hayden (1913), Brian Crozier (1918), Iceberg Slim (1918), Michel Déon (1919), Helen Thomas (1920), Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi (1923), Ellen Schrecker (1938), Amjad Islam Amjad (1944), Billy Bob Thornton (1955), Brooks D. Simpson (1957), Allison Hedge Coke (1958), Tim Winton (1960), Barack Obama (1961), Dennis Lehane (1965), John August (1970), Bret Baier (1970), Victor Marius Beliciu (1978), and Benet Kaci (1978).

So much to celebrate this weekend

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The first Saturday in August is National Mustard Day. When it comes to condiments, Mustard is among the most popular. When it comes to longevity, mustard is unrivaled. It has literally been in use to spice up meals for thousands of years. To retain it’s status, mustard has not stood still. Rather, it has diversified. It’s not just yellow anymore. There’s a growing selection, including Honey Mustard, Bold and Spicy, Sharp and Creamy, and of course Dijon Mustard.


August third is National Watermelon Day. Watermelons are one of summer’s favorite fruits. They are sweet and tasty despite being over 90% water. This cool treat is great not only in the summer but all year long.

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U.S. Coast Guard Day is held each year on August fourth to commemorate the founding of the United States Coast Guard as the Revenue Marine on this day in 1790, by then Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton. U.S. Coast Guard Day honors the military branch that protects our waters and shorelines.


International Forgiveness Day is the first Sunday in August. There is also Global Forgiveness Day on August 27th. Forgiveness day is a time to forgive and to be forgiven. International Forgiveness Day was created by the World Forgiveness Alliance, a non-denominational, educational foundation. According to their website: “International Forgiveness Day dedicated to evoking the healing power of forgiveness worldwide.” The founder is Robert W. Plath, from Mill Valley, California.

Everyday Grace


Today’s special deal is in honor of International Forgiveness Day. We are reducing the price on the hardcover book Everyday Grace: Having Hope, Finding Forgiveness, and Making Miracles by Marianne Williamson. Amazon gives the following description:


What do your spiritual convictions have to do with traffic jams, job anxiety, reading the newspaper, or arguing with your spouse? Everything, according to Marianne Williamson. It is the way we live in our everyday world that determines the shape of who we are. So Buddhist or Muslim, Christian or Jew, it is the moment when our daughter doesn’t make the basketball team, or our best friend lands our dream job, or our business instinct tells us to bury the guy across the boardroom table that tests and builds our living faith.

With an attitude of hope, a call to forgive, a celebration of miracles, and the promise of strength and grace, Williamson helps us find our sacred footing on ordinary ground.

No matter where we are or what we’re doing, there is the opportunity to be happy, and to be holy. The large and small difficulties of our days challenge us to open our hearts and minds. And in this book of hours, Marianne Williamson teaches us to ride the currents that lurk in each of those moments of opening to a sea change of the soul.



The first Sunday of August is Sisters Day to celebrate being or having a sister. Sisters are truly special and unique. Sure, we may argue and fight. But, when it comes right down to it, sisters are the best, the very best.

chocolate chip cookies

August fourth is Chocolate Chip Day, a celebration of one of the world’s favorite forms of chocolate. Enjoy some chocolate chip treats today.

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The first Sunday of August is also
National Doll Day. Dolls have been part of all cultures throughout the ages.


There’s a Mother‘s Day, and a Father‘s Day, but today is National Kids Day. National KidsDay was created in 1994 by KidsPeace, a national children’s charity. The purpose is to encourage adults to spend more meaningful time with their children.


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


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