Bindlestiff Best-Sellers

13 Oct

Here, in descending order, are our best-selling books for the last month:

Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness

Chimamanda Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

Gemma Harris, Can a Bee Sting a Bee?: And Other Big Questions from Little People

Adreienne Maree Brown & Walidah Imarisha, editors, Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (a novel)

Te-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name (novel)

Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend (novel)

Matt de la Peña, Last Stop on Market Street (picture book)

Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions

Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her (novel)

Italo Calvino, The Complete Cosmicomics (novel)

Beverly Cleary, The Mouse and the Motorcycle

Peggy Orenstein, Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Brian Selznick, The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Reza Aslan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Octavia Butler, Lilith’s Brood

2 labor history book events

11 Oct

Bindlestiff Books is co-sponsoring two events this week with Wooden Shoe books:

Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 7 pm we are co-sponsoring a presentation by Eric Chester, author of The Wobblies in Their Heydayat Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St. This book examines the Industrial Workers of the World on the eve of World War I, arguing that its increasingly successful organizing in basic industry led to the massive offensive by the federal government (and by the states) that led to the imprisonment of more than 1,000 Wobblies, and forced the union to divert much of its energy and resources from organizing to legal defense.

Saturday, Oct. 15 at 7 pm, we cosponsor a joint book talk by Anatole Dolgoff, author of Left of the Left: My Memories of Sam Dolgoff (AK Press, 2016), and Andrew Cornell, author of Unruly Equality: U.S. Anarchism in the 20th Century (University of California Press, 2016). at Wooden Shoe Books, 704 South St.

Sam Dolgoff, a house painter by trade, was an IWW organizer and radical activist from the 1920s until his death in 1990. He rode the rails as an itinerant laborer, bedding down in hobo camps and mounting soapboxes in cities across the United States. Self-educated, he translated, edited and wrote some of the most important books and journals of twentieth-century anti-authoritarian politics, including the most widely read collection of Mikhail Bakunin’s writings in English. His son, Anatole, recalls his father’s life and the working-class culture of which he was a part.

Capital, Labor & Urban Transportation: A book talk for today’s working class

23 Sep

wolfinger-talkIn his new book, Running the Rails, labor historian James Wolfinger examines how Philadelphia’s for-profit public transport system management used raw violence, race baiting and smear campaigns to control mass transit workers, and how workers organized over several decades to win decent wages and working conditions.

Sunday, October 9, 1:30 p.m. Transit Workers Local 234 Hall, 500 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia. (near the 2nd Street and Spring Garden SEPTA stations) Co-sponsored by Bindlestiff Books and Transit Workers Union Local 234. Free admission, copies of the book will be available for purchase.

Dollar Stroll Thursday

31 Aug

Thursday is the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, and Bindlestiff will be open late for the occasion with our normal selection of books inside, and a wide variety of new books (some other stuff too) available outside for just $1.

Bindlestiff Best-Sellers

29 Aug

Our best-selling titles for the last month, in descending order of sales:

J.K. Rowling et al., Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Sy Montgomery, The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness

Alexandra Brodsky & Rachel Nalebuff, editors, The Feminist Utopia Project: Fifty-Six Visions of a Wildly Better Future

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation

Betty Medsger, The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI 

Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (novel)

Matt de la Peña, Last Stop on Market Street (picture book)

Chimamanda Adichie, Americanah (novel)

Gemma Harris, Can a Bee Sting a Bee?: And Other Big Questions from Little People

Ali Almossawi, An Illustrated Book of Bad Arguments

Chimamanda Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists

Pamela Haag, The Gunning of America: Capitalism and the Making of American Gun Culture

Yaa Gyasi, Homegoing: A novel

J.K. Rowling, Hogwarts Classics

Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom: Ethics, Democracy, and Civic Courage

Octavia Butler, Lilith’s Brood

Carlo Rovelli, Seven Brief Lessons on Physics

Elena Ferrante, The Story of a New Name (Neapolitan Novels)


Phone service restored

18 Aug

We were notified Friday morning that our phone number – 215.662.5780 – has been restored, after three weeks of daily contacts with the phone company and a formal complaint with the Federal Communications Commission. We hope to have voice mail restored this weekend.

Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

1 Aug

Update: We are sold out, but have a new shipment on the way. Copies will be available Tuesday afternoon.

At the stroke of midnight, our sealed case of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be levitated from our window, and the seals preserving its contents from view will burst.

We will open the doors at 11:30, Saturday night; begin distributing books at the stroke of midnight; and remain open until the throngs have dispersed.

Our phone remains disabled, we can temporarily be reached at 215.386.1750