One Book Philadelphia: There There

31 Dec

Tommy Orange’s There There is the 2020 One Book One Philadelphia selection, with a wide selection of events at branches of the Free Library. Tommy Orange will visit the Parkway Central Library January 22, to kick off eight weeks of One Book  programming! Between this kickoff event and the finale on March 18, more than 100 events including book discussions, mixed-media art and music workshops, film screenings, poetry readings, community panels, and creative writing workshops all based on the themes of There There.

Youth companion books are the YA book If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth and the children’s book When We Were Alone by David Robertson and illustrated by Julie Flett.

The Kingsessing Branch library will host a discussion Jan. 25 at 2 pm; a limited number of free copies of There There are available to participants.

Holiday Hours

15 Dec

We will be open the following hours for the holiday season:

Saturday, Dec. 28: Noon – 7 pm

Sunday, Dec. 29: Noon – 5 pm

Closed Dec. 30 – Jan. 1

Thursday, Jan. 2: Noon – 4 pm

Saturday, Jan. 4: Noon – 7 pm

Sunday, Jan. 5: Noon – 5 pm


Books on the Climate Crisis

1 Dec

Edward Barbier, A Global Green New Deal. An economist argues that we can reduce carbon dependency and protect ecosystems while creating a sustainable economy.

Mike Berners-Lee, There Is No Planet B: A Handbook for the Make or Break Years. A sweeping overview, set up in a Question & Answer format.

Jeremy Brecher, Against Doom: A Climate Insurgency Manual. A short guide to building a movement.

Jeff Goodell, The Water Will Come: Rising Seas, Sinking Cities, and the Remaking of the Civilized World. Argues it is too late to avert rising oceans, but that we may be able to mitigate the consequences.

Naomi Klein, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal. Essays examine the scope of the crisis, critique schemes to geoengineer our way out of the crisis, and calls for organization and determined political action to build a greener world.

Elizabeth Rush, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore.  Reportage from the front lines of rising sea levels across America, presenting the voices of those facing displacement.

David Wallace-Wells, The Uninhabitable Earth. A sweeping overview of the catastrophic future that awaits if we do not act.


Paolo Bacigalupi’s young adult trilogy – Ship Breaker, The Drowned Cities and Tool of War – is set in a future ravaged by climate change. Much of the Gulf Coast is submerged, millions eke out meager livings fighting over and scavenging the remains.

Kim Stanley Robinson’s New York 2140 is set in a submerged New York City that is still alive, and fighting the greed that brought on the catastrophe and to carve out a new future.

Holiday Hours

30 Nov

Bindlestiff Books will be closed Wednesday, December 25th.

We will be open Monday, Dec. 23, from Noon – 7 p.m., and Tuesday, Dec. 24, from Noon until 3:30 (but if there are customers in the store we will remain open as late as 6). We will post hours for the week of December 15th soon.

Bindlestiff Best-Sellers

16 Nov

The following are our best-selling titles for the last month:

Philip Pullman, The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth

Jia Tolentino, Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion

William Joyce, The Numberlys (picture book)

Samin Nosrat, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking

Zadie Smith, Grand Union: Stories

Olga Tokarczuk, Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead: A Novel

Carmen Maria Machado, In the Dream House: A Memoir

Naomi Klein, On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal

Junot Diaz, This Is How You Lose Her

Kelly Starling Lyons, Going Down Home with Daddy (picture book)

Cathleen Daly, Emily’s Blue Period (picture book)

Matt de la Pena, Carmela Full of Wishes (picture book)

Hayley Barrett, What Miss Mitchell Saw (picture book)

Reina Telgemeier, Guts (graphic novel)

Ashley Bryan, Infinite Hope: A Black Artist’s Journey from World War II to Peace


Picture Books Exhibition

13 Oct

From October 5, 2019 through January 5, 2020, the Brandywine River Museum of Art will present Cinderella & Co.: Three Fairy Tales Reimagined, an examination of illustrations for three well-known and beloved fairy tales—Cinderella, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and The Three Little Pigs. The exhibit juxtaposes the classical tradition with more modern, multicultural and experimental approaches.

2020 Calendars

13 Oct

We have a range of 2020 calendars in stock, including the Slingshot organizers, Solidarity Forever Labor History calendar, the Nikki McClure calendar, a Radical Jewish History calendar, a variety of discounted art calendars, and a range of flexible (add your own dates) planners.