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One Book Philadelphia: Sing, Unburied Sing,

29 Dec

Sing, Unburied, Sing is the 2019 One Book Philadelphia title. Ghost Boys and Last Stop on Market Street are the accompanying titles for younger readers. All are available for check-out at branch libraries or for purchase at Bindlestiff Books.

There will be several events between January 14 and March 13, with author Jesmyn Ward speaking at the main library Jan. 16 and at the Community College of Philadelphia Jan. 17. A schedule of events can be found here.


Bindlestiff Top Sellers

24 Nov

2019 Slingshot Organizer

Jennifer Uman, Jemmy Button (picture book)

Jessica Love, Julián Is a Mermaid (picture book)

Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Patricia Valdez, Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles (picture book)

Michelle Obama, Becoming

Yuval Harari,  Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Cixin Liu, The Dark Forest

Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem

Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist (novel)

Carmen Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Angela Diterlizzi, Just Add Glitter (picture book)

Roberto Bolano, Antwerp

Naomi Klein, The Battle For Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists

Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed




Best Children’s Books of 2018

2 Nov

The New York Times has just published its annual list; we have most of them in stock…

Bindlestiff Best-Sellers

9 Oct

These are our best-selling titles for the last month, in descending order:

Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem

Keri Smith, The Guerilla Art Kit

Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow

Shana Corey, The Secret Subway (picture book)

Naomi Alderman, The Power

Chapo House, The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts, and Reason

Deray McKesson, On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope

Zora Neale Hurston, Barracoon

Adrienne Maree Brown, Emergent Strategy: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective

Hala Alyan, Salt Houses

Roxane Gay, Difficult Women

Dav Pilkey, Dog Man: Lord of the Fleas (YA graphic novel)

Ursula LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness 

Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief (chapter book)



Bindlestiff Best-Sellers

29 Jul

These are our best-selling books for the last month:

Steven Ujifusa, Barons of the Sea and Their Race to Build the World’s Fastest Clipper Ship

Paula Scher, The Brownstone (picture book)

Carmen Maria Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death

David Sedaris, Calypso

Tomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and Bone

Celeste Ng, Everything I Never Told You: A Novel

Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower

Cixin Liu, The Three-Body Problem

Kobi Yamada, What Do You Do With a Chance? (picture book)

Kyodo Williams & Jasmine Syedullah, Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation

Chimamanda Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions

Ursula LeGuin, The Dispossessed

Doreen Cronin, Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type (picture book)

Mem Fox, Where Is the Green Sheep? (board book)

Tommy Orange, There There: A novel

Barons of the Sea

6 Jul

Bindlestiff Books and The Gables will host West Philadelphian Steven Ujifusa as he presents his new book, Barons of the Sea and their race to build the world’s fastest clipper ship, Tuesday, July 24, at the Gables.

Barons of the Sea tells the story of a handful of cutthroat competitors who raced to build the fastest, finest, most profitable clipper ships to carry their cargo from China to American shores. Steven Ujifusa’s previous book, A Man and His Ship, was named one of the top 10 books of 2012 by the Wall Street Journal. His new book is a sweeping history of 19th century American dynasties and the battle for dominance in tea and opium trading.

Elegantly written and meticulously researched, Barons of the Sea is a riveting tale of innovation and ingenuity that draws back the curtain on the making of some of the nation’s greatest fortunes, and the rise and fall of an all-American industry with a sordid underbelly and genteel facade. This is an epic tale of Americana that your history class skipped.

Tuesday, July 24, 7:00 pm, The Gables, 4520 Chester Ave., Philadelphia

The event is free; Bindlestiff will make books available for purchase.


Bindlestiff Bestsellers

30 Dec

These are our bestselling titles for the last month:

West Philly Cats 2018 calendar

Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century

Aleksandra Mizielinska & Daniel Mizielinski, Maps (picture book)

The Surrealist Home: A Box of Domestic Games

Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees

Philip Pullman, The Book of Dust

Nikki McClure, Rally 2018 Calendar

Carmen Machado, Her Body and Other Parties: Stories

Leon Rosselson, That Precious Strand of Jewishness That Challenges Authority 

Deb Perelman, Smitten Kitchen: Breakfast, Dinner, Cake (and Everything in Between)

Cynthia Rylant, All in a Day

British Library, Harry Potter: A Journey through a History of Magic