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5 Mother’s Day Gifts for the Unstoppable Mom April 27, 2017 13:22

Of course you could show her some love with flowers, a nice card, and a hug, but this Mother’s Day (psst, it’s May 14!) we’ve got exactly what you need for the strong, paradigm-shattering mom (or mom-figure) in your life.

1. A Guide to Breaking the Rules
Bad Girls Throughout History

What do Sojourner Truth, Marie Curie, and Joan Jett have in common? They made history by behaving badly. Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen documents the impact of these rule-breakers with beautiful illustrations and compelling essays. Don't miss our author interview below, where we sit down with Shen to hear about what inspires her, and what she's learned from these 100 remarkable women.

Read up on these trailblazers!

2. Feminist Tote and Pin
Feminist Tote

Haul your feminist literature in style! Even better: add a simple, bold pin to any accessory, including your favorite knitted hat.

Tote it loud. Pin it proud.

3. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Gear
Adichie Books

Adapted from the author’s radical TED Talk, the short, powerful essay We Should All Be Feminists speaks a big message that everyone should hear. And don’t miss Adichie’s follow-up, the epistolary Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.

Read it, love it, become a fan.

4. Fearless Necklace
Joan of Arc Necklace

Channel your inner warrior with this hand-cast necklace from Chocolate and Steel. Joan of Arc’s timeless quote, “I am not afraid. I was born to do this,” is etched in gold.

Wear that courage!

5. A Complete Prep Set

With a mini sewing kit, emergency bandages, and more, the Pinch Mom Kit will keep her ready for whatever the future brings. Plus, there’s Stuff Every Mom Should Know, a handy guide that serves up indispensable wisdom, such as “Comebacks for Unsolicited Parenting Advice.”

Stay prepared and know your stuff.

A Conversation with  Ann Shen, Author and Illustrator of Bad Girls Throughout History

Who is your biggest inspiration?

My biggest inspiration is not one person, but lots of different people who run their own businesses and lives according to their own rules. I feel so inspired when I read interviews and when I meet people in my daily life who are fully in charge of their own lives, and remain warm, grounded, and positive.

Where are you from?

I was born and raised in Southern California, and I currently live and work in Los Angeles.

When did you start creating?

I always wrote and illustrated books when I was a kid, but I decided to go pro in my mid-twenties when I went back to school to study illustration. After graduation, I dove headfirst into design and illustration work and haven't looked back since!

How did this book come to be?

Bad Girls Throughout History started out as a zine I made in art school; it was an illustration for a publishing class. I decided to make the kind of work I wanted to see, and the kind of dream work I wanted to do. At that time in my life, I was looking for role models who made their own paths and listened to their hearts because that's what I needed to hear about.

I read an article about Ada Lovelace and was absolutely inspired and surprised to find out that she was the world's first computer programmer – not first FEMALE, but FIRST. In my research I found out more about her salacious and complex personal life, and that inspired me even more. It sparked this realization that all the women who achieved incredible things were complicated, real people with doubts and fears, but overcame them anyway. That was a super inspiring concept to me, and I couldn't stop sharing all that I found with everyone who would listen.

Fortunately, the word spread with the people who really got the idea, and a few years later my literary agent found the project on a blog and reached out to me about turning it into a book (only my hope and dream in life!) and we connected with great people at Chronicle Books to make it happen.

What are you reading now?

I'm always reading a few books at a time. I like a balance of learning, self-improvement, and fun. So in the mornings I'm currently reading Eat Pretty Every Day by Jolene Hart, which has really easy-to-read daily pages of great nutritional info. In the evening, I'm reading The First 20 Minutes by Gretchen Reynolds, and a fun fiction book, Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas.

by Toni Rachal


9 Presents for Jane Austen Fans December 12, 2016 12:02

As the weather grows colder, blankets, fireplaces, and hot cocoa seem more and more inviting. And every winter night needs a good book, who better to read than the keen pen and page-turning wit of Jane Austen?

1. Prideful Purple Socks

Jane Austen Socks

Snuggling up with a good book shouldn't give you cold feet. Keep your toes toasty with this quote from Pride and Prejudice.

Slip on some cozy quotes.

2. Cover Design T-Shirt

Pride and Prejudice T-Shirt

For those of you who thought, "well, socks are nice, but I want something a little more visible."

Try this shirt on for size.

3. Quote Covered Mug

Jane Austen Mug

Sip, quaff, and swig your favorite beverage from this mug filled to the brim with choice quotes.

Fill that mug shaped hole in your life.

4. Wise Words Tote

NYPL Jane Austen Tote Bag

When it's time to venture out of the house, where are you going to put your books? In this tote bag, of course!

Your book toting tote awaits.

5. What Would Jane Do?

What Would Jane Do?

If you're lost, in need of direction, or yearning for a proper quip, this tiny (but mighty) book will have the perfect pithy phrase.

Crack open your book.

6. Book Cover Pouch

Pride and Prejudice Pouch

Need a stash for the letters from your secret admirer? This pouch can hide them perfectly. (Also perfect for phones, pens, wallets, and the bits and bobs at the bottom of a bag.

Pick yours up.

7. Pocket-Sized Enamel Book Pin

Pride and Prejudice Enamel Book Pin

A mini Elizabeth Bennet who would look stunning on your jacket, your bag, your hat, your shirt, your-- you get the picture.

Wear your pride on your sleeve.

8. Silver Heart Necklace

Jane Austen Heart Necklace

A quote from the Jane Austen Prayers, a simple reminder in sterling silver, and beautiful heart to wear by your own.

Inspiration awaits.

9. Inspiring Journal

Jane Austen Journal

Whether you're journaling, observing life, or writing drafts of your future memoirs, you can't do better than this leatherette journal.

Let your pen write on gilded edge paper.

Get your order in by December 14th to ensure arrival by December 24th.

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Gifts for the Library Lover December 06, 2016 16:53

1. Neil Gaiman Tote Bag

Neil Gaiman Tote Bag

Fill this canvas bag from our Wise Words collection with dreams and still have space in the inner pocket for material things. Like your keys.

Begin your literary journey here.

2. Mini Book Light

Mini Book Light

Read in any circumstance with this powerful LED lamp that can fit in your pocket. Did we mention it can charge your phone, too?

Find your pocket sized super book here.

 

3. Library Card Scarf

Library Card Scarf

We’re all a little nostalgic for date stamps and paper library cards. Wear your happy memories with style in this cotton/silk scarf.

Celebrate nostalgia here.

4. When in Doubt Tee

When in Doubt Go to the Library T-Shirt

Whether you’re a fan or looking for some sage advice, Hermione’s words ring true. Show that proudly with this 100% cotton shirt.

For witches and wizards of all sorts.

 

5. Library Stamp Desk Caddy

Library Stamp Desk Caddy

The stamp is from the start of the New York Public Library. The wood is reclaimed heart of pine. Your desk is infinitely cooler and a touch neater. You’re welcome.

Treat yourself here.

 

6. Tequila Mockingbird

Tequila Mockingbird

Filled to the brim with literary references and puns (Gin Eyre anyone?). This cocktail book is the ideal chaser to a long day for those more liquidly inclined.

Get your literary drink on here.

 

7. Card Catalog

Card Catalog

Invigorate To Do lists into by writing them on the back of classics like Moby Dick. Then put them in the matching envelope and file away. Like a real card catalog!

Spruce up your notecards here.

8. Due Date Tie

Due Date Tie

This silk tie transports you back to the time when library books had to be stamped by hand, marginalia roamed free, and the scent of books filled the air. (Scent of books not included.)

But you can get the tie here.

 

9. Quote Magnet Set

Quote Magnet Set

Does that wall/fridge/lamp look a little bare? Is life lacking that certain dose of inspiration?

 

Spruce it up with our Wise Words magnet set.

 

10. Shakespeare Quote Necklace

Shakespeare Necklace

A gift for fierce ladies of all statures. That Hermia is sure to love the sterling silver quote and lion. (Reads: “Although she be but little, she is fierce.”)

Get your bold necklace here.

 

11. Banned Books Bracelet

Banned Books Bracelet

This lead-free banned book bracelet is a perfect accessory for that librarian who wishes Banned Book Week could be every day of the year.

Serious banned swag here.

 

12. Fran Lebowitz Quote Mug

Fran Lebowitz Mug

This 11 oz mug from our Wise Words collection does have some good advice and another reason to love books. (And it’s dishwasher and microwave safe, to boot.)

Fill your head here.

 

13. Punk Rock Authors Tote

Punk Rock Authors Tote

Finally! A tote for the book lover with an attitude.

Click here to get yours.

 

14. Library Stamp Pouch

Red Vintage Library Stamp Pouch

Tote too big? Try a canvas pouch adorned with the vintage stamp once used at the NYPL.

Comes in Red (pictured), Light Denim (also pictured),Gray, Black, and Dark Denim, too!

 

15. Raven Scarf

Raven Scarf

Share your darker side by wearing this cotton infinity scarf with the entire Poe poem. Soon enough, you’ll be looking at other scarves and saying “Nevermore!”

Make Poe proud and head here.

 

16. Book Stack Earrings

Book Stack Earrings

Never be too far from a good book with these earrings.

Available in Gold and Silver.

 

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