A few weeks ago, I started listening to Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. Thirty-five hours (818 pages) later, I’ve finally finished! There can be no more exhaustive biography written about this illegitimate/foreign-born, egotistical, philandering, unyielding, ambitious, hardworking, sensitive, family-oriented, forward-thinking, brilliant, dedicated, loquacious, articulate Founding Father than this. Hamilton “was the messenger from the future […]
Author Fredrik Backman is Swedish. His novel, Beartown, and its sequel, Us Against You, are set in a small, rural hockey town in Sweden. These books were written a continent away from Buena Vista, Colorado, in words that required translating for me to read. How does this story feels so close to home?! The names, […]
Adeline Larue has been warned: “. . . never pray to the gods that answer after dark.” In a moment of desperation, she does just that, making a rash deal in exchange for her soul. Unlike any other woman living in early eighteenth century France, she is free – free to come and go, to […]
The year we opened Once Upon a Trapeze Bookstore, my goal was to read and review 100 books – this, on top of everything that goes with starting a new business, working as a full-time teacher, tutoring kids after school, and training to run a marathon . . . yes, a marathon. What was I […]
I was 23 years old when Margaret Atwood first published The Handmaid’s Tale. I assumed then it was an historical fiction novel set in Puritan New England. Interested, I put it on a long and growing list of books-to-read-once-I-finished-college-got-married-raised-kids-started-a-teaching-career . . . Thirty-plus years later, I’m finally getting to it. Turning the first page, I […]
See images from our great summer opening.
It is our goal to listen for recommendations and ideas from all our customers and stay on the lookout for great literature, fun and educational toys, essential art supplies, and interesting, story/word-related trinkets and baubles. Our hope is that each visit to the shop will provide a new discovery, something you didn’t see the last […]
Kids like non-fiction books, too! A reliable, soon to be third-grade source informed me that I need more books about stuff. Of course, the first thing I thought of was how much kids in my classrooms loved DK Eyewitness books on topics from animals to wars!
Here, hold my coffee…. and watch me review 100 books in 6 months!
“Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souching, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There’s magic in that. It’s in the listener, and for […]