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I discovered two things in the second grade that changed my life forever: God and books. I've loved both of them ever since. I enjoy reading just about anything as long as it's good writing. I like fiction, poetry, literary criticism, philosophy, spirituality, Thomas Merton, the Desert Mothers & Fathers, queer studies, and especially a good cookbook.

Recent blog posts written by Stanley

The pace of a Saturday

Saturday is our busiest day. The Troy Waterfront Farmers Market adds to the joy of the day. We open the same time the Market does and the door bells (a real bell attached to the door) tinkles all day long. It’s a day of pure energy and there’s little time for the grunt work of […]

Once more, with feeling!

If you’ve ever done it, keeping up with a blog can be a lot of work. Hence my absence of late. I’ve been putting energy into the bookstore and all that entails. Sometimes dusting, sometimes toilets, but mostly selling books. So here’s the chance to add a bit more depth to the life of a […]

Surviving the “holidays.”

Yes, we did it! I would like to thank the kindness and patience and graciousness and generosity of all our customers! This was a season of miracles indeed. Absent were the loud cellphone talkers, the coffee spillers, the make-out customers on the couch (oh yes!) This was quite the pleasant shopping season. Of course, there […]

New kids titles 6/28/13

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWwe1E51w2U New titles at Market Block Books in Troy, NY Here are some wonderful new titles for kids: Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli and Snake Hill by James Patterson Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein Margritte’s Marvelous Hat by D.B Johnson John Feinstein Mysteries: Cover-Up (Super Bowl) Rush for the Gold (Olympics) The […]

The NEW Scaredy Squirrel Goes Camping is HERE! Yay!

  Let me tell you how much I love Scaredy Squirrel by the GREAT Melanie Watt… well, I’m actually afraid to tell you. If I tell you I won’t be able to stop, because I really, truly absolutely adore Scaredy Squirrel. Oh, I do! I look forward to a new Scaredy book. And I am […]

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George (book and exhibit)

Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George By Erin B. Coe, Bruce Robertson, Gwendolyn Owens A landmark survey that illuminates through paintings, pastels, and photographs how Georgia O’Keeffe discovered and refined her approach to nature at Lake George. This beautiful Thames and Hudson book of Georgia O’Keeffe’s art corresponds to the exhibit at the Hyde […]

Top Ten Father’s Day Books (2013)

1 . Vader’s Little Princess (Star Wars) by  Jeffrey Brown   In this irresistibly funny follow-up to the breakout bestseller “Darth Vader and Son,” Vader–Sith Lord and leader of the Galactic Empire–now faces the trials, joys, and mood swings of raising his daughter Leia as she grows from a sweet little girl into a rebellious teenager. […]

The No Recipe Cookbook: A Beginner’s Guide to the Art of Cooking by Susan Crowther

  The No Recipe Cookbook: A Beginner’s Guide to the Art of Cooking by Susan Crowther. Go no further. This is the book you’ve been looking for if you have little or no experience cooking. This cookbook is packed with practical tips and ideas for making the meals you never dreamed you could make. You […]

New Titles for May 21, 2013 – Market Block Books

New Titles for May 21, 2013 – YouTube. New books at Market Block Books: And the Mountains Echoed (Riverhead); The Black Country (Penguin); The Redeemer (Knopf); The Last Summer of the Camperdowns (Liveright); We Need New Names (Little, Brown); The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (FSG); Shakespeare’s Pub: A Barstool History of […]

Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in New York History by Kara Hughes

      Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in New York History by Kara Hughes. Here’s a lost treasure. We’ve had this on the shelf and neither Susan nor I had ever seen it–how is that possible?! Anyway, it looks very entertaining–murderers, criminals & politicians (is there a difference in New York?), and assorted […]