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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 Fabliaux

        The Fabliaux translated by Nathaniel E. Dubin. Composed between the twelfth and fourteenth centuries, these virtually unknown erotica and satiric poems lie at the root of the Western comic tradition. Passed down by the anticlerical middle classes of medieval France, The Fabliaux depicts priapic priests, randy wives and their cuckolded husbands […]

Doodle Tin by Sam Taplin

Doodle Tin by Sam Taplin. This is one of those “lifesavers” you need to have in the car at all times to keep the kids occupied. A tin of cards that are complete erasable.    

Reinventing the Chicken Coop by Kevin McElroy & Matthew Wolpe

        Reinventing the Chicken Coop: 14 Original Designs with Step-By-Step Building Instructions by Kevin McElroy & Matthew Wolpe. Book lust strikes again! I don’t own chickens nor do I intend to, but this book makes me want to have chickens. My neighbors have them and I reap the benefits of fresh eggs. […]

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick

Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick. I’m not one of those people. You know, the type the one who can talk about celebrities and list their movies. I suck at trivia, at least in the rich & famous category. And the older I get the less I want to remember these things. I just want to be […]

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Deja vu! Haven’t I been here before? I’ve asked that question many times in my life. Some places and experiences just seem so familiar. And so I’ve wondered why that deja vu feeling keeps recurring. Well, get ready for that feeling again. In Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life the main character, Ursula Todd, gets to […]

Dennis Mahoney signs his NEW novel: Fellow Mortals

We hope you will join us for the release of Dennis Mahoney’s new novel Fellow Mortals. The book release and signing will be held Thursday, February 7 at 7:00 PM at Market Block Books. Please join us.

Welcome to the new year

It was a wild and good holiday season for us but that meant being too busy to keep up with posting blog entries. We’re resolving to do better at that. But the other thing we changed is the removal of comments. So sorry about this, but the number of spam comments was far far greater […]

Market Block Books, Troy, NY: 11/13/12 New Titles

Market Block Books, Troy, NY: 11/13/12 New Titles. The Hare With Amber Eyes: A Hidden Inheritance (Illustrated Edition) by Edmund De Wall (FSG) Later Poems: Selected and New 1971-2012 by Adrienne Rich (Norton) Lucky Peach Issue #5: The China Town Issue (McSweeney’s) Kindness: A Story For All Ages by Judith Barnes, Erick James and Jeff […]

Market Block Books, Troy, NY: New titles11/7/12

Market Block Books, Troy, NY: New titles11/7/12. Moby-Dick in Pictures: One Drawing for Every Page by Matt Kish (Tin House Books) Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver (Harper) Train Tracks: Family Stories for the Holidays by Michael Savage (William Morrow) Chuck Norris: Longer and Harder: The Complete Chronicle of the World’s Deadlist, Sexiets and Beardiest Man […]

Parliament of Fowls by Jack Casey

                     A hilarious send-up of the bloodless 2009 “coup” in the New York State Senate written by an insider, Parliamentarian Jack Casey, who names his fictional senators after the birds they resemble. When the ’08 Obama landslide puts Democrats in control of the senate, racial discord […]