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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 Immortal Game: A History of Chess, or How 32 Carved Pieces on a Board Illuminated Our Understanding of War, Art, Science and the Human Brain by David Shenk Hardcover, $26.00 0385510101 Open your mind. Many of you are looking at this title and thinking, “Boring, dull, I’m no geek.” But I want you to […]

“One in, one out.” – Helen Volk (local author of several books & pamphlets on de-cluttering and organizing) Well, that’s the theory, so I’m told. I try to apply this to books. I mentioned that I love being surrounded by books but when the stack on the floor becomes three feet high (no joking!) and […]

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (A Novel)by Ned VizziniMiramax, $16.950786851961 I’ve been trying to read more young adult and middle reader fiction lately and the results have been impressive. I’ve come across some wonderful books. It’s Kind of a Funny Story is another in the list of interesting reads. To come totally clean on […]

Rainy days & Mondays

We may actually see sunshine today but it doesn’t matter. I have the day off and that means a trip to the laundromat with a couple of books to keep me company. Honestly, I’m not just saying this. I never leave the house without at least TWO books. I try to bring something new and […]

The week in review, the fullness of time

It’s Sunday morning, 8:00 AM. I just made my first cup of coffee. The radio plays my morning news program. The sky is gray again. I have no major plans for the day, just to relax after a very full week. I brought books to sell at the New York State Writers Institute for the […]

Buddha or Bust: In Search of Truth, Meaning, Happiness, and the Man Who Found Them Allby Perry GarfinkelHarmony, $24.95140008217X A guy walks into his editor’s office, pitches an idea and somewhere down the road he’s heading East in search of the steps the Buddha took in his life. Well, that’s the idea anyway. National Geographic […]

The beginnings of transformation

La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mindby Beppe SevergniniBroadway, $23.950767914392 When I was on the radio I mentioned a few books that were clearly about personal or global transformation. I believe the former can lead to the latter. But Joe and Susan wondered what this book (La Bella Figura: A Field Guide […]

Dusting off the shelves

Welcome back to life! Wow! It’s been a while since I’ve posted here and it’s long overdue. It’s been a curious year and I just couldn’t imagine keeping this page going without letting other things slide. So, I let this slide. I’m just cleaning out the pipes and will post my recent listing of books […]

You can’t judge a book by its cover. I suspect that old adage came about when books all looked pretty much alike. Hardcovers, usually browns, burgundys, or blacks. Nowadays we are overwhelmed with graphic designs meant to entice us into their pages. And while I basically agree with the old adage I find that I […]