Monthly Archives: July 2013

The End of Vacation

As the dog days of August arrive, it seems as if everyone’s summer vacations are starting to wind down. I, myself, am fresh-back from a week in Maine spent relaxing, reading and visiting bookstores. One of this year’s finds was a little gift shop Imagein Brooklin, ME called Betsy’s Sunflower that has, among great gift items, a small but interesting selection of Maine-specific books and local authors while also hosting occasional author events.  Of course, I left there with a couple of signed editions of works by Brooklin author Peter Behrens. It’s places like this and the UConn Co-op that reaffirm my faith that bookstores are still a vital part of a community providing a place where “readers and authors meet.”

Also, in the Maine woods, I always take time (for a few moments, at least, before being devoured by mosquitoes) to look up and see the millions of stars in the night sky including the milky way. You’ll be hard-pressed to see many stars here, but if you stop into the well-lit UConn Co-op you can easily find a copy of the intriguing, new Co-op Pick,Image The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light, by Paul Bogard–a book that laments “how upside down this world where what was once a most common human experience has become most rare. Where a child might grow into adulthood without ever having seen the Milky Way and never feel as though lifted from earth into surrounding stars. Where most of us go into the dark armed not only with ‘a light’ but with so much light that we never know that the dark, too, blooms and sings.”

Also, while most of our trade book inventory is still in storage awaiting completion of our new Storrs Center store, we still have a great selection of Indie Bestsellers (which are always 20% off), Co-op Picks (15% off), local-interest books, children’s books, and many others. You’ll be surprised at the variety we’ve crammed into such a small space. We’ve also just put out a large quantity of bargain books, in which, there are many terrific and unique finds to be had for a pittance.  And, as always, we’d be happy to order most any book that you want and have it for you in a couple days.

So, stop in today. We’re still here and would be glad to help you with books, or anything else for that matter–in addition to books, right now we have a very good selection (though going fast) of UConn Husky insignia wear and other UConn trinkets at clearance prices.

–Bob Smith


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July 30, 2013 · 2:45 am

Onward Toward Adventure

1: a : an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks

     b : the encountering of risks <the spirit of adventure>
2 : an exciting or remarkable experience <an adventure in exotic dining>
(Definition via
Every summer I think I’m going to have an adventure.  I’ll turn a corner and fall through a black whole into another time or dimension, meet my long lost twin, run into a witch, chase down some thieving sprites,  fight a mighty beast, and save the day!  Usually I just end up falling into a good book.  If your like me, trying to slack your thirst for adventure through a good summer read here are some books you can find at your own beloved UConn Co-op.
Happy Reading!
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (9780545123273)
shiver“Grace has spent years watching the wolves in the woods behind her house.  One yellow-eyed wolf – her wolf – watches back.”
When a murder takes place in town and it looks like it is wolf related Grace steps forward to defend the wolves, who may be more than what they appear to be.  (Back cover)
The Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (9781416990512)
Egypt GameIt’s all fun and games until the lines between reality and pretend begin to blur.  Finding a common interest in all things Ancient Egyptian, Melanie Ross and April Hall start up the Egypt Game and soon get more of their friends playing the Egypt Game too.
“Everyone thinks it’s just a game, until strange things begin happening to the players.  Has the Egypt Game gone too far?”
(Back cover)
On the Day I Died: Stories from the Grave by Candace Fleming (9780375867811)
day i diedFinding himself in a graveyard for teenagers after midnight, Mike Kowalski finds himself the center of attention for nine dearly departed teenage souls.
“Each of these nine teenage souls has a tale to tell about his or her own death – eerie, tragic, or horrifying – and Mike can’t leave until he’s heard them all.”
(Back cover)
The Diviners by Libba Bray (9780316126113)
divinersEvie is thrilled to be moving to New York City in the year of 1926!  Although she has to live with her occult obsessed Uncle Will.
“Evie worries he’ll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far.  But when the police find a murdered girl with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.”
(Back cover)

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