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"...aside from its insanely organized shelves, it also offers a smalltown coziness that larger, independent stores lack. Rare is a used bookstore that understands that used-book lovers aren't hoarders and cat collectors, but rather lovers of pop culture and refined culture. Read is the absolute best little place to lose an afternoon and emerge delighted and excited with a handful of treasures."
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“What shall I do with all my books?" was the question; and the answer, "Read them," sobered the questioner. But if you cannot read them, at any rate handle them and, as it were, fondle them. Peer into them. Let them fall open where they will... If they cannot enter the circle of your life, do not deny them at least a nod of recognition.
Author Archives: Jeremy
READ Books book club has existed for almost 10 years. At our end of summer meeting in September, one of our original members, Sarah, told us about her recent vacation to Chief Joseph/Nez Perce country in Oregon & Idaho. Chief … Continue reading
READ Books will be hosting our next Book Club Meeting on Saturday 12/2. We will eat a thematic potluck dinner, drink thematic liquor, discuss our current book (The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian), and choose our next selection. … Continue reading
An Evening with Smokin’ Joe by Jeremy Kaplan of READ Books This summer marks the 20th Anniversary of two gruesome events: Evander Holyfield getting half his ear gnawed off by Michael Tyson, and I getting brutally shit-canned by Book Soup. … Continue reading
Apparently, there was a recent national event that has rekindled interest in futuristic literature depicting fascist states. Don’t ask me what happened; due to a recent inclination for slamming my noggin continuously upside a concrete wall so as to forget … Continue reading
“Either this man is dead or my watch has stopped.” ~Groucho Marx Time’s a helluva thing. I labor to mitigate its impact during my daily runs by utilizing the artful restructuring of measurement. An 8-miler is really just a 1-miler … Continue reading
A READ Books Eagle Rock Flashback I am Wrecking Ball January of 2007; my friend Ray & I enter a vacant storefront with grim countenances forged upon our mugs & heavy sledge hammers abiding upon our shoulders. We are here … Continue reading
If one’s sole exposure to words was through literature, one might perceive the English language to be a relatively coherent thing. But if one were obliged to interact with for-real humans, say in a bookstore, maybe because one’s ability to … Continue reading
The Greatest Taco in the World by Florence the READ Books Dog (as told to her biped, Jeremy Kaplan) Summer 2016 What is This Thing Called Hooky? On an average morning my big, goofy biped chooses to become a giant, … Continue reading
“The Sanity Clause” By Jeremy Kaplan & Flo Dog READ Books of Eagle Rock The Patron I’ll tell you what. When that gangly whippersnapper took to laughing at the political perspective of yours truly, it took all the self-control I … Continue reading
A Pound of Flesh… The email for this estate sale, alleged my allegedly industrious wife, alleged that there’d be “tons and tons of the very best books.” Having thus far stood in line on a sidewalk beneath a house on … Continue reading