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Mystery Bundle of Books

Mystery Bundle of Books
$18.00
$18.00
$60.00
$40.00
$18.00
$18.00 - $60.00

Looking for something to read during this stressful time?  Our Mystery Bundle consists of six books that were assigned for recent BMC courses, a random collection of used and new books from overstock and buyback.  Original bookshop retail value of at least $40, so you'll save at least 55% -- and usually much more.

You won't know what you'll get, but each title was vetted by BMC faculty so you know that every book has merit.  We are offering serveral versions of this bundle for $18.00 each:

  • Nonfiction only
  • All categories, nonfiction/fiction mix (books in English only)
  • Books in French
*NEW* Share the joy of a mystery bundle with friends!  At the suggestion of an alum, we are now offering Mystery Bundles for 2 and Mystery Bundles for 3!  You and a friend or two will get the same set of six books from recent BMC classes.  We'll ship a bundle to you and a bundle to far-flung friends whose names and addresses you include in the comment box on the checkout form. You'll be able to read and discuss books together, just as you did during your days on campus.  Bundles for 2 and Bundles for 3 will include a mix of fiction and nonfiction (English only), and are available for a limited time in limited quantities.

  • Mystery Bundles for 2 ($40.00)
  • Mystery Bundles for 3 ($60.00)
(Addresses must be in the US.  Extra ship charges for individually shipping second and third bundles to different addresses are bulit in to the item prices.)  

No returns! Please donate unwanted books to worthy readers and causes in your neighborhood.

 

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MYST-ALL

Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants - Signed with Patch

Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants - Signed with Patch
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A special Independent Bookstore Day exclusive autographed copy of ADA TWIST AND THE PERILOUS PANTS signed by bestselling author Andrea Beaty and a collectible embroidered iron-on patch of stellar scientist Ada Twist are the perfect gifts for curious readers everywhere and fans of The Questioneers!

ISBN/SKU: 
9781419739972
Publication Date: 
April 27, 2019

American Fire

American Fire
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The arsons started on a cold November midnight and didn't stop for months. Night after night, the people of Accomack County waited to see which building would burn down next, regarding each other at first with compassion, and later suspicion. Vigilante groups sprang up, patrolling the rural Virginia coast with cameras and camouflage. Volunteer firefighters slept at their stations. The arsonist seemed to target abandoned buildings, but local police were stretched too thin to surveil them all. Accomack was desolate--there were hundreds of abandoned buildings. And by the dozen they were burning.

The culprit, and the path that led to these crimes, is a story of twenty-first century America. Washington Post reporter Monica Hesse first drove down to the reeling county to cover a hearing for Charlie Smith, a struggling mechanic who upon his capture had promptly pleaded guilty to sixty-seven counts of arson. But as Charlie's confession unspooled, it got deeper and weirder. He wasn't lighting fires alone; his crimes were galvanized by a surprising love story. Over a year of investigating, Hesse uncovered the motives of Charlie and his accomplice, girlfriend Tonya Bundick, a woman of steel-like strength and an inscrutable past. Theirs was a love built on impossibly tight budgets and simple pleasures. They were each other's inspiration and escape...until they weren't.

Though it's hard to believe today, one hundred years ago Accomack was the richest rural county in the nation. Slowly it's been drained of its industry--agriculture--as well as its wealth and population. In an already remote region, limited employment options offer little in the way of opportunity. A mesmerizing and crucial panorama with nationwide implications, American Fire asks what happens when a community gets left behind. Hesse brings to life the Eastern Shore and its inhabitants, battling a punishing economy and increasingly terrified by a string of fires they could not explain. The result evokes the soul of rural America--a land half gutted before the fires even began.

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9781631490514
Publication Date: 
July 11, 2017

ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING COURSE (P)

ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING COURSE (P)
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High school and college students who have a budding interest in architectural design will value this book for its solid foundational orientation and instruction. Author Mo Zell introduces readers to architecture's visual language, showing them how to think spatially and getting them started in architectural drawing with a series of instructive tutorials. Presenting three-dimensional design problems, she coaches students through the fundamentals of proportion and scale, space and volume, path and place, and materials and textures. A series of 40 work units covers virtually every aspect of architectural drawing, including:

  • Learning to see and sketch with accuracy
  • Developing fundamental drawing and modeling skills
  • Mastering subjective representation and rules of perspective
  • Employing spatial strategies: rendering and diagramming ideas

    She concludes with practical advice for young people who are considering careers in architectural design, offering ideas on building a portfolio, getting advanced training, and continuing on a path to a professional career. More than 800 instructive illustrations.

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    9780764138140
    Publication Date: 
    March 1, 2008
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    Are Women Human?

    Are Women Human?
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    Introduction by Mary McDermott Shideler

    One of the first women to graduate from Oxford University, Dorothy Sayers pursued her goals whether or not what she wanted to do was ordinarily understood to be feminine. Sayers did not devote a great deal of time to talking or writing about feminism, but she did explicitly address the issue of women's role in society in the two classic essays collected here.

    Central to Sayers's reflections is the conviction that both men and women are first of all human beings and must be regarded as essentially much more alike than different. We are to be true not so much to our sex as to our humanity. The proper role of both men and women, in her view, is to find the work for which they are suited and to do it.

    Though written several decades ago, these essays still offer in Sayers's piquant style a sensible and conciliatory approach to ongoing gender issues.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780802829962
    Publication Date: 
    November 1, 2005

    Bibliomysteries

    Bibliomysteries
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    Specially commissioned by the Mysterious Bookshop, the "bibliomysteries" in this unique collection feature original stories by the genre's most distinguished authors: Ian Rankin, Thomas Perry, Joyce Carol Oates, Megan Abbott, and Elizabeth George.

    This collection of crime for bibliophiles includes stories about rare books, bookshops, libraries, manuscripts, magical books, and collectors. Ian Rankin sets his tale of the lost original manuscript of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde in the legendary Shakespeare & Co., while F. Paul Wilson offers a book with remarkable powers. Joyce Carol Oates portrays an overly ambitious dealer in mystery fiction, while James Grady has the "Condor" working in the Library of Congress. Stephen Hunter tells a previously unknown story of Alan Turing set during World War I--involving a book that could change the history of the world--and Peter Lovesey writes about a box full of Agatha Christie titles that just may be priceless. Carolyn Hart's story is about an astonishing inscription in a book, while Megan Abbott and Denise Mina add their Edgar-nominated stories to this stellar collection.

    ISBN/SKU: 
    9781643132655
    Publication Date: 
    December 10, 2019
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    Black Disabled Art History 101

    Black Disabled Art History 101
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    Black disabled and Deaf artists have always existed. They were on street corners down South singing the Blues, spray-painting on New York subways, and bringing sign language to the big screen. Today, young Black disabled artists are finding their own way to the stage and studio. As a Black disabled youth in the 1970s and 1980s, I wished that there was a book like the one you are holding now. No more wishing-the book is here!
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    9781942001577
    Publication Date: 
    February 2, 2017
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    Black Prince

    Black Prince
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    As a child he was given his own suit of armor; at the age of sixteen, he helped defeat the French at Crécy. At Poitiers, in 1356, his victory over King John II of France forced the French into a humiliating surrender that marked the zenith of England's dominance in the Hundred Years War. As lord of Aquitaine, he ruled a vast swathe of territory across the west and southwest of France, holding a magnificent court at Bordeaux that mesmerized the brave but unruly Gascon nobility and drew them like moths to the flame of his cause. He was Edward of Woodstock, eldest son of Edward III, and better known to posterity as "the Black Prince." His military achievements captured the imagination of Europe: heralds and chroniclers called him "the flower of all chivalry" and "the embodiment of all valor." But what was the true nature of the man behind the chivalric myth, and of the violent but pious world in which he lived?
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    9781643132297
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    September 10, 2019
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    Book

    Book
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    We may love books, but do we know what lies behind them? In The Book, Keith Houston reveals that the paper, ink, thread, glue, and board from which a book is made tell as rich a story as the words on its pages--of civilizations, empires, human ingenuity, and madness. In an invitingly tactile history of this 2,000-year-old medium, Houston follows the development of writing, printing, the art of illustrations, and binding to show how we have moved from cuneiform tablets and papyrus scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks of today. Sure to delight book lovers of all stripes with its lush, full-color illustrations, The Book gives us the momentous and surprising history behind humanity's most important--and universal--information technology.

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    9780393244793
    Publication Date: 
    August 23, 2016
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    Brass Knuckles

    Brass Knuckles
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    The poems in this powerful first book have grown from the American urban experience of the last half of this century, a time of decay and diminishing possibilities; they vary from realistic vignettes of working-class Chicago neighborhoods to prose poems elegant and spare in their surrealism. At the middle of this book and at the thematic center of the collection is Dybek's remarkable reworking of the myth of Persephone, in which the American goddess learns to prefer the underworld and has fallen in love with Death.
    ISBN/SKU: 
    9780887484155
    Publication Date: 
    January 1, 2004