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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)
  • Fiction in French
  • Fiction in Spanish
*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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100 Year Starship, The

100 Year Starship, The
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What would we find if we made it all the way to another star's solar system?

So far, our travels into outer space have been limited to the planets and moons surrounding the sun in our own solar system. Today's astronomers are planning a mission to explore further reaches of space than humans have ever reached. Readers (Grades 3-5) will discover how these bold scientists are working to build faster spaceships and overcome the obstacles that make it difficult for humans to survive in outer space.
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9780531240601
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March 1, 2013
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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!

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9781419739972
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April 27, 2019

Aesop's Fables - Novel Journal (CLEARANCE)

Aesop's Fables - Novel Journal (CLEARANCE)
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Pen words as insightful and timeless as Aesop's in a journal lined with his fables.

Aesop was a slave and fantastic storyteller who lived in ancient Greece around 620-564 BC. No writings by him exist (if they ever existed at all), yet his tales have survived and been shared through oral tradition around the world. In many stories, he uses animals as the main characters to convey deeper meanings and morals that still ring true today.

A Novel Journal: Aesop's Fables infuses new life into these classic tales by inviting writers to pen their own stories and ideas between the lines of the fables. In a type so tiny as to nearly disappear, the entire text of Aesop's Fables forms the lines of this journal. Perfect for daily journaling or drafting the next classic, this homage to Aesop's work adds an element of excitement to any writing project.

Packaged with a Svepa cover, brilliant endpapers, colored edges, and matching elastic band to close pages tight, this book is a great gift or collectible for anyone who loves fables. And the compact size makes this journal easy to slip into a purse, briefcase, or backpack so you can record and revisit your thoughts on the go.

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9781626865976
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March 1, 2016
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Afropessimism

Afropessimism
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Why does race seem to color almost every feature of our moral and political universe? Why does a perpetual cycle of slavery--in all its political, intellectual, and cultural forms--continue to define the Black experience? And why is anti-Black violence such a predominant feature not only in the United States but around the world? These are just some of the compelling questions that animate Afropessimism, Frank B. Wilderson III's seminal work on the philosophy of Blackness.

Combining precise philosophy with a torrent of memories, Wilderson presents the tenets of an increasingly prominent intellectual movement that sees Blackness through the lens of perpetual slavery. Drawing on works of philosophy, literature, film, and critical theory, he shows that the social construct of slavery, as seen through pervasive anti-Black subjugation and violence, is hardly a relic of the past but the very engine that powers our civilization, and that without this master-slave dynamic, the calculus bolstering world civilization would collapse. Unlike any other disenfranchised group, Wilderson argues, Blacks alone will remain essentially slaves in the larger Human world, where they can never be truly regarded as Human beings, where, "at every scale of abstraction, violence saturates Black life."

And while Afropessimism delivers a formidable philosophical account of being Black, it is also interwoven with dramatic set pieces, autobiographical stories that juxtapose Wilderson's seemingly idyllic upbringing in mid-century Minneapolis with the abject racism he later encounters--whether in late 1960s Berkeley or in apartheid South Africa, where he joins forces with the African National Congress. Afropessimism provides no restorative solution to the hatred that abounds; rather, Wilderson believes that acknowledging these historical and social conditions will result in personal enlightenment about the reality of our inherently racialized existence.

Radical in conception, remarkably poignant, and with soaring flights of lyrical prose, Afropessimism reverberates with wisdom and painful clarity in the fractured world we inhabit. It positions Wilderson as a paradigmatic thinker and as a twenty-first-century inheritor of many of the African American literary traditions established in centuries past.

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9781631496141
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April 7, 2020

Andy Warhol Journal & Postcards - CLEARANCE

Andy Warhol Journal & Postcards - CLEARANCE
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The Andy Warhol Banana Journal with Postcard Set from Galison has 132 gridded and lined pages and includes 3 postcards featuring the works of Andy Warhol. The journal cover is the iconic Banana on black background and the 3 postcards include famous works paired with Warhol's entertaining and enlightening quotes.
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June 11, 2019
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Art of Perpetuation

Art of Perpetuation
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Vivid explorations of cryogenics, lion baiting, iDollators, dodo birds, SpaceX, and more populate The Art of Perpetuation, a poignant new collection of lyric essays from Alison Powell that troubles the boundaries between human and animal, living and dead, man and woman, adult and child. These nine whip-smart essays juxtapose personal narrative-memories of the author's childhood growing up in southern Indiana and experiences as a mother of two-with scientific, historical, and cultural narrative. Throughout the collection, Powell seeks to unearth, to peel back, to lay bare: "To pry something out of someone, the meat of a walnut from its enamel-like shell, is an excavation-to uncover a lie, an infidelity." Dizzying, fragmentary, and provocative, Powell's lyrical investigations dig in deep, coming up for air only to expose the meaningless of naming in a world obsessed with self-perpetuation. "To say a poem is like a body is to say one's self is a machine. To say a body is erasable is to say extinction is a temperate clicking.... And like that, with one hand on the glass and one gloved hand inside the mouth of the woolly rhino, you have done it."

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9781625578419
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October 1, 2020
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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
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February 2, 2017
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BLACKOUT (P)

BLACKOUT (P)
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Riveting . . . An engrossing, street-level recounting and ambivalent ode to a great city.--Jamie Berger, San Francisco Chronicle

On July 13, 1977, there was a blackout in New York City. With the dark came excitement, adventure, and fright in subway tunnels, office towers, busy intersections, high-rise stairwells, hotel lobbies, elevators, and hospitals. There was revelry in bars and restaurants, music and dancing in the streets. On block after block, men and women proved themselves heroes by helping neighbors and strangers make it through the night.

Unfortunately, there was also widespread looting, vandalism, and arson. Even before police restored order, people began to ask and argue about why. Why did people do what they did when the lights went out? The argument raged for weeks but it was just like the night: lots of heat, little light-a shouting match between those who held fast to one explanation and those who held fast to another.

James Goodman cuts between accidents, encounters, conversations, exchanges, and arguments to re-create that night and its aftermath in a dizzying accumulation of detail. Rejecting simple dichotomies and one-dimensional explanations for why people act as they do in moments of conflict and crisis, Goodman illuminates attitudes, ideas, and experiences that have been lost in facile generalizations and analyses. Journalistic re-creation at its most exciting, Blackout provides a whirlwind tour of 1970s New York and a challenge to conventional thinking.

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July 5, 2005
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Blue Talk & Love

Blue Talk & Love
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The award-wining collection Blue Talk and Love tells the stories of girls and women of color navigating the moods and mazes of urban daily life. Set in various enclaves of New York City -- including the middle-class Hamilton Heights section of Harlem, the black queer social world of the West Village, the Spanish-speaking borderland between Harlem and Washington Heights, and historic Tin Pan Alley -- the collection uses magic realism, historical fiction, satire and more to highlight young black women's inner lives.

The storylines range widely: a big-bodied teenage girl from Harlem discovers her sexuality in the midst of racial tensions at her Upper East Side school; four young women from Newark, New Jersey, are charged with assaulting the man who threatens to rape them; a pair of conjoined black female twins born into slavery, make their fame as stage performers in the Big City. In each story, the characters push past what is expected of them, learning to celebrate their voices and their lives.

In honor of Mecca Sullivan's being named the recipient of the 2018 Judith A. Markowitz Lambda Award as an emerging LGBTQ writer, Riverdale Avenue Books has released a second edition of her acclaimed collection for which the Lambda judges called Sullivan, "An essential writer of our present moment."

"We are so proud of Mecca for receiving this prestigious award. She made her fiction debut with Riverdale Avenue Books five years ago, when we were both new to the literary scene, and we are publishing an updated second edition with the wonderful quote from Ntozake Shange on the cover to commemorate this achievement," said Publisher Lori Perkins.

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"In Blue Talk and Love... the lives of wounded and glorious young gay women of color are portrayed with the delicacy of a mother tending to her terrible wounds...Sullivan enriches our lives with ...characters, who are so rich and impoverished at once." --Ntozake Shange, author of for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf


"An essential writer of our present moment" --Judges for the 2018 Judith A. Markowitz Lambda Emerging LGBTQ Writer Award


Blue Talk and Love's "voice, despite material that seems frankly contemporary, is paradoxically lyrical, nearly Faulknerian." --Rick Moody, judge for the American Short Fiction Short Story Contest

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9781626011625
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March 18, 2015