Submitted by The Bookend Cafe on July 4, 2012 - 1:57pm
It's not often that a neuroscientist comments on the topic of caffeine consumption and how to optimize it, but Chris Chatham, author of Caffeine: A User's Guide to Getting Optimally Wired, shared some of his tips for those of us who like a good cup of coffee in the morning (or several) and also want to get the biggest cognitive boost for their caffeinated buck from every cup they drink. Here are his suggestions.
Submitted by The Bookend Cafe on June 29, 2012 - 9:41am
Play Dirty, the 2007 mystery by Sandra Brown, will keep you on the edge! The principal character is Griff Burkett, former quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys, who is fresh out of prison for allegedly throwing a major football game. He’s not popular in Texas and quickly exhausts his employment options. No one wants to risk having their team or their product endorsed by an athlete reputedly in the pocket of the mob. But then he gets offered a deal he can’t refuse by an inordinately wealthy man.
Submitted by The Bookend Cafe on June 19, 2012 - 10:43am
Louis L'Amour is one of the most famous writers of Western fiction, or what he called Frontier Stories. Born in North Dakota in 1908, Louis moved throughout the west as a young man, living in Montana, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, California, and Nevada. He worked a mine assessment worker, professional boxer and merchant seaman. He finally settled in Oklahoma in the early 1930’s and it was then that he decided to become a writer.
Submitted by The Bookend Cafe on June 5, 2012 - 12:25pm
For the 4 weeks leading up to July 4, we are posting one “did you know?” random facts about The Bookend Café every day. We’ll capture the 28 items on our blog each day so you can see them all here. It’s our way of getting you up to date with all the new and exciting changes that have happened over the winter. Enjoy!
#1. Did you know our website has a blog about a variety of topics including interesting facts about coffee, books, and much more! Check the blog regularly for new information about The Bookend Café!
Submitted by The Bookend Cafe on June 1, 2012 - 11:13am
Recently a customer brought in about 10 Tess Gerritsen books for us. Gerritsen (whose real first name is Terry) is a best-selling author of romantic thrillers, medical thrillers and crime thrillers. Before she began her career as a writer, she got her medical degree in 1979 and worked as a doctor in Hawaii. During this time, she enjoyed reading romance novels and decided to write one of her own. While her first two “practice novels” went unpublished, the third time was the charm.
Submitted by The Bookend Cafe on May 14, 2012 - 4:31pm
Are you a fan of SciFi and Fantasy books? Below is a list of the 25 top selling Science Fiction & Fantasy books over the last two months according to the American Booksellers Association. Notice that George R.R. Martin has 5 books in the top 6! Also, classics like The Hobbit and Dune are still best sellers. We have many of these titles in the store, so stop in and check them out!
Submitted by The Bookend Cafe on May 9, 2012 - 3:21pm
Last month was our first blog about tea. This month we add more information about the different types of tea and how tea leaves are processed. Since all tea is made from the same plant, the way the leaves are processed after picking plays an important role in determining the character of the final product.
ALL TEA is withered after picking. Withering is the process by which water evaporates from the leaf, making it more flexible and easier to shape. After withering, the tea is dried.
Submitted by The Bookend Cafe on May 3, 2012 - 11:08am
Often times we get advanced copies of books to read before they are published. While I don’t have as much as time as I’d like to read for pleasure, now and then when these books come into the store I try to catch up on what new and exciting reads are on their way. This one in particular caught my eye as it seemed like the perfect beach read. I am happy to report I was not disappointed.
Submitted by The Bookend Cafe on April 23, 2012 - 11:14am
The American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) has released the list of the Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2011 as part of its State of America’s Library Report. The OIF received 326 reports regarding attempts to remove or restrict materials from schools and library bookshelves in the United States.
The top 10 challenged titles along with the reasons they were challenged is listed below:
Submitted by The Bookend Cafe on April 5, 2012 - 5:23pm
This is the first of several blogs about tea. Look for future installments coming over the next few weeks. Did you know that, technically speaking, all tea comes from ONE plant ~ camellia sinensis? Beverages made from anything else (herbs, fruit, etc.) is not actually not tea, but tisane. However, most people consider all of these drinks part of the tea family.