A bit bookish

A bit bookish Used Bookstore & DelightatoriumSelling/Trading used books, gift items, art, etc. Located in the former State Bank of Clarks Grove building. Located in the former Bank building on Main Street in Clarks Grove.

Used bookstore, coffee available, gift items, and more. Grand Opening, November 25th 10 am to 6 pm. Open weekends, Monday night, Thursday night, and whatever days you find the door unlocked. Call ahead to have the store open by request. We are easy to get along with! :)

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06/04/2021

Smoky was found in a foxhole in New Guinea in Feb 1944. The American thought she must have been a Japanese soldier's dog, but when he took her to a POW camp, they found out she didn't understand commands in Japanese of English. The soldier sold Smoky to Cpl. William Wynne of Cleveland OH for 2 dollars Australian.

Over the next two years Wynne carried Smoky in his backpack, fought in the jungles of Rock Island and New Guinea, flew 12 air/sea rescue, She survived 150 air raids on New Guinea and made it through a typhoon at Okinawa, made a combat jump in Lingayen Gulf, Luzon, in a parachute made for her. She would warn G.I's of incoming artillery and was dubbed the "angel from a foxhole."

Early in retaking the Philippines combat engineers were setting up a telegraph line to an airfield. The joints collapsed filling them in with sand. Cpl. Wynne knew that Smoky could climb through the pipe with a new line and that is what she did. Smoky's work saved approximately 250 ground crewmen from having to move around and keep operational 40 fighters and reconnaissance planes, while a construction detail dug up the taxiway, placing the men and the planes in danger from enemy bombings. What would have been a dangerous three-day digging task to place the wire was instead completed in minutes.

In her down time she preformed tricks with the Special Services to improve the moral of the troops and visited hospitals in Australia and Korea. Visiting with the sick and wounded, she became the first recorded "therapy dog".

After the war she became a sensation back int the states, had a live TV show, and often visited Veterans hospitals. Smoky's work as a therapy dog continued for 12 years. Wynne had Smokey 14 years before she passed away. He buried her in a 30 caliber ammo box in Rocky River Reservation, Ohio.

Smoky, the smallest war hero weighing in at 4 lbs even and standing 7 inches tall.

Pictures copyrighted by William A. Wynne (1996) and used by permission.

Read the book "Yorkie Doodle Dandy" (1996) by William Wynne!

03/15/2021

Beautiful!

03/23/2020
Red Table Talk

Red Table Talk

Jada and Will hold a special family Red Table Talk to get straight factual answers to their questions and yours about the Coronavirus pandemic.

Sue Grafton
05/05/2018

Sue Grafton

The program

Sue Grafton
05/05/2018

Sue Grafton

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Sue Grafton

Friends, family and colleagues of #1 New York Times bestselling author Sue Grafton celebrated her life and legacy on Tuesday, April 24, throughout a special memorial at the New York Public Library. The publishing industry was well represented with authors, media, and publishing colleagues from Penguin Random House and Holt, alongside many of Sue’s family and friends. G.P. Putnam’s Sons President, Ivan Held, welcomed the group and noted that “we’ve all worked with writers we admire, writers we are in awe of, writers who are entertaining or menschy or funny. Sue was all that – but Sue: we also LOVED her … everyone who worked with her loved her.”

Ivan introduced Sue’s longtime editor Marian Wood, who told the story of discovering Sue after receiving the first 60-pages of A IS FOR ALIBI. After devouring them overnight and initially receiving pushback from her publisher at the time, Marian and those of her colleagues who believed that Sue was something special, pushed the Alphabet Series to mega-success over the course of thirty-five years, now with untold millions of copies sold around the world in twenty-six languages.

Sue’s literary agent Molly Friedrich, together since B IS FOR BURGLAR, gave an emotional speech about her last visit with Sue just a few months before she passed. At the time, Sue was undergoing chemotherapy, but she still baked Molly a birthday cake from scratch. “I had assumed my birthday cake would be made by Liz Gastiger, their long-term chef and friend. But no, Sue had made my cake herself: a perfect lemon genoise with buttercream frosting,” Friedrich said. “There’s something so deeply moving about this beloved writer, not an ounce over ninety pounds, baking me a sublime birthday cake.”

After Lucy Carson of the Friedrich Agency read a remembrance from Judy Kaye, the voice of Kinsey Millhone in the audio book editions of the Alphabet, author and journalist Sarah Weinman shared what she loved about Sue’s novels: “Trailblazers don’t announce themselves upon arrival…The two qualities I appreciated most about Grafton were her loyalty, and her restlessness. She stayed true to Kinsey and the series conceit for her entire career, yes, but did not allow herself to stagnate, writing the same book over and over again…Sue Grafton died too soon, but she remained in control till the end. She had not begun writing the final book in the series, which was to be published in August 2019 as Z is for Zero. That leaves us with Grafton’s last published words, as always both ‘respectfully submitted’ and sharply delivered by Kinsey: ‘I’m not saying justice is for sale, but if you have enough money, you can sometimes enjoy the benefits of a short-term lease.’”

Author Michael Connelly told heartfelt stories, and then author J.R. Ward reflected on her friendship with Sue. They first met when Sue agreed to read her manuscript: “She had this bizarre thing where she’d read 50 pages of anyone’s work. The only condition was that you had to be willing to take her criticism. Years later, I would ask her why the hell she would do that, and she said, ‘Because the s**t shows are even better than the good stuff!’ [When we first met to discuss my manuscript], she gave me more information in that hour than I had had about writing in the ten years that I was trying to get published.” Ward finished her speech by recalling the last time she saw Sue, at a holiday party late last year. “I thought I had more time,” she said. “And that’s the problem with life—you can’t see how few pages are left.”

An emotional remembrance of Sue was delivered by bestselling author Harlan Coben, a fan of her books before they became close friends. “We all have people in our life who make every room better,” he began. “Every place that they happen to be in is just a little better because they were there. Sue was certainly one of those people … She was funny, she was biting, she was honest, irreverent, intelligent, warm, inquisitive, insightful. She was cutting, and most of all … she was generous.” Towards the end of his speech, Coben revealed that his “alphabet letters” tie included all of the letters except Z—a perfect tribute to Sue and her legacy, which he gave to Sue’s husband after the ceremony.

Finally, Sue’s daughter Jamie Clark and her husband Steve Humphrey shared recollections of what Sue was like as a mother and wife. “I’m going to tell you a little about what my mother taught me,” Clark began. “My mother taught me about persistence, just by the way she lived her life. She wasn’t just an author, she was a writer. She wrote every single day. Rain or shine … My mother was a force of nature—not the destructive kind like a tornado or hurricane, but the gentle creative kind, like the spring sunshine that melts the snow and coaxes the flowers to bloom … For as long as there have been mothers and daughters, their relationships have been complicated. But not ours. Somehow, I lucked out when I stood in line for a mom. She was one of the best people I’ve ever known.”

Humphrey began his speech by recalling how he and Sue first met, when they lived in the same apartment building. At the time, Sue was “a single mom raising two children … [She] and I had cats, and we would watch them play together in the courtyard between our apartments, her on the ground floor, me on the second, and make inane comments about how cute they were… That was the beginning of a forty-three year love affair. She adored me. I adored her. I consider myself to be infinitely blessed and fortunate. How many people get to find the love of their life at 23? And those of you who only knew her through her work, or only knew her professionally, really missed out. As brilliant as she was as a writer, and as disciplined as she was in her work, she was a much, much, much better wife, mother, friend and human being.”

Following these heartfelt, funny, warm and sassy remembrances of Sue, the group toasted Sue’s life, work and friendship with some of Sue (and Kinsey’s) favorites: glasses of buttery chardonnay and triangles of peanut butter and pickle sandwiches.

11/23/2017
Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Kenny and Noah join good friends Warren Haynes and Gov't Mule on stage in London for a smoking rendition of "Statesboro Blues" by the Allman Brothers Band

For Reading Addicts
03/04/2017

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I adore the bookish images from The Picsees

Michael Connelly Books
02/15/2017

Michael Connelly Books

Happy Valentine's Day #LostLight #HarryBosch

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We have a brand new Bookstore on site, and we're off to Buffalo and Talking Leaves. ~ Shan
Talking Leaves Books

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I have seen a lot of stepladder bookshelves and not liked a single one; this one however, I like this one. ~ Shan
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Indeed!

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Books Rock My World
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Books Rock My World

Oh, I really like Fleur's. You? :)

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you need this in your life

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03/08/2016

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A bookshop in Sicilian Avenue, London 1920s

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Oh now, I could quite happily live out the apocalypse in here. ~ Shan
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03/03/2016

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I love this!

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03/03/2016

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Taken from the December 2014 issue of House & Garden.

"Owners Tish and Lincoln Seligman resolved to save the magical interiors of this eighteenth-century barn and have subtly updated it while retaining its gloriously eccentric atmosphere. The interiors reflect a lifetime's work by artist Paul Nicholls, who lived there for 30 years."
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Poetry & Every emotion
02/28/2016

Poetry & Every emotion

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02/28/2016

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A Book Tunnel in The Last Bookstore Los Angeles!
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02/27/2016

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The Beatles, reading. :)

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How beautiful is her expression, I need to know what she is reading to have made her look like that. ~ Shan
Girl Reading by Daniel Gerhartz
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Book Riot
02/27/2016
Book Riot

Book Riot

Well, that's adorable.

Books Rock My World
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Books Rock My World

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Hanging Staircase at the Library of Novia Scotia Legislative Assembly.

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Books Rock My World
02/27/2016
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"Travellers Staying At This Place In Scotland Take Turns Running The Bookshop Downstairs"

This might be the coolest thing I read online all week!

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Books Rock My World

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Books Rock My World

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I love this

Q & A with Robert Crais | Pop Culture Nerd
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Q & A with Robert Crais | Pop Culture Nerd

Q & A with Robert Crais | Pop Culture Nerd

After a long wait for readers, Robert Crais released The Promise last November. I pounced on it like it was the last piece of bacon post-apocalypse. It's billed

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