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July's Quirk Perk: Home Alone

Home Alone illustrated by Kim Smith: $3.99!

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Hot Diggity Dog! Six Books To Get You In the Mood for National Hot Dog Month

Did you know that July is National Hot Dog Month? Probably not unless you work for Oscar Mayer or Hebrew National. But don’t fret, there’s still time to celebrate. So go out and buy your 10-pack of hot dogs and an annoyingly unsynchronized 8-pack of buns, then pick up one of these 6 books to show your appreciation for blended pork bits.

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Sci-Fi Baddies Who Should Be In Star Trek

Star Trek Beyond is out in theaters today! Captain Kirk and Spock are back to save the galaxy from evil. But what if the greatest sci-fi baddies of all time faced off against the Star Trek Enterprise crew?

 

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#IceCreamABook

July is DEE-licious. Not only is it National Ice Cream Month, there’s also a day in July dedicated to celebrating ice cream: the third Sunday of the month, which this year is July 21. Double yum! While cooling off with some brain-freezing ice cream and frosty book covers we started spreading our love of ice cream to as many books as we could with #IceCreamABook.

Play with us on Twitter: #IceCreamABook

 

Here Comes The Sundae by Nicole Dennis-Benn

(We’re ready!)

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Weekly Links - America, Sign Up for the Sorting Hat

The weather is heating up, and we’ve gathered up the coolest bookish, geeky, and crafty links for you! This week offered the opportunity to get sorted into the newest wizarding school houses as well as explore the online Prince museum.

All Things Bookish

Here’s a fantastic new essay by Cheryl Strayed.

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Craziest Things That Have Happened at Political Conventions

I'm waiting to see if something outlandish happens before the end of the Republican National Convention. Not violence in the streets—but a political spectacle of the type that used to run the engine of national elections in this country. Because, you see, Virginia, there actually used to be interesting presidential nominating conventions in America, not merely pre-fabricated media opportunities for candidates with canned messages.

Since their inception in the early 1830s, national conventions were intended to be expressions of our collective psyche and temperament. Sure, most candidates were picked in smoky back rooms, but the will of the people was felt as a force to be reckoned with. Back then, up to 90% (in some cases) of eligible voters actually went to the polls.

And conventions were the nexus of their hopes, dreams, fears, and passions.

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