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July Staff Choices

 

No is Not Enough – Naomi Klein – “This is Klein’s attempt to figure out how and why the current and confusing political climate of America came to be, as well as a call to arms against the Trump administration and the shock politics that are being used globally to generate crisis after crisis. She predicts how things could worsen if we remain passive and make no attempt to affect change – and the world she predicts is a scary one. She looks at the historical trends that led to Trump’s election and somehow makes sense of how and why he was elected. Klein is great at avoiding heavy political jargon and fearlessly tackles this divisive issue – she’s definitely one of the most important writers of our time.” – Fiona

 

 

Timekeepers – Simon Garfield – In this book, Simon Garfield explores the human obsession with time and why it governs our lives the way it does. He tells us some illuminating stories and asks whether we’ve all gone completely nuts about time. He tracks time’s arrow in the modern age and looks at particular periods and events in history which pushed us into our current reliance on the concept of time, noting the figures and movements which are credited with the creation of ‘time’ as we understand it today. It’s a really interesting and quirky book and Garfield keeps you grinning throughout! – Emily

 

 

Field Guide to Getting Lost – Rebecca Solnit – A Field Guide to Getting Lost draws on emblematic moments and relationships in Solnit’s own life to explore the issues of wandering, being lost, and the uses of the unknown. The result is a distinctive and poignant voyage of discovery. It’s a collection of seemingly random essays on the subject of being lost that Solnit manages to connect to one another. Her writing takes you on a journey through her unique and far-reaching trains of thought that often end in unexpected places. The essays seem like eloquent musings rather than structured thoughts and are a pleasure to read. – Lisa

 

 

Conversations With Friends – Sally Rooney – Frances and Bobbi, best friends and spoken word performers, are spotted by Melissa, a photographer and essayist whose life is fascinating to Frances. The girls become entangled in Melissa’s life and Frances begins to question everything she believed she stood for. This book can be read in several different ways – as a romantic comedy, a feminist text, however it appeals to you. That and the relatability of the characters make it a great read. – Brian

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June Staff Choices

 

American Gods – Neil Gaiman “Haven’t got around to watching this one yet, but the book is fantastic! Just before he is released from prison, Shadow Moon’s wife dies in a freak accident. He then boards a plane home where he meets the enigmatic Mr Wednesday, who professes both to know Shadow and to be king of America. Together they embark on a strange road trip across the USA, encountering a kaleidoscopic cast of characters along the way. Yet all around them a storm threatens to break. Great storytelling as always from Neil Gaiman!” – Brian

 

 

Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood “People have been flocking to the shop to buy the Handmaid’s Tale’ in anticipation of the release of the tv series. The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian future America in which a new world order has been implemented. In this future, women have been stripped of their rights and are separated into strict categories. The narrator is Offred, a handmaid, whose sole function is to breed. The story is an account of her life in her Commander’s house and her relationships with others who live there. Filled with palpable tension and paranoia from start to finish, it grips your attention from the opening sentence.” – Fiona

 

 

It – Stephen King  “We’re all super excited to see the new adaptation of ‘It’ coming out in September! Although already a bone-chilling favourite among Stephen King fans, it’s definitely worth a re-read in the lead up to the movie. Children in the town of Derry are terrorised by ‘it’. The story moves between past and present with the children of Derry having to confront ‘It’ again as adults, opening up the terrible memories of their past and moving into a horrific new reality.” – Lisa

 

 

Wonder Woman: The Ultimate Guide to the Amazon  Warrior – DK  “The new Wonder Woman movie is amazing!  We have a range of Wonder Woman comics available in our second hand bookshop, both new and second hand, as well as this spectacular guide to the character. This book is filled with all the information you need to know about Wonder Woman. It gives an in-depth look at the most iconic Wonder Woman comics as well as exploring her timeline and looking at all the different incarnations of the character there have been to date.” – Emily

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May Staff Choices

‘Men Without Women’ – Haruki Murakami“This is a collection of seven stories centering around seven men with one thing in common – they’re alone. Each one, through different sets of circumstances, has begun to live a solitary life, be it due to a fault of their own, a death or an unfaithful wife. Each protagonist has his own quirk, a particular interest in something such as cooking or reading and purposely distances himself from others. Murakami, paying homage to one of his inspirations as he is wont to do, lifted the title from Hemingway 1927 collection of the same name in which it is said that men should never put themselves in a position where they could lose someone. Murakami takes this same message and applies it to the modern day with his wry, sarcastic edge.”Fiona

‘I’d Die for You and Other Lost Stories’– F. Scott FitzgeraldThese are quite a departure from Scott’s renowned roaring 20s. These eighteen stories were ‘lost’ until this book, some were physically lost, and some were rejected by publishers and magazines who wished for Fitzgerald’s writing to forever mirror ‘The Great Gatsby’. It’s a collection of darker stories than Scott’s famous works, with many of them being inspired by events in his own life such as his wife Zelda’s institutionalisation and the Great Depression. Each story is accompanied by biographical notes and pictures, giving the reader an insight into Fitzgerald’s turbulent and fascinating life and providing context for each story’s composition. It’s amazing to get new writing from a favourite author who has been dead for 77 years!”Brian


‘Admissions’ – Henry Marsh‘Admissions’ is the second volume of Marsh’s memoir, following on from the wildly successful ‘Do No Harm’. As he is facing the end of his long and illustrious career as a neurosurgeon, Marsh reflects upon encounters with patients in England and the extreme conditions he worked under during his time in Nepal and Ukraine. It is a deeply personal look at the struggle of surgeons, how they deal with the human misery they witness, the overwhelming responsibility they carry and the change in the profession in recent years due to the interference of the NHS. Marsh is frank and humble throughout the book – these characteristics along with his honesty and natural knack for storytelling make it impossible to put down.”  – Emily

 

‘Vinyl. Album. Cover. Art.: The Complete Hipgnosis Catalogue’ – Aubrey Powell“This is the complete catalogue of Hipgnosis, the company responsible for the design of album and record covers for the world’s biggest bands, such as Led Zepplin, The Police and AC/DC. The book contains all 372 Hipgnosis covers, including details about them from one of the company’s founders, Aubrey Powel, along with the stories behind their creation. This volume showcases the diversity of acts that Hipgnosis created for, with covers ranging from wacky to downright insane (see: Led Zepplin – ‘Houses of the Holy’). Many of these covers have already gone down as the most iconic in history such as Pink Floyd’s prism for ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ It’s an amazing collection, a great one to have a flick through.” Lisa

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April Staff Choices

East West Street by Philippe Sands
Intended to be an exploration into the mysterious life of Sands’ grandfather, the book turned out to be a blend of memoir and historical commentary as Sands began to unfurl more and more of his grandfather’s story. It’s a fascinating account of the two prosecutors  who christened the concepts of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’ during the Nuremberg Trials. Sands’ impeccable research provides a new and profound insight into the political landscape during World War II. An absolute must-read for the history buffs!– Fiona

 

Descent of Man by Grayson Perry
“This man is so wonderfully unique that he single-handedly makes up for Brexit” – Caitlin Moran
Following on from the 3 part documentary series, ‘All Man’, that Perry filmed for Channel 4, he has further delved into the idea of what masculinity is. He condemns the common tropes and expectations of masculinity, offering a more well-rounded and inclusive understanding of the word. Engaging us from the outset with his notorious wit, Perry provides us with much food for thought and honestly discusses his own experiences with gender issues.– Lisa

 

The Norse Myths by Carolyne Larrington
Norse mythology has inspired so much of modern fantasy with writers from Tolkien to George R. R. Martin drawing from its expansive universe. Carolyne Larrington traces this influence and tells the stories of the Gods and the many facets of their world using extracts translated directly from the Old Norse. Really accessible and easy to read while still containing loads of fascinating information!– Emily

 

To Be a Machine by Mark O’ Connell
This book is the first in-depth exploration of transhumanism – the belief  that the human race can evolve beyond its current physical and mental limitations through science and technology. Mark O’ Connell writes about his meetings with the key figures of the movement and his trips to cryogenics facilities and labs where the aim is to go beyond the current human condition and perhaps even ‘solve’ death. O’ Connell is a complete outsider to the topic and approaches it with an open mind and a relatable (and funny) perspective.– Brian
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SFA Awards 2017 Finalists

We are delighted and excited to be finalists in the service sector for The SFA Awards 2017! The aim of the awards is to celebrate the achievements of small business in Ireland, and to recognise the vital contribution of the small business sector to Irish industry. Thank you to everyone for their continued support over the years.

Read more about the awards HERE.

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Vibes & Scribes Feature on New Irish Stamp

The iconic red brick facade of Vibes & Scribes, located at 3 Bridge Street, will be well known to most Corkonians but gracing a stamp of it’s own means the building, and business, will soon be recognised by an international audience.

The preserved building, built circa 1880, was an obvious choice for An Post, due both to the architectural interest of the building itself as well as the beautiful window display and it’s contents.

Vibes & Scribes has been trading in the city for over 23 years, and while the Bridge Street premises began life as a bookshop, the business has since diversified. Vibes & Scribes on Bridge Street now specialises in craft supplies, wool, fabric and millinery supplies, while the new and used bookshops are located at 21 Lavitt’s Quay.

We are so honoured to have been chosen as one of only four shops featured on the stamps. Thanks to An Post and all our loyal customers.

The Irish Shop Fronts stamps are available now from most post offices and online at irishstamps.ie.