Saturday, March 28, 2015

Fairy Tale Rituals

Looking for something fun to do Easter Weekend?? Before Easter baskets and egg hunts, before jelly beans and the big Easter ham for dinner, before church, but after family has arrived for the weekend..... join us for the Peter Pan Party: Pirates & Pixies! Saturday, April 4th, 12 to 3pm! FREE and open to the public!!!

You can browse our great books on pirates and fires like Fairy Tale Rituals by Kenny Kline. Magical and mysterious, Faeries are also subtle, sexual, sublime, stubborn, erotic, enticing, dark, and deadly... So you think you know Snow White? You're acquainted with Sleeping Beauty? You're quite familiar with Beauty and the Beast? Fairy Tale Rituals explores the eerie, seductive Faerie lore lying just beneath the surface of eleven favorite fairy tales. Feel the fear and passion these stories once inspired in ancient listeners. Learn how to create modern rituals that will bring the archetypal magical characteristics of these fairy tale icons -- the sexual attractiveness of Snow White, the totem animal journey of Rose-Red, the manifestation prowess of Cinderella -- into your own life. Each tale here is explored in two ways: first by looking at the story itself, with an eye toward its mythic roots and magical elements. Next, a powerful ritual or spell is presented based on the characters or events of the tale, which you can use to find a true friend or lover, glimpse the future using divination, celebrate a coming-of-age ceremony, honor the spirit of death, and much more. Praise: "Empowering rituals, often-forgotten histories, magickal lore, and insights into stories we only thought we knew--Fairy Tale Rituals is that rare book that goes beyond its title and offers a bit of myth, enchantment, and scholarly insight to all who walk a magickal path."--Jason Mankey, Pagan scholar, historian, and lecturer

Friday, March 27, 2015

Under the Black Flag

Looking for something fun to do Easter Weekend?? Before Easter baskets and egg hunts, before jelly beans and the big Easter ham for dinner, before church, but after family has arrived for the weekend..... join us for the Peter Pan Party: Pirates & Pixies! Saturday, April 4th, 12 to 3pm! FREE and open to the public!

You can browse our many books on pirates and fairies like Under the Black Flag. For this rousing, revisionist history, the former head of exhibitions at England's National Maritime Museum has combed original documents and records to produce a most authoritative and definitive account of piracy's "Golden Age." As he explodes many accepted myths (i.e. "walking the plank" is pure fiction), Cordingly replaces them with a truth that is more complex and often bloodier. 16 pp. of photos. Maps.

Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries Who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future!

""Rad American Women A To Z," by Kate Schatz and wonderfully illustrated by Miriam Klein Stahl, is a fantastic book for any child, but especially for girls. I think it's so important that young girls realize all the amazing things women have accomplished throughout history, because, sadly, I don't think they hear enough about it in school, even today. I am happy to say I have heard about most of the women in this book, but there were several that I did not know about and I am so impressed with their strength and courage in the face of great odds. We have to let the young people of today know that anything and everything is possible, and this book is a simple, yet inspiring way to let them know that women have been getting it done forever "--Mary Engelbreit, renowned artist and children's book illustrator

Like all A-Z books, this one illustrates the alphabet--but instead of "A is for Apple," A is for Angela--as in Angela Davis, the iconic political activist. B is for Billie Jean King, who shattered the glass ceiling of sports; C is for Carol Burnett, who defied assumptions about women in comedy; D is for Dolores Huerta, who organized farmworkers; and E is for Ella Baker, who mentored Dr. Martin Luther King and helped shape the Civil Rights Movement.

And the list of great women continues, spanning several centuries, multiple professions, and 26 diverse individuals. There are artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble-rousers, and agents of change of all kinds.
The book includes an introduction that discusses what it means to be "rad" and "radical," an afterword with 26 suggestions for how you can be "rad," and a Resource.

The Girl on the Train

We've updated our membership benefits. One of those benefits is 25% off hardcovers like The Girl on the Train. This book retails for $26.95, but with your membership at From My Shelf Books, it will only cost you $20.24 that's a savings of $6.71. You are well on the way to making that membership pay you. You can read all about the membership program here at From My Shelf Books & Gifts.

The Girl on the Train is debut psychological thriller that will forever change the way you look at other people's lives. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

Giving a Shout Out to Platinum Tech Solutions

I've been in business for myself good chunk of my working life, from starting a lemonade stand, to private practice as a massage therapist, to having a bookstore. It's seldom easy, and getting started can be the toughest, and that's one reason I like to give a shout out to younger people just getting started. This shout out is for Platinum Tech Solutions which recently opened in the Pearl Street Shops here in Wellsboro Pennsylania.

Platinum Tech Solutions specialize in computer repair and service, and they are knowledgeable at what they do. If your computer is acting up, or running a little slow, check them out. There are several good places in the area to take your computer, but Platinum Tech Solutions is conveniently located down town. One of the owners dropped by the shop yesterday, and made sure one of the problems was the processor or the software.

The Pearl Street Shops are right on Pearl Street in Wellsboro. You can access Platinum Tech from the Pearl Street entrance, right across from Harlands Restaurant, and they are right on your left when you walk in the door. I've always liked the Pearl Street Shops, but the shops don't get as much walk-in traffic as they should.

Stewart's Opticians have been in the Pearl Street Shops for several years. I no longer wear glasses, as I had laser surgery, but my wife Kasey has bought glasses there and she was happy with them. One of the cats knocked her glasses off the night stand, and they adjusted them for her without an appointment and for no additional cost.

There's been a new addition with Grubby's Games which I gave a shout out to recently here, and there are a couple of locations that will be opening up in the shops, and the rent is reasonable. Family Hairstyling was located in the Pearl St. Shops for years, but they moved to Queen St. So, their location is available, and I've heard that there is another location opening up where the Republican Office is located, just inside the door to the right from the parking lot entrance.

The costs of renting on Main Street have increased and not conducive for someone just getting started in business, and recently. The Wired Rooster will be closing due to high rent demanded by the building owner, and a lot of cool retail and smaller services are leaving Main Street. From My Shelf Books moved to East Ave in March, because the landlord refused to renew the lease. We probably couldn't have afforded his rent increase anyway.

It's a shame, because I remember growing up when Wellsboro had a fun, family friendly Main Street. Now it's mostly filled with real estate offices, banks, or lawyers offices, but that doesn't mean that there aren't great stores that are fun to visit and just a short, little jaunt from Main Street. We do our best to be aware of what's opening in the area. You can always stop in and ask us where to eat, or some of the area attractions. We are your hometown bookstore, and we shop, eat, and drink local ourselves.

Healing with the Fairies

Looking for something fun to do Easter Weekend?? Before Easter baskets and egg hunts, before jelly beans and the big Easter ham for dinner, before church, but after family has arrived for the weekend..... join us for the Peter Pan Party: Pirates & Pixies! Saturday, April 4th, 12 to 3pm! FREE and open to the public!

You can browse our many books on fairies and pirates afterwards or before like Healing with the Fairies. The author of "Angel Therapy" gives step-by-step instructions on how to contact fairies and work with them personally to heal career, health, and love-life issues.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Castle RavenLoft Board Game

We've upgraded our membership benefits. One of those benefits is 30% off board games like Castle Ravenloft. This games retails for 64.99 but if you are a member at From My Shelf Books, it will cost you only 45.49, that's a savings of 19.50, that almost pays your membership right there.

Membership is only $25 for a full year, or just $20 to renew. Read about all the great membership benefits at From My Shelf Books.

Castle Ravenloft is an exciting D&D™ boardgame for 1–5 players.
The master of Ravenloft® is having guests for dinner—and you are invited!

Evil lurks in the towers and dungeons of Castle Ravenloft™, and only heroes of exceptional bravery can survive the horrors within. Designed for 1–5 players, this boardgame features multiple scenarios, challenging quests, and cooperative game play.

Castle Ravenloft includes the following components:

• 40 plastic heroes and monsters
• 13 sheets of interlocking cardstock dungeon tiles
• 200 encounter and treasure cards
• Rulebook
• Scenario book
• 20-sided die

Growing the Northeast Garden

A gardener s plant choices and garden style are almost completely linked to the place in which they garden. And to successfully grow a range of beautiful ornamental plants, every gardener must know the specifics of their region s climate, soil, and geography. "Growing the Northeast Garden," by garden designer Andrew Keys, offers all this and more.

Gardeners in the northeast are lucky their regular summer rain, gorgeous summer blooms, and stunning fall color make it an ideal place to garden. But there are drawbacks, like hot and humid summers, bitterly cold winters, and mosquitos. This practical yet beautiful handbook starts with a comprehensive overview of the weather and geography of the area, along with regionally specific advice on zones, microclimates, soil, pests, and maintenance. Profiles of the best trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals, and bulbs offer hundreds of plant suggestions, along with complete information on growth and care. For home gardeners in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, southern Quebec and Montreal, southeast Ontario and Ottawa, and the Maritime Provinces."

The Revenge of the Whale: The True Story of the Whaleship Essex

On November 20, 1820, the whaleship Essex was rammed and sunk by an angry whale. Within minutes, the twenty-one-man crew, including the fourteen-year-old cabin boy Thomas Nickerson, found themselves stranded in three leaky boats in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with barely any supplies and little hope. Three months later, two of the boats were rescued 4,500 miles away, off the coast of South America. Of the twenty-one castaways, only eight survived, including young Thomas. Based on his New York Times best-seller In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick recreates the amazing events of the ill-fated Essex through the sailors own first-hand accounts, photos, maps, and artwork, and tells the tale of one of the great true-life adventure stories.

Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberrie

The Northeast offers a veritable feast for foragers. The woods, meadows, seashore, and even city neighborhoods are home to an abundance of delicious wild edible plants. A passionate wild foods expert, Leda Meredith emphasizes local varieties and traditions, showing you what to look for, when and where to look, and how to gather in a responsible way."Northeast Foraging" is a hardworking guide packed with detailed information and clear photography for the safe identification of more than 120 wild plants. It also features a seasonal guide for foraging year-round and collecting tips for sustainable harvesting. It is applicable to New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island, Ontario, and Quebec.