BOOK RIOT

Aug 28

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The kitchen maid’s life was not easy. Her salary was low and her hours were long. The first person to get out of bed in the morning, she fired up the wood stove. Under the supervision of the cook, she prepared all the meals of the day, both for upstairs and downstairs. She was the last one to go to bed after doing the dishes, both the family’s and the staff’s. Just as the lady of the house hardly ever went downstairs to the kitchen, the kitchen maid hardly ever went upstairs to the dining room.

When reading Cookbook for Housekeepers as historical nonfiction, the kitchen maid steps forward as the unsung heroine of the nineteenth-century upper class household.

” — from Reading Old Cookbooks (For History, Not Recipes) by E. H. Kern

What I'm Watching During My Reading Slump - BOOK RIOT -

Sometimes, the reading slump hits, and sometimes, it hits hard. Here’s how one Rioter is handling her slump — with tons of great stories on literary-ish television shows.

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Critical Linking: August 28, 2014 

Our daily round-up of bookish links. Tastes great with coffee.

We’ve translated these 12 famous first lines from novels into emojis. Can you name them?

I was so ready to hate this literary emoji quiz, but found it delightful despite myself. (There’s probably an emoji for this feeling).

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For more than two centuries, the Darby Free Library has remained both a vital part of its community as well as a historical landmark. Built in 1743 by Quakers, it remains the oldest public library in the nation. But a financial crisis has left it in danger of shutting down by the end of the year. Currently 60 percent of Darby residents and 1,500 people a month regularly use the library’s services.

A $50,000 cut to their budget is a huge hit for a library this small. Seems like enough people use it that maybe they can raise it.

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EDC’s CEO Randall White told the outlet that his company broke things off with Amazon in 2012 because, despite selling more books to Amazon than ever before, its business was declining. It was not an easy choice. EDC was making $2 million annually through Amazon. But the gambit, which also involved cutting ties with Costco, Target, and Sam’s Club, paid off.

Not sure that this would work for all publishers, but this publisher (of Everybody Poops, no less) seems to be thriving despite ditching the Seattle Monster.

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The next Da Vinci Code sequel will start filming in April, 2015, Deadline reports. We have Tom Hanks returning to star as Robert Langdon and Ron Howard back to direct. Weirdly, the studio’s decided to skip one of Dan Brown’s novels and adapt Inferno instead of The Lost Symbol.

I’m in. I’m alllllllllll in.

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Can we interest you in a bookish t-shirt that not-so-subtly displays your love of reading? Can be yours for less than $20, shipping included. Get it here.

Aug 27

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Get it now: Book Riot’s READ READ READ t-shirt.

Get it now: Book Riot’s READ READ READ t-shirt.

How about some new promotional posters for Mockingjay, Part 1?
That right there ^ is Gale.

How about some new promotional posters for Mockingjay, Part 1?

That right there ^ is Gale.