2014 Midnight Madness!

Midnight Madness_2014In lieu of participating in Black Friday, the Book Table will hold it’s annual MIDNIGHT MADNESS sale on Friday December 5 from 8 p.m. until midnight.

We will hand out flyers with this year’s doorbusters starting at 8.

Everything in the store will be an additional 20% off, including dollar books and those items which are ALREADY ON SALE!

Around 15 authors/performers will be with us this evening, signing their books and chatting with customers.

Trust us, you don’t want to miss this. Mark your calendars for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014 for this year’s Midnight Madness event!

Thanksgiving Hours 2014

The Book Table will be holding special hours during the Thanksgiving Holiday so our employees can spend time with their families.

Wednesday November 26 we will be closing early at 6 p.m.

Thursday November 27 we will be closed

We will reopen Friday November 28 at 10 a.m., and we will not be holding any sort of Black Friday sales.

Thank you for your continued support, and have a great Thanksgiving!

Sands Alive!

Introducing an amazing and unique play material: SANDS ALIVE! Consisting of sand and other natural ingredients, the only way to describe the feeling of this material is sublime! Mess free Sands Alive is 100% organic and never dries out. It is non toxic, hypoallergenic, bacteria resistant, water soluble, and gluten free. Sands Alive is soft to the touch, and holds its shape when you want it to! Squish it, form it, roll it, you’ll want to play with it again and again!

 

New Titles in General Books

Spirit Animals: Tales of the Great Beasts by Brandon Mull

Dive, run, and soar through this exhilarating special edition in the New York Times bestselling series, with a story by Wild Born author, Brandon Mull.

In the world of Erdas, there’s a story of four noble animals who sacrificed everything to protect their homes from the ambitions of a mad king.

Briggan the Wolf, Uraza the Leopard, Jhi the Panda, and Essix the Falcon. Long before they were spirit animals, the four were still legends–Great Beasts, the most powerful beings to roam the wilds of Erdas.

Aided by a brave resistance of humans and animals, they gave their lives to protect the world from a threat more dangerous than any it had seen before: their own kind. Wise and cunning, gentle and ruthless, these are tales of the true heroes and villains in the war that started it all.

Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan

“What are my qualifications to write this book? None really. So why should you read it? Here’s why: I’m a little fat. If a thin guy were to write about a love of food and eating I’d highly recommend that you do not read his book.”

Bacon. McDonalds. Cinnabon. Hot Pockets. Kale. Stand-up comedian and author Jim Gaffigan has made his career rhapsodizing over the most treasured dishes of the American diet (“choking on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover”) and decrying the worst offenders (“kale is the early morning of foods”). Fans flocked to his New York Times bestselling book Dad is Fat to hear him riff on fatherhood but now, in his second book, he will give them what they really crave—hundreds of pages of his thoughts on all things culinary(ish). Insights such as: why he believes coconut water was invented to get people to stop drinking coconut water, why pretzel bread is #3 on his most important inventions of humankind (behind the wheel and the computer), and the answer to the age-old question “which animal is more delicious: the pig, the cow, or the bacon cheeseburger?”

Ruth’s Journey: The Authorized Novel of Mammy From Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind  by Donald McCaig

Authorized by the Margaret Mitchell Estate, here is the first-ever prequel to one of the most beloved and bestselling novels of all time, Gone with the Wind. The critically acclaimed author of Rhett Butler’s People magnificently recounts the life of Mammy, one of literature’s greatest supporting characters, from her days as a slave girl to the outbreak of the Civil War.

“Her story began with a miracle.” On the Caribbean island of Saint Domingue, an island consumed by the flames of revolution, a senseless attack leaves only one survivor—an infant girl. She falls into the hands of two French émigrés, Henri and Solange Fournier, who take the beautiful child they call Ruth to the bustling American city of Savannah.

What follows is the sweeping tale of Ruth’s life as shaped by her strong-willed mistress and other larger-than-life personalities she encounters in the South: Jehu Glen, a free black man with whom Ruth falls madly in love; the shabbily genteel family that first hires Ruth as Mammy; Solange’s daughter Ellen and the rough Irishman, Gerald O’Hara, whom Ellen chooses to marry; the Butler family of Charleston and their shocking connection to Mammy Ruth; and finally Scarlett O’Hara—the irrepressible Southern belle Mammy raises from birth. As we witness the difficult coming of age felt by three generations of women, gifted storyteller Donald McCaig reveals a portrait of Mammy that is both nuanced and poignant, at once a proud woman and a captive, and a strict disciplinarian who has never experienced freedom herself. But despite the cruelties of a world that has decreed her a slave, Mammy endures, a rock in the river of time. She loves with a ferocity that would astonish those around her if they knew it. And she holds tight even to those who have been lost in the ravages of her days.

Set against the backdrop of the South from the 1820s until the dawn of the Civil War, here is a remarkable story of fortitude, heartbreak, and indomitable will—and a tale that will forever illuminate your reading of Margaret Mitchell’s unforgettable classic, Gone with the Wind.

Kellie tells us what’s new in Toys and Games

Niya

“Niya is like a more complex Tic-Tac-Toe or Connect Four in which players are capable of controlling each other’s moves beforehand. The game takes place in Japan’s Imperial Garden. The game board is 16 garden tiles that are randomly placed at the beginning of the game. Each garden tile has one symbol and one plant on it.  One of two players goes first and places one of their tokens where a tile is and takes the tile away. The next player must then place one of their tokens only where that same symbol or plant from the previous player’s tile is on another tile. Each move affects the next players move by limiting where they can place their tokens. The game ends when one player gets four of their tokens in a row or a 2×2 square. Niya takes about one minute to learn and about ten minutes to play. It is a very simple, fun game recommended for ages eight and up.”

Battle Sheep

AGES 7 TO ADULT • 2-4 PLAYERS

Opposing sheep herds go to head to fluffy head in a strategy game the whole family will love. The goal is to occupy the most pastures with your sheep. On their turn, players split a stack of their sheep and move a portion as far is it can go in a straight line to a new pasture. Watch out for sneaky sheep and plan your moves carefully to fence out your foe! A different playing board is assembled before every game, so Battle Sheep is full of new challenges every time you play!

What We’re Reading this Fall

As the weather turns colder, it becomes the perfect time to snuggle up with a good book, under a warm blanket, with a cup of hot cocoa! Here’s what we’re reading under our snuggly blankets this fall…

Whitney

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

“Westerfeld’s latest novel is different from those that he’s written before in that Afterworlds tells two different stories: one is the story of an author, the other is the book that gets her published.  Darcy Patel is a teenage author whose draft written during National Novel Writing Month gets picked up by a publisher in New York. Every odd-number chapter in Afterworlds tells about Darcy’s adventures in NYC as she tries to ingrain herself into the world of young adult authors–that is, authors who write for a young adult audience–while simultaneously discovering who she truly wants to be. Every even-numbered chapter, on the other hand, is a chapter from Darcy’s book, which is called Afterworlds. Darcy’s novel centers around Lizzie, a young girl from San Diego who learns to cross over into the “afterworld” when she’s lying on an airport floor during a terrorist attack, trying to play dead so she won’t actually be killed.

I’m only about halfway through this book, but I’m really enjoying it! Lizzie’s chapters are by far my favorite, as they are a little bit more into the paranormal/fantasy type stuff that I usually expect from Westerfeld. But I’m also really enjoying Darcy’s story, as well. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who has enjoyed Westerfeld’s books in the past, but also anyone who enjoys reading two stories at once.” Recommended for ages 14+.

Mike

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

“If you only read two fantasy authors in your life, it should be J K Rowling and Brandon Sanderson.  He makes his magic systems so believable, it’s hard to come back to reality after visiting his worlds.  Steelheart is slightly different from Sanderson’s other books because it is a dystopian novel set in Newcago, the remains of Chicago.  It follows the story of David, an 18 year old who was made an orphan by Steelheart.  Steelheart is one of many Epics that were given extraordinary powers and have used them to take over the world. Think evil Superman-type.  Steelheart now rules Newcago and no one, human or Epic, can stop him.  Enter the Reckoners. The Reckoners are a group of people who devote their lives to finding Epics’ weaknesses and destroying them, and David wants to join them.  He has an advantage over Steelheart that no one else has: he has seen Steelheart bleed, and may be the only person able to discover the way to stop him for good. Recommended for ages 12+ and for those who enjoy a great dystopian thriller.”

Click here for the awesome book trailer for Steelheart.

 

Happy Halloween from the Book Table!

We want to help you celebrate Halloween this year in the best way possible, so we’ve stocked our shelves with decor, books, games, costumes, and music to help you do so!

Books

The Teeny Tiny Ghost by Kay Winters

Each day the teeny tiny ghost goes to haunting school to try to become scarier. It’s hard work, though — especially since he’s frightened by his own screams! Then, one bat-black October night, the teeny tiny ghost is floating in his teeny tiny home when he hears a RAP TAP TAP on the door. And then he knows it’s up to him to keep himself and his teeny tiny cats safe. But what are the chances that a teeny tiny timid ghost will really be able to scare someone away?

AlphaOops! H is for Halloween by Alethea Kontis

H gets top billing — but a stubborn B has something scary to say — as the inside-out alphabet gives a howl-arious Halloween performance.

Ack! It’s time for the show, and A isn’t ready. But then again, Halloween can only start with one letter, no matter how the A-B-Cs normally go! The misbehaving alphabet is back, and there’s no telling who will take the stage next. Z for zombie? P for pirate? Will X think of something good in time? Neon-bright, comically detailed illustrations show a cacophony of costumed letters, each with a mind and personality all its own. Along the bottom, tiny pumpkins arrange the players in proper order, making this alphabet story letter-perfect for Halloween.

Music

Have you signed up for our third annual Creepy Concert yet? Don’t forget to do so before Friday! For more information about the Creepy Concert and how to sign up, click here. Also, don’t forget about our great supply of Halloween music in the music department!

Games

Murder Mystery Mansion: the Classic Whodunnit Game

Put on your inspector caps, and let the mystery begin! On a dark and rainy night, a man goes into an old mansion–then he mysteriously vanishes into thin air. Was he a victim of foul play? Or just in the wrong place at the wrong time? Your job is to find out what happened to him. Play in teams to solve the mystery using simple deductive reasoning.

To solve the mystery a good detective needs to answer 4 questions:

  1. Who did it? Which or our suspects did the dirty deed? Amber, Eugene, Venus, Rusty, Lily, Spider? The villain changes every time you play.
  2. How did they do it? Was it with cyanide? Shot? Stabbed? Electrocuted? Pushed down the stairs? Tortured with a venomous snake?
  3. Why did they do it? For love, money, power, jealousy, fame, or revenge?
  4. Where did it happen? The bedroom? The garden? The game room? The closet? The kitchen? The bathroom?

The quicker you solve the murder, the faster you win!

For 2 or more players, ages 8 and up.

Zombie Fluxx: the Ever-changing Zombie Card Game

The dead are returning to life! So what are you going to do about it? Grab a chainsaw? Barricade the windows? Start a zombie baseball team? Draw a card, play a card. Try to kill the zombies that are keeping you from winning…until someone changes the rules and suddenly you might actually want zombies! It’s the Fluxx game where zombies change everything.

For 2-6 players, ages 8 and up.

Costumes

photo 2A few years ago, the Book Table added its name to the list of Halloween costume vendors in Cache Valley, and we have taken this job quite seriously.

Come in and take a gander at our fun selection of Halloween costumes for all ages!

 

…and don’t forget about the annual Halloween Treat Walk in Downtown Logan from 10 am-4 pm on Friday October 31. Our employees will be dressed up and handing out candy with the rest of the shops on Main Street, so be sure to bring your kids by for an extra treat!

The Piano Guys, Blood of Olympus, and music from Catching Fire

We have a lot of new and exciting product at the Book Table right now, and we’ve compiled just a few of our favorites from each department below:

LDS Department

The Piano Guys: Wonders 

This new masterpiece from the beloved Piano Guys comes with 12 new fabulous songs including such pop favorites as Let It Go, Because of You, and Story of My Life. The deluxe edition of this CD includes a DVD with six music videos: Story of My Life, Let It Go, Kung Fu Piano: Cello Ascends, Don’t You Worry Child, Home, and The Mission/How Great Thou Art.

Check out the music video for Story of My Life here.

It is Better to Look Up: Life Experiences Shared from the Pulpit

It_is_better_to_look_upWe all love to be taught with stories. The Savior shared many in his ministry, and His prophets and other Church leaders have often emulated that great example. Gospel lessons come alive when they are presented in this way.

It Is Better to Look Up gathers more than fifty of the most memorable personal experiences shared in general conference over the years and pairs them with stunning photographic images. The result is an irresistible volume filled with remarkable true accounts of God’s hand in our lives.

You’ll love browsing through such gems as “In Harm’s Way,” by President Thomas S. Monson; “Man Down!” by President Henry B. Eyring; “Lift Where You Stand,” by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf; “You Stupid Cow!” by Elder Mervyn B. Arnold; “Worldly Promises,” by Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson; and dozens more. These short pieces are perfect for a quick moment of inspiration in a class, a home evening, or personal devotional time. Each one is presented with a scripture to complement the gospel message.

Featuring stories from every member of the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve, plus many additional leaders past and present, this beautifully illustrated book will soon become a family favorite and a precious keepsake.

General Books

Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

The stunning conclusion to Rick Riordan’s Heroes of Olympus series has finally been released, and you won’t believe what happens!

From Rick Riordan’s website:

The Blood Of OlympusThough the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance.

Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Michael Vey 4: Hunt for Jade Dragon by Richard Paul Evans

Michael and his friends must rescue a child prodigy as the thrilling action continues in this electrifying fourth installment of the #1 New York Times bestselling series!

Michael, Taylor, Ostin and the rest of the Electroclan head to China in search of a girl who may have discovered why Michael and his friends became electric. Her name is Lin Julung, or Jade Dragon, and she’s a child prodigy with an IQ higher than Einstein’s—and Ostin’s.

But Hatch gets to her first, and the Elgen are holding her prisoner in their Taiwan Starxource plant. Now the Voice wants Michael and the Electroclan to go to Taiwan and free her before Hatch can realize his dreams of an army of electric children.

The hunt for Jade Dragon is on, and it’s a race against time!

Music

Disney’s Maleficent

This book includes full-color photos from the movie along with the piano solo music to the songs from this newest Disney classic:Maleficent

  1. Maleficent Suite
  2. Welcome to the Moors
  3. Prince Phillip
  4. Aurora in Faerieland
  5. Are You Maleficent?
  6. Phillip’s Kiss
  7. True Love’s Kiss
  8. Maleficent is Captured
  9. The Queen of Faerieland
  10. Once Upon a Dream (as performed by Lana Del Rey)

 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

There are two different groups of music released for every movie: the music from the soundtrack (usually pop songs) and the musical score (or the background music in the action). The Catching Fire book has been released in both a piano, vocal, guitar version of the music from soundtrack, as well as a piano solo version of the music from the score, and we have both of them in stock!

The Hunger Games: Catching FireTracklist for the (P/V/G) version:

  1. Atlas by Coldplay
  2. Silhouettes by Of Monsters and Men
  3. Elastic Heart by Sia featuring The Weeknd and Diplo
  4. Lean by The National
  5. We Remain by Christina Aguilera
  6. Devil May Cry by The Weekend
  7. Who We Are by Imagine Dragons
  8. Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde
  9. Gale Song by The Lumineers
  10. Mirrors by Ellie Goulding
  11. Capitol Letter by Patti Smith
  12. Shooting Arrows at the Sky by Santigold

 

Toys & Games

Avalon (review by Mike)

“Since I was moved to the Toys and Games department, I wanted to tell
everyone about one of my two all-time favorite games:  Avalon!  This
highly addictive game will be an instant hit with those who enjoy
games like Werewolf, Shadow Hunters, or Mafia.  It is a similar set-up where there are two different teams, the loyal servants of King Arthur and their enemies, the minions of Mordred.

In this game of deception and deduction, it is important to not reveal your own identity while trying to figure out who you can trust.  It is surprisingly simple to learn and I play it with my nieces and nephews ranging in age from 7 to 16, even though it is suggested for 13 and older.  But when my brothers and I or a group of my friends get together to play it, it gets intense.  This is a great party game for 5 to 10 people, it only takes 30 to 60 minutes, and it is only $19.99!  Come in to the Book Table and bring home Avalon today and let the epic games begin!”

3rd Annual Creepy Concert!

Come goblins, witches, and fantastical creatures to play in the Book Table’s third annual Creepy Concert! Sign up your students, yourself, and your friends. Performers will be grouped into 30 minute sessions (so you don’t have to stay the whole time!)

To sign up, you can come in, email the music manager Katherine at music.booktable@gmail.com, or call us at 435-752-3055 ext 3. The last day to register is Friday October 24th. The performance will take place on Saturday October 25 from 2-5 pm. There is no fee to participate in this event.

Costumes are preferred, spooky music optional. All instruments (including vocalists!) are welcome

So come for a screaming fun time with music, candy, games, and all the ghoulish company you can find!

The Family: A Proclamation to the World PERSONALIZED

Proc1020hOur LDS Department is now carrying a beautifully framed and matted print of The Family: A Proclamation to the World which includes a place to add your own 5×7 picture!

This item would make a great wedding, anniversary, or Christmas gift, giving the gift receiver the option of placing a family photo, a wedding photo, or a photo of their favorite temple.

We have limited stock, so be sure to come in a grab yours before it’s too late!