Sunday, December 19, 2010

'And for many of us, buying a book isn't just about reading it, it's about owning it. What's on our shelves is as telling as what we put on our walls.
"I think real readers will always buy books," said Raab. "Books are as important to art as decoration, as whatever you want to call it, to real book people as the art on our walls. It speaks about who we are. So I don't really believe that will change."'

-Excerpted from Judging Books by Their Covers  from Sunday Morning on CBS news.

This links to an interesting discussion about the advent of the E-Book, what it means for printed books, and the concept of the book cover as artistic expression all on its own. Does anyone remember the tape vs EP/LP battle?  Is the book cover (and the words between) doomed to go the way of the record?  We hope not and this article provides some compelling reasons why E-books may provide an alternative, but never a direct competition. Besides, a shelf full of iPads can get expensive in a hurry, Curling up with a Nook in front of the fire is not as nice as a book in a nook, and that book smell (both old and new) is hard to get over in internet so far.

As an added note, we still have plenty of bestsellers left for you or your favorite reader. Get them while they last before Christmas! We  can still order books up until Tuesday for pre-Christmas delivery in most cases.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Unique Gifts at Beehive Books!

The original designer reusable bag: Envirosax!
Envirosax help spread the environmental message with style. Eco-chic Envirosax are made of durable waterproof lightweight polyester, built for toughness and extra strength.
Beehive Books carries the shopping bag as well as a lunch bag, with many fabulous patterns & colors to choose from!

 Cuddle up with these cuties this holiday season!  The K'NITS
 are soft, cuddley, and safe for children of all ages. 
Choose a watch as unique as the wearer with these delightful children's watches with ranging designs and colors, from butterflies to baseball. 

Fed up with all the technology this holiday season? Try a Paper Tweet by KNOCK KNOCK, and peruse our wide selection of laugh out loud KNOCK KNOCK merchandise. 

Have a sweet tooth to shop for? 
Try our selection of chocolate goodies
to stuff the stockings with!

Charm your favorite tea drinker with this
'Tea Duckie' tea infuser

Any gal will love this 'camera bag' purse!
Also available in black!

I AM NOT A PAPER CUP! Cups, lids, sleeves - all dishwasher friendly! Go green in style.

Support your fav local bookstore with
these awesome socks!
Adorable (and lavender scented!) paperweights
do an excellent job of keeping your papers
tidy, while adding charm to your home or

Sweet, cozy book ends give your bookshelf
some character!
These adorable, handmade shirts & onesies
make a unique gift for any tot on your list.

Locally made, these knit hats are warm and super soft
Sure to please!

Your teen will love this trendy 'love songs' tape
change purse!

Craft time just got more exciting!
40 pages of'Create-a-Person' will be a fun
 activity for young ones

An abacus is a fun and educational
toy! Have fun while learning numbers
and counting!

Market Spice smells heavenly and festive,
citrusy orange & spicy cinnamon. Candles,
cookies, and tea make the perfect gift set.

GO BUCKS! Get your Buckeye gifts here! 

Can't forget Fido's present under the tree!
Share the love with these heart shaped
ice cube trays!

Beehive Books pint glasses -
coffee mugs available as well!

Stop in Beehive Books this holiday season for many more unique gifts and, as always, our wide variety of books! Any book you're looking for you'll be sure to find, and if we don't have it here, we will gladly order it for you! We're looking forward to seeing you!!

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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Music to my ears

American Music: A Novel by Jane Mendelsohn

Reviewed by Pam Spence

If there were one book I had to choose to give to the person I cherished the most in the world this holiday season, I would chose Jane Mendelsohn’s American Music (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010). The book came into my life from my long time best friend who called me and told me she had read the most incredible book – but she couldn’t send me her copy because she could not let it out of her possession. She had ordered the book for me, however, and was having it sent directly. Since we swap books as readily as we swapped sweaters in high school, I was intrigued.

American Music did not disappoint: it is, quite simply, a stunning accomplishment of story and style. The story is built around two characters: Milo, a severely wounded soldier from the Iraqi war, languishing in a veterans’ hospital; and Honor, a young physical therapist who comes to treat him. As Honor begins to work on Milo’s ruined body, stories and images arise in both of their consciousnesses—unbidden, mysterious and compelling.

The reader is required to “go with the flow” and allow these wonderful stories to unfold. Initially, one can’t quite grasp whose stories they are, what they signify and how they are related. How does this young couple in the ‘30s relate to this sultan’s beautiful concubine in the seventeenth century, for instance? And what about the young wife who sits in the courtroom watching her husband on trial during the Viet Nam War era - how does she fit in? As the novel progresses, however, these threads are woven into a magical tapestry of history, dream, desire and heartbreak.

American Music does not readily fit any category of fiction: it hints at magical realism and yet feels like an entirely American form - organized, as it is, around the central motif of jazz. It is a dream, a dance, a masterpiece.

Mendelsohn has a rare grace with words. The language and imagery are sumptuous yet entirely subtle. You are enthralled – as you might be if you sat at the feet of Scheherazade as she spun her tales to the king in the Arabian Nights. After I finished this book, I could not look at another book for a week or more, not wanting to diminish the joy I felt from this encounter.

Mendelsohn is also the author of I Was Amelia Earhart and Innocence.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Cozy up with 'Russian Winter' this winter

Thanks to Pamela Spence, loyal customer & reviewer (as well as my mom! :) - Iris) for this wonderful review.

Russian Winter

Daphne Kalotry has crafted an epic, powerful novel that unfolds in the artists’ community during Stalin’s repressive regime and resolves, finally, in Boston. Nina Revskaya, once a prima ballerina for the Bolshoi, who escaped to the West in the 1950s, in her declining years decides to auction off her jewels to benefit the Boston Ballet Foundation. Ostensibly prompted by altruism and love of the art, privately Revskaya wishes to tie up all the messy emotional loose ends of her life and to put ghosts and bitterness and regrets to rest. Eager young auction house associate Drew Brooks however, is inspired to research and dig and publicize the rare pieces in the ballerina’s collection – including an amber bracelet and earring set – which prompts an anonymous donor to bring forth a pendant that is a probably part of the original set. Brooks unwittingly sets into motion the unraveling of secrets and mysteries that have profoundly affected the lives of Revskaya, her friends, family and colleagues and which resolve in unexpected ways.

Mystery and intrigue abound in this satisfying first novel as well as a huge, savory dollop of political history. Katotay immerses the reader in the backrooms of the ballet and the auction house and pushes us directly into the middle of erupting social and political change.

This is a perfect read for long winter nights in a snowy cabin or during those 4 hour layovers that often characterize holiday travel. Once you step into the drawing room of Nina Revskaya you will not want to leave until you have heard all of her story.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

What's Happening this November at Beehive Books?

The leaves continue to change their brilliant colors and begin to fall to the ground to crunch underfoot. The weather is steadily cooling down and frost ices our lawns and cars in the morning. Soon the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will be upon us - if it isn't already! Be sure to take time out of your busy schedule to enjoy some of the events we have planned at Beehive Books, your favorite local independent bookstore. :)

Monday 11-8-10 7:00pm
Reading & Signing
Joan Murchland - author of The Dragon Under the House
Beehive Books welcomes Joan Murchland and her recently published memoir about growing up in Saint John, Canada, romance and adventure, being a student in Ohio and her career in music as a singer, a musical actress and piano teacher. Beneath the charming surface of her story we hear the wistful strains of life's deeper mysteries.

Sunday 11-14-10 2:00pm
Poetry & Prose Reading
Katherine Burkman
Katherin Burkman, recipient of a poetry award at Sanctuary for The Arts' Gallery in the Garden, will be reading new poetry as well as excerpts from the recently published (and Katherine-edited) Kerouac Ascending, written by her cousin, a close friend of Jack Kerouac.

Tuesday 11-16 4:00pm
OWU Modern Language House presents Open readings in Foreign Languages
Reading poetry or prose in foreign languages, OWU students and anyone from the community may read. Call Beehive or OWU Modern Language House to sign up, or just come and listen!

Saturday 11-20-10 1:00pm
Reading and Book Signing
Sherry Hartzler - author of Island Passages
Beehive warmly welcomes back Sherry with her new book! Join us for her reading and a short talk: The Artful Soul of Women's Fiction

Also be sure to join us every 1st & 3rd Monday from 6:30 for our Good Living Book Club
Currently reading Catherine Friend's The Compassionate Carnivore
(After Monday 11/15 we'll be taking a break for the holidays until January!)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Bartoli - Coppi, and...

 Looks like there's room between Gino Bartali and Fausto Coppi for Pantani!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Review of Jonathan Franzen's Freedom

Thanks to Beehive customer & book reviewer, Chris Echesabal, for his review:

I liked this book. I’m just going to come right out and start with that. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. This is an important declaration to make because I absolutely did not want to like this book. I’d spent the last month purposely avoiding every article and interview about Freedom or about Jonathan Franzen and his utter genius as a novelist. I saw his face on the cover of Time magazine and I thought he looked like a joke; like the obnoxious parody of what a serious novelist is supposed to look like. Everyone was crazy about this book and so, trying to be unique and elitist, I refused to jump on the bandwagon. It was not until I stumbled upon a review of Freedom in the Economist’s arts & culture section that I was willing to give it a chance. Not a periodical prone to exaggeration, the Economist proclaimed this novel as the next in a long line of great American novels.

And so it was, as I found myself reading the novel, that nothing came to mind so much as William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, a book that hadn’t once crossed my mind since I read it with great difficulty in my 10th grade English class. And then as the book progressed I began to think of it less in the style of the American classics and more like one of the great tragedies of antiquity. Finally, after the novel takes a turn that is somehow both completely unexpected and entirely predictable, I found myself unable to compare it to anything at all. It was this feeling that made me most glad that I’d read this book.

At the risk of inadequately summarizing a plot that spans several characters and several generations across a century of time, I will attempt to explain what Freedom is about. It revolves around a family, that much is easy to say. This family, the Berglunds, has its fair share of issues including dishonesty, mistrust, depression, paranoia, and an overwhelming sense of purposelessness. It’s the relatively benign nature of these issues (that is to say, none of the problems in this family are particularly overt, they all simmer beneath the surface) that drives the plot of the novel forward in its own unusually cerebral, somewhat painful way. There are few big events in Freedom but they build in such a gripping way, like a pot of water slowly boiling before dramatically spilling over.

Okay, that was a weak metaphor but I don’t want you to get the feeling that this is a boring book. It truly is not. If you’re someone who needs adventure and action in your novels then you probably will not enjoy this book. Freedom is not your fun summer read and Jonathan Franzen is not Dan Brown. Franzen’s skill comes in his creation of wholly realistic and gripping characters with serious emotional problems that, for their own individual reasons, they are entirely unwilling to deal with until the book’s dramatic conclusion. The problems within and around the Berglund family are the problems of an American, mid-western, middle class kind of family which perhaps lends Freedom its nature as a particularly American novel.

Freedom is both a painful and entirely rewarding read and, in spite of all my earliest inclinations, I found myself completely in love with this book. It’s not a short book and it’s not an easy book to get through but if you can make it all the way to the end you’ll find yourself happy that you made the effort. And when this book becomes a standard text on American lit curricula in the future you’ll impress all your classmates by having already read it.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It's a Book! It's a Classic!

Every book lover needs a copy of this hilarious picture book, which perfectly captures why the old-fashioned "book" is still a necessity in today's technology-enamored world.  It's all done with large doses of humor  and simple appealing illustrations featuring a mouse, monkey and jackass. (Just the fact that author/illustrator Lane Smith can get away with calling the donkey a "jack-ass" in a children' book and it's still a hit with teachers and librarians is proof enough that this book is a classic).
Open to the book to the first page, where you'll find Monkey quietly reading a book, and his friend, the jackass, who asks:  "What do you have there?"  Monkey replies, "It's a book," to which the befuddled jackass asks, "How do you scroll down?"  And the story is off and running, with he jackass peppering the monkey with questions like "Do you blog with it?" and "Can it text? Tweet?" and "Do you need a password?"  Finally, the monkey just hands the book to the jackass, who settles down to read. The hours go by, the jackass is hooked and he's soon headed off to the library to get a book of his own, but not without a final parting comment from the clever little mouse hiding under the monkey's hat.  I read this book to my 11-year-old son, who laughed out loud and even put down his I-pod and logged off the computer for a few moments.  Great fun!  -- Erin  

Thursday, September 2, 2010

The Spire

The Spire, by Richard North Patterson, was a surprisingly interesting read for me.  A mystery set in a fictional Ohio town with a small liberal arts college, the setting in the book is based on Delaware and Ohio Wesleyan University, where Patterson attended college.  My primary reason for reading the book was the setting.  As I read, I was drawn farther and farther into the story. People familiar with the area and OWU will be able to catch the references to specific places like University Hall, The now closed Brown Jug restaurant, and many other Delaware landmarks. The story takes on a new vibrancy when the reader is able to actually picture what the places look like and the people might act like.
    Outside of the setting, Patterson knows how to keep a reader reading.  I typically have low expectations for the quality of writing in thrillers, but this book did a good job delving into the psychological side of the antagonist. The book has very little action in it as it follows a new college president trying to solve an embezzlement crisis and a twenty year old murder from his days as a student at the same college (not exactly gunfights and explosions, though I think financial crimes would be much more exciting with some explosions.  Think of the current financial meltdown with real melting! Riveting stuff.). Anyway,  while very little happens, Patterson manages to keep the reader guessing and for the most part throws enough twists and turns into the story to keep you reading.

My one criticism is that I found the ending slightly predictable and was not surprised by the character that turns out to be the villain.  Connections between plot points were also overly constructed in certain areas so they would fit together.  It is never explained why the main character suddenly is so interested in solving a twenty year old murder after leaving it behind for so long.  After reconciling these minor problems, it was still a relatively engaging read. I would reccomend the book as an interesting diversion, especially for someone who typically read non fiction like myself, but nothing ground breaking. People familiar with Delaware and OWU will find it entertaining to see the dramatization of the town and the school.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Super Sad True Love Story Review

Super Sad True Love Story: a review by Beehive customer, Chris Echesabal

It’s a romance, it’s a scathing cultural and political satire, it’s an Orwellian thriller about a dystopian wasteland that was once called the United States of America. Gary Shteyngart’s newest novel Super Sad True Love Story somehow manages to achieve success as all of these things without losing believability or the beautiful humanity of its carefully designed characters. Mostly though, Super Sad is a thoroughly enjoyable novel that will delight and surprise you.

Alternating between the journal entries of the middle-aged protagonist, Lenny Ambramov, and the online social network of Eunice Park, the young and restless object of his love, Shteyngart slowly creates for us a picture of America wholly consumed by selfish consumerism, thoroughly bankrupt and indebted to the lenders of the world. In Lenny Ambramov’s America, the defining aspect of a person is their credit score and those with weak scores face deportation. Military vehicles line the streets of major cities keeping LNWIs (Low Net Worth Individuals) from causing problems for the country’s remaining rich. And, with the specter of a visit by the Chinese to determine whether or not to continue funding the whole mess, class tensions will continue to grow.

Amidst all this stands Lenny, a sad, boring kind of guy who somehow never made the cultural jump to this America. He cares less about online shopping and reality television celebrities than he does about collecting books, or as they’re called now “printed, bound, media artifacts”. Lenny works for a company that offers eternal youth to the world’s most rich and powerful; a company where youth, vigor, and hipness are constantly scored and ranked on a giant board in the lobby. Needless to say, Lenny doesn’t exactly fit in there, though he dreams one day to save up enough money to buy eternal youth himself. On a trip to Rome selling his company’s service, Lenny meets Eunice, a bored, spoiled modern teen. Though she finds him almost disgustingly bland, Lenny decides that he loves Eunice and, after bringing her back to New York with him, becomes determined that she will love him too. Eunice, on the other hand, finds herself growing more attached to New York’s LNWI’s (including many veterans without health care) living in Central Park and protecting them from the government’s neglect.

Shteyngart masterfully weaves together a narrative filled with characters so marked by human flaws and weaknesses that one wonders if the book can end in anything other than tragedy. Nonetheless, his wit and sardonic wisdom are apparent throughout. So much so that I found Super Sad True Love Story to be one of the few novels in recent memory to actually make me laugh out loud (or LOL). It’s a novel full of life, charm, and passion that warns of a terrifyingly close future of cultural and economic decay for America. But just think, by buying and reading this book, you’ve taken one step to keep Lenny Abramov’s future at bay and for that you should be proud.

***Thanks Chris for you review! 
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Friday, August 27, 2010


Like all of Suzanne Collins' fans, I waited for a year for this book, Mockingjay, and finished it over two days. I am left feeling completely drained yet ultimately satisfied. It wasn't the ending I hoped for or anticipated, but it felt right and true to its characters, with a ray of hope for the future and for mankind.
The book is surprising in many ways.  Katniss is no longer a confident warrior battling defined evil. Instead, she is a reluctant heroine and sometimes pawn for the rebels in their war against the Capitol.  She is more alone in this book than ever before. While her old friend Gale is at her side, he is preoccupied with the war, developing advanced technological weapons for the rebels. Her other companion and love interest, Peeta, has been captured by the Capitol and is been tortured. Her mother and younger sister are now with her in District 13, but they are so busy trying to save wounded soldiers, and Katniss herself is so pulled by duty, they spend virtually no time together. War and survival is all anyone can think of. Close relationships -- and trust -- are nearly non-existent. Yet just when you think it's completely hopeless, there is some redemption and a reason to go on.  Mockingjay is an exciting and thought-provoking and successful conclusion to a fabulous series for both adult and young adult audiences.-- Erin


Monday, August 16, 2010

Writing & Reading at The Beehive

Like Iris, I discovered Beehive Books while searching for my next read. This was back in fall of 2007 and I was a senior in high school. Literature is a big deal at my house but by the end of high school I had exhausted school reading lists, my school library, and my own bookshelf. The answer? Get a job at a bookstore, of course.

Within the first hour of my first shift at Beehive, Mel introduced me to a writer whose work I've returned to many times since: Tobias Wolff. I started with his novel Old School. In this semi-autobiographical work, a boy strives to find his voice as a writer while enrolled at an elite prep school. The book's narrator remains unnamed but Wolff introduces us to fictionalized versions of Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost, and Ayn Rand. Old School tells the story of how readers become writers and does so in Wolff's signature style: clean, spare prose peppered with words so well placed that this novel inspires and schools its reader in the craft of writing. Even for those without such pretensions, Old School will satiate readers devoted to good literature and was my introduction to one of the best American voices at work today.

I was drawn to the story of the boy writer in Old School because, as a senior in high school, I too hoped to write. By college, I figured out that hoping to write does not actually make you a writer. I mean, I was writing but I was writing about how I wanted to write. (I think that's called pretension.) I registered for a writing course. Again, Tobias Wolff was recommended to me - this time by my teacher. Last week, I finally picked up my teacher's recommendation: Wolff's memoir This Boy's Life.

I'm wary of the memoir form.  Most memoirs read like therapeutic exercises: 200 pages filled with sensational stories of the fights between parents or chronicles of abusive relationships. This Boy's Life, however, bypasses such cliches. Like his narrator in Old School, Wolff attended an elite prep school. Before that, however, Wolff followed his mother across the U.S. to Washington state. There, she remarries and Wolff finds himself struggling through high school in a bleak town called Concrete. Wolff's true story in This Boy's Life is how he constantly reincarnated himself and the effect of the labels he found himself saddled with as a boy. And while an abusive stepfather figures prominently into the landscape of his boyhood, Wolff mines his experience to illustrate the complexities of growing up. Wolff is a master of fiction, short fiction, and nonfiction. There are stories and portraits packed into this brief memoir that recall Hemingway's Nick Adams Stories and road trips that are reminiscent of Kerouac's.

It's been almost four years now and I still haven't read everything in the Beehive. The list of authors I've discovered thanks to talking to my co-workers and the readers who make Beehive their home is a long one. When you're looking for your next read, come in to the Beehive and let us help you write your own list of favorite authors.

-Rachel Miller

Friday, August 13, 2010

"Little Bee": A Riveting Read

   "Little Bee" is the most powerful  and absorbing novel I've read this summer. Pick up a copy and you'll be caught up in the story of a young African refugee named Little Bee struggling to survive in England, and trying to re-connect with a British woman who may hold the key to her survival. The story alternates between Little Bee's viewpoint, and Sarah's, a British woman who met Little Bee years earlier during a tragedy in her native Nigeria.

   Sarah has her own personal sadness, and the last thing she needs is an illegal Nigerian teenager landing on her doorstep.  But Little Bee turns out to be exactly what Sarah does require. She and the girl form a strong alliance and find a bridge to healing despite the immense difficulty of their circumstances.

  Written by Chris Cleave, Little Bee is a page-turner graced with wit, intelligence and compassion. From the beginning, you'll be hooked by Little Bee's wry self-awareness. She says:  "Most days I wish I was a British pound coin instead of an African girl....A pound is free to travel to safety, and we are free to watch it go. This is the human triumph. This is called globalization. A girl like me gets stopped at immigration, but a pound can leap the turnstiles, and dodge the tackles of those big men with their uniform caps, and jump straight into an airport taxi. Where to, sir?  Western civilization, my good man, and make it snappy." And that's just what you should do, make haste to read this beautiful story.-- Posted by Erin

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Buzz in the Beehive: The Hunger Games Triology!

Wondering what to read after I finished my beloved Harry Potter series is what originally brought me into Beehive Books two years ago. A friend had told me of a series that was just as addicting, only more aimed at a female audience, so I was on a mission to find and devour it. At the back counter I found Erin and her great knowledge of what's hot and what's not in the book realm. When I told her what I was looking for, she lead me straight to Twilight. I got a smoothie from the cafe, plopped down on the red leather couch, and within twenty minutes I was in love. Two weeks later I was working at Beehive and finished with the Twilight Saga.
Finishing a series is always bittersweet. You grow to know and love the characters as if you were life long friends (well, most of them, *cough, cough* Draco Malfoy and The Volturi!). I could hardly wait to get my hands on the next book and continue the journey. However, when you finish the last book, it's hard to say goodbye and then there's always the question of "What do I read next?" First you always look for the book that reminds you of the series you just finished. This is always a mistake because the characters are not the same, and the story is not the same, no matter how much you want them to be. This is why it took me so long to find Twilight after Harry Potter, and then why it took me so long to find The Hunger Games after Twilight. Which brings me to the reason behind this post, to introduce you to The Hunger Games.

It was Erin again that introduced me to this book, and I was admittedly skeptical at first. This didn't really seem like my kind of book. But I was hooked in from the opening chapter when I met Katniss and Gale, secretly hunting beyond the fences of their home in District 12 on reaping day. The only way I can think to describe this series to fellow readers and pop culture lovers is a meshing of The Giver, Lord of the Flies, and Lost. Intrigued? I thought so.

"Twenty-four are forced to enter. Only the winner survives. In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Each year, the districts are forced by the Capitol to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the Hunger Games, a brutal and terrifying fight to the death - televised for all of Panem to see.
Survival is second nature for sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who struggles to feed her mother and younger sister by secretly hunting and gathering beyond the fences of District 12. When Katniss steps in to take the place of her sister in the Hunger Games, she knows it may be her death sentence. If she is to survive, she must weigh survival against humanity and life against love.


After I devoured The Hunger Games (pun intended), it was on to Catching Fire, the second installment of this thrilling series. I could hardly stand to put this book down and finished it in two days. I hate to give away anything from the first book in case you're gathering your keys and heading to Beehive Books right now to buy Hunger Games (available in paperback and hardcover). All I can tell you is that the twists and turns of this book kept me thrilled and terrified for my beloved characters. Several times I had to take a break from reading simply to absorb what had just happened in the rollercoaster ride that was the plot.

I am now anxiously counting down the days (12 + some hours) until the release of the third and final book in the heart-stopping Hunger Games triology.

Set to be released August 24th, I have my copy on order. Call today & reserve your copy! (740-363-2337)

Plans for a movie have recently been announced as well, look for it in theaters in 2011!!

- Iris

Monday, August 9, 2010

A Worker Bee's Book Review

Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

Jeannette Walls' latest novel chronicles the life of her grandmother, Lily Casey Smith: mother, horsewoman, pilot, schoolteacher, and southwest rancher. Told in first person, the narrative fuses anecdotes Walls heard as a child, spun together in the no-nonsense, fiercely determined--and ever captivating--voice of Lily, whose adventures span through a Texas dugout home, Chicago, and finally to the Arizona desert. If the novel's metaphor of the 'half broke horse' becomes slightly repetitive, it more than compensates for this in its stunning, intricate character portrait of Lily. While Lily has the pluck to leave home at age fifteen to become a teacher (embarking on a four-week journey), she grieves deeply over the loss of a family member; while her traditional plans for her daughter strain their relationship, she thoroughly embraces the advent of modern technology. A must read to encounter this unforgettable heroine, whose story is told in an impeccable voice.


Monday, July 26, 2010

To Kill a Mockingbird Reading

1 Book, 323 pages, 30 Chapters, 40 people,
11 hours and 40 minutes to read.

A very special thank you to all our To Kill a Mockingbird readers
(in order of appearance):

Bob Flanagan
Keith Flint
Amanda Lobdell
Eileen Watters
Don Love
Mary Kay Love
Erin MacLellan
Lynn Exline
Melanie Miller
Rich Edwards
Lydia Gray
Lily Wiest
Ellen Stitt
Paul Kostyu
Rachel Miller
Tony Heald
Corrine Lyman
Casey Clark
Susan McKinley
Kathy Chesser
Tim Chesser
Elizabeth Kuchers
Graham Bowling
Caitlin Green
Tom Bosco
Lauren Neidhardt
Neil Neidhardt
Michelle Howes
Debbie Fowler
Susan McLaughlin
Erik Burgeson
Megan Good
Kelley Hubbard
Carrie Wirick
Jennifer Baxley's father Bill (sorry we didn't get your last name)
Robin Wells
Tom Hering
Kathleen Neds
Leslie Beyer
Terry Hermsen

Many readers shared stories of their first encounter with this important novel, and the affect it has had on their lives. The experiences discussed, and the breadth and depth of the impact felt, were as diverse as the disparate collection of readers listed. Along with the obvious considerations of race, class, and disability, were some rather personal and provocative conversations about wisdom, patience, humility, and the exploration of the existence of those whom either choose -- or, indeed, are condemned -- to live a life outside that which "society" considers to be the acceptable norm.

Thank you for celebrating Harper Lee’s beloved American novel with us! It was a privilege to share this reading experience with our community.

Friday, July 9, 2010


Come read with us on July 17! Beehive Books will host a continuous reading of Harper Lee's classic novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird," on Saturday, July 17 from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Anyone is invited to read aloud for 15 minutes, or just come listen, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary publication of the Pulitzer-prize winning novel.
A favorite of many of our customers, this book is about racial injustice and loss of innocence in a small Southern town during the Depression. While the subject sounds intense, the book is also graced with a lot of humor, particularly the young heroine's impressions of the Southern community where she lives with her attorney father and brother.
And there's a great element of mystery and suspense that will have you racing through the pages at the conclusion.
To sign up to read, call us at 740-363-2337 or email us at

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Summer Solstice Reading

What a beautiful evening of poetry & prose, fiction & non-fiction. Original pieces from writers in our community -- a celebration in words from Walt Whitman & Michael Pollan to Emily Dickinson & Betty Smith. Thanks to all the readers and their well-chosen selections to celebrate summer. If you missed the reading last night, here's the list so you can enjoy summer any time of the year. Thanks to all of the participants & and the audience.

So whether you're reading on the beach, under a shady tree, or in air-conditioned comfort, grab a good book, & enjoy summer!

To start the evening Joan Murchland sang George Gershwin's "Summertime" with John Mediatore playing guitar.

Terry Hermsen read Robert Frost's "Mowing," Mary Oliver's poem "Buck Moon," and a piece by Michael Pollan "Why Mow?"

Robert Flanagan read four of his poems from Reply to an Evictioin Notice: "Indian Summer," "Heat Lightning," "Beached," and "Direction."

Marianne Gabel read three selections from the non-fiction book Little Heathens by Mildred Armstrong Kalish.

Gretchen Hirsch read from her own novel Back Again to Me.

Bernard Murchland read Emily Dickinson's poem "Thunderstorm" and Duncan Scott's poem "Summer Storm."

...the rest will post later.

Friday, May 21, 2010

See you..." On The Road "

Please support our Cycling team and give them a kind word when you see them training for an upcoming race on the local roads

Friday, May 14, 2010

Delaware Arts Festival Hours

We're opening early for the Arts Fest!

Get caffeinated at Beehive Books before you start your Arts Fest Weekend & join us for Book Signings on Saturday & Sunday. Stop in whenever you need hot coffee, a cold drink, and check out our ever changing selection of books, magazines, cards & gifts.

Saturday 5/15 9am-8pm (early open!)
10a-5pm Photgraphers Wendy Caldwell & Sheldon Ross will be signing their book A Look Through Our Lens at the Delaware County Bicentennial---a great time to buy a personalized copy for upcoming birthdays, anniversaries, Father's Day or just a thoughtful gift!

Sunday 5/16 9am-5pm (extended hours!)
3pm Author Gabrielle Burton will be reading from her new novel, Impatient with Desire which is an Indie Booksellers great read selection!
A Book Signing and wine reception will follow.

Check out a review of the book at

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Romance at the Beehive Feb. 12

In advance of Valentine’s Day, eight local romance writers will host a book signing on Friday, Feb. 12 from 6 p.m-8 p.m. at Beehive Books, 25 N. Sandusky Street in Delaware. The event is free and open to the public.
“We hope people will treat themselves or a loved one to tales that touch the heart,” said Mel Corroto, owner of the store. “We have an incredibly talented group of local authors who will be on hand to sign copies of their new books.”
The authors are: Saralee Etter, Georgia Evans, Susan Gee Heino, Elysa Hendricks, Rosemary Laurey, Donna MacMeans, Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter and Karin Shah. Browse the shelves, look for gifts and celebrate the thrill of romance at Beehive! Questions? Call 740-363-2337.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Two Free Tickets to Thurber House Event Jan. 19

The Thurber House and Beehive Books are teaming up to provide you with a great deal. Buy a copy of Jayne Anne Phillips' award-winning book, "Lark & Termite" and receive a voucher for two free tickets to the "Evening with Authors" series run by the Thurber House.
Ms. Phillips will speak on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbus Performing Arts Center, 549 Franklin Ave. in Columbus. She'll read from her book, chat about writing and answer questions from the audience.
"Lark & Termite" is a moving story about loss, love and family secrets. Lark, a teenage girl, spends her days caring for her disabled brother, Termite, in West Virginia in the 1950s. The book, a National Book Award finalist, is available at Beehive Books for $14.95.