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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark Cover Image
By Alvin Schwartz, Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780062682826
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Published: HarperCollins - July 25th, 2017

A man walked into a hotel late one night and asked for a room. The hotel manager told him the hotel was all booked up. 

“We’ve only got one room left,” he said. “It’s on the 13th floor, but we don’t rent that one because it’s haunted.” 

I’ll take it,” said the businessman. “I don’t believe in all that nonsense about ghosts.” 

The man took the key and went up to the room to get some sleep. As soon as he turned off the lights and got into bed, he heard the closet door squeak open. A pale, ghostly figure emerged from the closet and staggered forth, its fingering dripping with blood.

“Bloody fingers! Bloody fingers!”, it moaned.

When the man laid eyes on this horrible sight, he grabbed his suitcase and ran out of the room, still wearing his pajamas. left the hotel that very night.

The next night an old woman arrived at the hotel very late at night. The manager told her the same thing.

“We’ve only got one room left, but it’s on the 13th floor and we don’t rent it because the room is haunted.”

“Sonny, I’ve seen a lot in my day,” she told him. “Trust me, nothing could possibly bother me.”

As soon as she switched off the lights and got into bed, the closet door creaked open and a ghastly figure stepped out. Its fingers were still dripping blood all over the floor.

“Bloody fingers! Bloody fingers!”, it moaned.

The old woman shrieked and ran as fast as her legs could carry her. 

A week later a teenage boy arrived at the hotel very late. He also took the haunted room despite the manager’s warning. He paid for his room, got the key and headed upstairs. After he had unpacked, he took out his guitar and began to strum some tunes. 

Soon, the closet door creaked open and the ghost appeared. As before, its fingers were bleeding, soaking the carpet with blood and it was moaning, “Bloody fingers! Bloody fingers!” 

The boy didn’t pay any attention to the ghostly figure. He just kept strumming his guitar. 

The ghost kept moaning, and its fingers kept bleeding. “Bloody fingers! Bloody fingers!”, it moaned.

Finally, the boy stopped playing the guitar. He looked straight at the hideous apparition and said, “Shut up and get yourself a Band-Aid.”


The Dutch House: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780062963673
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Published: Harper - September 24th, 2019

Patchett knows how to write a family drama. She takes a seemingly average plot - the story of a grand estate and the impact it had on its owner's lives and spins it into a deeply intriguing story with a cast of characters worth rooting for. Characters Danny Conroy and his sister, Maeve, grow up in the architectural masterpiece that is the Dutch House, a 1920s mansion in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Its grand windows offer any passerby a look inside. After the death of their mother, Danny and Maeve are abandoned by their father's new wife, Andrea. Left penniless, the siblings grow prosperous on their own, occasionally driving by their childhood home to stare and wonder what could have been. The story details how this beautiful house changes the family dynamics over time. It both creates and kills dreams. I truly enjoyed this read, it is the perfect fit for this upcoming colder autumn days.  -Claire Zito, Bookseller


Frankenstein Cover Image
By Mary Shelley, Maurice Hindle (Editor), Maurice Hindle (Introduction by), Maurice Hindle (Notes by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780141439471
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Published: Penguin Classics - May 6th, 2003

Frankenstein is an old classic, but timelessly lovable nonetheless. The story is the same one that we all know as children, but the aspect that really captured my attention was the deeper philosophical element that Shelley did an amazing job of portraying: what it takes to be human. On top of that, the prose is gorgeous and it's the perfect novel to read to get in the Halloween spirit!  -Bookseller, Soumyaa Das


A Dog's Way Home: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780765374660
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Published: Forge Books - May 1st, 2018

Explore the zone of near-magical, reciprocal, spiritual renewal. Read Cameron’s exciting novel as it explores (from the dog’s perspective) a challenging owner/dog relationship. You won’t be disappointed! - Bookseller, Jim Scott


When Breath Becomes Air Cover Image
By Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese (Foreword by)
$26.00
ISBN: 9780812988406
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Published: Random House - January 12th, 2016

Sometimes a person comes along and because of their own nature, their own curiosities, both in perception and questioning, they affect you.  This book could be a million people, but is keenly just this one, as he speaks personally and eloquently and shares what so many others have confronted.  Dying of cancer, this surgeon struggles with the whole thing from "this can't be" to "well, here we are".  It was moving and intriguing.  He shares just enough of his surgical residency and practice to make your jaw drop;  his anecdotes take you off track briefly, then circle back to his struggle.  He expressed so well how things were feeling and revealing themselves to him -intertwining the realities, horrors and eventual peace within it all- that you felt it too.  -Bookseller, Angella Meanix


Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780544668256
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - November 24th, 2015

As a student myself, I have always been interested in knowing why things are the way they are and how they came into existence. Randall Munroe does an excellent job in explaining almost anything you can think of — from the US Constitution to how a washer and dryer work — and also makes the reader laugh from his simplified vocabulary and comical doodles. Personally, my favorite "things explained" would have to be the periodic table and constellations because it's funny to see how both of those concepts are studied vigorously by people around the world, but Munroe explains the basics in two pages. -Bookseller, Soumyaa Das