Archive for December 2007

New Year’s Day Notes

December 31, 2007

RCBlogos.jpgIs there a better way to start out the New Year than by starting a great new book? I think not. Thankfully, if you didn’t already know this fact, River City Books will be open for business on January first — from noon to 6 p.m.

On a related note, the River City Books fiction book club, which usually meets the first Tuesday of the month, will not meet tomorrow because of the holiday. Instead, the group will convene in one week. So more time to polish off this month’s selection. I’ve had informal talks with a couple of members and so far the book’s drawing raves.

I hope you and yours have a happy, healthy new year!


How To Use That Gift Card

December 30, 2007

five-pack.jpgThis time of year people are often walking into the neighborhood bookstore with plastic to burn. No, I don’t mean VISA or MasterCard. I am talking about the best present I ever received: a gift card from River City Books.

If you happen to be fulfilling the dream of every reader — to stroll into a store and be able to shop for free — here are some great books to consider (click on the pic to enlarge):


Take Twenty Percent Off, Please

December 28, 2007

holiday-books.jpgI always feel a letdown after the holidays. All that excitement — all that food — and then, bam, it’s back to regular life and the realization that if I ate that way all of the time I would be so fat my wings couldn’t keep me up. One thing that helps, though, is the post-holiday savings opportunities down at the neighborhood bookstore. Already, for example, they have put a great selection of holiday books on sale for 20 percent off. We’re talking A Christmas Carol, A Child’s Christmas in Wales, picture books, chapter books, trade books … basically, if it’s holiday related it’s on sale. I took a pic of a few of the offerings (click to enlarge). While supplies last. Now please pass me the Tums.

Christmas Festival CDs Sold Here

December 26, 2007

st-olaf-cd.jpgIt amazes me how quickly they can turn a recording into a CD available at retail outlets near you. (Frame of reference: I am also amazed at drive-through windows at pharmacies.) Already, for example, you can buy copies of the 2007 St. Olaf Christmas Festival — the world renowned St. Olaf Christmas Festival — and you don’t even have to venture onto The Hill to do it. River City Books, home of an impressive display of music CDs, has copies of “Where Peace and Love and Hope Abide”  on sale. Stop by and pick up your copy today. Or tomorrow. Or whenever it works for you. But don’t take too long. These little pieces of cellophane-wrapped plastic are hot.

The Last Minute Solution

December 23, 2007

cards.jpgSay you forgot about someone. It could happen. It has happened. A lot of people — OK, me — forget to buy a gift for a certain someone and then are left scrambling at the last minute. Or maybe you didn’t forget but after scouring the ends of the earth you just can’t find a good gift. These are the maddening problems of the human existence. At least during the holidays.

Fortunately, I have an answer to holiday conundrum: the River City Books gift card.

It’s so fast, so easy, it almost seems funny to mention it. But never forget it is there, always available, a ready Plan B (or Z) whenever you need it. Too, RCB, has a great way to get everything done in one run. Because not only does the store sell gift cards it also sells a great line of holiday greeting cards. Pick out whatever ift card denomination you wish, find a greeting card off the rack (pictured) and — yowsers — you’re ready for the holiday party.

Extended Holiday Hours at RCB

December 21, 2007

RCBlogos.jpgI happened to look at my calendar this morning and it hit me like telephone pole that was mistakenly in my airspace: It’s time to start shopping!

Only a few days left till judgment day. Geeesh, I better get a move on. Fortunately for me — and you, too — the neighborhood bookstore is open later and longer this weekend.

Here are the store’s holiday hours:


A Post About Nothing

December 20, 2007

seinfeld.jpgThe Soup Nazi. Kramerica Industries. High talkers. Low talkers. Yada, yada, yada. It’s a well-known secret in our nest that I am a “Seinfeld” fan. If you ask me, the show gets better with each viewing. Which is why I am tickled to report that down at River City Books they have the ultimate gift for “Seinfeld” fans: all nine seasons of DVDs that includes a commemorative book. I am telling you this is one slick looking package of “nothing” (click on the photo for an enlarged view). There’s only one left, though, so you if you’re going to act, act fast. If you have a “Seinfeld” fan in your life you could become that person’s hero. Bigger, even, than Keith Hernandez.