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Solomon Northup’s ominous journey to New York City, 1841

An engraving featured in Solomon Northup’s narrative Twelve Years A Slave, published in 1853. The New York farmer and musician Solomon Northup was sold into slavery in 1841, tricked by two supposed members of a circus troupe, promising Northrup work in their traveling show.  Instead, Northrup awoke in bondage, eventually smuggled to New Orleans where […]

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History in the making: Book worms and comic books edition

“New York is the concentrate of art and commerce and sport and religion and entertainment and finance, bringing to a single compact arena the gladiator, the evangelist, the promoter, the actor, the trader and the merchant.” — E. B. White Book Advice: Out-of-state bookstores are sometimes the best place to find obscure books about New […]

Strand and Deliver

We forgot to wish the Strand Bookstore a happy 80th birthday on June 2nd. Sorry, Strand, we didnt exist then! As the Barnes & Nobles and Borders of the world become clogged with eager bookbuyers (purchasing the new Harry Potter book, natch), its very refreshing that this independent bookseller is still going strong, with a […]