Playing Your Cards Right

The newest section of our website is a subcategory of "Nature" featuring the wonderful playing card decks from Adventure Publications. When weather derails your plans for outdoor excursions, you can still enjoy nature's beauty with these colorful cards.


And a Full House.

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Feb on the Web

Eleven great additions to our stock mix are on display in the "New in February 2018" section! Learn how tavern life and feuds helped shape our fledgling nation, delve into a fascinating biography, anticipate spring with nature guides ready to go, hone your camp cooking skills or appreciate the wonders of D.C. and Baltimore.


It's all there in the books.

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Finders? Keepers!

The latest section to be added to Nature Field Guides highlights those pocket-friendly, pleasantly retro-looking "Finders" from Nature Study Guild. In addition to offering some atypical topics (winter trees and weeds, berries)  they have an interesting bracket methodology for identification.


And they will tell you which berries to avoid!

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The Golden Standard

Our latest website update centers around a nature field guide series I remember enjoying as a kid- Golden Guides. They fit into your pocket and the illustrations were cool and sometimes made you feel you'd rather not meet some of these critters up close and personal (Wolf Spiders, I'm talkin' to you...) And the variety was great thanks to pioneering author Herbert S. Zim. Updated and with refreshed graphics, here are 23 guides from Bats to Wildflowers.

Get in touch with that exploring child hidden somewhere inside us all. Go for the Goldens!

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For the Taking

Our latest website section features the great kids' nature series called Take-Along Guides. Colorful, informative, chock full of activities and fun they make great companions for your next family hike. Or even in your own backyard.

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"Say, what does that stand for?"

You ask curiously.

"The Cat in the Hat's

Learning Library" !

Our latest fun section,

It now can be found

In Kids' Books so go

In a leap and a bound

You'll learn about forests,

Bugs, fishes and birds

And lots and lots more

In that smart Cat's own words!

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We just uploaded a new Nature Field Guides subsection starring those colorful, durable and informative laminated guides from Quick Reference Publishing. They can be broad-ranging or targeted to one state or a few, but all are great to have with you on your outdoor adventures- even if you're just heading out to the Farmer's Market!


Tidings of Comfort Food and Joy

Another holiday season is now in the annals. We are grateful to our bookselling colleagues who supported regional books in their stores, thus supporting our small business too. Things change quickly and sometimes unpredictably but we will always believe in printed books and their unmatched ability to engage, educate and entertain.


As we welcome in 2018, our new January titles feature the story of the courageous women who suffered for suffrage, colorful tales of Prohibition in Mencken's town, lots of hikes to enjoy in the Metro area, a glimpse of  next spring in a gardener's treasure trove and the art of Irish cuisine as practiced by a renowned local chef.


Happy New Year!

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Thinking Small

Having just observed Small Business Saturday and with the holiday selling season upon us, when we added the new titles for December, it occurred to us:


Lots of businesses are small.


And that's good. Twenty-five years into regional book wholesaling, we are so small, our home state considers us a "Microbusiness." And one of our wonderful new titles is written and published by another small business, "Tired Dogs Press." (Fret not, the metaphor is drawn from aching feet, not exhausted canines.)  It is a handsome edition that presents large business-quality packaging while maintaining the personal touch of author and Ken Wilcox and his wife Kris who crafted the D.C. walks with pride (and a lot of stamina!)


So next time you are in a small store, think about the next levels of smallness you can also support- like publishers and wholesalers.


Happy Holidays!        

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The Penultimate Month

November is here and our new offerings include books to help families enjoy the outdoors, stay cozy indoors, find the best places to eat in our area and get ready for the exciting holidays to come. There is also a very special photography book perfect for Veterans Day.

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Flocking Together

We carry a LOT of Nature titles, so adding them to the website is quite a project.Where to start?

Birds, of course! Amazing, fascinating, beautiful and varied, we celebrate them with field guides, pictorials and fun books for budding ornithologists.

Accept no substitutes!

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What's a "Brunswick"?

Hooray, the new October titles are here a little early!  They include a beautiful new color pictorial about the Old Dominion, two books to help kids learn about the Nation's Capital, two must-haves for your next night hike and a bargain book to help you throw the best birthday party ever for your tot.


Not to mention the definitive history of that tasty concoction called Brunswick Stew. Bon appetit!

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Just Added S'More

The latest section added to our website is "Camping." Just in time for crisp autumnal trips to the woods or mountains, here are books to help you set up camp, entertain tots on their first outdoor adventure or chill the campfire session with spooky ghost tales.


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Waterford, Waterford Everywhere

Check out the Nature Field Guides section for the latest category we added- colorful Pocket Naturalist Guides from Waterford Press. There are 39 varieties to help you name that duck, avoid that poison ivy and predict what that cloud might do. Waterproof and durable, they are ready for lots of adventures in the great outdoors.


And they really do fit in your pocket!

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BFF (Boating, Fishing, Fun)

Summer still has some golden days left in its pocket, so the two latest sections to join our website can be a big help- Boating and Fishing. Sure, they can be enjoyed separately- that's why we created two stand-alone sections for easy perusal. We are especially happy to offer small press gems like Roger Corbett's 600-page compilation on Virginia Rivers and a special sale on Keith Walters' tackle-box-worthy tips.

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A House Divided

The latest section to be added to our website is Civil War History. We are proud to offer not only valuable historical works from large publishing houses, but also books from small presses such as Schroeder Publications, Native Ground Books and Music, Chester Comix, Old Dominion Publishers, Toomey Press, and Gauley Mount Press.

The section includes books for adult readers as well as books for young readers and keeps us mindful that to avoid repeating the painful mistakes of our country's history, first we must know it.

What's "New"?

The OED defines "new" as : "Produced, introduced, or discovered recently or now for the first time; not existing before."

So when we feature the '"new" books each month, some are newly in print and some are not brand new but recent discoveries for us we want to share with you.

Something rediscovered; something new!


We are happy to offer a new subcategory in our Kids' Books section: Otters! Inspired by our friends at two wonderful museums which feature nature exhibits starring otters, we are enjoying finding books about these charming, playful creatures. Sam Garton's series is laugh out loud funny while other books tackle more serious subject matter such as how otters are affected by environmental issues.


Know any more good books on otters?  Please let us know.