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Staff Picks, Part III: Megan

Saturday June 20, 2015

This is a continuation of a series regarding our new in-store display featuring the favorite books of the Underground Books staff.

Megan here! I've been a part of the Underground Books family since just after the shop opened, shelving books to woo Josh (totally worked), scouting, pinch hitting at the register, and hauling boxes at book fairs, house calls, and dollar book sales. In January, I joined the team full-time as the rare book cataloger and online inventory manager, though they like to call me "the Muscle," or maybe that's just how I refer to myself.  I graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree...

Staff Picks, Part II: Miranda

Friday June 12, 2015

This is second in a series of posts about our new display, featuring the favorite books of our Underground Books team.

Miranda is our bonfire-building, southern drawling biblio-goddess and has been with Underground Books before we even opened, helping Josh prepare the space for books and book lovers. She's been with the bookshop through the purchase of the building and our expansion and had complete charge of the bookstore for nearly 3 weeks while Megan and Josh were on their dream biblio-honeymoon. Fortunately for us, she's on the 10 year bachelor's plan for her psychology degree at UWG, so we get...

Staff Picks, Part I: Maria

Monday June 1, 2015

“What’s your favorite book?” is a question booksellers get used to hearing. And for the type of brainy bibliophiles who end up as booksellers, it’s a frustrating one. “How can I pick just one?!” We love so many books, sometimes we just go blank in the face of this daunting question. We look around the room in a panic for a book we like to just jump off the shelves and save us, or we mumble awkwardly about how there’s just so many….

After the success of our “Banned Book Wall” display for the last couple months, we have now...

Guest Post: "Underground Books" by Jason Oldham

Thursday April 23, 2015

Jason has been a regular and a favorite at UB since we opened in March of 2011. He wrote this wonderful piece honoring our store and we're honored to share it with you here! You can read more from Jason at www.macezra.com.

 

Note: This piece was to originally be published by the now, sadly, defunct Squared magazine out of Carrollton, Georgia.

The lady taking my blood pressure stared intently enough at the gauge, listening through her stethoscope, before turning her face up to me in a look I found all too reminiscent of what I received from the dean when...

Hometown Legend: A Stunning Piece of West Georgiana Comes To Carrollton

By Megan Bell Sunday March 22, 2015
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The first edition

In 1948, a wealthy, influential landowner of Meriwether County pistol-whipped a young sharecropper outside of the Sunset Tourist camp in Moreland with such force the gun discharged. John Wallace’s execution by electric chair would be the first time in Georgia that a white man was given the death sentence on the testimony of two men of color, Albert Brooks and Robert Lee Gates. Wallace’s murder of Wilson Turner, a crime which involved three counties, would rock not only the state but the entire country, making legal history in Georgia and inspiring an acclaimed book and celebrated made-for-television...

What We're Taking to the Fair

By Megan Bell Saturday February 28, 2015

We attend several book fairs each year, and the Florida Antiquarian Book Fair is a definite favorite. Several days in sunny St. Petersburg, thousands of book lovers thronging the aisles, pulled from one booth to the next by the most interesting, beautiful, and rarest books the community of antiquarian booksellers has to offer...in short, it's dreamy. Here's a peek at just how wondrous it is!

 

So that's it! We're running away to join the fair! Here's a look at what's in our knapsacks.

 

With 12 stunning full-color plates and numerous black and white illustrations throughout by...

Literary Love Songs to Woo Your Valentine

By Megan Bell Tuesday February 10, 2015

Your friends at Underground Books have you covered this Valentine's Day with seven literary love songs with which to serenade your lucky valentine and four songs with which to console yourself should things not have gone so well with your last valentine... From bookish lyrics to lyrics straight from the book, we hope you enjoy these as much as we do! Or just listen to the whole playlist!

 

For Wooing:

The Book of Love by The Magnetic Fields

"The book of love is long and boring
No one can lift the damn thing
It's full of charts and facts and figures
and instructions for dancing
but...

7 Weird Books From UndergroundBooks.net

By Megan Bell Thursday February 5, 2015

You may have guessed that some strange books cross our desk from time to time here at Underground. Read further to see just how weird it gets, and let us take you on a wondrously educational ride through our strangest offerings that will leave your skies clear and your colon clean.


 

  1. Mo-Ped: The Wonder Vehicle by Jerry Murray
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    Alternate title, MO-PED: The Biker Gangs of the Future

Is there any more miraculous vehicle than that of the “mo-ped”? This book doesn’t waste time answering stupid questions. If you want to know how the Peugot, “deservedly the snob of the mo-ped world,” stacks...

A Field Guide to Ornithological Eye Candy

By Megan Bell Friday January 23, 2015

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Abbeville Press' Collector's Edition of Audubon's Birds of America (The Audubon Society's Baby Elephant Folio)

Since its publication over the years 1827 to 1838, John James Audubon’s The Birds of America has not only stood as the standard for ornithological art, but a testament to book arts.

Paired with the accompanying text to his stunning collection of plates, Ornithological Biography, or, An account of the habits of the birds of the United States of America, Audubon’s hard won magnum opus finds completion. The two works were separated to avoid the British law requiring a copy of every publication containing text to be donated...

If This Isn't Nice, What Is?: A Rare Vonnegut Gem

By Megan Bell Monday January 5, 2015

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“I urge you to please notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point,‘If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.’

-- Kurt Vonnegut, our patron saint


“If this isn’t nice, what is?” has become a motto around our shop and home over the past year, and when   we look (read: gaze adoringly) at this scarce advance review copy of Vonnegut’s first novel, Player Piano, we can’t help but murmur it ourselves.

Drawing inspiration from George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four, Yevgeny Zamyatin's We, and his own Post-WWII experiences working for General Electric, Vonnegut prognosticates a future of know-how and no...