Maroon Plate Specials are BACK!

We're excited to be offering Maroon Plate Specials again! MONDAY: Spaghetti, salad, and garlic bread. TUESDAY: Chicken & rice casserole, salad, and a roll. WEDNESDAY: Chicken pot pie, salad, and a roll. THURSDAY: Mexican casserole, taco salad, and Mexican cornbread. FRIDAY: Chicken spaghetti, salad, and a roll. *Special comes with a drink and dessert of the day! ONLY $8.00 (tax included)!continue reading →

Children’s Story Time Continues Once a Month Throughout the School Year

After an extremely successful summer, Children's Story Time continues this fall at Book Mart & Café! With the exception of December, Story Time will be at 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of each month throughout the academic year. The dates and themes for Children's Story Time are listed below! SEPTEMBER 30th - MAGICAL MYSTERIES Wizards, unicorns, fairies, etc… OCTOBER 28th - HAPPY HALLOWEEN Wear your Halloween costumes! NOVEMBER 25th - FOOTBALL FANATICS Show your love for your favorite sports team! Cheerleaders too! DECEMBER 16th - SANTA’S WORKSHOP Pictures with Santa himself! JANUARY 27th - WINTER WONDERLAND…continue reading →

In a Different Key: The Story of Autism

In their breakout tome In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, journalists John Dovan and Caren Zucker explore the ebb and flow science that once skewed our view of what we now call the autism spectrum. We hold this nonfiction account of autism history dear due to the fact that the first diagnosed person was born in Forest, Mississippi over seventy years ago. Donald Gray Triplett, born in the September of 1933, showed signs of challenged social interactions. In 1937, his parents committed him until 1938. In October of that very same…continue reading →

Laurie Parker: “Hush, swing, hush”

Set in Meridian, Mississippi in 2008, Hush, Swing, Hush is the third novel by author/artist Laurie Parker. Dee Loder, a forty-year-old divorcée and school librarian in Meridian, Mississippi has a lot on her plate in the spring of 2008. First and foremost, she is dealing with the ongoing challenges of being the mom of a special-needs child, an eleven-year-old boy with Asperger Syndrome, whose dad is a loudmouthed high-school football coach and little help with their son. Then, when her book-hoarding father passes away suddenly, Dee, a book lover herself, is left to deal with…continue reading →

Review: “Go Set a Watchman” by Harper Lee

After fifty years, readers return to Maycomb County, the setting for Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning coming-of-age novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and the characters we grew to love are unrecognizable. Namely, Scout goes by Jean Louise, and you find out early on that her brother, Jem, has died. If you have any expectation that the novel will have you reminiscing about the adventures of Scout, Jem, and Boo Radley, you are sorely mistaken. Jean Louise returns home from New York City in order to see her arthritis-ridden father. She grew up to be…continue reading →

6 Bestselling Books Local to Mississippi

We all know Mississippi produces some of the most highly regarded authors— from William Faulkner to Greg Iles. The authors mention in this post are recent additions to Mississippi's collection of outstanding wordsmiths. Such books will make you proud of the South. Namely, they expose culture lost, changed, and maintained. Some will make you, if you're from Mississippi, homesick; others will make you want to visit and see what Mississippi has to offer.   Before He Finds Her by Michael Kardos Everyone in the quiet Jersey Shore town of Silver Bay knows the…continue reading →

7 Things Only MSU Bulldog Fans Will Understand.

1. Tailgating is essential. The feel of a fall night and a cold beer in the junction is unlike anything you have ever experienced. Strangers treat you like family, and the sound of a cowbell ringing ignites your Bulldog pride while preparing for game time. Photo Credit: (https://hailstatebeat.wordpress.com/page/26/?ATCLID=934916&SPSID=90889&SPID=10997&DB_LANG=C&DB_OEM_ID=16800) 2. Cowbells! Whether you ring responsibly, or not, the MSU staple represents a tradition worth keeping. Also, the cowbell embodies the ringer: everyone applies their own personal touch. Photo Credit: (http://www.alumni.msstate.edu/s/811/images/editor/cowbell.jpg) 3. Maroon!!! White!!! When you say Maroon, they say White. 4. The Chapel of…continue reading →

5 Books You Should Definitely Take to the Beach

Summer sun, sand, saltwater, and a good book: it makes you want to quit your day job and become a beach bum. We asked our staff what they think. Their recommendations have something for everyone— from YA adventures to darkly comic murder mystery. 1. Love Among the Walnuts by Jean Ferris After his uncle poisons a birthday cake in order to steal the family fortune, Sandy Huntington-Ackerman's life becomes increasingly complicated. His mother, father, and their pet chicken fall into a poison induced coma. Sandy joins together with family friends in order to…continue reading →

Story Time

We are now starting Story Time. Bring your kids in for an adventure only a book can provide. After our employees read, kids get a free scoop of ice cream. Story time is every Summer Saturday at 10:00 a.m.continue reading →

Book Review: The Stranger by Harlan Coben

Not often does an author grab his audience's attention at the first sentence; however, Harlan Coben never fails to construct a plot where it sinks its teeth into you. As expected, The Strangers is a hook, line, and sinker that carries you into an American Dream where a stranger shatters the world of the protagonist, Adam. The stranger comes out of nowhere, perhaps the supermarket, a bar, or the living room of your home. The stranger, a silent storm, appears for just a moment and the only evidence of his existence is a whisper— a…continue reading →