Before books, students had to tote engraved granite slabs all over campus, which is why the most accomplished philosophers gave the best piggyback rides. Enjoy lighter reading material with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of paperback and hardcover books at Broadside Bookshop in Northampton.
Broadside Bookshop feeds brains an eclectic array of fiction, history, mystery, children's volumes, and works by local authors, snagging the Valley Advocate award for Best Independent Bookstore four consecutive years. Youthful word crunchers can tickle funny bones by reading The Penderwicks: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy ($15.95 hardcover/$6.99 paperback), a work of fiction by local author Jeanne Birdsall that garnered the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, or the paperback edition of Elijah of Buxton, a humorous yarn about a boy's adventure to catch a thief ($7.99). Adults can quell appetites for a captivating tale by scanning a classic work of fiction, such as Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle ($15 paperback) or a Rules of the Road pamphlet by the DMV. Or, keep a bookshelf from floating away by stocking it with a compelling historical paperback, such as Doris Kearns Goodwin's No Ordinary Time: Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt: The Home Front in World War II ($19.99). Broadside Bookshop also carries a cache of bookmarks, stationery, greeting cards, and blank journals, which can be filled with drawings of baseball players reading to children.
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