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When you need to laugh - My Horizontal Life By Chelsea Handler
Author of "Are Your There Vodka It's Me Chelsea" and host of the comedic late night show Chelsea Lately, Chelsea Handler has taken the most memorable and awkward parts of single life; the one night stand, and turned it into a series of short stories all with as much honestly and crass as your best friend. Leaving no detail unmentioned she visits her experiences with the kind of humor and intimacy found in David Sedaris and Sloane Crosley books. Find it at Alibris with 3.0% Cash Back.
When you need to cry - Eat Pray Love By Elizabeth Gilbert.
Divorced, depressed, and in the throes of the late twenties crisis (yes it really does exist) Elizabeth Gilbert embarks on a year journey of self discovery and spiritual awakening that takes her from Italy to India and eventually Bali. Those who share in the author's "there's gotta be more than this" mentality will find a great read. Side Note: Eat Pray Love is coming to a theater near you August 13th and will star everybody's sweetheart Julia Roberts (who's face will no doubt become the new book cover) as well as the uber sexy Javier Bardem. Find it at Barnes and Noble with 4.0% Cash Back.
When you need an escape - Club Dead by Charlaine Harris
The third book in the popular series that spurned my Sunday night addiction True Blood, Club Dead starts with leading southern belle Sookie Stackhouse on the search for her beloved vampire Bill. Along the way she stumbles into a world tangled with werewolves and vampires; a world in which she not surprisingly injects herself to save her dead fiance. Bonus points include Sookie and Eric's growing friendship (yum) and witnessing Bon Temp's other characters become leading roles. Recommend for someone who is looking for mythical entertainment that's older and saucier than Harry Potter. Find it at Borders with 4.0% Cash Back.
When you feel like a teenager - Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn By Stephanie Meyers
Not to overwhelm with vampires but seeing as how the Twilight saga is churning out movies faster than people can read, you're time for reading the fourth and final book Breaking Dawn is limited. This final chapter sees Bella and Edward progressing with their relationship as only 18 year old's who have been dating 1.5 years can. Of course things can only be rosy for so long before the Volturi come a knocking and the final showdown sees an alliance between Team Edward and Team Jacob. Recommended for the young at heart. Find it at Half.com with 4.0% Cash Back.
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June 28, 2010
Sometimes it's romantic and peaceful, and sometimes it's annoying.
For the times when I'm not enjoying the gusting wind, rain slicked streets, and frizz head, there are a few methods I use to prevent insanity. One is to simply get out of the city, and the other is to succumb. Much like the saying "if you can't beat them, join them" sometimes embracing what you can't control is the best method. One of my favorite ways to embrace the cold is with tea. Drinking a hot cup of green tea or any other herbal concoction keeps my tummy warm and my health in top shape. Considering I am currently battling the sniffles, I've gone to stocking up on must haves like Simply Green Tea from drugstore.com. Loaded with antioxidants this tea has 1/3 the amount of caffeine found in coffee and offers a yummy way to stay healthy. As part of Health and Beauty Week, drugstore.com is now at 8.0% Cash Back. For other immune boosting teas check out the full list here.
Naturally cooler temperatures means more time in doors, yet this also leads to more time for boredom. To keep myself entertained- and to prevent couch potato syndrome- I keep my head in the books. This past week I finally finally bit the bullet and bought African Interiors, but as for non-designed based reading I'm currently loving Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters. This classic Jane Austen tale has been rewritten by comedic writer Ben Withers and is just $9 at Barnes and Noble. Set in a world of sea monsters and damsels in distress, this book is perfect for nights when the fog is so thick you'd think you were lost at sea. Aside from a good read you'll also enjoy 4.0% Cash Back and free shipping on orders over $25.
Other ways I ward off feelings of gloom is with warm throw blankets and cozy sweaters which you'll find here. It might not bring on the sun, but it will give me cash back in my pocket which always puts a smile on my face.
May 15, 2010
First in my shopping cart is The Selby Is In Your Place. What is the Selby? Why it's the much anticipated book from the famous design blog started by Todd Selby which features the quirky interiors of today's artists, poets, musicians, and other creative folk. Selling for $10 off the list price, I'll also save 10% off any single item when I use code W3L8N4U. Hurry though, this offer ends May 16th.
Next up is African Interiors. Truly a book dedicated to beautiful and lively photographs, this is just the thing those addicted to colorful interiors need. Featuring interiors ranging from village huts made of mud, to the modern city dwellings of Johannesburg, this book is a study on not just African culture, but of design methods. I'll save almost $10 off the list price and get free shipping on orders over $25.
Last but not least is Grey Gardens. The companion book to the 1975 documentary (later remade by HBO), this book tells the tale of Edith and Little Eddie Bouvier. Famous cousins of Jackie Kennedy Onassis who disappeared from public life only to be found living in squalor. If you haven't seen the HBO version, I implore you to do so. It's available at HBO Store where you'll get 4.0% Cash Back.
So there you have it. Three amazing books to pour over, nearly $12 cash back added to my account, and a savings of $34 off the list price. I know it's Ebates Birthday and all, but this is my birthday present. Which coincidentally is today!
May 4, 2010
At Magazines.com, I will find all of my favorite fashion publications like Elle and Vogue, while also shopping for essential reads like Women's Health and Shape. Good news for me, right now, they are offering a subscription to Elle and Women's Health for 74% off and just $25 for both! Shop now for your favorite magazines specially priced and with double-digit cash back!
Also, magazines make a great gift for mom, so shop best-selling titles and give her a gift she will enjoy all year.
Stock up on summer reads and cash back in our Books and Magazines Category.
April 5, 2010
Chances are, if you either frequent bookstores or pay attention to readers around you in public, you have seen either of his two books, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or The Girl Who Played with Fire being read by someone around you in the past few months. See, The Girl Who Played with Fire just came out in paperback circulation, and the buzz is increasing more and more as we anxiously await Larsson's final book of the trilogy: The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. My advice to you about these books is the following: if you haven't yet started the trilogy, by all means, wait until the third book is released! Trust me on this one folks, once you finish reading the first book, you will want to be able to immediately grab the second one, and up to this point, I have to assume that the same can definitely be said for the second book and it's segue into the third. Luckily for all of us, Barnes & Noble has got a few different deals right now to help ease the cost a little bit. First off, no matter what you buy, you can use coupon code R8J4C9K to take 15% off one item (some exceptions apply, of course). Also, for a limited time, Barnes & Noble is offering anyone who orders through their site the special discount member price on purchases. That means you no longer have to look at a lower price and debate whether it's worth paying an annual fee to get that discount - right now everyone does! Finally, you will get free shipping on orders over $25; it's kind of the industry standard, but it still feels great to take a look at your checkout screen and see "Shipping: FREE" in the expense line. Oh, and did I mention that you get an extra discount on the third book if you pre-order it by itself? Because you do, and that makes the savings even nicer.
As always, you will also get 4.0% Cash Back when you order through Ebates, meaning you now have five unique ways to save by ordering through Barnes & Noble right now!
Find a new page-turner to strike your fancy from our Books & Magazines category!
March 4, 2010
Recently my attitude toward coffee table books has been changing, and it's not because of the design aesthetic or because I want to show off my love of obscure subcultures. No, my indifference is waning because, quite frankly, there are a slew of jaw-dropping design books on the market, and I'm like a kid in a candy store. Where else can I place these beloved treasures once the bookcase, closet, and storage boxes are full? Why, a front row seat on my coffee table, of course.
Topping my list of so-glad-I-bought-it books is French Home. Available at Borders, this hardcover edition simplifies the mystique that is French decor thanks to the brains of antiques dealer and stylist Josephine Ryan. Priced at $29.95 for new, (or as low as $12 for used) I received 4.0% Cash Back and yet another book to accompany my Sunday morning coffee routine.
Another juicy, glossy photo book is Style and Substance: The Best Of Elle Decor. Covering the first two decades of Elle Decor, this book deserves proper ogling time, and if I may say so, looks great on my coffee table. Available at Barnes & Noble, I earned 8.0% Cash Back thanks to Travel Week, not to mention saving 28% off the list price and receiving free shipping. With hundreds of expertly designed rooms, I know I'll be reaching for this when I need a little inspiration, or even when I don't.
So maybe I do understand the logic behind coffee table books. Maybe their owners aren't the showy type after all, maybe they're design/art/fashion/whatever addicts with storage issues, people who would rather have their passions on hand (or on table) instead of stashed away in a closet. Regardless of how I justify this new design approach, I saved a chunk of change and earned even more with Ebates.
Shop more design deals in our Home and Garden category.
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February 24, 2010
I am always pleased when I know that a merchant of ours is out there trying to make a difference in the world, and that's one of the many reasons I try to keep this weekly feature running - so I can highlight merchants like this that don't have the name recognition of some of our bigger merchants, but provide similar services. Plus, Better World Books offers the whole range of books, from textbooks to novels to comics and even children's books.
So if you get a chance, read their story, if you're at all like me and love books and take a world of joy from reading, you will feel a little bit better about maybe spending a dollar or two more on a used book if you know that it is going to a good cause. You will also be able to take advantage of free shipping on all orders within the US, plus, let's not forget that you will be getting 3.0% Cash Back on all your purchases by shopping through Ebates, so a portion of what you spend is going to another worthy cause -- your wallet!
Find a good read from our Books & Magazines category.
February 6, 2010
But really, I'd have been much better off had I just gone to Half.com. I wouldn't have driven around town, I wouldn't have had to walk to and from my car in the rain, and I probably would have gotten the same stuff for about two thirds of what I paid. It's no exaggeration: even at used prices, I found almost every item I bought on Half.com for less, plus in most cases, I wouldn't have paid California's ridiculously high sales tax, and I would have earned 4.0% Cash Back - talk about making your money work for you! With the cash back I could have earned, I would have been able to get another book! (which is exactly what I need)
So check it out for yourself - they have an amazing selection of books, DVDs, Music, Textbooks, and video game stuff (consoles, games, accessories, etc). I know it may not mean much to you, but what impressed me is that they have solid discounts on books by Charles Bukowski. That may seem like a random statement, but I just had a discussion in the lunchroom on Friday about how the bookstore I went to (one of SF's most renowned) didn't have anything I didn't already own, and that other website named after that rainforest didn't have good used prices on any of his titles. Lo and behold, I should have just gone to Half.com for great prices and 4.0% Cash Back.
Find what you want at Half.com or at eBay, it's parent company.
February 5, 2010
With the Superbowl coming up this weekend rule #39 comes in handy: "Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself". Bingo. You will have more control over the ingredients going into the food and will be able to savor the process more. There are a ton of recipes out there for delicious dips, finger foods and all the junk you love that can be made in your own kitchen.
Pick up "Food Rules: An Eaters Manual" for just $7.92 at Barnes and Noble and get 4.0% cash Back from Ebates.
December 9, 2009
While you can still use coupon code HOLIDAYHINTS to get 25% off and free shipping on all your orders, ending tonight at midnight, you can bump your savings up another 10%. With coupon code FRIENDS, you can take 35% off your entire purchase at Chronicle Books and get free shipping anywhere. It's a funny thought to someone like me, that I can order something from them online and get it for much cheaper than I can if I walked into their store and bought it. Ah, the glories of the internet!
So what did I buy? It shouldn't come as a surprise, knowing me; I got a new Moleskine planner. After spending a year trying to decipher my scrawl in the pocket planner (roughly 3x5 inches) I am upgrading to the 5x8 standard size planner because, quite frankly, I'm a busy man. What's really nice about this particular planner is that it has an entire page face each week for notes, lists, and all the other things scribblers like myself enjoy.
So this fine piece of planning power would normally run me $18.95 plus $4.50 shipping, in addition to nearly $2 more with CA State sales tax. Thanks to this coupon, I was able to get this out the door, tax and all, for $13.37, a savings of over $10. Now I have money to buy more books! That doesn't even factor in the 3.0% Cash Back that is heading on its way directly to my Ebates account.
Take advantage of this sale and more by checking our Coupons category!
December 8, 2009
Perfect for the fashionista or just someone on the brink of a life change (who might need a style change along with it) is The Style Strategy by Nina Garcia (of Project Runway and Marie Claire magazine) is the perfect gift and just $11.87. The book is essentially a go-to-guide on how to maximize your wardrobe, buy smartly, and get the chic designer look for less. No matter how much or how little you know about fashion, this is the book to have. I will pick up a few copies for all the women in my life (and even one for myself).
Shop Barnes & Noble and find gifts for everyone on your list at great prices with double cash back!
October 29, 2009
So I was clicking around, just like any other day, and I happened across a coupon from a book merchant, Alibris. I've known the site - being a literature nerd, I tend to know most all book merchants rather well. But this coupon code jumped out at me, not just because of the interesting figure, but because of the code itself. From now through Halloween, if you enter coupon code "GANDALF" you can save $4 on any purchase $40 or more. I thought this was a wonderful idea and a great code, so I went to the Alibris coupons page. What did I discover? A whole slew of coupons, all connected to characters from Lord of the Rings, all for a different dollar amount. They were all there - FRODO, SAMWISE, GALADRIEL, even SAURON.
These are the small joys in life, when I find a fun merchant who comes up with a great set of coupons with thematic names. Of course it doesn't hurt that you also get 3.0% Cash Back. I am almost tempted to spend the next few minutes entering in other Lord of the Rings words just to see what happens. Maybe if I type in Gollum, I'll get a free ring...
What coupons will you find? Just look at the Ebates coupon page to find them all!
October 22, 2009
Being a fanatical reader, I'm one of those old-fashioned types who believes that the book is pretty much always better. That's why the kid in me is so up on the idea of Glamma Toys. Right now their featured products are all various shapes and sizes of plush characters from the movies, puppets of the characters, or packages including the stuffed characters along with a copy of the book itself. So, in other words, anyone who wants to can play director and make their own home production to see how they stack up against Jonze, who is somewhat of a cinematic hipster wunderkind.
Want to save money on these great products? Then buy before Halloween and use the coupon code EBATES10 - it's our exclusive offer to get an extra 10% off your purchase. Plus, remember, when you shop through Ebates, you will also get 3.5% Cash Back at Glamma.
Find just what you're looking for in our Games & Toys category!
September 16, 2009
So for those of you who spent three and four hundred dollars a pop on oversized textbooks, I give you Chegg. It's like a college bookstore, but unlike most campus book stores, they only rent you the book, instead of the "buy and sell back" model that students have been subjected to. Plus, you're also saving the environment, as Chegg plants a tree for every textbook they rent.
So, while this semester (or quarter) you may have been forced to buy you books full price, now you know that with Chegg, you can rent the books you have no intention of keeping, save money, and earn 5.0% Cash Back on that rental! That's what I call hitting the savings trifecta.
Find your favorite page-turners in our Books & Magazines category.
September 10, 2009
Other big releases include Edward Kennedy's posthumously published memoir True Compass, available for pre-order (release date is 9/14) at Borders for 40% off with 4.0% Cash Back. But the Fall book frenzy does not end there, look forward to the official Twilight Saga Guide, written by Stephanie Meyer herself, John Krakauer's, Where Men Win Glory, Jeanette Walls' (The Glass Castle) newest, Half Broke Horses, and much more. Shop the complete list of Borders top 50 preorders here. And check out Barnes & Noble's top 100 list of bestsellers where you can rediscover classics that have once again become part of pop culture, like Julia Child's cookbooks and Charlaine Harris' Southern Vampire Series box set that inspired HBO's True Blood.
August 27, 2009
Just as important as studying hard is relaxing with some restorative leisure time. I spent many college weekends laying in bed watching DVDs of my favorite shows, which (for me) was time well spent. So while shopping for textbooks, be sure to shop for some DVD's at low prices. Pick up the highly acclaimed second season of Mad Men, now 50% off along with many more DVDs and get increased cash back from Ebates.
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August 25, 2009
Now, had I been smart, I would have made my money work for me a little bit better, and picked up some of the more easily found titles at Barnes & Noble, who are currently offering 8% Cash Back on all purchases. Just think - in that one semester I would have gotten over $30 back! So let my mistake be your gain, and make the smart call that I didn't; buy your books through Ebates, earn cash back, and put that money towards even more glorious books!
Find all sorts of great deals in our Back to School sale!
August 24, 2009
Just like the ol' college bookstore, textbooks.com allows you to buy and sell used and new textbooks. Unlike your previous experience, you'll get 5% Cash Back and a guarantee to earn 50% back on thousands of titles. For added savings, textbooks.com offers free shipping on orders over $25, and savings of up to 90% on used and new titles. From social science to psychology and mathematics, textbooks.com has you covered.
Get more Back to School savings with Ebates!
July 16, 2009
So where should you go for all your Potter-lovin' needs? Everybody should know by now, both Borders and Barnes & Noble have everything any bibliophile could ever ask for, and they have a ton of other assorted Potter-phenalia for you muggles out there. One merchant that impressed me was Sears: they have almost two hundred different Harry Potter products for sale, and there's also the Scholastic Store - remember, Scholastic is the company that publishes the Harry Potter books, so they have the rights to all sorts of cool Potter stuff. Wherever you choose to shop - make sure you head there through Ebates and earn some cash back on your purchases!
Anyone out there seen the movie yet? I haven't gone, but I'm really excited - comment your thoughts of it (without spoilers!).
July 5, 2009
What is this great deal I'm talking about? Simple: through the end of the day today, you only need to spend $10 to get free shipping at Barnes & Noble.com. Instead of the "industry standard" of $25 free shipping, you can buy just a book or two, and scramble to find a few more items to bring your total up. So whether you prefer DVDs, books, or music, you can get it all shipped free with a mere $10 purchase, plus earn 4% Cash Back on all purchases. These deals make Barnes & Noble.com coupons almost obsolete!!
Check out the Books & Magazines category at Ebates for more great deals on books and beyond!
June 27, 2009
Why does the promise of discounted books send me into such a tizzy? I'm such an obsessive reader, so I need to take advantage of any chance I get to save some money on books. However, I also jumped because supplies on some of these books are limited, and when you're saving 50% or more on most titles, they don't stick around all that long.
Say that, unlike me, you're not a bibliophile, and you prefer to watch movies or listen to music. You're covered too! The Clearance Sale covers DVDs, music, toys & games, home accents, even video games! While supplies last, you can take advantage of great savings on all the clearance items at Barnes & Noble.com and rack up 4% Cash Back. But hurry, while Ebates will always offer cash back, supplies of clearance merchandise are limited!
June 23, 2009
What's good at Half.com? Family favorites like Wii Fit, bestselling books like Twilight, and deals on everything else your heart could desire. And, Half.com's got great used, open box, and refurbished products that can all be had at a fraction of the cost. With cash back and a wide variety of products to choose from, Half.com is your best friend when you're looking for a great deal.
You don't need Half.com coupons to save! Start earning today with Ebates cash back!
May 27, 2009
My love affair with Barnes & Noble began in high school, and now as an adult, I can count on their vast selection to satisfy my every curiosity. From obscure fashion magazines, to my latest obsession TrueBlood on HBO, this site offers it all. Can't get enough of your favorite tv shows? Shop their dvd sale and receive a 50% discount on countless movies and televison shows. Going to school? For the student they offer great deals like saving up to 30% on new textbooks, or up to 90% on used. No matter what your literary taste, earn double cash back at Barnes & Noble.com today!
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May 24, 2009
With Ebates you can pick up some terrific deals on some frugal reads. Here are a few of my favorites:
These books are a great deal when you shop through Ebates! Earn 4% Cash Back from Barnes and Noble. And don't forget: Shipping is free when you spend more than $25.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. This is the ultimate guide to getting out of debt and staying out of debt.
10,001 Ways to Live Large on a Small Budget by The Writers of Wise Bread. It's no coincidence that Wise Bread is the #1 personal finance blog. Even the most experienced frugalites will learn a few new tricks from this book.
Live Your Life for Half the Price by Mary Hunt. Hunt does a great job at helping you save on the every day things that tend to get ignored. Loaded with great advice, you'll find yourself returning to this book whenever your spending starts to get out of hand.
The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczn. Old school advice that is still relevant today. This is frugal living to the extreme.
No time? Maybe you'd do better with a magazine. Magazines like Taste of Home, Consumer Reports and Kiplinger'sPersonal Finance offer articles that can help you save money. Order All You Magazine and it will pay for itself in coupons! Shop Magazines.com via Ebates and you'll earn $10 cash back when you spend $22 or more on these savvy reads. Use the code "SPRINGMAGS" and save $5 on select magazines.
No time to even flip through a magazine? With three boys under the age of four, I can totally relate! Check out all of the personal finance and frugal living audio podcasts available at iTunes. There are lots of free podcasts, including The Dave Ramsey Show. You can also purchase personal finance books for download. I love listening to these downloads when I'm in the car or exercising. When you shop through Ebates, you'll earn 3% Cash Back on your purchase.
Looking for more frugal resources? Check out my blog at Northern Cheapskate. I post all kinds of freebies, coupons, and money-saving ideas to help you make the most of your money.
May 3, 2009
Who could forget all the childhood fun that comes with Scholastic? As one of the oldest educational brands, Scholastic has changed little over the years while keeping one thing in mind: your children. With classics such as The Magic School Bus, I SPY, Geronimo Stilton, and Bone, Scholastic has been educating the masses for longer than you even realize! And now, with cash back and Scholastic Store coupons, you can even save on the most priceless gift of all: education.
So get out there and get to saving! Keep checking our coupon page for all kinds of ways to save - only at Ebates!
February 26, 2009
Just thinking of the hundreds of dollars I've wasted was enough to give me a sick feeling in my stomach, so after popping a pepto-bismol, I jumped into the Books and Magazines Category in search of relief. When it comes to glossy goodness, I routinely reach for Elle, Lucky, Vogue, Nylon, and a GQ for the bf. Thank goodness Ebates offers 26% Cash Back at Magazines.com, because my bill was going to be steep.
Or so I thought.
February 18, 2009
What this unique feature adds to the website is hourly updates on what people are buying at Barnes & Noble. Don't you hate when people talk about a book, only to reply "Oh, no, I've actually never heard of that one..."? Well, this is your chance to find out what everyone around you is reading, get it first and say "Actually, yes, I read that about a month ago" which, believe me, feels wonderful.
January 17, 2009
On the topic of our future, a little birdie has informed me that a certain President-Elect has a pretty big ceremony coming up next Tuesday - one large enough to shape the entire future of the United States. And, almost serendipitously, another certain Reverend's holiday is right around the corner; prompting each and every one of us to take a few seconds and appreciate the battles long-fought for equality (and the ones still going today). Whether you're a religious follower of President-come-Tuesday Barack Obama, or a person who still believes in the radical ideals of equality of Martin Luther King Jr, these iTunes store downloads will help you understand these important African American figures and their impact on society.
Martin Luther King Jr. - The Best of the Speeches
I'm not quite sure how I feel about a "best of" for such a monumental figure, but if you're new to the wealth of works created by Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., there's no better place to start than this mini-compendium of his most famous speeches. From "I Have a Dream" to "We Shall Overcome", this collection hits almost every major milestone in the Reverend's monumental career. The only real glaring omission here is his final speech - "I Have Been to the Mountaintop" - which is a must-listen for anyone looking for further nonviolent, integrationist inspiration in their lives. Either way, there's no better way to celebrate Dr. King Jr.'s memory than by listening to his own words, so pick up his speeches or books before Monday!
Barack Obama - Dreams from My Father & The Audacity of Hope
Offered in a digital bundle pack, this twofer of Barack Obama's moving tales is available on iTunes for $27.95. While that may be a bit more than if you were to grab them from Borders or Barnes and Noble, these books have the added bonus of being read by the President (elect) himself. While both are well-written, moving tales, Dreams from My Father takes a deeper look at the continuing effects of race on American culture, while The Audacity of Hope outlines Obama's key ideas for a non-partisan, change-laden approach to American politics. Both are must reads (or listens) for anyone looking to better know the man who will be stepping into office come Tuesday, so check them out as soon as possible!
January 16, 2009
So if you still miss William Hung and his socially-awkward alien like behavior, you can pick up his DVD documentary/album, Hanging With Hung, for only $9.99 at Borders with 4% cash back. Because, really don't you miss his powerful rendition of the intoxicating "She Bangs"? Plus, it will make a great addition to your DVD collection, as visitors marvel "Wow, I cant believe you actually own that."
If you are less in to William Hung, and a more of a late blooming "idolizer", you can pick up Sanjaya's Memoirs of the Idol experience, Dancing to the Music In My Head: Memoirs of The People's Idol and reminisce about his fascinating journey from "obscure" high school teenager to "obscure" reality star to just plain obscurity. You will also get to learn whats next for Sanjaya, as his story reminds readers that the world is his oyster and so it is your own. Get a copy for 20% off, and just $15.99, at Barnes and Noble with 4% cash back.
Exceptional literature is not only reserved for the contestants, but also the judges. If you want to live the good life a la Randy Jackson, get a copy of his attempt at writing in the form of Body With Soul from Alibris for a modest $4.98 with 3% cash back. This potpourri of information mixes memoir, a wellness program and inspirational advice, courtesy of Randall Darius, better known as Randy Jackson. Get your copy and let him guide you to "the best you" this year.
If you ever find yourself as an American Idol reject: your fifteen minutes of fame expired and all your friends and relatives can't stand you anymore, there is hope for you yet. You will leave behind a rich legacy of vague memories of your television moments, a couple of unwatched YouTube videos, and just maybe some amazing literature.
January 6, 2009
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
This fascinating story of a young man with Aspbergers (a form of autism) will both tug at your heartstrings and fascinate you at the same time. Full of mathematical allusions (such as the insistence of numbering all chapters in prime numbers) and small idiosyncrasies, this is a quick but compelling read.
The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
Quite simply put, this is one of the best and the most important detective novels ever written. Perfectly capturing the noir fiction style and set in San Francisco, this story jumps off the pages. Sam Spade, Hammett's protagonist is chasing not only a murderer, but also a statue believed to be of incalculable value. I don't want to give much away, but just suffice it to say there is a reason this book is still popular and recommended now nearly eighty years after it's initial publication.
Proust was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer
I'll admit that this one is one I have never read or even heard of before today. However, I've always found Proust fascinating and my soon-to-be-brother-in-law is pursuing a PhD in Neuroscience, so it seems like it could be not only a compelling read, but also a good conversation piece. Plus, it's focus is the ever-complex meeting place between philosophy and science. More impressive is the fact that the author penned this work at the tender age of 25.
Stuff White People Like: A Guide to the Unique Taste of Millions by Christian Lander
If I'm going to do obscure science/thought recommendations, I figure I also need to toss in a book that will have you laughing out loud rather than scratching your chin. A published collection of the finer points of the eponymous blog, this guide will tell you what all those Volvo-driving, arugula-eating white folks like, and more importantly, why they like them. Please, before you all get up in arms, remember: it's comedy. Treat it as such.
The Idiot Girls' Action-Adventure Club by Laurie Notaro
She's clumsy, she drinks to excess, she bounces from job to job. From what I've heard from friends, this book is essentially the female version of the vast majority of the books I read for pleasure. While I won't go as far as to call it a "feel good read" this does seem to be the type of book that makes you feel a tad better about yourself after you finish it. To put it more succinctly, if someone like myself, who favors die-hard masculine writers like Hemingway, Bukowski, and Raymond Carver can be tempted to buy this book for himself, there must be something there beyond the usual "girl feeling okay about herself" stories.
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
It's dark, it's twisted (as the title should hopefully give away) but man, is it fascinating. This book tells the real story of the development of the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago, as well as the one sociopath who used the fair and all of its attendees as basically an all-you-can-murder-or-torture buffet. It's certainly not for the weak of stomach, but then again, most people who read historical accounts with the word "Devil" in the title seldom have to concern themselves with that. Erik Larson is considered to be one of the masters of narrative history novels, and I have a number of friends who consider this to be his masterpiece.
Under the Black Flag by David Cordingly
We all know that Pirates are about the coolest thing on two legs (or one leg and a peg) next to ninjas and possibly vikings. However, for the majority of our society who realize that there is much a much greater significance to the Flying Dutchman or Davey Jones' Locker than just really stellar CGI, there is a book like this. This is the true, honest-to-goodness, not watered down by Hollywood, kinda makes you a little squeamish but you can't help but keep reading tale of what it really meant to be a pirate. If you pick up this book you will either be admired by your less devoted pirate enthusaists or scorned for being "that person with the way-too-graphic pirate stories". The choice is yours, but the book is definitely worth the money and the read.
Unfortunately, I'm sure that most of you don't know who Bill Buford is. Suffice it to say that he's a phenomenal journalist and has worked as an editor at a number of influential magazines and literary journals. He also wrote the book Among the Thugs which I am currently re-reading for about the fourth time. So now picture this: you have this talented writer working in the kitchen of Iron Chef and Italian eccentric Mario Batali. Chances are no truer look at the inside story of kitchen lackey has ever been given, and I can all but gaurantee no kitchen tale has ever been quite so entertaining. So if you like to read about food, eat food, or just read (or eat) good books, this should be right up your alley.
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Chances are, most of you know this as book because of the movie. While Emile Hirsch does a great job in his role, there is little that compare with the book that originally inspired the film. Jon Krakauer relates the true-life tale of a dreamer who gets caught up in an adventure that he was, quite frankly, horribly unprepared for. Krakauer is able to relate his protagonist's journey to one he took as a younger man, and does an amazing job of excavating the facts to reveal the truth behind why a college graduate would donate all the money in his savings accoutn to charity and hitchhike to Alaska. No writer captures the spirit of the outdoors quite like Krakauer, and this book is really his defining work.
Phew... so there you have it. Remember, all of these books are Buy Two, Get the Third Free, so you can mix and match. I can't say for sure whether or not you can buy four and get two books free, but I can't imagine why not. Either way, search through the sale, and perhaps I've overlooked something you'd really like to read. Regardless of what you get or what price you get it for, you know you can rest assured that you'll be getting your 4% cash back when you use your Ebates account.
December 5, 2008
A great books for the Fashionista this year is "Bobbi Brown's Makeup Manual: Everyone From Beginner To Pro" available at Barnes & Noble for 30% off the list price at just $22.40 with 8% cash back. Enjoy free shipping on orders over $25, so pick op something else while you are at it and the entire order will be at your doorstep in three business days or less. This fabulous book covers everything from skincare essentials to every aspect of makeup execution from Bobbi herself who has twenty five years of experience behind her. This book is essentially an all-encompassing how to guide detailing how to get many coveted makeup looks with easy-to-follow instructions. Plus, the book even has a section all about makeup artists and their insider secrets which can help to turn every woman into a gorgeous, flawless pro. The book itself is also pretty flawless: glossy pages (easy to wipe down if you have some makeup spillage) and a fun cover that will make any coffee table more intriguing. Check out the Bobbi Brown website in our Health and Beauty Category to shop for some goods with 4% cash back.
If someone on your list is less inspired by makeup and more by fashion than Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen's new book "Influence" is the gift for them. This book is filled with beautiful photographs and anecdotes about all the things that influence the Olsen twins and their noteworthy fashion and cultural influence. This book is wildly entertaining and sells for an affordable $24.50, saving you 20% off the list price with 8% cash back also from Barnes and Noble.
For the more refined woman, I recommend Nina Garcia's (former editor of Elle Magazine, now for Marie Claire and host of Project Runway), "Little Black Book of Style" for just $15.96. This book is intended to guide one through the discovery of their fashion voice and personal style, to always look their best with ease. She details what to wear and when, and throughout the book she promotes the importance of 'eternal style being internal style'. Garcia is both credible and easy to follow, and this book makes a fun gift for the developed fashionista or the struggling one young and old.
November 5, 2008
As I've mentioned times before on this blog, I am a book nerd. I got my BA in Literature, I once held a credential to teach high school English, and I am about a semester away from finishing my master's degree in literature. In other words, books and I are totally BFF.
With my dedication to books, I find myself scoffing at magazines from time to time. It tends to make me a bit of a snob, but I can't help myself. I recognize that there are a number of quality magazines out there that cover a large number of interests. For instance, Allie and Poppy both read fashion magazines regularly, and it clearly helps them keep on top of their game when it comes to picking great products for all of you folks. I think that half of my bias also derives from the fact that I was a magazine subscriber for years through my high school years - I got Rolling Stone, Guitar One, and Guitar World every month. I read them obsessively, passed along issues to my friends, and kept up to date on everything in the world of music and guitars through them. But here's the problem: every one of those issues that I loved so dearly for those years is currently sitting in my garage, waiting for me to do something constructive with them. I can't bring myself to throw them away, there are just too many to donate anywhere in particular, and I know that there are collectors who would love to have the boxed collection of every issue of any of those magazines for a two and a half year span. At least I hope there are.
There is one magazine out there, however, that might make me re-think my perceptions of magazines, and that is MAKE Magazine. This magazine is the tinkerer's dream come true; it is chock full of tidbits of knowledge on how to build or modify all sorts of fun things. For instance, just look at this video on how to make miniature solar powered robotic bugs:
They tell you how to make everything from zip-lines to high-powered water rockets. Being from the Bay Area, we also have the benefit of the Maker's fair every year, where people who have created their own gadgets and doodads come out and show them off all together in one place. But that's not the point. The point is this: you can get your very own MAKE Magazine subscription from Magazines.com. If you are intrigued, let me sweeten the deal with a little reminder: Magazines.com offers the highest cash back amount of any merchant in the Ebates family at 26%. That means whatever magazine you choose from them, whether it be MAKE, Marie Claire, or Maxim, you will get that subscription with an immediate savings of 1/4 whatever you would pay. What's even better? Magazines.com already has discounted prices. To stick with my MAKE Magazine example, Magazines.com offers subscriptions for 41% off the cover price. Combine the two savings, and you will be paying 43% of what you'd pay at the newsstand.That might even be enough to get me back into magazines!
October 31, 2008
I tend not to be too political on the internet. Aside from a few snarky Twitter comments and following news sites, I usually keep my politics and my PC far apart from each other. This weekend, however, I have to make a little public service announcements.
I am not going to try to sway you one way or another on any of the races. I'm not even going to say who I endorse, because I believe that's between myself and my ballot. Either way, the most important thing you can do, regardless of your party affiliation or your personal political beliefs is to read up on the issues. I realize the voter's guides are daunting. I realize that you probably think you have a hundred things better to be doing, but when it all boils down to it, being an informed is about the most important thing you can do with your time. So instead of trying to tell you where to find products that will change your life, or how to save a bunch of money on the things you love, I am simply going to ask that you put aside a little time this weekend and be sure that you make an informed choice. I know I don't have to tell any of you how important this election is, and I'm sure you're probably tired of hearing about it, but I promise, this will be my first and last blog about elections this year.
Best of all, the voter pamphlet is free, and it doesn't cost you anything to read up. With all the money you save, you can afford to buy yourself a cup of coffee (or tea, or hot chocolate - your call) to make the experience of reading all that double talk a little more enjoyable.
September 26, 2008
Alas, the weekend is upon us again, and with the week I've had, I'd like little more than to kick back, relax, and do some pleasure reading. I may be alone in this feeling, but when I hear the words "pleasure reading", I don't necessarily think of a critically-renowned book, or a classic work of literature; I read enough of that for school, or just when I'm reading on the bus every day. Honestly, when I think about reading for fun, especially on the weekend, my mind jumps to graphic novels. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the concept of the "graphic novel" allow me to explain: in layman's terms, a graphic novel is just a big, elaborate comic book. To refine that just a bit more, it is a longer, much more developed story (aka, a novel) that is told with the combination of both pictures and words (hence "graphic") and more often than not is a bit more "mature" than your standard comic book.
I am aware that most of you don't know much about graphic novels, so I thought I'd just give a couple of recommendations and give you a quick synopsis of what they're about. Hopefully you find something that tickles your fancy....
- Watchmen: Simply put, this is probably the most critically acclaimed graphic novel ever. It's like the War and Peace of graphic novels, but better. In March, a movie adaptation is coming out. It's almost too hard to explain beyond that.
- Batman: The Long Halloween: I am a Batman fanatic. I own about forty Batman graphic novels (read: almost every one ever released) and this is hands down the best of them. It's drawn beautifully, written better than most major novels, and is so suspenseful that you'll want to do nothing until you finish this book. It encompasses nearly every Batman villain as Batman tries to find a killer known only as "Holiday". But that's all I'll give away....
- Ghost World: Chances are, you might know the movie. The comic is better. The style is markedly more "graphic novel" than comic: it is all black and white with blue tones. There is nothing super-hero or special powers-related in this book, it's just life and the peculiarities that make it so, especially for the teenage girl who is the protagonist of the story.
- Sleepwalk: It's realistic and somewhat of a downer, but this beautifully-drawn black and white collection examines the delicate details of what happens behind closed doors, when people are alone. The characters are highly realistic, flawed people struggling to connect with one another. I agree, it sounds bleak, but there are moments in there that are simply transcendental for their narrative beauty.
- The Left Bank Gang: The author, Jason, takes expatriate Paris in the 1920s, examines the collection of literary giants that were living there at the time (folks like Hemingway, Fitzgerald, James Joyce, Ezra Pound, and Gertrude Stein) and anthropomorphizes them into animals. The characters examine life and discuss literature; they also decide to rob a bank, which gives the book a somewhat absurd turn. It sounds crazy, it kind of is, but it's crazy served up just the way I like it.
Have a great weekend, hopefully you find a book (graphic or text, your choice) and enjoy a little relaxing page turning before heading back to work on Monday; I know I will!
September 2, 2008
I have a confession to make: I am obsessed with cooking. I don't do much of it, and that's probably why I remain so enamored with watching cooking shows, reading cook books, and hearing all sorts of fun "foodie" chatter. Recently, I've been lucky enough to find other people out there who share in both of my loves: cooking tricks, and music. This magical pairing goes together even better than peanut butter and chocolate, and thanks to the fact that many people have discovered how well the two interests mix, there are a few cook books that have recently been published celebrating the connection between music and food.
The first one I've been eagerly awaiting is Lost in the Supermarket by Kay Bozich Owens and Lynn Owens.
This book, which celebrates the pairing of food and music, also exists to provide a deeper understanding of how music and food tell everything you might want to know about a culture. In many ways, it's a cook book for the younger generations, featuring not only a number of recently hip recipes, but also specialties from a number of popular indie musicians.
So whether you're truly young and hip, or if you just want to prove to the world that you're young at heart and willing to adventure a bit in the kitchen, this book makes a great statement about how much fun it can be to crank up the stereo and get elbow deep in some great ingredients.
Don't let the title fool you; it shares a name with a song by British rockers The Clash, it isn't a value judgement on new chefs.
Similarly minded is the book Food that Rocks by Margie Lapanja and Cindy Coverdale.
This book takes a peek into the most hallowed of spaces for the music fan/foodie: into the kitchens of our favorite musicians. The authors spent a great deal of time interviewing all sorts of members of bands to get their favorite recipes at home and on the road. If you're an aspiring musician, you can eat the same food following the same recipes as some of your favorite musicians, and just maybe that special rock star diet will help you achieve all of your musical dreams. But, more likely than not, you'll just be happy to have some interesting recipes from some unassuming sources that are easy enough for your average musician to handle.
Finally, there's I Like Food, Food Tastes Good by Kara Zuaro.
Again, don't be thrown by the title: it isn't supposed to be reflective of the thought processes of why you cook, rather it's from a song by The Descendents, the punk rock darlings of Manhattan Beach.
Unlike the other two titles, this book is a bit more low-brow in its recipes, focusing more on what it is that the musicians we admire eat when they're on the road. Speaking as a musician with some touring experience, your main focus is something that doesn't cost much, and your secondary focus is something that is quick and easy. When you're not eating fast food, you are throwing together unlikely packaged foods with the hopes of finding something tasty to get you through hours in a van or bus.
While the recipes range from the simple and conventional (mixing Mac 'n Cheese with canned chili) to the gourmet (a Macaroni and Cheese recipe involving lobster and white truffles) this book lets you into the kitchens of all your favorite bands. As an added bonus, there is also a whole section on custom cocktails, which goes far beyond plain old beer and whiskey.
If you're like me, you wonder how this whole "food revolution" came to be. In the past, I have wondered to myself "How is it that offhand I know that I love raw yellowtail and mackerel, or that I prefer smelt roe to salmon roe? Does it strike anyone else odd that someone like me can discuss the relative merits and differences between cooked eel (unagi) and fresh sea eel (anago)? Did people twenty years ago get their veggies drizzled with a cilantro-mango vinaigrette? Was aioli part of their daily vocabulary? When did all of this happen?" I have found a book, recommended by a great friend of mine, that tries to tackle some of these burning questions. It's called The United States of Arugula by David Kamp. While it has no mention of music, it is a fascinating examination of how this emerging food culture came to be, and is a must-read for any self-proclaimed foodie.
All of the books I've written about today are available for order at Barnes & Noble but I will forewarn you, Lost in the Supermarket isn't being published for another month, so just do as I did and put it on your wish list. Plus, don't forget that in addition to the everyday great deal of free shipping on all orders over $25, you also get 4% Cash Back from Ebates, so spice up your meal and your cook book shelf today!
August 4, 2008
This has been a great summer for book-based movies. As of today, six of the top ten grossing movies of the year started out as books. This isn't surprising, considering the comic book blockbusters like "The Dark Knight", "Iron Man", and "The Incredible Hulk" all did so well. The other three are "Sex and the City", which existed first in novel form before being adapted into the television series, "Horton Hears a Who!" from Dr. Seuss, as well as the latest installment from the Narnia series, "Prince Caspian". Being a literature nerd, I always assert that the book is better than the movie, and generally speaking, I am right. Having said that, now is your chance to really cash in on great deals at Border's on all the books that I just listed, or to get a jump on some of the new movies that are due out soon. Most of the buzz in "book-to-movie land" is about "Twilight", based on the wildly popular first book in a series about teen vampires, which is set to hit screens on December 12th. Since comic book movies are obviously scoring high marks, keep an eye out for "Watchmen", which is set for release in March of 2009. This graphic novel is one of the most widely applauded comics ever released, and from the initial trailer release, the movie shows the promise of being an amazing adaptation. Finally, the latest buzz is surrounding "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist", based on the popular young adult novel of the same name; due out in early October, this promises to be the next "Juno".
Now is your chance, click over to Border's, add some of these titles to your cart, and you can also feel the joy of saying "I liked the book a lot better." With a rebate of 4% through Ebates, on top a coupon for free shipping on any purchase of $25 or more, this is the perfect opportunity to read a few quality page-turners before you see them on the big screen or to read the books that inspired some of your favorite movies of the year.
November 14, 2007
This holiday season, stuff their stockings with the gift of choice: give your friends and family Borders gift cards! Borders just joined Ebates and we're rewarding you with 3% Cash Back on all gift card purchases (all other Borders merchandise is not eligible for Cash Back). Your recipient can redeem their gift card for books, DVDs, music, children's books and more. You can even personalize your gift card with a favorite photo! Why scour the stores for the perfect gift when a Borders gift card lets your recipients pick their own? Gift giving has never been easier!
January 10, 2007
In the age of iPhones, Tivo and Apple TV, reading a book may seem as hip as carrying one of these while rockin' out to a John Tesh cassette. Not to sound like an aged schoolmarm, but doesn't anybody read anymore? Reassuringly, the answer is a resounding "yes!", at least according to these Ebates staffers. Below are their picks for recently read favorites.
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Hannibal Rising by Thomas Harris. "What's more horrifying than Silence of the Lambs? To understand what made Lecter the killer he was."
The Last Wife of Henry VIII by Carolly Erickson. "I love royal scandal and no one did it better than Henry the VIII. This book looks at his last wife Catherine Parr and his life from her point of view."
The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova." If you like the Da Vinci Code this is a must read! It's an Adventure/Thriller based on the historical legend of Vlad the Impaler."
Blink by Malcom Gladwell. "An amazing book about the power of the gut instinct and how some of the best decisions we make are made in a split second. One of the most interesting books I've ever read."
:07 Seconds or Less by Jack McCallum. "Any NBA fan who has always wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes has to read this book. It's the real inside story of an entire season with the Phoenix Suns - their locker room personalities, coach/player dynamics, fragile psyches and egos, rivalries with other teams, etc."
A Long Way Down by Nick Hornby. "A darkly humorous and highly entertaining book. Since this is a Hornby book (About a Boy, High Fidelity), it will of course make a great movie. Beginning from a New Year's Eve suicide ledge, a wild ride ensues. From such a morbid circumstance, you would never expect such a fun read."
At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks. "He is a southern writer, so he tends to attract me. All of his stories take place in small town North Carolina, and so did this one. It is a heart wrenching story about trust, love, sacrifices and even death. It is a story of a New York man falling in love with a care-free small-town Sothern girl. They both have to make sacrifices to be together, and after just a few months of dating are engaged to be married and also pregnant.Sparks was able to get you hooked right away with the love story and then keep you interested through all of the deceit and struggles that this couple had to go through. Definitely recommend it, especially for Nicholas Sparks lovers."
Moneyball by Michael Lewis. "It’s about the Oakland A’s and how they are able to make it to the playoffs every year without spending hundreds of millions of dollars."
Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin."I love books by Sophie Kinsella, especially Can you Keep a Secret and the Shopaholic Series. A similar book I've fallen in love with is Something Borrowed by Emily Griffin. It’s so good! Why? Because it’s so real. These may be considered girly novels, but they add a funny (and sometimes dramatic) twist on things that happen in relationships. If you're looking for a light read these are the perfect pick."
Freakonomics: A Rogue
Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
by Steven Levitt. "Levitt, a noted MIT economist, wrote this best-seller that came out a year or two ago, to showcase how numbers and economic theory can be applied to analyze everday real-world events. It is not meant for economists or written as a dull, dry business tome, but it covers some fascinating topics like how school teachers get incented to cheat, how real estate transactions are structured to not benefit the seller, gives a surprising conclusion to the argument of what was behind national drops in violent crime, discusses the hierarchical business-like setup of a Chicago crack selling gang, and seeks to prove that the style of parenting has little effect on children’s eventual success, and more. For anyone who doesn’t think like an economist, this was written in a fascinating style to show how you could come to non-intuitive conclusions about real-world situations using theories and analysis that are grounded in economics."
Confessions of a Yakuza by Junichi Saga. "This little book recounts the life of Eiji Ijichi, who early in life left his middle class existence to become a Yakuza. Set in pre-war Japan, the book is a short and engaging read, taking the reader on a series of vignettes set in a time not so long ago, but so different that it might as well be set in the middle ages. The story more or less follows Eiji’s remarkable life, from a young apprentice Yakuza to a boss. In between, he has amazing adventures: years in cruel Japanese prisons, a stint in the pre-war army stationed in northern Korea and of course the obligatory cutting off of the tip of his pinkie to apologize for transgressions to his Yakuza boss. The simple and direct narrative brings everything to life and makes you feel immersed in this far off world. Through simple language and direct narrative, the book manages to make the reader truly understand Eiji and his colorful world. I only wish it were twice as long! Great read for anyone interested in history, Japanese culture or organized crime."
August 18, 2006
Why not buy your books with a friend? If you spend $25 or more, you get free shipping!
How often can you buy brand new books for this cheap? It's a lot better than chipping dried chocolate off your student store used copy of "Madame Bovary".