18 Tiny Deaths

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Frances Glessner Lee, born a socialite to a wealthy and influential Chicago family in the 1870s, was never meant to have a career, let alone one steeped in death and depravity. Yet she developed a fascination with the investigation of violent crimes and made it her life’s work. Best known for creating the Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death, a series of dioramas that appear charming—until you notice the macabre little details: an overturned chair, a blood-spattered comforter. And then, of course, there are the bodies—splayed out on the floor, draped over chairs—clothed in garments that Lee lovingly knit with sewing pins.

Lee developed a system that used the Nutshells dioramas to train law enforcement officers to investigate violent crimes, and her methods are still used today. 18 Tiny Deaths is the story of a woman who overcame the limitations and expectations imposed by her social status and pushed forward an entirely new branch of science that we still use today

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Book Launches February 4 2020

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Happy Birthday to US!

August 1st means we’ve been in our storefront for a year! Doors officially opened August 18 but we’re celebrating all month. So many of you have helped us grow in this first year, more than we’d imagined we could so quickly. Instead, we want to keep celebrating our community. If you’re going school supply shopping or just shopping and see a deal please pick up a few extra and bring them in. We’ll be distributing these to local children in need through L.A.S.O.S . We’ve already had two customers bring us some supplies! School supplies mean students arrive prepared and mean teachers don’t have to spend their own money on supplies either.

Here’s a list of what’s needed:

  • notebooks
  • pens
  • pencils
  • colored pencils
  • crayons
  • markers
  • scissors
  • loose leaf paper
  • folders
  • glues sticks
  • dictionaries
  • index cards

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Only 4 more days!

4 days until we find out if we’ve won Howard Banks Keep it Local contest. I’m so nervacited (as Pinkie Pie said) and it feels like Christmas in August! I know I’ve got a present coming either way because I’m working on hiring someone part-time to come and help me organize a bit more in the store. I recently read a great line in James Pattersons chapter book- Max Einstein. They quote Einstein as saying “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” I really love this as it goes hand in hand with my “Live Life Evolutionary” Tattoo. A reminder for motivation and momentum.

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Homeschool Book Sale!

We heard the request so we are working on it! Many homeschoolers have asked if we can consign or sell their books for them. Unfortunately, that’s not something we can do at this time but we thought we would help organize a yard sale/swap meet style event for homeschoolers.

If you’re interested in being a vendor (no charge for table space) please fill out this form- https://forms.gle/mNhzGGDzS7R2MfxJ6

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Author Visit

Today Mikita Brottman, Author of An Unexplained Death: The True Story of a Body at the Belvedere joined us for a private meeting with our Well Read= Not Dead Book Club at AleCraft. She brought her dog, Oliver, who is mentioned in the book.

This books is a wonderfully written web of conspiracy theories, history and seemingly unrelated dark tangents that really come together as part auto-biography part investigation report. The author was delightful to have at our private meeting, offering further insight into the tangents and helping us understand her own perspective.

Well-Read = Not Dead Book Club with Author Mikita Brottman

Later that afternoon the author joined us at the store to connect with people who had read the book and those who were interested in the story. We had 9 people in attendance. Ms. Brottman read a chapter from her book, then discussed it a bit and opened the floor to questions. Several people had great thoughts to share.

Thanks to everyone who joined us and we hope to have Mikita back in the future.

Now in stock we have several other titles written by Mikita including The Maximum Security Book Club, Solitary Vice, The Great Grisby and High Theory/Low Culture and of course there are still some copies of An Unexplained Death.

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