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About bookbank1

We are a general stock used bookstore located at 1510 King Street in historic Old Town Alexandria, Virginia. Our website is www.bookbank1.com

Farewell to the Reader-in-Chief

This is not a political blog, so will forego direct comment on the imminent transfer of the Presidential office. It is consistent with our purpose, however, to note the many articles that have contrasted President Obama’s reading and book-buying habits … Continue reading

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Staff Recommendations

Why do people work at bookstores? For the same reason others find joy at candy stores. We’re all subjected to a constant stream of temptations, good and bad, and we’re always finding something wonderful we knew nothing about. Here are … Continue reading

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After the voting…..

Posted in the store is this item from the 11/2/2004 New York Times: “To the Editor: With the World Series over and the election campaign over, I plan to return to reading books.” A wise man!

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Did You Know?

Did you know that a well-known novel, made into a popular movie starring Tom Hanks, was written in Old Town Alexandria less than a mile from our shop? We didn’t either, until recently. The novel? Forrest Gump by Winston Groom.

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Anagrams

Our in-store Literary Trivia Questions sometimes challenge our customers to dredge up useless knowledge they acquired as English majors (e. g., how many titles of Shakespeare plays contain place names?*) Other times more general word-playing skills are required. For example, … Continue reading

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Orange You Glad? (aka We’re Back!)

After a hiatus that lasted way too long, we’re back! In recent months we’re been experimenting with color-themed window displays at Book Bank, starting with “I can’t remember the title of the book, but I know it was blue!” Then … Continue reading

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Books in Bed

Former Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin once wrote, “A wonderful thing about a book, in contrast to a computer, is that you can take it to bed with you.” As we like to say, “Readers do it everywhere!”

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