Friday, January 28, 2011

Greeting Cards Restocked!

Chevalier's is becoming known for our great selection of greeting cards! We have many different lines, with something to satisfy just about anyone's taste.

We just received shipments from several different card companies, including a new line called Cara Scissoria which features classic paintings collaged with modern elements and combined with clever captions.

We also have a great selection of Valentine's Day cards, including a 15-card assortment pack of retro-style valentines that are great for your kids to give to their classmates!

Friday, January 21, 2011


There's a Road to Everywhere Except Where You Came From

by Bryan Charles

I came upon this book because a customer, Brendan, told me about Open City Magazines and Books. Fortunately I didn't realize it was a memoir until after I ordered it because I'm just not big on reading about other people's dysfunctional families or inspirational lives. The former is embarrassing, creepy and vengeful, the latter narcissistic and self-serving.

But there's always an exception like this truly amazing book which is not about abuse and blame but about the making of a writer who moves from the Midwest and ends up working at the WTC on 9/11.

It's spare and beautiful writing. Like the high points of a journal written by someone who is a terrific writer and editor and brutally honest about himself. He's a sentimental guy who loves women and desperately wants to be a "writer." But when he writes (sharing details) about being really, really desperate to find a bathroom in NYC or not quite making it with a lovely Muslim woman, or doing a sting operation to find out which colleague at Morgan Stanley is complusively filling toilets with toilet paper, or when he's so jealous of a talented and fortunate writer friend that he can't bring himself to keep their date and he actually emails this person to admit his jealousy, that's when I loved this guy.

I'm a sucker for workplace writing, whether it be Studs Terkel (please read Working or give it to a teenager or young adult) or the dark, dark Japanese mystery Out by Natsuo Kirino, or Bartleby the Scrivener by Melville, or Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell.
Bryan Charles captures what it's like to work in a job you hate but keep for the financial perks. And then, 9/11 changes all that.

I highly recommend this book. Let us know if you'd like to order a copy.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Philip F. Margo signs "The Null Quotient"

Philip F. Margo will be signing copies of his book The Null Quotient on Saturday January 15th from 1-3pm.

In the not-too-distant future, Earth is facing self-annihilation as nine supreme beings, called the Custodians, are deciding the fate of mankind. This extraordinary sci-fi novel introduces three unforgettable characters who must devise a way to outfox the Custodians. Otherwise, the Earth will be Null and void.

Zack Carver, an alcoholic archeologist, discovers a spacecraft dating back a million millennia. Zack is eventually joined by a gifted attorney, Leslee Myles, as well as a stunning alien humanoid. This remarkable trio must battle with the shadow-military forces of a renegade administration led by Dax Wolf, a sociopath genius. The Null Quotient is the process by which the Custodians delete all evidence of biological existence and revert all that exists on a planet to stardust. This is Earth's ultimate confrontation, for the winner takes all.

About the author: Philip Margo is a founding member of The Tokens, the vocal group that made the classic recording "The Lion Sleeps Tonight." He has worked as a record producer, with eleven gold records to his credit. He is a songwriter, television producer and writer. He is currently writing the sequel to this novel and lives in Beverly Hills with his wife of 43 years, Abbie. They are the parents of three and the grandparents of seven.

Anyone wishing to bring records or other mementos of The Tokens to be signed is welcome to do so.