18 Lessons I Learned from Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew silhouetteRecently the news broke that there’s a plot afoot to reboot Nancy Drew–not on the page (heresy!) but on the television screen, as a 30-something NYPD detective. As a lifelong devotee of the valiant girl detective, I have mixed emotions about Hollywood meddling with the plucky teenage private eye who had such a powerful influence on my life and generations of other American readers. But until Hollywood deigns to consult Bas Bleu about its literary adaptations (what a wonderful world that would be!), I’m sharing my list of eighteen life lessons I learned from Miss Drew. (Why eighteen? Because Nancy is eternally eighteen!) Continue reading

Bas Bleu’s Book a Month 2016…Times Three!

Our Holiday 2015 catalog is due to land on your doorstep any day now (if it hasn’t already), and among the amazing gifts packed into its pages you’ll find not one, but three Book a Month packages for the coming year! For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bas Bleu’s Book a Month program, the premise is simple: Treat your favorite bibliophile (who may be you!) to an entire year’s worth of terrific books, choosing between six- or twelve-month packages that we ship either all at once or on a monthly basis throughout 2016. Continue reading

October 2015 Book a Month: Neverhome

NeverhomeAs part of Bas Bleu’s 2015 Book a Month program, each month we’re offering discussion questions, author interviews, or other bonus materials to enrich your reading experience—for book clubs as well as thoughtful individuals. (We’ll do our best to avoid plot spoilers, but you should proceed with caution!)

Our October Book a Month selection, Laird Hunt’s novel Neverhome, is the second Civil War book featured in our 2015 series. (Karen Abbott’s Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy back in March was the first.) But while Abbott’s nonfiction tome told the little-known histories of several extraordinary wartime women, Hunt’s slim yet devastating novel focuses on the intricately beautiful personal narrative of an Indiana farm wife whowith her husband’s blessing—disguises herself as a man to fight for the Union. Our reviewer called it “a poignant—and at times harrowing—tale woven from gorgeously evocative prose.” Months later, Neverhome continues to resonate as a must-read novel and a rich conversation topic for book clubs of all sizes. Continue reading