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Ellis

Many of us have ancestors who made their way from foreign lands to a small island at the mouth of the Hudson River. Once known as Little Oyster Island, Ellis Island acquired it's present name from a colonial New Yorker named Samuel Ellis. The immigration station opened in 1892 where 12 million immigrants were processed before it wound down in 1924 and finally closed in November of 1954. For every thousand weary faces that passed through there were a thousand different stories of hope, promise and anticipation.

An excellent new book on the topic is American Passage: The History of Ellis Island by Vincent J. Cannato. Learn more about this place and the people who came together to form this unique blend of customs and cultures we call America.

The Sounds of Silence

They're always there amid the noise and bustle of our daily lives though we never quite notice them until the silence of a summer morning or the tranquility of a perfect twilight brings them into our awareness. Birdsongs; they're as close as our own backyard. Robins and bluejays, finches and sparrows all sharing their own unique language with us if we choose to listen.

We have a wonderful guide in our collection that not only gives vivid descriptions and beautiful color images but also the actual distinct calls made by each bird with just the touch of a button. Check out The Backyard Birdsong Guide by Donald Kroodsma for a really unique look into the lyrical world of our feathered friends.

Visit An Old Friend

With fall settling in and winter just around the corner consider revisiting an old friend by the fireplace. A novel that you've read before but inspires you to experience its brilliance once again. Emily Bronte's classic Wuthering Heights comes to mind with its brooding romantic mood it is perfect for blustery nights with the wind whistling outside the window. Experience this classic tale of tragic romance and enduring love all over again.

I Love New York

I love New York. You see it everywhere from T shirts to key chains. For me it's true; I love New York City. If you've never been there you have to go. If it's been a while it's definitely time to go back. There is something for everyone in "The Big Apple". If you love shopping and night life there's the Garment District and Times Square. If smaller artsy boutiques and quaint sidewalk cafes are more your style try Greenwich Village or Little Italy. Whether it's uptown, downtown or midtown you're sure to have a wonderful time exploring one of the world's greatest cities. We have an excellent selection of travel guides for New York City in our collection. Come in and check them out.