The Return – Hisham Matar


The Return; Fathers, Sons, and the Land In Between – Hisham Matar

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Pulitzer Prize Biography/Autobiography, 2017; published Jul 2016

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an american marriageAn American Marriage – Tayari Jones

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Oprah’s Book Club Pick; published Jan 2018

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Celebrity Endorsements for Italic Bookmarks

I put together this gallery to showcase the outstanding support that our tactile bookmarks have been getting from Hollywood and various other celebrities. (All images are used without permission and are of course, not authentic. For entertainment only.)



Angelina Jolie

Terri Crews

Jessica Alba

Ryan Gosling

Miley Cyrus

Jack Black and Kate Hudson

Leo DiCaprio and Steven Spielberg

Lady Gaga

2018 Holiday Book Recommendations

There are so many books published each year that it is hard to even know where to start when choosing a book for a close friend or family member.

It is always a challenge to find books that the men on your gift list would be interested in. I compiled a few recommendations that I think are perfectly suited for your brother, boyfriend, father, or son. Most of these titles can be found at your local bookshop, or you can click the links to purchase online through my favorite independent bookshop The King’s English in Salt Lake City, Utah. They will have any of these shipped to you within just a few days.

For the guy who loves fishing:

Back Cast: Fly-Fishing and Other Such Matters
A collection of short essays and personal stories from Author Jeff Metcalf collected over 40 years. These are entertaining and meaningful, and I am not a fisherman by any means.
For the guy who loves motorcycles and/or philosophy:

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values
Part road trip and muscle, Part mental struggle against insanity. This book combines the tangible metal and dirt of a cross country drive on a motorcycle with a man’s struggle to find meaning in life, while attempting to avoid deep thoughts that threaten to destroy his mind.
A book that will make even tough guys cry:

When Breath Becomes Air
A brilliant neurosurgeon is confronted with a brain tumor that threatens his life. This memoir asks us to confront the question of what matters most. Would you continue to work toward the goals you have struggled to achieve, or discard all of that and just enjoy the time you have left?
A creepy book that they wont be able to put down:

The Shining
Trapped in a hotel high in the mountains, a man slowly loses his mind and becomes a threat to his wife and their young son. Will they survive the dangers of this troubled writer’s crumbling mind? This book kept me up until the early morning hours several nights in a row. I couldn’t stop reading.
A book about brothers:

Three Weeks with My Brother
Nicholas Sparks? This book was a huge surprise for me, and one of the few books that I have read more than once. A true story of Sparks’ travels with his brother over the course of three weeks, intertwined with the much larger story of his family life and his personal journey to become a writer. This book is packed with meaning and emotion (but a manly kind of emotion).
A book for the guy who thinks about thinking:

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Duhigg explains some powerful principles of the way our brains work in a may that is both beneficial and easy to understand. Learn how your brain is connected and important practices that you can implement to either break bad habits, or to form beneficial habits. This was an engaging read, and packed with insight.


The Notebook – Nicholas Sparks


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This copy of The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks is the hardcover editions and in PERFECT condition.  If you are interested in purchasing it, send me a message on Instagram – @italicbookmarks. I only have one copy so the first one to message me will get it.

$9 including shipping (cover price $20; Amazon listing $13.25)

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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

I came across this perfect condition used copy of The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. If you are interested in purchasing it, send me a message on Instagram – @italicbookmarks. I only have one copy so the first one to message me will get it.

$10 including shipping (cover price $26; Amazon listing $15.45)

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Public Library – brand new books

I am a great advocate of the public library system. Our local Salt Lake County library system is a great resource for research and electronic media as well as my favorite fiction books. I was excited to pick up two brand new books there over the weekend: Becoming by Michelle Obama, and A Ladder to the Sky by John Boyne. Each of these titles was released just a few weeks ago, and now I have my hands on a copy. Absolutely free of charge (as long as we get them back before the due date)!

Using most library systems is fairly simple. Here are a few general tips for how to use your system to the fullest:

1. Use the HOLD system. Each library system might be sightly different, but every location will have an option where you can look up a title online (or even on your phone), reserve a copy, and have it delivered to the location nearest you to pick up. These HOLD titles are reserved in a special area of your library and only you can check them out with your card number. For new titles you may have to wait in a queue if there are a lot of other users who want that title, but I have a tip for that too (BELOW). I have even heard of some cities where you can have books delivered right to your door when they are available!

2. Check out the NEW RELEASE section. In many branches of our library system there are special shelves and displays where they have additional copies of very popular titles. This is a special feature to increase your chance of being able to read some of those hot items. In some cases these might be available to check out, in other cases those special copies might be reserved just to be read on-site. If you like reading at coffee shops or bookstores, try the library reading room. PERFECT!

3. Reserve titles before their release dates. In most cities you can reserve titles online before they are even released. If you read a list of upcoming releases from a website or news publication, don’t wait until you see those on the shelves. You can put a hold on those items and they will be reserved for you as soon as they are published. For example, my wife was excited to read Michelle Obama’s book Becoming. I put a hold on the book two weeks before the release date and we ended up 35th on the list even though it wasn’t yet published! When I checked again a few days after the release date there were 345 people that were on the hold list! Needless to say it was a very popular title, so I was happy to be pretty early on the list, otherwise my wife wouldn’t have gotten that book until next summer!

4. Reading library books helps your favorite authors. You might think that if you check out a book by your favorite author they don’t see any benefit from that because you don’t have to pay anything for the book. I have spoken with several authors though, who say that checking one of their books out at the library can help them out as much as actually buying the book. A library will buy several copies of a new title in order to have it available for everyone who might want it. The number of copies they buy is related to the popularity of the book. One of the most important factors in determining how many new books to purchase is from how many of the authors previous books have been checked out in the past. Want to help a writer? Check out their book at the library.

5. The age of the internet. The library might seem like an old school institution, but they are very up with the times. You can find books and audiobooks online through Overdrive, electronic databases and learning resources, and many other cool things on your library’s website or smartphone app. All you need is a library card number.