November 26, 2016
This is not a drill: our Black Friday sale has been extended
by Melville House
So, it turns out people really like books. In response to popular demand, we’re extending our Black Friday sale through the weekend. Thank you, popular demand.
And honestly, the timing couldn’t be much better, because what is going on right now? Jill Stein is having the Wisconsin vote recounted, after raising five million dollars in three days. Fidel Castro is dead. The president-elect is making strides in his ongoing transformation of the US presidency into a joke at the expense of every other person in the world. Life is bewildering. We need books.
Like John R. MacArthur’s The Outrageous Barriers to Democracy in America, which walks you like a funny, brilliant friend through some of the forces that have just built to Trump’s election. Or Per Molander’s The Anatomy of Inequality, which will have you firing back emails at the weird uncle you argued with this thanksgiving.
As everybody starts talking and thinking about Castro, the time is perfect to read Havana Real by Yoani Sáchez, who writes about daily life in Castro’s Cuba from an everyday perspective. Or as she puts it, “I write about my interior life, the intimate sphere. It’s the sentiments of one person but sums up the reality of many people and shows just how sick this society is.”
And hey, it’s also a good time to get, or give, a copy of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s landmark decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, the case that wrote marriage equality into US law. “In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”
All of it—every book, bag, mug, and shirt we sell—will be available through the weekend at an additional twenty percent off our already discounted prices, to a total of forty percent.
Have a blast.