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Handmade Little Books (Collection of Four) by Natalie Stopka

Each of these four blank books is hand bound with a linen cover and hand stitched silk headbands. Protectively case bound with a rounded spine, they are the perfect size to carry on your travels in a pocket or purse as a journal or sketchbook.

Each part of these books has been naturally dyed with responsibly sourced or foraged plant materials. The pages are made from whole sheets with no paper waste and show the color variation that occurs naturally in the dye bath. This makes a beautiful surface for writing or drawing into.

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Sunday 10/26 in the 9th Ward at Babeville don’t miss Altercation Punk Comedy tour featuring @JT Habersaat, Kristen Becker, Junior Stopka, Jay Whitecotton, and special guest Rick Matthews - just $8 - 8pm doors!

http://www.babevillebuffalo.com/events/altercation-punk-comedy-tour-with-jt-habersaat-kristen-becker-jay-whitecotton-junior-stopka/

Review - "Palisades Park" by Alan Brennert

It’s rare for everyone in our book club to agree on a book, but a few years ago all of us agreed that  Moloka’i by Alan Brennert was one of the best books we had read as a group.  This month we decided to revisit Brennert’s work and we read “Palisades Park”.

The book focuses on the Stopka family, starting with its patriarch Eddie during one of his first visits to Palisades Park amusement park as a kid.  Through the Stopka’s we see the rise and fall of carnival/amusement park culture in America during 1920’s through the early 1970’s.  

Overall, we found the book to be an entertaining read.  The book moves at a good pace and there is a good mixture of happy and sad events.  While most of us really liked the Stopka family, many of us noted that the family seemed to be a little too good to be true.  

In the author’s notes, Brennert mentions that growing up he spent many summers hanging out at the Palisades Park amusement park.  It’s very clear  throughout the story how much love he had for the park - and in a way he made the park the main character of the story.  He surrounded the park with actual people who were important to the development of the park and did an excellent job bringing these folks to life.  When the story did venture away from the park, it was hard not to think ‘when are we getting back to the park?’.

Overall, Palisades Park was a good read, especially if you are looking for something a light-hearted.

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