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When Amazon first launched, a bell would ring in the company’s headquarters every time an order was placed. Within weeks, the bell was ringing so frequently employees had to turn it off.

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WallStreetBets, which has more than 2 million followers, is littered with posts cheering the stock gains and no small amount of righteous indi…

“Prohibition New York City: Speakeasy Queen Texas Guinan, Blind Pigs, Drag Balls & More” by David Rosen; (192 pages, $21.99) ——— Last call. On Jan. 17, 1920, Prohibition became a sobering reality. Bars were padlocked, liquor stores shuttered, and thirsty Americans sent home. Beer banned, vodka, verboten; the teetotalers had finally won. The party was over, they proudly proclaimed. They didn’t ...

Americans are united on one thing: 2020 has been a terrible year. But there were some spots of sunshine in the past 12 dreary months, and one of them was this: It was a pretty terrific year for books. Despite huge disruptions in the publishing industry that ranged from supply chain gridlock to the abrupt cancellation of thousands of author book tours, many wonderful new books were published ...

LOS ANGELES — Two days after Thanksgiving, on what is sometimes known as Small Business Saturday, Jennifer Gracie plopped a stack of hardcovers onto the checkout desk of Chevalier's Books, a charming shop in Larchmont Village. The haul for Gracie, a 54-year-old transplant from New York, included an Italian cookbook for her husband; a crime novel for her mother; guidebooks for her daughter and ...

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