January 5, 2010

We're going to start out the new year with an exclusive Weekly Top 2 interview with none other than The Year 2010 herself!

KB: Congratulations and Happy New Year!
The Year 2010: Happy New Year to you Kenny!
KB: So, getting down to brass tacks, the recession has been rather slow to lift in general, and the publishing industry has been going through some major changes due to the economy, the advent of digital media, and the pressures of Department Stores and Online Department Stores devaluing the integrity of books. How is everything going to turn out?
The Year 2010: The very first thing the Advisory Council of Retired Years told me was that every year since ACRY was formed some flash new thing would surface that people would either expect to revolutionize the world in a positive way or else destroy the fabric of human existence. I mean, let's be reasonable, it can't be true that teenagers have been perpetually getting wilder for the last 3,000 years. The last generation can't always have been more moral, and the world can't always be going to pot. It's just human nature to feel that way.
KB: Good point! And how does this tie in to the digital issue? I notice you personally are referring to a small notebook rather than a digital device.
The Year 2010: Absolutely, and that's a safety issue. When you are carrying around crib notes for the coming year, and when you consider that digital media have no real security whatever, either in form or substance, paper records are the way to go, for aesthetic as well as security reasons. And that brings me to your question because I'll share with you that a shocking security breach will occur in 2010 which will wake people up to the dangers of putting their faith in digital medium for anything beyond disposable entertainment.
KB: I knew it!
The Year 2010: Yes and ACRY has asked me to take this opportunity to recognize you for your efforts to warn people regarding the insidious possibilities of digital texts in a world controlled by advertising.
KB: Blush!
The Year 2010: Furthermore, there will be a scandal in the retail industry that will open people's eyes concerning the bottomless greed of certain corporations and their nefarious and undue influence over elements of social and political entities.
KB: Gasp! So what can we expect in terms of big books for 2010. Any surprises?
The Year 2010: I can reveal that a book published in the United Kingdom in 2007 will be a big hit here this year once it's released, while the previously untranslated first novel of a now well established European novelist will bomb after its U.S. release.
KB: Hmmmmn! Are there any hot tips you can share? Who is going to win this year's Pulitzer Prize, anything like that. The Year 2009 shared with us that my Random House Representative Pam Kaufman was going to play a pivotal role in the selection of the 2015 Nobel Prize winner.
The Year 2010: It is true that Pam is one of those people ACRY call IDMs: Inadvertent Decision Makers. In fact this year Pam will make a typo on an inter office email which will start a chain reaction ending up in determining this year's Pulitzer prize in fiction.
KB: Wow! Talk about pressure. I'll have to make sure she doesn't read this. Thanks so much for all this inside information! And thank you for agreeing to do this exclusive interview with The Weekly Top 2.
The Year 2010: Not at all. It was a pleasure.


Here they are! Our weekly picks for the two best: two hardcover, two paperback, and two children's books. The very best new arrivals to leap out of the box and onto our shelves this week. Call or email us if you want more information on any of these titles, or to have us hold you a copy. Or stop in and check them out in person. We'd love to see you. Thanks as always for sharing your reading with us!

 

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage

Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace with Marriage
By Gilbert, Elizabeth
2010-01 - Viking Books
9780670021659 - Hardcover
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The follow up to Eat Pray Love is out today. As Stan Lee often remarked, "Nuff said." ...More

Impact

Impact
By Preston, Douglas
2010-01 - Forge
9780765317681 - Hardcover
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A source of Gamma Rays on the Moon, deadly radioactive gemstones in Cambodia, a meteor hitting an island off the Maine coast and passing right through the earth! I read the first 60 pages last night and that's where things stand. Is the the earth to be turned into the gem of a giant necklace? That's still unclear, but Preston's new thriller has been fun so far. ...More

Noah's Compass



Noah's Compass
By Tyler, Anne
2010-01 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307272409 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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DDG customer favorite Ann Tyler's new novel is out today. It deals with a teacher forced by health issues to suddenly retire and switch gears from action to reflection, particularly since he is aware that a scattering of important days have disappeared from his memory. ...More

True Colors

True Colors
By Hannah, Kristin
2010-01 - St. Martin's Griffin
9780312606121 - Paperback
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True Colors, the second novel by Firefly Lane author easily earns The Weekly Top 2 DBBTONIP (Deserving Big Book That's Out Now In Paperback) rating. ...More

Second Book of Tao

Second Book of Tao
By Mitchell, Stephen
2010-01 - Penguin Books
9780143116707 - Paperback
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Renowned Tao Te Ching translator Stephen Mitchell has selected passages from centuries of Chinese literature and provided commentaries to make a second Tao. A very intriguing premise. ...More

Ranger's Apprentice: Erak's Ransom

Ranger's Apprentice: Erak's Ransom
By Flanagan, John
2010-01 - Philomel Books
9780399252051 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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This is the seventh volume of Australian author Flanagan's outstanding YA fantasy series. He hasn't let the side down yet. ...More

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