October 26th, 2010

On Thursday Novemember 4th local author and attorney Woody Hanstien will be coming to the Bookstore at 5:00 p.m. to celebrate the release of his 6th Pete Morris mystery, Alibi Blonde. We thought that it would be a good idea to check in with Woody and see how he was getting along with his lead character.

Kenny: If you changed the name of your firm to Joyce, David, Hanstein and Morris how many area clients would come in asking for Pete?
Woody:Hopefully not too many, because we'd never know when he was going to have problems with the Bar Association and then we'd be stuck covering for him.
Kenny: Speaking of potential problems, what does Pete's will look like? Any surprises in it?
Woody: He doesn't even have one -- he knows I'd never kill off a guy who can run around punching judges and romancing clients' wives.
Kenny: I see. If he ever got to feeling more generous would he leave you anything?
Woody: Not a chance. Maybe if I would have made him a tough guy or irresistible to the ladies or at least given him a new pickup truck, but I think I make Pete struggle too much for him to be very grateful.
Kenny: Would you rather practice law in Farmington or its fictional counterpart Piedmont?
Woody: Farmington. There's no rugby in Piedmont and you can't ski at Titcomb Mountain.
Kenny: What's the most interesting thing you've learned during the course of writing these six terrific books?
Woody: I 'm still amazed at how gracious and complimentary people can be. Every time a judge in a crowded courtroom calls me up to sidebar, or a total stranger telephones me at home to tell me they enjoyed one of my books, I am both surprised and gratified.
Kenny: Thanks Woody!
Woody: Sure. See you on the 4th!

It was tightly contested but the winner of last week's Quote Joust was The Lord of the Rings. Thanks for all the votes!

Now 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!

 

 

The Mind's Eye



The Mind's Eye
By Sacks, Oliver
2010-10 - Knopf Publishing Group
9780307272089 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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This latest series of Sack's essays dealing with subjects of neurological interest is bound together by the theme of sensory compensation: individuals who have overcome communication barriers presented by various kinds of neurological disorders. In some essays Sacks explores individuals whose conditions, for example the inability to see in three dimensions, are suddenly reversed late in life. ...More

Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book

Tyger Tyger: A Goblin Wars Book
By Hamilton, Kersten
2010-11 - Clarion Books
9780547330082 - Hardcover
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This is a sensationally good re-imagining of the Irish mythos in a modern day setting. Here's a link to my advance write up of the book in Publishers Weekly ...More

Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Education in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Stones Into Schools: Promoting Peace with Education in Afghanistan and Pakistan
By Mortenson, Greg
2010-10 - Penguin Books
9780143118237 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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Stones Into Schools easily earns The Weekly Top 2 DBBTONIP (Deserving Big Book That's Out Now In Paperback) rating. ...More

Love and Summer

Love and Summer
By Trevor, William
2010-10 - Penguin Books
9780143117889 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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Love and Summer, now in paperback, won multiple awards for the simplicity and depth Trevor displayed in exploring a summer relationship at seemingly irreconcilable crossroads. ...More

Fantasy: An Artist's Realm



Fantasy: An Artist's Realm
By Boos, Ben
2010-10 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763640569 - Hardcover
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Boos, whose magnificently illustrated Swords was a big favorite here, returns with another themed exploration of a topic dear to his heart, imagined realms. Boos presents his own imagined world, New Perigord, as seen through an exploration of its inhabitants. The result is a gloriously illustrated account which will provide imaginative children with both companionship and inspiration. ...More

Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book



Pop-Up: Everything You Need to Create Your Own Pop-Up Book
By Wickings, Ruth
2010-10 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763650568 - Hardcover
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This is a wonderfully well conceived interactive book, a pop up book which provides you with everything you need to make your own pop ups. As the publisher copy says..."This volume includes everything kids need to assemble their own four amazing 3-D creations. There's no need for scissors or glue, thanks to press-out, pre-scored, peel-off sticky-back pieces." ...More

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