November 30th, 2010

This week we'll be providing a dramatic audio link to the winning Tyger Tyger passage contest, but first here's more on our Mt. Blue RSD School Library fund raiser. The fund raiser has two elements, the first of which is the Wish List, allowing community members to purchase needed books for our school libraries. You can read more about the Wish List here. The Wish Lists will be open until Christmas. The second element is an In-Store Book Fair at DDG which will take place throughout Chester Greenwood Weekend from December 3rd-5th. The book fair is simple, giving community members a chance to have their own personal purchases benefit the schools. Just designate which school library you wish to benefit and 20% of the value of your personal purchases will then be credited to that library. We'll see you this weekend!

On November 9th, during an interview with its author, it was revealed that "one passage (of Tyger Tyger), if read with passion, conviction, and pitch–perfect diction, actually opens a door into Mag Mell. I’m not telling which one." We responded as follows. "Oh so you're throwing the gauntlet down to our readers! All right then, the first reader to submit the correct passage to us (don't read it aloud yourself - our own Margaux Depue has gallantly volunteered to test the passages for us!) will win a $15.00 gift certificate." Three days ago we received the following contest entry from Sarah Otley. "Here is my guess for the correct dark passage. I think this is it. I started to feel shimmery just reading it. Starts with the last line of page 200: "Jim Croce's 'I got a name,'"... then Aiden starts singing it and "Suddenly something changed..." and a path opens up. And Aiden keeps singing. Jim Croce - who knew? Won't be singing that out loud any time soon!" Earlier testing of contest entries had been relatively uneventable. One passage read aloud had caused a chill breeze with a faint north Atlantic Ocean tang in it to sweep suddenly across the store but that was about it. As soon as Margaux began probing this new entry however, we were aware that it might well be the correct one and took the precaution of recording Margaux's attempt. The picture to the right was taken just after she finished speaking. All right now, before reading any further click on the Successful Contest Entry to hear what actually happened as Margaux began to read!

The recording stopped there but after racing down a twisting, overgrown path I came out in an open glade and found Margaux, or someone or something which looked like Margaux, deep in conversation with a tree whose branches were all emerald snakes. I persuaded her to return but I'm not sure if the real Margaux is still languishing in Mag Mell, or whether some dark transformation is at work but we're trying to be supportive and so if you notice her left eyeball starting to glow and spin, or if she picks up and puts books in your bag using only her hair, try not to say anything. She's very sensitive about it, to say the least! Oh, and congratulations to Sarah Otley! (pictured to the right)

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!

 

Port Mortuary

Port Mortuary
By Cornwell, Patricia D.
2010-11 - Putnam Adult
9780399157219 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Yes it's a Scarpetta book! Click more for the details. ...More

Pathfinder

Pathfinder
By Card, Orson Scott
2010-11 - Simon Pulse
9781416991762 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Orson Scott Card, he of Ender's Game and Speaker For The Dead Fame is starting a new series here. Pathfinder refers to the ability of its lead character Rigg to follow the threads of someone's past. ...More

The Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds, and the Invention of Monogamy

The Nesting Season: Cuckoos, Cuckolds, and the Invention of Monogamy
By Heinrich, Bernd
2010-05 - Belknap Press
97806680" align="center"48775 - Hardcover
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This one falls clearly into the BOBWHTO category. (Books Only Bernd Would Have Thought Of) The internationally acclaimed biologist from Wilton returns with a fascinating account of bird behavior focusing on the evolution of monogamy. ...More

Anathem

Anathem
By Stephenson, Neal
2010-12 - Harper Perennial
9780061694943 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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We said of Stephenson's superb Anathem when it came out in hardcover that...

The good thing about being a Neil Stephenson fan is that his books are so gargantuan that no one can call them a fleeting pleasure. Stephenson has struck again with the 935 page, 2.86 pound Anathem. Set in a Concent, an intellectual sanctuary sealed off from the outside world save for a week long festival held once a decade, Anathem at first follows the highly charged festival experience of one Concent member, and then journey which is its aftermath.

It's down to 1.8 pounds in paperback but still just as hefty in the intellectual department.
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20 Under 40: Stories from the New Yorker

20 Under 40: Stories from the New Yorker
By Treisman, Deborah
2010-11 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374532871 - Paperback
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20 Under 40, The New Yorkers anthology of writers they predict will define the future of American fiction, easily earns The Weekly Top 2 DBBTONIP (Deserving Big Book That's Out Now In Paperback) rating. ...More

Brontorina



Brontorina
By Howe, James
2010-08 - Candlewick Press (MA)
9780763644376 - Hardcover
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Talk about a groundbreaking book, Brontina is the story of a dinosaur who yearns to perform ballet. Her quest to join the very obliging Madame Lucille's dance academy, is wonderfully captured in the warm colors and tones of Randy Cecil's illustrations. The case for perseverance in the pursuit of something you love has never been more charmingly made than it is in this fine new picture book. ...More

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