January, 25, 2011

This week we're interviewing our outstanding new staffer, Ian Davis.

Kenny: All right then Ian, suppose that reading has been declared an Olympic sport and that you were hired to work out the details. Would it be an objective sport like track and field or a subjective sport like gymnastics?
Ian: I think it would be a subjective sport. I feel like the logistics would be entirely beyond my comprehension. We'd have to bring in all sorts of readers, not to mention literature professors, and madmen too I suppose.
Kenny: We know, from sources like Sleeping Beauty, of people being awoken from Lethean depths by a kiss. If you had to restore someone to consciousness with a book which would it be?
Ian: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf. It has one of the most beautiful depictions of human relations that I've ever read.
Kenny: Great choice! While we're on this subject, what dire fate has being a book lover saved you from in your life?
Ian: A greater ignorance than I have at the moment.
Kenny: Just so. Speaking of waylaying ignorance do you have any questions for our Weekly Top 2 readers?
Ian: Have you every had a beignet? If not, I was just going to recommend it. They're delicious.
Kenny: Thanks Ian!
Ian: I look forward to meeting people at the store!

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!

We, the Drowned

We, the Drowned
By Jensen, Carsten
2011-02 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
9780151013777 - Hardcover
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We've been told often enough not to judge a book by its cover, but is it wrong to take an interest in a book on account of its cover. Who can look at the magnificent cover of We, The Drowned and not want it to be a wonderful book? Indeed, this tale of life in a port town across the centuries both on board its freight ships and among those who stay behind puts the perspective reader in the same hopeful position as loved ones standing on the pier watching a ship sail off. ...More

While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction

While Mortals Sleep: Unpublished Short Fiction
By Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
2011-01 - Delacorte Press
9780385343732 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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This is the first major posthumous release of Vonnegut's unpublished work. The blurb reads thus...

"Featuring more than a dozen pieces of artwork done by Vonnegut himself, this collection contains 16 never-before-published pieces of short fiction--long-buried, brilliant short stories dating from early in the author's career."
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The Male Brain

The Male Brain
By Brizendine, Louann
2011-01 - Three Rivers Press (CA)
9780767927543 - Paperback
List Price $14.99 - Your Price: $11.99


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Ah yes, the male brain. Hmmmn. That. Brizendine's book on the topic is out in paperback today. I suppose I'm disqualified from an assessment and am restricted to just passing the information along. ...More

This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All

This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
By Johnson, Marilyn
2011-02 - Harper Perennial
9780061431616 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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This is a fascinating, worthwhile, and entertaining accounts of librarians in the modern world, lively personal profiles, and an exploration of the challenges they face in the information age.

spoiler alert: Their importance is increasing rather than decreasing.
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Where's Walrus?

Where's Walrus?
By Savage, Stephen
2011-02 - Scholastic Press
9780439700498 - Hardcover
List Price $16.99 - Your Price: $13.59


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This is the ultimate wordless picture book for toddlers, filled with slapstick humor, just the right amount of visual narrative, and a tender and funny conclusion. This is a book young children will adore "reading" aloud to everyone within earshot. ...More

Fire

Fire
By Cashore, Kristin
2011-01 - Speak
9780142415917 - Paperback   See Other Formats
List Price $9.99 - Your Price: $7.99


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Now in paperback, Fire is a very strong fantasy book by an expectational new talent. Vivid characters with real depth and complexity abound in this fantasy novel. You can read my full Fire Review here. ...More

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