February, 1, 2011

With DDG's 20th anniversary coming this summer it seemed that it was once again time to summon DDG's Council of Party Masters, that talented and highly secretive organization which last convened to help us plan and carry out our sensational Harry Potter 7 festivities. (A rare photograph can be seen at right of an unidentified Council member circa 2007). The party will be held in June and all we can say at this time is that the theme will be Old Friends and the only hint we can give at this time is Andrew Lang.

In the meantime the Council has authorized us to unveil the 20 week contest which will run up to the party, DDG's 20th Anniversary Quote Quilt Contest. The idea is to create a story built entirely out of 20  quotes from 20 different books, added one week at a time. Each week readers can submit one quote from any favorite book of theirs which builds upon the prior quotes thereby extending the story. The winning entry of the week will receive a $5.00 gift certificate and the winning quote will be added to the story. The developing story will be posted here on our website, and here on our facebook page. Entries should state which book the quote is from and which week of the contest it is being submitted for. There is no limit to the number of entries which can be submitted, nor the number of times one person can win, the only rule is that the book must be in print and the quote must logically further the narrative of the story. The quote can be as short as a single sentence or as long as a paragraph. Each book from which a winning quote entry is used will then be put in a special display at the store where it will be 20% off until the party. All right then, to get things started here is the opening Quilt Quote, a passage from E.R. Eddison's The Worm Ouroboros.

"Yet is common opinion the fool, not I," he said. “He that imagineth after his labours to attain unto lasting joy, as well may he beat water in a mortar. Is there not in the wild benefit of nature instances enow to laugh this folly out of fashion? A fable of great men that arise and conquer the nations: Day goeth up against the tyrant night. How delicate a spirit is she, how like a fawn she footeth it upon the mountains: pale pitiful light matched with the primeval dark. But every sweet hovers in her battalions; and every heavenly influence: coolth of the wayward little winds of morning, flowers awakening, birds a-carol, dews a-sparkle on the fine-drawn webs the tiny spinners hang from fern-frond to thorn, from thorn to wet dainty leaf of the silver birch; the young day laughing in her strength, wild with her own beauty; fire and life and every scent and colour born anew to triumph over chaos and slow darkness and the kinless night.

"But because day at her dawning hours hath so bewitched me, must I yet love her when glutted with triumph she settles to garish noon?"

Send your entries by clicking here! Good luck.

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!
 
Magnetic North

Magnetic North
By Wheeler, Sara
2011-02 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374200138 - Hardcover
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Polar shift situation here as Wheeler follows up her account of Antarctica, Terra Incognita, with this exploration of the Arctic circle. ...More

Prose

Prose
By Bishop, Elizabeth
2011-02 - Farrar Straus Giroux
9780374532734 - Paperback
List Price $20.00 - Your Price: $16.00


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Out in paperback this week are Farrar Strauss Giroux's twin volumes of Elizabeth Bishop's work both this comprehensive anthology of her lesser known prose work, and the companion anthology of her complete Poems. ...More

The Postmistress

The Postmistress
By Blake, Sarah
2011-02 - Berkley Publishing Group
9780425238691 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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The Postmistress, the historical fiction novel highly praised by The Help author Kathryn Stockett, handily earns The Weekly Top 2 DBBTONIP (Deserving Big Book That's Out Now In Paperback) rating. ...More

Nearest Exit

Nearest Exit
By Steinhauer, Olen
2011-02 - Minotaur Books
9780312622886 - Paperback
List Price $14.99 - Your Price: $11.99


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The follow up to Steinhauer popular and enjoyable spy novel The Tourist is out in paperback today. This time lead character Cyrus is caught with an assignment he finds morally untenable, but which he can't afford to set aside either. Good stuff. ...More

Have You Seen Duck?

Have You Seen Duck?
By Holmes, Janet A.
2011-02 - Cartwheel Books
9780545224888 - Hardcover
List Price $8.99 - Your Price: $7.19


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This warm and affectionate account of a young boy's search for his missing plush duck is told from what the boy assumes are his duck's concerns, but which of course mirror his own anxiety's about losing Duck. Clever and emotionally adroit this is just the book to help young readers explore their attachments to beloved stuffed animals. ...More

Delirium

Delirium
By Oliver, Lauren
2011-02 - HarperCollins
9780061726828 - Hardcover
List Price $17.99 - Your Price: $14.39


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This is a highly anticipated YA novel, in fact Mt. Blue Middle School's exemplary English teacher Wendy Simpson reports that rumors of her possession of an advanced reader nearly caused a riot in her classroom full of Before I Fall loving students. Here's the publisher blurb on it.

"Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."
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The Worm Ouroboros

The Worm Ouroboros
By Eddison, Eric Rhucker
2006-04 - Dover Publications
9780486447407 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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This is the book that shaped the landscape of contemporary science fiction. J. R. R. Tolkien acclaimed its author as "the greatest and most convincing writer of 'invented worlds' that I have read." Written in the best traditions of Homeric epics, Norse sagas, and Arthurian myths, it recounts compelling tales of warriors and witches.
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