June 15th, 2010


This week we'll be focusing on three things
  1. The latest window display triumph of "the Renoir of Retail", friend of the store and Town Librarian Melanie Taylor! Stop by the store and marvel at Melanie's genius.
  2. Summer Reading Group News! Some books are particularly hard to let go of, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest is particularly so. Looking for help? We'll be holding a reading group discussion of Larsson's last book on June 29th at 6:15. Come by and put a small measure of closure on the Millenium Trilogy by trading thoughts, and bumming out together with fellow Stieg fans.
  3. Finally, for K-6th graders we'll be launching our second annual Spread The Word Summer Reading Program. We received over 166 fabulous book reviews from kids last summer. You can check out 25 great ones Here. You can read more about our program in this nice Publisher's Weekly Article on it! And here is a link to the informational flyer for it.

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!

 

Spies of the Balkans



Spies of the Balkans
By Furst, Alan
2010-06 - Random House
9781400066032 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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A new Alan Furst novel is always welcome. Here he extends his rich focus on the cultural backdrop of World War II era espionage to Northern Greece in 1940 on the eve of Axis invasion. ...More

The River Cottage Preserves Handbook



The River Cottage Preserves Handbook
By Corbin, Pam
2010-06 - Ten Speed Press
9781580081726 - Hardcover
List Price $22.00 - Your Price: $17.60


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Two lovely new River Cottage Handbooks's are out today, the Preserves Handbook pictured here and The Bread Handbook. Both these books are introduced by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and are exquisitely produced. ...More

Pretty Monsters

Pretty Monsters
By Link, Kelly
2010-06 - Speak
9780142416723 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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Kelly Link's blend of humor and the macabre, along with her vibrant style, has earned her a committed following. The short story is Link's Forte, Pretty Monsters, now in paperback, is her best book yet. If you've never tried Link before great new authors like her are one of the reasons why we have rocking chairs in the store. The right thing to do here is to stop by the store, demand our reading copy of Pretty Monsters, deposit yourself in a chair and give the first story The Wrong Grave a whirl. ...More

Zeitoun



Zeitoun
By Eggers, Dave
2010-06 - Vintage Books USA
9780307387943 - Paperback   See Other Formats
List Price $15.95 - Your Price: $12.76


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Zeitoun easily earns The Weekly Top 2 DBBTONIP (Deserving Big Book That's Out Now In Paperback) rating. ...More

The Passage of the Week!
 
Air Show!

Air Show!
By Williams, Treat
2010-06 - Hyperion Books
9781423111856 - Hardcover
List Price $16.99 - Your Price: $13.59


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A child's enthusiasm for Airplanes has never been more vividly captured than here, in this splendid picture book which is also our first full cast ... Passage of the Week! (Hit the link to hear a full cast DDG staff rendering of a favorite passage!) ...More

Sea

Sea
By Kling, Heidi R.
2010-06 - Putnam Publishing Group
9780399251634 - Hardcover
List Price $17.99 - Your Price: $14.39


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Here's a review from Margot for this terric new YA novel.
"Heidi Kling's beautifully-crafted debut novel, Sea, tells the story of Sienna Jones, a teenager still recovering from the tragic loss of her mother who was killed in a plane crash some time before. On her fifteenth birthday, her father gives her the last gift she would ever expect, and, she believes, would ever desire: a plane ticket to Indonesia. Somewhat reluctantly, she travels with her father and his initially irritating and invasive female coworker, Vera, to an Indonesian orphanage for children who have lost their families due to a devastating natural disaster. There, she forms heart-warming connections with the children, acting as a "big sister" to help them cope with the trauma of their loss and learning to cope with her own grief in the process. Sienna falls for Deni, an older Indonesian boy who fits the bill for any YA romance, being both mysterious and handsome (gasp!). Not such a huge surprise there, though Kling does a fantastic job of writing a love story without making it seem overdone or clich, particularly in the scene where the two lovers are first introduced (who knew a simple handshake could send a cascade of butterflies into your stomach?). Sea also shows the difficulties of adjusting to a new life with her father and his interest with his oh-too-sunny female friend. Kling's novel is a brilliant coming-of-age story that shows how hope can be found even in the most unlikely places and offers insight into the grieving process that many young readers will relate to. With its gorgeous narration as rich with beauty and depth as the sea itself, this is definitely a winner in this summer's YA fiction."
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