July 20, 2010

Margaux DePue versus Otto Von Bismarck:
Summer Reading Smackdown
This is a feature in which two reading experts, our own Margaux DePue and Otto von Bismarck, the one time chancellor of a Germany unified by his own wily hand, vie with each other in the selection of summer reading suggestions.

Margaux
vs.
Otto

KB: Our Round One question is... What is your top summer reading pick among the books published this summer?
Margaux: Well for a paperback release I've been reading The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane. I've always found the history of witchcraft to be very interesting. Also, many of the characters remind me of people who are close to me, professors and friends of my own. I really couldn't put it down!
Otto: I never read books published after the year I died. Nothing good has happened since then.
KB: I see. Well Round One goes to Margaux. Our Round Two question is... What is your top summer reading pick for kids this summer?
Margaux: The Knife of Never Letting Go is a phenomenal one. It's an action packed story about the conflicted teenage boy Todd and his dog Manchee living in a town where all conscious thought can be heard by everyone around you. There are some fantastic villains! This is a novel that will make you want to jump right in and join Todd.
Otto: I would choose my own memoirs, Bismarck, the man and the statesman; being the reflections and reminiscences of Otto, Prince von Bismarck. It is just the sort of book which young people find instructive.
KB: I see. Well Round Two also goes to Margaux. Our final question is... What is your top summer reading book of all time?
Margaux: I would have to say. This is a hard one. Definitely Angel's Game. Zafon is a brilliant author and anything he writes turns to gold.
Otto: I'm going to pick The Count of Monte Cristo. If the good example of Edmund Dantes doesn't inspire and entertain you, well then you might as well stay in the grave!
KB: Well Round Three is a draw, and our final score is Margaux 3 - Otto 1. An excellent match. Thank you both.


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!

 

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food

Four Fish: The Future of the Last Wild Food
By Greenberg, Paul
2010-07 - Penguin Press
9781594202568 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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The history of four fish--bass, cod, salmon, and tuna--exposes a critical moment in our relationship with the truly last wild food we consume. ...More

Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America

Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America
By Dolin, Eric Jay
2010-07 - W. W. Norton & Company
9780393067101 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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What's not to love about a book whose subtitle is The Epic history of the Fur Trade in America? ...More

The Lacuna

The Lacuna
By Kingsolver, Barbara
2010-08 - Harper Perennial
9780060852580 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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Barbara Kingsolver's blockbuster novel, a sweeping personal and historical narrative set in the 1930s-40s across Mexico and the United States, dealing with the interface of art and politics, of personal and public life, is out in paperback today! ...More

The Debba



The Debba
By Mandelman, Avner
2010-07 - Other Press
9781590513705 - Paperback   See Other Formats
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Our never ending quest to find well written international crime fiction takes us to Israel this week. ...More

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? My First Reader

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? My First Reader
By Martin, Bill Jr.
2010-07 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805092455 - Hardcover   See Other Formats
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Bill Martin and Eric Carle's classic bear books have now been made into Early Readers, and the result is very appealing indeed. Aside from Polar Bear Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear, Brown Bear, Brown Bear ,What Do You See has also been released The books come with reading activities and a downloadable reading certificate. Aside from ...More

Fleabag

Fleabag
By Stephens, Helen
2010-07 - Henry Holt & Company
9780805089752 - Hardcover
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Fleabag is a wonderful picture book. It wasn't strictly written to convey a message, but it has a bigger and better one than most any picture book that was. Fleabag is a stray dog in the city, shunned by other dogs and by people because he has fleas. A young boy finds that Fleabag is a perfect playmate in the park, even though his parents aren't pleased by his new outdoor friend. When his family is set to move away the boy can't leave his friend behind, and never see him again. What can he do? This is a book to teach any child the value of friendship and compassion. ...More

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