Errrrrrggg hhawwwwwwwww gh g h g hghg–thwerp. Did you hear that? Aggggnew cripes jiminey cricket myaching OUCH! And that? What you’re hearing here is the live feed from a microphone set up under our new arrivals shelf to record its complaining. Clearly that ancient piece of mahogany is in great pain from the weight of all the wonderful books we’ve been getting in. Here’s a taste, although don’t trust me: come in and take a look with your own two eyes–better yet, help our shelf, lighten its load and lighten your own– with some compelling, fascinating reading material for the holiday weekend.
Best American Nonrequired Reading 2010 edited by Dave Eggers and introduced by David Sedaris. Featuring the prose of among many others, Kurt Vonnegut and George Saunders, this gem also includes the hilarious “Best American” section: “Best American Patents”, “Best American Gun Magazine Headlines”, and “Best American Sentences on Page 50 of Books Published in 2009”. Best of all, “Best American Lawsuits”. Having almost died of a ruptured spleen leafing through this thing, truly ours is The Cadillac of Countries, especially when it comes to citizens saying and doing some pretty hilarious stuff. We also just got the Best American Essays 2010, edited by Chris Hitchens. I’ve never met an edition in the Best American series (plural) that didn’t have good stuff in it that, best of all, introduced me to someone new.
You might have noticed that there’s some sort of Beatles retail/interest revival going on. The publishing world, like iTunes, is cashing in. We just got Fab: An Intimate Life of Paul McCartney by Howard Sounes and December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died by Keith Elliot Greenberg.
New James Patterson (Crossfire), Dennis Lehane (Moonlight Mile) Ted Bell (Warlord), Rose Tremain (Trespass), Julia Glass (The Widower’s Tale).
Honestly, the list goes on and on. Fortunately, the nonfiction side of the shelf is heavy enough with weighty tomes on Tories, Lincoln and Douglass, Civil War, naval and nautical history to counterbalance the fiction side .
Have a happy holiday and thank you for your patronage.