"The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy, but that it is a bore. It is not so much a war as an endless standing in line . . ."
Let the Great Stoner Bill Spin
Hey Dudes and Dudettes! Stoner Bill is in the house! Mick is working on his new blog, which you can scope out at http://partnersbookblog.blogspot.com/, so I'm doing the dirty work for him on zee Page. Mick did say he needed to give a shout out to Shelly Koteskey from McLean & Eakin Books, who won some kind of Ingram award thingee. Let me see here . . . Oh, it's the n-n-n-notorious Emerging Leaders Council scholarship. Congrats, dudette! Man, I wish Double D were here so he could help me navigate through all these stupid sticky notes that Mick left me.
Whoa, we have signed copies of Anthony 'It must be Prince Spaghetti Day' Horowitz's Crocodile Tears (9780399250569) 17.99 available. From what I've seen in the warehouse, Jane O'Conner's Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas (9780061235900) 17.99 has been the hottest children's title so far. The Fancy Nancy stuff reminds me of the song, Hey There Fancy Pants by Ween. "Play the songs that make us dance, Play the tunes that make the ladies swoon . . ." Also, the series based on my kid brother, Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, is a close second in the kiddie sales sweepstakes.
So I see Borders CEO Ron Marshall has given his quarterly "We've turned the corner" speech for his shareholders. They've turned the corner so many times that I think they're driving around in circles. But hopefully, he is right on target this time. There are some good business type books out there, including Andrew Ross Sorkin's Too Big To Fail (9780670021253) 32.95 and Steven Leavitt and Stephen Dubner's Superfreakonomics (9780060889579) 29.99. And we're not even going to get into the whole Rick James thing.
Dude, it's not just Sarah Palin, but like every Christian conservative icon has a book out for the holiday, er, Christmas season. Mike 'Huckleberry Hound' Huckabee has his Simple Christmas (9781595230621) 19.95. Smilin' Joel Osteen says God wants you to make lots of money in his book, It's Your Time (9781439100110) 25.00. Rick Warren is the exception, but you could always resurrect The Purpose of Christmas (9781416559009) 17.99 and throw those back on the shelf.
And Happy Thanksgiving! I am going to get soooo toasted tomorrow.
Odds & Sods
There are a ton of new releases due out next Tuesday, so here's the rundown:
Michael Roizen and Dr. Oz are back with You: Having a Baby (9781416572367) 26.99.
Greg Mortenson of Three Cups of Tea fame has a new one called Stones into Schools (9780670021154) 26.95.
Sue Grafton is finally up to the letter U with U is for Undertow (9780399155970) 27.95.
And finally Zane channels Bonnie Tyler with Total Eclipse of the Heart (9780743499293) 25.99.
Prediction for the Turkey Day football game: The Pack 24 --Lions 10.