Thursday, November 19, 2009

Ye Olde Partners Page

*News From the Glamorous World of Bookselling*

"Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Now it's a Turkish delight on a moonlit night . . ."
--They Might Be Giants, Istanbul

The End of a Useful Partners Page

I haven't eaten in days. At the behest of Doug from The Bookman, I had been searching for great holiday titles when I realized that I had become lost in Partners' monolithic warehouse. To keep hydrated, I have been able to scrounge water from leaks in the ceiling. This whole fiasco reminds me of a story I heard about a sniper on the University of Michigan campus back in the early '70s. The undergraduate library was such a labyrinth, it took an entire day to find some of the students. In the meantime, I have been tempted to eat the pages of cookbooks for sustenance like Rachael Ray's Book of 10: More than 300 Recipes to Cook Every Day (9780307383204) 20.00, but I'm holding out for the chocolate chip cookies that David Swan promised me via text message if I mentioned The Saugatuck Dunes: Artists Respond to a Freshwater Landscape (9780615298313) 35.00. Let's hope he comes through . . .

If only Harper Collins had run Sarah Palin's vice-presidential campaign, the last election might have turned out differently. Harper has done an outstanding job of promoting Sarah Palin's Going Rogue (9780061939891) 28.99. In fact, they have done such a great job the word on the street is that Ingram has sold out. They've hit all the right shows with Sarah kicking the publicity off with an appearance on Oprah. Barbara Wawa is doing a two-part interview with her. There are already rebuttals from John McCain's advisers that keep it fresh in the mainstream media cycle. There is no e-book, so people will have to buy the hardcover. I will reinterate one last time, "This book will be huge."

I don't know if there are cookies involved, but Tom Drinkwater wanted me to mention Sean Deveney's The Original Curse: Did the Cubs Throw the 1918 World Series to Babe Ruth's Red Sox and Incite the Black Sox Scandal? (9780071629973) 24.95. I'm not sure why the Chicago Cubs are loveable losers, and the Detroit Lions just suck, but that's the reality.

I've noticed a couple of titles that are inexplicably starting to take-off. Nicholas Kristoff and Sheryl WuDunn's Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (9780307267146) 27.95 is self-explanatory. Also, former Calgary Flame Theo Fleury's Playing with Fire (9781600781995) 24.95 is selling. A hockey book on the bestseller lists? It's more likely than you think . . .

Odds & Sods
Last week Jill came in here at like 5 o'clock in the morning to accommodate the schedule of author Libby Hellman, so she could sign copies of her new book, Doubleback (9781606480533) 14.95. As usual, supplies are limited . . .

We still have signed copies of
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle (9780061374234) 16.99,
Timothy Egan's The Big Burn (9780618968411) 27.00,
Polacco's January's Sparrow (9780399250774) 22.99,
and finally, Michael Glenn Monroe's Mister Rabbit's Wish (9781587265259) 17.95.

Hey man, it's definitely a great gift idea . . .