"If I be worthy, I live for my God to teach the heathen, even though they may despise me . . ."1) GET SHORTY . . . America's favourite actress Sandra Bullock, who won the best actress Academy Award for the movie based on Michael Lewis' Blind Side (9780393338386) 13.95, may pick up the movie rights for Michael Lewis' new book, The Big Short (9780393072235) 27.95. She will play the CEO of a major bank who takes a young African-American investment banker under her wing. Of course this is complete conjecture on my part, but I can assure you that The Big Short has been selling like wildfire. The publisher is out of stock and apparently, we are the only wholesaler in the whole multi-verse who still has stock. This one will be big . . .
2) GAME TIME . . . The legendary Lance Parrish, formerly the star catcher for the Detroit Tigers has put together his top five Tigers by position in his new book, Few And Chosen: Defining Tigers Greatness Across the Eras (9781600782862) 24.95. This is the kind of book that will spark good-natured arguments amongst sports fans. In a true show of humility, Mr. Parrish doesn't even list himself in the top five catchers of all-time. C'mon Lance, you really think Matt Nokes was a better catcher than you? As former Tiger great Al Kaline says in the forward, "In Detroit, he [Lance] will always be 'the Big Wheel.'"
3) THE FIRST BILLION IS THE HARDEST . . . I'm not sure if John Grisham's new 'middle reader' character Theodore Boone is any relation to T. Boone Pickens, but it seemed like a clever tie-in to me. This is Mr. Grisham's first foray into this market, so you know there will be a lot of media hub-bub about it. The first title in the series is called Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer (9780525423843) 16.99, and it releases on May 25. He's a thirteen-year-old kid whose parents are attorneys. He solves some difficult capers in a small town. I would recommend that you backorder this title . . .
4) PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES . . . The lovely and vivacious Carrie Ryan stopped in today to sign copies of her two post-apocalyptic zombie young adult titles, The Forest of Hands and Teeth (9780385736824) 9.99 and the second one The Dead Tossed Waves (9780385736848) 17.99. And, actually, her titles are doing so well that we don't have a lot in stock. As per usual, it's first come, first served on all autographed copies . . .
5) IS IT ABOUT BROOKLYN? Colm Toibin's Brooklyn (9781439148952) 15.00 is Chicago's One City, One Read title. And, yes, a customer actually asked that question . . .
Odds & Sods
Sharon Draper's new title is Out of My Mind (9781416971702) 16.99, which features a young protagonist who has a photographic memory but cannot speak. We have a limited quantity of signed copies on-hand if anyone is interested.
For all those old sea captains out there, I am happy to announce that Roger Lelievre's Know Your Ships 2010 (9781891849138) 18.95 is here. I can't think of a more inexpensive date than taking your significant other and a picnic basket down to your local Great Lake and watching the freighters go by . . .
We will not be restocked on The Lego Star Wars Visual Dictionary (9780756655297) 21.99 until April. Humph . . .