Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ye Olde Partners Page

*News From the Glamorous World of Bookselling*

"For we who grew up tall and proud
In the shadow of the mushroom cloud
Convinced our voices can't be heard
We just want to scream it louder and louder and louder . . ."
--Queen, Hammer to Fall
1) A MESSAGE TO PRETTY . . . You may already have some bad copies of Kathy-jo Wargin's The Legend of the Petoskey Stone (9781585362172) 17.95 and just don't know it. There are a couple of words in the text that have been inadvertently ommitted on several pages. For example, on the page where the little boy is fishing, the word fishing is missing. If you would like to return your copies, please let us know and we will authorize the return back to us and credit you for the shipping. Unfortunately, Sleeping Bear Press is not expecting a replacement print run to be available until the end of July . . .

2) NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO . . . Audrey, our book buyer, is excited about Robert Kuttner's new book on Obama, A Presidency in Peril: The Inside Story of Obama's Promise, Wall Street's Power, And the Struggle to Control Our Economic Future (9781603582704) 25.00. He also wrote the title Obama's Challenge (9781603580793) 14.95, which sold quite well. Mr. Kuttner feels that President Obama, like previous presidents, is beholden to the same moneybrokers that have thrust us into this financial debacle. Recently, I've heard that after the Republicans sweep the House and the Senate in the next election that they will impeach Mr. Obama. According to Republicans, just being a Democrat president is an impeachable offense. Who knew?

3) COLORED BALLS FALLING . . . Last week, as I watched the movie based upon Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic masterwork The Road (9780307476302) 14.95, I was reminded of one of my co-worker's comments about the last Partners Page. He claimed I was being too political by adding a link to the New York Times article on our ridiculously large stockpile of nuclear weapons. There was nothing political about it. The Cold War is over. I have lived my entire life peripherally aware that I could be killed instantly by a nuclear exchange. The point of the article was that America has 5,113 nuclear warheads and that number is enough to wipe out every single living thing on Earth more than 15 times over. It's obviously overkill. So the author felt we could safely reduce our nuclear reserve to a) save money and b) to make it less likely for a warhead to fall into the wrong hands. And that's all I got to say about that . . .

4) AND MORE . . . Don't forget that the new Eclipse novella by Stephenie Meyer, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (9780316125581) 13.99 goes on sale this Saturday. Oh my God, it's full of sparkles . . .

Odds & Sods

Mike Benders and Doug Chernack's Awkward Family Photos (9780307592293) 15.00 brought back some horrible family memories from my misspent youth. You can see more at
Curse you Olan Mills!

Rick Riordan, who wrote the Percy Jackson series, has begun a new series which starts with The Red Pyramid (9781423113386) 17.99. Unlike the first series which featured the Greek mythos, this one encompasses the Egyptian mytholgy. Hopefully, they will not make it into a movie, so I can save another two hours of my life...

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