Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Ye Olde Partners Page

*News From the Glamorous World of Bookselling*

"The neighbors were all in a stir because of something they might have heard . . ."
--Drivin' & Cryin'

B. Traven Jr. here. I'd tell you what the 'B' stands for, but I'd have to kill you. Ha, ha! That never gets old. At any rate, you've probably seen me on the television show Ancient Aliens on the History Channel. And no, I'm not that guy with the thick glasses and the half white, half black beard. That guy is a fruitcake. Ha, ha! Mick asked me to take a break from researching the 'Mad Gasser of Mattoon' and write this week's Partners Page. Apparently he has been captured by Pleiadians and is trapped in the 5th dimension, which is the dimension of love and creativity. Not a bad place to be. Ha, ha!

Everything is 'EXTREME' these days. And Michigan weather is no exception. Detroit TV meteorologist Paul Gross' Extreme Michigan Weather: The Wild World of the Great Lakes State (9780472034130) 24.95 provides a detailed analysis of our weather based on 'science'. Science? Well, that's just a bunch of malarkey. Do you want to know the real reason that our weather has been so extreme lately? Two words: jet contrails. The government has been seeding clouds via jet contrails for years. This high level experiment has gone on for way too long and its high time the US government fessed up to it. However if you want to hear the'official' storyline then Paul's book is the way to go. Ha, ha!

Another new Michigan title that I've found can be a useful tool is Dan and Bob Lynch's Michigan Rocks & Minerals (97815932390) 14.95. When I find a 20th century automobile sparkplug in a thousand year old rock formation, the Lynch brother's book is the one I use to research the age of the stone. I understand Partners will have this title in shortly via time machine. Ha, ha!

Mick took a copy of Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (9780385501125) 25.95 with him on his trip to Erra, which circles the star Taygeta in the Pleiades' cluster. Apparently, the protagonist is able to read people's emotions by tasting the dishes that are prepared by her family and friends. The publisher is calling this 'magical realism.' Sorry, but I'm just calling it the 'truth.' The CIA has been working on this for years and from what I understand they have perfected it, but they haven't found an applicable use for this technology, yet. Ha, ha!

I was saddened to learn that Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago passed away last week. Mr. Saramago wrote Blindness (978015035 15.00 and his most recent work in tradepaper was Death With Interruptions (9780547247885) 15.95. Mr. Saramago was an 'unrepentant Communist' and it is no surprise that he died under mysterious circumstances. Jose, we wish you the best on your spiritual journey. And as Bob Heinlein said, "Secrecy is the beginning of tyranny."

Odds & Sods

When it comes to publicizing books, Glenn Beck has become the new Oprah Winfrey. Sure, Oprah doesn't cry as much as Glenn, but when he mentions a title, like F.A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom (9780226320557) 17.00, it immediately hits the bestseller's list. We do have limited stock left on this one...

I've been told that 'Pretty Little Liars' is one of the hottest shows on TV right now. Based on Sara Shepherd's Pretty Little Liars (9780060887322) 8.99 book series, we have all of her titles in stock, including the latest hardcover, Wanted (9780061566172) 16.99. Hey, I guess it's what the kids are into these days.

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