"I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me . . ."1) FAR OUT . . . I wish I were Ann Pachett. As usual, her newest novel State of Wonder (9780062049803) 26.99 has been garnering five star reviews from just about every critic. In fact, Amazon.com has chosen it as one of their Best Books of the Month for June. Dr. Marina Singh's colleague has been lost in the wilds of the Amazon jungle and Dr. Singh is sent by the CEO of her company to find him. First Marina must meet her former teacher, Dr. Annick Swenson, who had destroyed Marina's medical career many years ago. The Dr. Swenson that Marina knew has changed and she begins to realize that the doctor may have been in the jungle a little too long. (Think Colonel Kurtz). Several reviewers have compared her latest foray to Heart of Darkness (9780451531032) 4.95 by Joseph Conrad, but as a more feminized version without the violence. No word yet if Francis Ford Coppola is purchasing the movie rights . . .
--Hunter S. Thompson
2) TURN IT UP . . . One of our good customers, Ellen Airgood, has written a new book called South of Superior (9781594487934) 25.95. I haven't had a chance to read it yet, but another of our customers, Barbara Siepker, has already reviewed it. Here it is: "South of Superior is a pleasantly paced story that takes place in the UP of Michigan where towns are small, winters long, and hardships abound. Ellen Airgood has captured the beauty of the area, the isolation and cast of local characters. After her adoptive mother dies, Madeline returns to her birth place in search of her roots. The reader is drawn into the slower pace of life and its colorful characters as they extend a welcome in their inimical way giving her the space to form her own direction and roots that turn out to be re-opening the old long closed hotel." Sounds good to me. If you can, show Ellen a little support and stock a few copies of her first novel . . .
3) CHARMLESS MAN . . . Yesterday, I saw in the lamestream MSM that Ann Coulter was quoted as saying something something about killing libruls something something. I thought to myself, 'Hey, it must be time for a new Ann Coulter book.' I looked it up on my computer and sure enough, she has a new book called Demonic: How the Liberal Mob is Endangering America (9780307353481) 28.99. "In our world there can only be triumph and self-abasement. Everything else, we will destroy."
4) GIRLS & BOYS . . . I mentioned that Adam Mansbach's Go the F**k to Sleep (9781617750250) 14.95 had gone viral weeks ago. Here's a little coda from Alex Chilton: Morning comes & sleeping's done / Birds sing outside / If demons come while you're under / I'll be a blue moon in the sky . . .
Odds & Sods
I always knew it was the end of every Holiday Season when the new mystery by Lillian Jackson Braun came out from Putnum Publishing. Not so much anymore. Ms. Jackson passed away June 4 at the age of 97. She had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. You may not have known that she also worked for the Detroit Free Press for thirty years. Our condolences to her family and friends . . .
Alex Prud'homme, author of The Ripple Effect (9781416535454) 27.00 will be featured on The Daily Show on Monday. Our supplies of fresh water are dwindling and time is running out.