"For all the gold that is beneath the moon,THE 'H' WORD
Or ever has been, of these weary souls,
Could never make a single one repose . . . "
--Dante Alighieri, Divine Comedy
It's getting to be that time of year. We all have our favourites for the upcoming season, and I am no exception. Sitting here at Partners Book CentralTM, I notice some things, and whether you like it or not, I'm going to share them with you. In the realm of fiction, there are three big books coming out on Monday. Monday release dates were once the domain of James Patterson, so Kill Alex Cross (9780316198738) 28.99 should be no surprise (and if we could be so lucky), but a couple others have jumped on the bandwagon, including Sue Grafton's V is for Vengeance (9780399157868) 27.95 and whoever wrote Clive Cussler's Devil's Gate (9780399157820) 27.95. As for actual Tuesday releases, Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Cabin Fever (9781419702235) 13.95 will probably be bigger than all of the previous titles combined. And while were talking about tween titles, Christopher Paolini's Inheritance (9780375856112) 27.99 has sold great out of the gate and will continue to be strong throughout the holidays.
Also of note in non-fiction for this upcoming Tuesday, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope (9781451661064) 26.99 by Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly will go on-sale. After her tragic attack, Gabby captured the hearts of all Americans and I expect everyone will want to read about the details of her assassination attempt and her recovery. Another story that Americans followed closely was the trial of Casey Anthony. The prosecuting attorney Jeff Ashton reveals his thoughts on the case in his book, Imperfect Justice (9780062125323) 26.99. Surprisingly, I haven't seen any publicity on this title, which doesn't come out until November 15, but Jeff's book will be a monster.
As for titles that are already bestsellers and that should continue selling through the holidays, both Bill O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln (9780805093070) 28.00 and our generations' Ernest Hemingway, Nicholas Sparks, and his latest title Best of Me (9780446547659) 25.99 are back in stock. And what more can be said about the Kennedys? Apparently, a lot. Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero (9781451635089) 27.50 by Chris Matthews is sold out everywhere. The publisher is expecting more stock on November 11. We should have our copies by either next Tuesday or Wednesday. And, of course, I am expecting Caroline's Jacqueline Kennedy (9781401324254) 60.00 to blow up around Christmas again.
Overall, I think the publishers have set us up with some winning books for the season. So let's sell some books!
Odds & Sods
Carol Crane's The Christmas Tree Ship (9781585362851) 15.95 will be a great seller for the younger kids. Carol was kind enough to stop in on Monday and sign two hundred copies of her book. As usual, it's first come, first served . . .
Last week we had Corey Henderson, Dan Rollman, and his parents in the warehouse to sign copies of their new title, The Recordsetter Book of World Records (9780761165774) 12.95. It started out as a web site where ordinary people could share their extraordinary abilities. It's kinda like stupid human tricks but sillier. Get yours before they're gone . . .