"If man devotes himself to art, much evil is avoided that happens otherwise if one is idle . . ."1) RHINOCEROS . . . Lawrence Norfolk's long awaited new novel (at least by me), John Saturnall's Feast (9780802120519) 26.00 was released this past Tuesday. I'm sure I've rhapsodized to you before in the Partners Page about Lempriere's Dictionary and The Pope's Rhinoceros, two of his previous novels. They are respectively #1 and #2 in my Top Ten novels of all-time. Unfortunately, between the baby and the BBC (The Boring Book Club), I haven't had a chance to sink my teeth into it yet. This is the type of book that you want to slowly savor like a bottle of 1865 Chateau Lafite. Not that I'm not enjoying the BBC, we are just finishing up The American Revolution (9780812970418) 13.95 by Gordon S. Wood, which has led me to Rory Raven's tasty treat Burning of the Gaspee: Revolution in Rhode Island (9781609494780) 19.99 from The History Press. I had no idea that American patriots burned the Gaspee and shot its British commander in 1772 near Newport, R.I. Interesting stuff . . .
2) FEAST OF THE ROSARY . . . Man, it's almost lunchtime, and I'm starving. Another History Press title, Bill Loomis' Detroit's Delectable Past (9781609496364) 19.99 is an excellent book on the local eateries and eats of the Detroit area, and just flipping through its pages is making me hungry, too. Also, we have done well with William Decker's first two titles, Asylum for the Insane (9781933926049) 50.00 and Northern Michigan Asylum (9781933926254) 50.00. He now completes his trilogy of Michigan's state run mental hospitals with Upper Peninsula Hospital (9781933926445) 60.00. This hospital for the mentally ill was located in Newberry in the UP, and it closed in 1992. This book shouldn't be swept beneath the rug of history . . .
3) YOUNG HARE . . . Dog books are huge right now, and we are stocking one, Ghost! Field Journal of a Bird Dog (9781933926438) 18.95 by Captain Tony Petrella that purports to be the true story of Manistee River Ghost, one of the greatest bird dogs of northern Michigan. Hunters from the every part of the world came to marvel at this English Setters' phenomenal hunting skills. And no woodcock or grouse was safe for the last 14 seasons. Ba-ba-ba-bird-bird-bird, and the bird is the word . . .
4) KNIGHT, DEATH, AND THE DEVIL . . . First there was Gauntlgrym (9780786958023) 7.99 and then Neverwinter (9780786960279) 7.99, which was recently released in paperback, and now R.A. Salvatore's Charon's Claw (9780786962235) 27.95 is the the third volume in his Neverwinter saga. My friends, Drizzt Do'Urden is back and the body count has never been higher . . .
Odds & Sods
I wanted to let you know that William Kent Krueger's latest Cork O'Conner title, Trickster's Point (9781451645675) 24.99 comes out next Tuesday, and we're already getting quite a few backorders. You know the drill . . .
Jussi Adler-Olsen's first title in the Department Q series, The Keeper of Lost Causes was a surprise bestseller, and now the second book, The Absent One (9780525952893) 26.95 also releases next Tuesday. Not a lot of backorders on this title, but this one might be under the radar . . .
We do have Adam Gamble's Good Night Michigan (9781602190542) 9.95 back in stock . . .