Thursday, February 14, 2013

Ye Olde Partners Page

*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking . . ."
--Haruki Murakami

Our native son and television journalist, Charlie LeDuff has been pounding the pavement to promote his new title, Detroit: An American Autopsy (9781594205347) 27.95. He had his book launch at the Scarab Club, which sounds really cool, but I have no idea what they are all about. We have just about sold through our second batch of his book, but more are on the way and they should be here around Monday. "You gotta lose your mind in Detroit Rock City . . ." Speaking of using the TV bully pulpit to promote your latest book, nobody does it better than Dr. Phil. He's back on the self-help train with his latest tome, Life Code (9780985462734) 26.00. Again, we've almost sold out of our second slurp of this title. "Nobody does it better, makes me feel sad for the rest . . ."

While we're on the topic of creepy characters, the children's book that I believe was robbed, yes robbed, from winning the Caldecott, Aaron Reynolds' Creepy Carrots! (9781442402973) 16.95 is back in stock. Hey, I loved Jon Klassen's I Want My Hat Back (9780763655983) 16.95 just as much as the next bookseller, but This Is Not My Hat (9780763655990) 15.99 is not nearly as good as the original. Just sayin'. "Creepy, crawly, creepy, creepy, crawly, crawly . . ." And speaking of wild things, Maurice Sendak did not go quietly into the night. He may have saved his best for last with a moving tribute to his late brother in My Brother's Book (9780062234896) 18.95. Initially, I thought this was another case of the family 'finding' a completed manuscript in the author's attic, but in this case, Maurice actually did finish this book just before he passed away. "He ain't heavy, he's my brother . . ."

So to segue from children's books and back into the Land of Adults, there is this grey area that us bookselling folk like to call young adult, which as of late, has been a little quiet. However, Marie Lu is starting to make some noise. Her books Prodigy (9780399256769) 17.99 and Legend (9780399256752) 17.99 have been compared to the Hunger Games. Heck, the cover of Prodigy even has a bird logo on it. Albeit, not flaming. "I don't mind stealing bread from the mouths of decadence . . ." Ben Carson, the man with the Gifted Hands, has had his book America the Beautiful (9780310330912) 14.99 reissued, and it's making some hay. Unfortunately, the publisher is out of stock and they are reprinting it. They should be shipping it out in about two weeks. "It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw, I've gone to look for America . . ."

Odds & Sods

I think it's kinda creepy, but the movie based on Chris Kyle's American Sniper (9780062238863) 9.99 has been fast tracked by the studio. Bradley Cooper has been cast as Chris Kyle, so it will be a big deal. We have sold out of the premium edition (again!), but we should have more stock in a day or two. Back- orders are piling up.

We have another new addition for your Navy Seal's section. Rorke Denver has written Damn Few (9781401324797) 27.99. And Rorke isn't just a Navy Seal, he's the guy who trains them. This is the title that a lot of readers have been waiting for. It releases next Tuesday . . .

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