*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"I said maybe I don't really want to know
How your garden grows
I just want to fly
Lately did you ever feel the pain . . ."
--Oasis, Live Forever
1) WHATEVER . . . Timothy Egan, winner of the 2014 PEN/Brad Pitt Book Award, which is presented to the best looking male author in non-fiction, has just had Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life & Immortal Photographs of Edward Curtis (9780544102767) 15.95 released in paperback. How do I know he could be the winner of the fictional PEN/Brad Pitt Book Award? Timothy Egan once stopped in here to sign copies of The Worst Hard Time (9780618773473) 14.95, which normally no one but myself would take much interest in. However, on this particular visit, I noticed that nearly our entire staff of women had joined us in the conference room. I fled. Timothy Egan has also won the Pulitizer Prize. Timothy Egan was one of the nicest people we've ever had sign for us. I hate Timothy Egan . . .
2) WHISKEY & CIGARETTES . . . Speaking of Native American photography, Joseph Heywood is back with a full-length novel to go with his recent collection of short stories, Hard Ground (9780762781263) 16.95. The novel Killing a Cold One (9780762791279) 26.95 is set in Northern Michigan and revolves around the murder of two Native American girls. Conservation officer Grady Service of the Michigan DNR is on the case. He finds strange tracks, and then the body count begins to mount. Some people say it's the 'dogman' and the governor orders him to track down the killer whether it's man or beast. (If you're not familiar with the 'dogman' legend, we also stock Linda Godfrey's The Michigan Dogman (9780979882265) 15.95.) Along the same lines, we've received Cary Griffith's new novel Wolves (9781591934363) 12.95. Sam Rivers, a special agent for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has a predilection for predators and finds himself in the hinterlands of Minnesota in search of a wolfpack feeding on the local livestock. That is, until his estranged father is found dead in his boyhood home of Defiance, MN. and he realizes he has more to fear than mere wolves . . .
3) BRING IT ON DOWN . . . Linda Fairstein has returned with a new Alex Cooper crime caper, Death Angel (9780525953876) 26.95. It goes like this: (Sung to the tune of Earth Angel by The Penguins)
Oh, Death Angel, Death Angel,
Please be mine?
My darling dear, love you all the time.
I'm just a killer,
A killer in love with you . . .
Odds & Sods
It's summer vacation time in Michigan, and if you'd like to sample the exquisite cuisine endemic to Northern Michigan but don't have the time to go there, I have the perfect book for you! The Michigan Bed & Breakfast Cookbook (9781889593302) 22.95 presents a wonderful sampling of the delicious recipes used by B&Bs statewide.
And so it begins. The first title leading the onslaught of Green Bay Packer books is Lew Freedman's The Packer Experience (9780760344507) 40.00. I have to admit that if I were a Packers fan, I would want one.