Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ye Olde Partners Page

*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"Regulations say we have to go out.
They say nothing about coming back . . ."
                                                                                     --Coast Guard saying

1)  DON'T MISS THE BOAT . . .  Yesterday, Coast Guard ensign Tyler Benson sold his 10,000th copy in his series of books, The Adventures of Onyx.  His third title in the series, The Fight Against the Falls (9780989284622) 14.99 is painted with the brush of non-stop adventure on the starkly beautiful canvas of Niagara Falls.  Onyx, our beloved Black Lab, and his Coast Guard crew race against time to save a family adrift in their boat before they reach the cascading water.  If you can't get enough of Onyx, and my little nipper surely can't, his first two books, Guardians of the Straits (9780615627373) 13.99 and The Gales of November (9780989284608) 14.99 are also available at Partners.  Americans are proud to support their troops, but sometimes the hardworking men and women of the Coast Guard get overlooked.  This is an opportunity to show your support for the dangerous and life-saving work that they do . . .


(Ensign Tyler and Onyx)

Also, we do have a limited quantity of signed copies of his new book available upon request.

2)  SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDOCIOUS . . .  The latest Walt Disney Studios hit, Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks and the very talented Emma Thompson, is based on Valerie Lawson's biography Mary Poppins She Wrote (9781476762920) 16.00.  Her biography recounts the life and times of Australian author P.L. Travers (no relation to B. Traven Jr.), who created the beloved children's character Mary Poppins.  Apparently this is a biography that includes warts and all, and I gather that there are quite a few warts.  Ms. Travers had so completely alienated the Disney crew that she was not even invited to the opening night premiere.  So she crashed it.  Also, since this is a Disney feature, I don't believe the audience will get an unbiased view of ol' Walt himself.  Many years ago, I read an unauthorized biography on Mr. Disney called Walt Disney: Hollywood's Dark Prince.  He did have good qualities, but he was also anti-semitic, anti-union, an informant for both the FBI and the HUAC, and an alcoholic.  So he's not really someone I would want my kid to hang out with . . .

Odds & Sods

The NFL's version of Bloody Monday has come and gone, and Detroit Lion's coach Jim Schwartz's head is rolling around like a pinball in front of the chopping block.  In retrospect, Barry Schumer's 7 Years Later and 'I Still Don't Believe It!': Same Old Lions (9780979886690) 14.95 couldn't have been more timely.  Although, before applying for this head coaching opportunity, I think I'd better read Barry's book first . . .

Reminder:  Oprah Book Club (2.0) {.3} (x2+y3) = zx will release on January 7.  The title is Sue Monk Kidd's The Invention of Wings (9780670024780) 27.95 and this one is going to be huge . . . 

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