*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"Let me explain why I like to pay taxes for schools even though
I don't personally have a kid in school: I don't like living in a country
with a bunch of stupid people . . ."
1) YOU GET WHAT YOU DESERVE . . . Remember when Duck DynastyTM was really popular? It wasn't that long ago. I guess that kind of popularity cannot be sustained indefinitely. I noticed last week that their most recent episode had the lowest ratings since their very first show aired. But unfortunately, their product is still being cranked out. The latest book offering is from the lovely ladies of Duck DynastyTM and is appropriately entitled The Women of Duck Commander (9781476763309) 25.99. Hopefully, it won't lay a giant egg . . .
2) WHAT'S GOING AHN . . . On a more serious note, Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power (9781476773957) 28.00 by former President Jimmy Carter is starting to take off after his appearance on Late Night with David Letterman. President Carter addresses womens issues that have been swept under the carpet for way too long. From genital mutilation to slavery, the abuse of women and girls continues unabated worldwide at an alarming rate. In no uncertain terms, it needs to be stopped. And it needs to be stopped now . . .
3) GIVE ME ANOTHER CHANCE . . . Another topic no one wants to talk about is the Trayvon Martin case. Lisa Bloom gives her take on the trial and its ramifications in Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story on the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It (9781619023277) 25.00. My opinion is that these so-called 'stand your ground laws' are no more than legalized murder. Discuss . . .
RICK STEVE'S VERMONT 2014
The River of No Return
$$$$$ (very expensive)
If you're looking for something exciting to do that's a little bit off the beaten track, I would suggest a trip down The River of No Return. If you're still licking your wounds from your visit to Torture Town, I might recommend that you leave this one off your intinerary. For the adventurous, The River, which is ably described in Bee Ridgway's new tradepaper, The River of No Return (9780142180839) 16.00, is not an actual river but an access point for time travel via the shadowy organization called the Guild. So don't bring your galoshes, but instead, I suggest that you bring your favorite time traveling shoes (ruby slippers are optional). The time portal is currently set to the Napoleonic era, so don't forget your French Phrase book and be on the lookout for murderous gangs of deserting soldiers.
Odds & Sods
The winner of my favorite award was announced last week. The 2014 Bookseller / Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year was awarded to Mats & Enzo's How to Poo on a Date: The Lover's Guide to Toilet Etiquette (9781853757822) 9.95. This theme seems to be very popular with the voters since the 2011 prizewinner was Saiyuud Diwong's Cooking with Poo (9780977507078). I think that you should really get behind this title and give it a big push . . .
She's no Gwenyth Paltrow, but Cameron Diaz's The Body Book (9780062252746) 25.99 continues to sell. I'm not sure why, but it really seems to have some legs . . .