*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"Many of the people who came to us were of the kind
who would be a nuisance anywhere but have special opportunities in a bookshop . . ."
--George Orwell, former bookstore employee
Chip, my loyal manservant, and I had dressed up in our Wild West railroad costumes and were preparing to play a round of 'holding up the iron horse' when your package arrived via the parcel post. Chip turned off the Lionel train, pulled his kerchief down from his mouth, and cracked open your box. You may not know that I have been a lifelong train enthuasist and was a founding member of 'Railways Illustrated' magazine. You should see the centerfold from the August issue, the funnel on the Union Pacific Big Boy No. 4014 is enormous.
At any rate, I removed my train conductor hat, Chip opened the aluminium chest containing a bottle of Hennessey Beaute du Siecle, and he poured me a glass of my favourite Cognac. Finally, we were ready to settle in and delve into your treasure trove of fine literature.
I was aghast at your first selection. There is nothing I find more loathsome and irritating than those who call themselves bloggers or bloggesses. They are the pickpockets and knaves of the writing world. However, the title of Hannah Hart's new book, My Drunk Kitchen (9780062293039) 22.99, did intrigue me. You may not know this but the original title for Dylan Thomas' Portrait of a Young Artist as a Dog was 'My Drunk Kitchen', which I was fond of, but try as I might, Dylan was steadfast in his resolve to parody the title of James Joyce's Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man (9780142437346) 9.00. I will promise you, if I am ever able to recall any more of those stories, I will be sure to share them with you.
I do love a good cozy. And I suppose Louise Penny's latest offering, The Long Way Home (9781250022066) 27.99 would almost qualify. Of course this title reminded me of the old 'Supertramp' song. Yes, Mick, I am familiar with some of that noise that you call Rock 'n Roll.
Which brings us to your next title. I understand the copy of Glyn John's Sound Man (9780399163876) 27.95 is what they call in 'the business' an ARC (or advanced readers copy), so it will not be available until November 13, but I cannot wait to sink my dentures into it. Glynny and I worked together on Neil Young's 'Harvest' when I was briefly Mr. Young's manager. He was a class act. He said several friends urged him to write his autobiography, which many years ago, my dear dear friend Winston had insisted I do the same. I suppose if Chip and I ever get bored with our model trains, I just might take him up on that suggestion. Thank you for the presents.
Sir Charles Edmund Wilson III
Odds & Sods
Gary and Jan Bower's I'm a Michigan Kid!: Official Passport (9780970462145) 3.95 is finally back in time for the holiday weekend. This is a great, inexpensive souvenir that sells like crazy. Just say Yes to Michigan!
Speaking of upper Michigan favourites, we should be getting a big slurp of Ken Scott's The Ice Caves of Leelanau (9780974206851) 25.00 in tomorrow. This will be another fan favourite for the holiday weekend.
GOP policy wonk Paul Ryan's The Way Forward (9781455557561) 27.95 has been selling well nationally, but especially in Wisconsin. We should have more stock by Friday . . .
Happy Labor Day!