*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
" Harmlessly passing your time in the grassland away,
Only dimly aware of a certain unease in the air . . ."
--Roger Waters, Sheep
1) GRANTCHESTER MEADOWS . . . At first, I thought that James Rebanks' Shepherd's Life (9781250060242) 25.99 might be a memoir by several of my co-workers, but instead, it is actually a book about raising sheep in northern England. I guess there is truth in advertising. This is not shepherding in the Aesop fable or biblical sense; this is a family-owned farm with a healthy dose of modern technology. Originally a daily blog, it has been codified into chapters by topic. As Helen MacDonald, the author of H is for Hawk (9780802123411) 26.00 said, "It's bloody marvelous." We have sold out on our first batch, but we should have more in stock shortly . . .
2) A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS . . .Compared to Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl (9780307588371) 15.00 and Paula Hawkins' The Girl on the Train (9781594633669) 26.95, Jessica Knoll's Luckiest Girl Alive (9781476789637) 25.00 has been getting a lot of buzz. Throw in the fact that Lionsgate Films has already bought the movie rights and tapped Reese Witherspoon to produce, and I would not be surprised to see this one turn into a nationwide blockbuster. We have just received more stock today. The rumor that this is the name of Mrs. Mick's autobiography has proven to be unfounded . . .
3) FEARLESS . . . Speaking of movies, I finally had to look on-line to to find out why everyone is interested in Jesse Andrews' Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (9781419719608) 9.95. First of all, this movie, which releases Friday, was the darling of the Sundance Festival, where it won both the Audience Award and the Grand Jury Prize. Secondly the the reviews have been uniformly positive. Thirdly, according to the glowing review in USA Today, it is being hailed as more than just another teen movie. There is also some controversy with the cover. Some people really dislike the movie cover and prefer the original. I won't name names. However, just in case, that ISBN for the movie tie-in is (9781419719462) 9.95. This could be the next Fault in Our Stars . . .
4) YOUNG LUST . . . Supposedly, a finished copy of E.L. James' Grey (9781101946343) 15.95 has been stolen in Kent, England, before its June 18 release date. The Kent police have been making inquiries. Sgt. Pepper of Scotland Yard was asked if there were any leads. He laughed and said, "Leads, yeah, sure. I'll just check with the boys down at the crime lab; they've got four more detectives working on the case. They got us working in shifts!" Shaking his head, he laughs again, "Leads!"1 The publicity machine grinds ever onward . . .
1 Quote from the movie The Big Lebowski
Odds & Sods
Melissa de la Cruz has generally been a solid author for teen books, so I was a little baffled as to why her latest title, Isle of the Lost (9781484720974) 17.99, has been so huge. I scoured the internet, and it turns out that this is the prequel to the Disney Channel original movie 'Descendants.' It's hard keeping up with the kids these days . . .
When I was a young adult, we played 'The Legend of Zelda' and we liked it. Now, we have a graphic novel with all the original artwork by Shotaro Ishinomori called The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (9781421575414) 19.99. It really brought back some memories.