Thursday, September 3, 2015

Ye Olde Partners Page

*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"Sorry I'm not home right now,
I'm walking into spiderwebs . . ."
                                                           --No Doubt, Spiderwebs


  It won't be long until the Halloween sales begin and you're pulling fake spiderwebs out of your hair, which segues nicely into the biggest release this week, the long awaited fourth book in the Stieg Larsson's Millennium series, The Girl in the Spider's Web (9780385354288) 27.95.  Stieg, of course, is still dead.  However, he had written the outline for this book and David Lagercrantz, formerly of Lagercrantz and Guildenstern, has completed the book.  Mr. Lagercrantz is Sweden's top author (and he's also huge in Japan).

  The other big release yesterday was Purity (9780374239213) 28.00 by Jonathan Franzen.  Love him or hate him, a new Franzen title is a worldwide event.  Granted, Mr. Franzen has a penchant for putting both feet in his mouth when interviewed, but this is the kind of inane publicity that gets your title on the bestseller lists.  An important writer, Jonathan is as close as we have to David Foster Wallace without the likeability factor.  Speaking of DFW, both Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself (9780307592439) 16.99, which the movie 'End of the Tour' is based on and his opus Infinite Jest (9780316066525) 18.00, which was the book DFW was promoting at the time, have been selling like crazy.


  Closer to home, John U. Bacon's Endzone: The Rise, Fall, and the Return of Michigan Football (9781250078971) 27.99 has far outsold any of the previously mentioned titles for us.  Hallelujah!  Father Harbaugh has returned to lead the Michigan Wovlerines football team to the Promised Land.  Praise the football gods! 

  Also, Arcadia Publishing has released a couple of new local books.  The first one is Meridian Township (9781467114394) 21.99 by Jane M. Rose, which kickstarts the song 'At the Hundredth Meridian' by the Tragically Hip in my head without fail.  The other is Jack Dempsey's Michigan at Antietam (9781626199279) 24.99.  I'm a bit of a Civil War buff, so I'm going to bore you with some fun facts about Antietam.  Even though Union General McClellan had a captured copy of Robert E. Lee's entire disposition at Antietam, he almost managed to grab defeat from the jaws of victory with his usual poor generalship.  In spite of him, the Union forces prevailed and President Lincoln journeyed to the battlefield and issued the Emancipation Proclamation.  So yeah, it was kind of a big deal.


  Finally, we lost two very beloved authors this past week.  Oliver Sacks, who reminded me of an even kindlier Santa Claus, if that's possible, passed away.  Dr Wayne Dyer, who I met about 25 years ago, and I can tell you from firsthand experience that he was genuinely a nice guy, also left us.  Dr. Wayne was the real deal.  They will be missed.  
Odds & Sods

Deadly force and the police have been in the news a lot these days, so Lt. Dan Marcou's Law Dogs: Great Cops in American History (9781933272528) 16.95 is extremely timely.  These are the men and women behind the badge who have put themselves in harm's way to protect the citizens in our great country.  From Wyatt Earp to Teddy Roosevelt, Mr. Marcou examines the larger than life personas in law enforcement.  A must-have . . .

By the way, we have received the Studio Series Colored Pencil Set (9781441314512) 14.99 from Peter Pauper Press.  With the upswing in adult coloring book purchases, this is an easy add on sale.  How many pencils can Peter Pauper Press print?

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