Thursday, December 17, 2015


Ye Olde Partners Page
*A Collection of Antiquarian Curios & Relics*
"Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion . . ."
                                    --Donnie Darko

  Psych!  B. Traven Jr here.  Actually, in this timeline, President Trump has banned any references to Star Wars.  So no Star Wars for you!  Nobody is quite sure why, but the general feeling is just because he can.  Hey, it could be worse.  You should see the alternate universe where Carly Fiorina was elected President.  I didn't even know you could outsource government jobs to China.  Ha, ha!
  I know you don't have a lot of time for jibber jabber, and book sales in every timeline is very similar, so here's a run down on titles we've just received (and some of these titles are in the stash, so you may have to call to check quantities):

1)  H is for Hawk (9780802123411) 26.00 by Helen Macdonald.  The feel good hit of the summer is back and selling briskly.

2)  A Manual for Cleaning Women (9780374202392) 26.00 by Lucia Berlin.  Short story writer extraordinaire.  I will be purchasing one for myself.

3)  S.P.Q.R. (9780871404237) 35.00 by Mary Beard.  I grabbed this one as soon as it hit the docks here.  Now everybody wants it.  I don't feel so cool anymore.  Kinda like John Mayer . . .

4)  Harry Potter & The Sorceror's Stone Illustrated (9780545790352) 39.99 by J.K. Rowling.  What you say?  There aren't enough editions of J.K. Rowling's first book in print already?  Scholastic:  Challenge accepted.

5)  The Man in the High Castle (9780544817289) 14.95 by Philip K. Dick.  The Amazon TV series is very, very loosely based on the PKD Hugo Award-winning novel.  So loosely based that it was virtually unwatchable to me.  However, I watched the first episode of the SyFy channel's adapation of Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End (9781101967034) 7.99 and the spirit of the novel definitely shone through.  Watch it instead. 


6)  The Wright Brothers (9781476728742) 30.00 by David McCullough.  He is the Mack Daddy of American historians.  Earlier today I was picturing Mr. McCullough and Antony Beevor, author of Ardennes 1944 (9780670025312) 35.00 at one of their many historian soirees, perhaps the Pritzker Prize Award ceremony and the two of them are having cocktails near the entrance.  And who should walk in?  Erik Larson, author of Dead Wake (9780307408860) 28.00.  I can envision them turning their backs on him and whispering to one another, "Who invited HIM?  He's not a real historian."  Ha, ha!


Odds & Sods

For our Minnesotan accounts, we've received Wynia and Haine's Pond Hockey (9781592988334) 49.95.  It'll bring back memories of hot chocolate and frozen toes . . .

Michigan-wise, there have been two regional titles that have been doing exceptionally well:  Frederick Stonehouse's The Last Laker (9781938229237) 19.95 and the Detroit-centric How to Live in Detroit Without Being a Jackass (9780996836708) 19.99 by Aaron Foley.  The sudden burst in sales for the Stonehouse book is inexplicable to me, but Foley's book has the best title that I've heard in years . . .


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