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"Wondrous is our great blue ship,
That sails around the mighty sun,
And joy to everyone that rides along . . ."
--Jeff Lynne, Jungle
A NEW WORLD RECORD
1) BELIEVE ME NOW . . . Well, we survived another one. And now the cycle begins anew. Earlier in the week, the winners for the Michigan Notable Books 2016 were announced. Like last year, we will stock all of the winners. We're working on acquiring Mark Rosenthal's stunning coffee table book, Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit (9780300211603) 50.00. Most of this title highlights Diego Rivera's incredible mural at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and if you haven't seen it yet -- you really should. The other beautiful coffee table book on the list is John Gallagher's Yamasaki in Detroit (9780814341193) 39.99. A world class architect and the man responsible for the design of the World Trade Center in New York, Minoru Yamasaki moved to Detroit near the end of WWII and planned the construction of many famous buildings in the area. Also, my newest FacebookTM friend, Bonnie Jo Campbell won for her latest short story collection, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters (9780393248456) 25.95. We still have some of her signed copies in stock. Matt Norcross, Shelf Awareness superstar, cookie aficionado, and owner of McLean & Eakin Bookstore had already brought Adam Schuitema's Haymaker (9780875807195) 17.95 to my attention over the summer. This book asks some big questions about the extent of our personal freedoms and is set in a small Michigan town. Finally, Angela Flournoy's debut, The Turner House (9780544705166) 23.00 was a surprise bestseller. I had dinner with her before the book was released and she was terrific company. These are just a few of the winners; you can see the rest here: http://www.michigan.gov/libraryofmichigan/0,2351,7-160-54574_39583-372447--,00.html
2) THE WHALE . . . And, as promised, this is my rundown on the diet books that are trending upwards. Surprisingly, Dr. Phil McGraw's The 20/20 Diet (9781939457318) 26.00 is one of them. Never underestimate the power of television. JJ Smith's The 10 Day Green Smoothie Cleanse (9781501100109) 15.99; if it tastes like crap, it must be good for you. And lastly, the provocatively entitled How Not to Die (9781250066114) 27.99 by Michael Greger & Gene Stone presents a diet that will extend your life and help prevent disease. Good luck on those resolutions . . .
On this day in Byzantine History (January 6)
In 1449, the last Byzantine Emperor, Constantine XI Palaiologos was crowned four years before the fall of Constantinople . . .
Odds & Sods
Nick Sparks' latest blockbuster See Me (9781455520619) 27.00 is back in stock. And yes, it's killing me to say that . . .
Football is just about over and baseball is months away, so that means it's all about hockey right now. We have a new book about the greatest hockey team ever and it's called Red Wing Nation: Detroit's Greatest Players (9781629371283) 14.95. From Stevie Y to Ted Lindsay, all the greats are here . . .
I was saddened to learn that Lemmy Kilmister from Motorhead passed away recently.
"The ace of spades, the ace of spades . . ."