Friday, February 26, 2016


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"I love the smell of book ink in the morning . . ."
                                                       --Umberto Eco


  B. Traven Jr. here.  You may recall me from the Ancient Aliens episode:  Ancient Aliens & Global Warming.  I've hunkered down in the bunker with the rest of the folks at the Partners Weather Center, and we are preparing for this year's version of  . . . SNOWMAGEDDON!  Round up the kids and bury the fine china, we are bracing for a snowfall that could be anywhere from 6 inches to 10 FEET OF SNOW!  (The 6 inches number is much more likely.)  It's harrowing times like these that make us reassess our priorities and wish we could harken back to a warmer, simpler day.
  In the past week, sadly, two legendary authors were laid to rest.  Harper Lee, the author of probably the most impactful book on race relations in America, To Kill a Mockingbird (9780446310789) 8.99 and Umberto Eco, author of  The Name of the Rose (9780544176560) 15.95 and specialist in semiotics, are both headed to that giant library in the sky.  Both writers will be sorely missed by their fans and the book industry alike.


  AND THEN ALL HELL BROKE LOOSE (9781451635119) 27.00 is the new memoir by NBC Middle East correspondent, Richard Engel.  For over two decades he has been under fire, blown out of hotel beds, kidnapped, and forced at gunpoint to rearrange his sock drawer.  Ha, ha!  Sounds like a typical Friday night for me.  Ha, ha!  And, of course, who can forget the ferocious attack by a pack of red pandas that he barely survived?  His book is doing well, but the endangered firefoxes not so much.  IT'S A RED PANDAPOCALYPSE!

  Meanwhile, the publisher of Fiona Barton's The Widow (9781101990261) 26.00 is comparing her debut novel to Girl on the Train (9781594633669) 26.95 by Paula Hawkins and Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl (9780307588371) 15.00.  Unfortunately, the reviews I've been reading have said it's not like either of those titles; but this is what publishers do.  "That's not how this works.  That's not how any of this works."


  FEEL THE BERN!  I think most political observers were expecting Bernie Sanders to have conceded to Ms. Clinton by this point.  He hasn't.  In fact, depending on the polls you follow, it looks like Bernie might even be winning, so I decided to read up on this senator from Vermont.   However, I didn't want to be overwhelmed with detail; I found the perfect book.  It's a graphic novel called Bernie (9781609806989) 16.95 by Ted Rall.  I like this guy . . .

B. Traven Jr. again.  It really was the SNOWPOCALYPSE.  I haven't seen this much snow since my 2006 Himalayan expedition to find the YETI!  Ha, ha!
Odds & Sods

So why should Gwyneth Paltrow have all the fun?  Kate Hudson has written her own book on healthy living and it's called Pretty Happy  (9780062434234) 26.99.  This is a quick how-to, so you can immediately get to work on looking just as gorgeous as Kate Hudson.  Also, Cravings (9781101903919) by Chrissy Teigen has picked up, too . . .


The mother of one of the Columbine killers, Sue Kebold, has written a new title, A Mother's Reckoning (9781101902752) 28.00.  I've heard from other stores that this is not a ghost-written book, and she appears to be a talented writer.  As a parent, I cannot imagine what she has gone through over the years . . .

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