BookCourt http://www.bookcourt.org Thu, 09 Jun 2011 17:26:30 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.4 Summer Reads for Sticky Days http://www.bookcourt.org/summer-reads-for-sticky-days/ http://www.bookcourt.org/summer-reads-for-sticky-days/#comments Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:45:00 +0000 Emma Straub http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5267 This week, I’ve been on a reading binge. I’m taking the subway when I could walk, just for the added reading time. I’m as thirsty for books as I am for iced tea. Here are a few books I’ve gulped down in the last few days, books that will stay with me for ages, but especially through the steamy months ahead.

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones: Book Cover

Tayari Jones, Silver Sparrow
Talk about a timely book! Jones’ novel about inside and outside families feels particularly necessary in the wake of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s indiscretions. The book is told in the voices of the two daughters, the public and the private, and I was riveted throughout. Jones writes gracefully and honestly about her characters’ situation, and doesn’t offer any pat resolutions.

Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest: Book Cover

Emma Forrest, Your Voice in My Head
Forrest’s memoir is about a double dose of heartbreak–the death of her beloved shrink and the death of a romance. The two relationships are so well-drawn that I too mourned their loss, and cried in public places.В  Despite the subject matter, which includes suicide attempts and several scenes of self-mutilation, the book is often funny, and Forrest and her family are intensely likable.В  (Note: Emma Forrest will be at BookCourt on 6/ 29)

Vaclav and Lena by Haley Tanner: Book Cover

Hayley Tanner, Vaclav & Lena
Tanner’s first novel begins with a pair of best friends in Coney Island: Vaclav, who wants to be a magician, and Lena, who is roped into becoming his glamorous assistant. They are both children of Russian immigrants, and there is much humor and warmth to be found in the borscht-flavored setting. Lena’s story threatens to become tragic, but this book is more about the permanence of love than a single sad event. When Vaclav and Lena were grown, and the book was over, I was sorry to be out of their company.

–Emma Straub

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http://www.bookcourt.org/5243/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5243/#comments Mon, 06 Jun 2011 15:59:34 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5243 June 6 – June 12, 2011

BOOKCOURT Best Sellers

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Hardcover Fiction
  1. BIG GIRL SMALL. Rachel DeWoskin. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $25. Our Price $17.50.
  2. THE PALE KING. David Foster Wallace. Little, Brown. $27.99. Our Price $19.59.
  3. THE SNOWMAN. Jo Nesbo. Random House. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  4. FREEDOM. Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $28. Our Price $19.60.
  5. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
  6. THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR. Arthur Phillips. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  7. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  8. THE CAPTAIN ASKS FOR A SHOW OF HANDS. Nick Flynn. Graywolf Press. $22. Our Price $15.40.
  9. THE TROUBLED MAN. Henning Mankell. Random House. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
  10. THE PARIS WIFE. Paula McLain. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.

Hardcover Nonfiction

  1. BOSSYPANTS. Tina Fey. Little, Brown. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
  2. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS. Erik Larson. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  3. THE FRANKIES SPUNTINO KITCHEN COMPANION & COOKING MANUAL. Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, Peter Meehan. Artisan. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
  4. THE LONG GOODBYE. Meghan O’Rourke. Riverhead Books. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  5. THIS IS A BOOK. Demetri Martin. Grand Central. $24.99. Our Price $17.49.
  6. THE GREATER JOURNEY. David McCullough. Simon & Schuster. $37.50. Our Price $26.25.
  7. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  8. THE PSYCHOPATH TEST. Jon Ronson. Riverhead Books. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  9. THE ANATOMY OF INFLUENCE. Harold Bloom. Yale University Press. $32.50. Our Price $22.75.
  10. PLENTY. Yotam Ottolenghi. Chronicle. $35. Our Price $24.50.

Paperback Fiction

  1. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $14.95 Our Price $10.47.
  2. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY. Gary Shteyngart. Random House. $15 Our Price $10.50.
  3. OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. Emma Straub. Five Chapters Books. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
  4. THE IMPERFECTIONISTS. Tom Rachman. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  5. THE SUMMER WITHOUT MEN. Siri Hustvedt. St. Martin’s Press. $14. Our Price $9.80.
  6. LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. Colum McCann. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  7. THE HELP. Kathryn Stockett. Berkley. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  8. A GAME OF THRONES. George Martin. Bantam. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  9. ARMY CATS. Tom Sleigh. Graywolf Press. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  10. ROOM. Emma Donoghue. Little, Brown. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.

    Paperback Nonfiction

  1. JUST KIDS. Patti Smith. HarperCollins. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  2. MEDIUM RAW. Anthony Bourdain. HarperCollins. $15.99. Our Price $11.19.
  3. WALKING BROOKLYN. Adrienne Onofri. Wilderness Press. $17.95. Our Price $12.57.
  4. TALKING TO GIRLS ABOUT DURAN DURAN. Rob Sheffield. Penguin. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  5. TAKING THE LEAP. Pema Chodron. Shambhala. $14. Our Price $9.80.
  6. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. Rebecca Skloot. Random House. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  7. LIFE. Keith Richards. Little, Brown. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
  8. ANOTHER BULLSHIT NIGHT IN SUCK CITY. Nick Flynn. Norton. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
  9. THE MOST BEAUTIFUL WALK IN THE WORLD. John Baxter. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
  10. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. Gretchen Rubin. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.

    Children’s Hardcover & Paperback

  1. TWEAK TWEAK. Eve Bunting. Illustrated by Sergio Ruzzier. Houghton Mifflin. $14.99.Our Price $10.49.
  2. THE HUNGER GAMES. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  3. MOCKINGJAY. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  4. SUBWAY Board Book. Anastasia Suen. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
  5. IVY & BEAN Book 1. Annie Barrows. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Chronicle. $5.99. Our Price $4.19.
  6. THE SNAIL & THE WHALE. Julia Donaldson. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
  7. HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ. Tad Hills. Random House. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  8. GOOD NIGHT NYC. Adam Gamble. Our World of Books. $9.95. Our Price $6.97.
  9. CATCHING FIRE. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  10. MERMAIDS ON PARADE. Melanie Hope Greenberg. Penguin. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
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http://www.bookcourt.org/5229/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5229/#comments Mon, 23 May 2011 23:23:08 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5229 May 23– May 29, 2011

BOOKCOURT Best Sellers

WE OFFER A 30% DISCOUNT ON OUR BEST SELLERS

Hardcover Fiction
  1. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  2. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
  3. THE PALE KING. David Foster Wallace. Little, Brown. $27.99. Our Price $19.59.
  4. THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR. Arthur Phillips. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  5. HOROSCOPES FOR THE DEAD. Billy Collins. Random House. $24. Our Price $16.80.
  6. FREEDOM. Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $28. Our Price $19.60.
  7. THE SNOWMAN. Jo Nesbo. Random House. $25.95. Our Price $18.18.17.
  8. CALEB’S CROSSING. Geraldine Brooks. Penguin. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
  9. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
  10. OPEN CITY. Teju Cole. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.

Hardcover Nonfiction

  1. BOSSYPANTS. Tina Fey. Little, Brown. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
  2. BLOOD & SMOKE. Charles Leerhsen. Simon & Schuster. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  3. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  4. IN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS. Erik Larson. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
  5. LETTERS TO MADELEINE. Guillaume Apollinaire. Translated by Donald Nicholson-Smith. Seagull Books. $30. Our Price $21.
  6. THE FRANKIES SPUNTINO KITCHEN COMPANION & COOKING MANUAL. Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, Peter Meehan. Artisan. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
  7. A SINGULAR WOMAN. Janny Scott. Riverhead. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
  8. THE NEW BROOKLYN COOKBOOK. Melissa & Brendan Vaughan. HarperCollins. $40. Our Price $28.
  9. READING MY FATHER. Alexandra Styron. Simon & Schuster. $25. Our Price $17.50.
  10. UNBROKEN. Lauren Hillenbrand. Random House. $27. Our Price $18.90.

Paperback Fiction

  1. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $14.95 Our Price $10.47.
  2. YOU ARE FREE. Danzy Senna. Riverhead. $15.Our Price $10.50.
  3. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY. Gary Shteyngart. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  4. STORIES. Donald Moss. $10. Our Price $7.
  5. OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. Emma Straub. Five Chapters Books. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
  6. IMPERFECTIONISTS. Tom Rachman. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  7. THE HELP. Kathryn Stockett. Berkley. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  8. LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. Colum McCann. Random House. $15.Our Price $10.50.
  9. A GAME OF THRONES. George Martin. Bantam. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  10. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET. David Mitchell. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.

    Paperback Nonfiction

  1. JUST KIDS. Patti Smith. HarperCollins. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  2. LIFE. Keith Richards. Little, Brown. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
  3. BORN TO RUN. Christopher McDougall. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  4. TAKING THE LEAP. Pema Chodron. Shambhala. $14. Our Price $9.80.
  5. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. Rebecca Skloot. Random House. $16. Our Price $11.20.
  6. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. Gretchen Rubin. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
  7. NFT GUIDE TO NEW YORK CITY 2011. Not For Tourists. $18.99. Our Price $13.29.
  8. OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE HUMAN CONDITION. Geoff Dyer. Graywolf Press. $18. Our Price $12.60.
  9. I WAS TOLD THERE’D BE CAKE. Sloane Crosley. Riverhead. $15. Our Price $10.50.
  10. NFT GUIDE TO BROOKLYN 2011. Not For Tourists. $15.99. Our Price $11.19.

    Children’s Hardcover & Paperback

  1. INVISIBLE INKLING. Emily Jenkins. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
  2. JEREMY BENDER VS. THE CUPCAKE CADETS. Eric Luper. HarperCollins. $15.99. Our Price $11.19.
  3. PAGE BY PAIGE. Laura Lee Gulledge. Abrams. $9.95. Our Price $6.97.
  4. THE HUNGER GAMES. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
  5. HOW TO CATCH A STAR. Oliver Jeffers. Penguin. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  6. CATCHING FIRE. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
  7. IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT. Andrea Beaty. Abrams. $16.95. Our Price $11.87.
  8. THIS IS NEW YORK. M. Sasek. Universe. $17.95. Our Price $12.57.
  9. SUBWAY Board Book. Anastasia Suen. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
  10. A THRONE OF FIRE. Rick Riordan. Hyperion. $18.99. Our Price $13.29.
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EVENTS http://www.bookcourt.org/5209/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5209/#comments Tue, 17 May 2011 16:38:59 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5209
  • TUESDAY, JUNE 7TH – 7PM:

  • SUSAN FREINKEL – PLASTIC: A Toxic Love Story

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    • THURSDAY, JUNE 9TH – 7PM:

    SEBASTIAN JUNGER – WAR

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    • FRIDAY, JUNE 10TH – 7PM:

    THE BROOKLYN WRITERS SPACE READING SERIES

    READINGS BY:

    RACHAEL STARK
    MICHAEL REISS
    JANE ELIAS
    JIMMY WALLENSTEIN

    • SATURDAY, JUNE 11TH – 10AM:

    CHRISTOPHER MCDOUGALL – BORN TO RUN

    The Naked Run returns to Brooklyn! Come at 10, carb-up on complimentary bagels, hear a talk, and get your book signed. Then, join us as we head over to Prospect Park for a Naked Run.

    • SUNDAY, JUNE 12TH – 11AM:

    SALLY LLOYD-JONES – HOW TO GET A JOB…BY ME, THE BOSS

    KIDS EVENT!

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    • MONDAY, JUNE 13TH – 7PM:

    CARMELA CIURARU in conversation with TROY PATTERSON

    NOM DE PLUME: A Secret History of Pseudonyms

    RELEASE PARTY!

    • TUESDAY, JUNE 14TH – 7PM:

    J. COURTNEY SULLIVAN – MAINE

    RELEASE PARTY

    Maine

    • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15TH – 7PM:

    CAMILLE NOE PAGAN – THE ART OF FORGETTING

    The Art of Forgetting

    • THURSDAY, JUNE 16TH – 7PM:

    JAMES BOICE -В  THE GOOD AND THE GHASTLY

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    • FRIDAY, JUNE 17TH – 7PM

    AIMEE BENDER – THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE

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    • SATURDAY, JUNE 18TH – 11AM

    DIANE KREDENSOR – OLLIO & MOON

    KIDS EVENT!

    Ollie & Moon, Diane Kredensor, Hardcover

    • SUNDAY, JUNE 19TH – 11AM

    JOHN ROCCO – BLACKOUT

    KIDS EVENT!

    Blackout

    • MONDAY, JUNE 20TH – 7PM:

    KELLE GROOM – I WORE THE OCEAN IN THE SHAPE OF A GIRL

    NICK FLYNN – THE TICKING IS THE BOMB

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    • TUESDAY, JUNE 21ST – 7PM:

    RELEASE PARTY!

    STEFAN MERRILL BLOCK – THE STORM AT THE DOOR

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    • WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22nd – 7PM:

    DOROTHY WIKENDEN – NOTHING DAUNTED

    Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Gir..., Dorothy Wickenden, Other Format

    • FRIDAY, JUNE 24TH – 7PM:

    CHRIS HEDGES – THE WORLD AS IT IS

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    • SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH – 11AM:

    MONICA WELLINGTON

    FIREFIGHTER FRANK / GABBY & GRANDMA GO GREEN

    KIDS EVENT!

    Firefighter Frank, Monica Wellington, Other FormatGabby & Grandma Go Green, Monica Wellington, Hardcover
    • TUESDAY, JUNE 28TH – 7PM:

    SHELIA KOHLER – LOVE CHILD

    • THURSDAY, JUNE 29TH – 7PM

    EMMA FORREST – YOUR VOICE IN MY HEAD

    Your Voice in My Head: A Memoir, Emma Forrest, Hardcover

    • THURSDAY, JUNE 30TH – 7PM

    JOINT READING & PRESENTATION

    BOB FINGERMAN – PARIAH

    KEITH MAYERSONВ  – HORROR HOSPITAL UNPLUGGED

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    • FRIDAY, JULY 1ST – 7PM:

    AVERY

    ANNALEMMA

    ISSUE RELEASE PARTY!

    • WEDNESDAY, JULY 6TH – 7PM:

    JANET REITMAN – INSIDE SCIENTOLOGY

    Inside Scientology: The Story of America’s Most Secretive Re..., Janet Reitman, Hardcover

    • THURSDAY, JULY 7TH – 7PM:

    EVANDER LOMKE & MARTIN ROWE

    RIGHT OFF THE BAT: Baseball, Cricket, Literature, and life

    • FRIDAY, JULY 8TH – 7PM:

    SIMON VAN BOOY – EVERYTHING BEAUTIFUL BEGAN AFTER

    • THURSDAY, JULY 14TH – 7PM:

    COUSIN CORINNE’S REMINDER – ISSUE NUMBER THREE PARTY

    • FRIDAY, JULY 15TH – 7PM:

    MICHAEL LEVY – KOSHER CHINESE:

    Living, Teaching, And Eating With China’s Other Billion

    Kosher Chinese: Living, Teaching, and Eating With China’s Ot..., Michael Levy, Paperback

    • TUESDAY, JULY 19TH – 7PM:

    ADAM ROSS – LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

    • SUNDAY, JULY 24TH – 7PM:

    JESS BALL – THE CURFEW

    • TUESDAY, JULY 26TH – 7PM:

    JOHN BURNHAM SCHWARTZ – NORTHWEST CORNER

    RELEASE PARTY!

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    • THURSDAY, JULY 28TH – 7PM:

    LINDSAY HARRISON – MISSING

    RELEASE PARTY!

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    http://www.bookcourt.org/5193/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5193/#comments Mon, 16 May 2011 14:20:36 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5193 May 16– May 22, 2011

    BOOKCOURT Best Sellers

    WE OFFER A 30% DISCOUNT ON OUR BEST SELLERS

    Hardcover Fiction
    1. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
    2. THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR. Arthur Phillips. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
    3. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    4. THE PALE KING. David Foster Wallace. Little, Brown. $27.99. Our Price $19.59.
    5. GREAT HOUSE. Nicole Krauss. Norton. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
    6. TABLOID CITY. Pete Hamill. Little, Brown. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
    7. HOROSCOPES FOR THE DEAD. Billy Collins. Random House. $24. Our Price $16.80.
    8. FREEDOM. Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $28. Our Price $19.60.
    9. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $25.95.Our Price $18.17.
    10. OPEN CITY. Teju Cole. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.

    Hardcover Nonfiction

    1. BOSSYPANTS. Tina Fey. Little, Brown. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
    2. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
    3. THE LONG GOODBYE. Meghan O’Rourke. Riverhead. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
    4. DEAD FUNNY. Rudolph Herzog. Melville House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
    5. READING MY FATHER. Alexandra Styron. Simon & Schuster. $25. Our Price $17.50.
    6. A SINGULAR WOMAN. Janny Scott. Riverhead. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
    7. THE FRANKIES SPUNTINO KITCHEN COMPANION & COOKING MANUAL. Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, Peter Meehan. Artisan. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
    8. THE NEW BROOKLYN COOKBOOK. Melissa & Brendan Vaughan. HarperCollins. $40. Our Price $28..
    9. MALCOLM X. Manning Marable. Penguin. $30. Our Price $21.
    10. CLEOPATRA. Stacy Schiff. Little, Brown. $29.99. Our Price $20.99.

    Paperback Fiction

    1. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $14.95В  Our Price $10.47.
    2. OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. Emma Straub. Five Chapters Books. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
    3. SUPER SAD TRUE LOVE STORY. Gary Shteyngart. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    4. AND YET THEY WERE HAPPY. Helen Phillips. Leapfrog Press. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
    5. IMPERFECTIONISTS. Tom Rachman. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    6. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET. David Mitchell. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    7. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. Sara Gruen. Algonquin. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
    8. THE HELP. Kathryn Stockett. Berkley. $16. Our Price $11.20.
    9. A GAME OF THRONES. George Martin. Bantam. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
    10. LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. Colum McCann. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.

      Paperback Nonfiction

    1. JUST KIDS. Patti Smith. HarperCollins. $16. Our Price $11.20.
    2. LIFE. Keith Richards. Little, Brown. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
    3. HOW DID YOU GET THIS NUMBER. Sloane Crosley. Riverhead. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    4. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. Rebecca Skloot. Random House. $16. Our Price $11.20.
    5. TAKING THE LEAP. Pema Chodron. Shambhala. $14. Our Price $9.80.
    6. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. Gretchen Rubin. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
    7. SUPER NATURAL EVERY DAY. Heidi Swanson. Ten Speed Press. $23. Our Price $16.10.
    8. I WAS TOLD THERE’D BE CAKE. Sloane Crosley. Riverhead. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    9. NFT GUIDE TO BROOKLYN 2011. Not For Tourists. $15.99. Our Price $11.19.
    10. BORN TO RUN. Christopher McDougall. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.

      Children’s Paperback & Hardcover

    1. A THRONE OF FIRE. Rick Riordan. Hyperion. $18.99. Our Price $13.29.
    2. THE HUNGER GAMES. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
    3. THE NEIGHBORHOOD SING-ALONG. Nina Crews. HarperCollins. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
    4. GOOD NIGHT NEW YORK CITY. Adam Gamble. Our World of Books. $9.95. Our Price $6.97.
    5. THE SNAIL & THE WHALE. Julia Donaldson. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
    6. AMOS & BORIS. William Steig. St. Martin’s Press. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
    7. KNUFFLE BUNNY. Mo Willems. Hyperion. $15.99. Our Price $11.19.
    8. WHERE THE MOUNTAIN MEETS THE MOON. Grace Lin. Little, Brown. $7.99. Our Price $5.59.
    9. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID DO-IT-YOURSELF BOOK. Jeff Kinney. Abrams. $12.95. Our Price $9.07.
    10. THE LUCKY KIND. Alyssa Sheinmel. Random House. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
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    The Medium, the Message & the Commonplace Book http://www.bookcourt.org/the-medium-the-message-the-commonplace-book/ http://www.bookcourt.org/the-medium-the-message-the-commonplace-book/#comments Mon, 09 May 2011 18:57:58 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5190 In his monumental and definitive new book, The Information, James Gleick makes frequent, mostly passing reference to Marshall McLuhan, the “medium is the message” man of the 1960s. Both of them wrote about the transition from print to electronic culture, McLuhan before it happened, Gleick while in the process.

    Marshall McLuhan by Douglas Coupland: NOOK Book Cover

    The may be no better introduction to the subject, and certainly no more delightful window onto it, than Douglas Coupland’s Marshall McLuhan: You Know Nothing of My Work! Half a century later, McLuhan’s predictions about the end of print culture and the rise of “electronic inter-dependence” have become a reality—in a sense, the reality—of our time. Coupland, whose iconic novel Generation X was a “McLuhanesque” account of our culture in fictional form, has written a compact biography of the cultural critic that interprets the life and work of his subject from inside. A fellow Canadian, a master of creative sociology, a writer who supplied a defining term, Coupland is the ideal chronicler of the uncanny prophet whose vision of the global village—now known as the Internet—has come to pass in the 21st century.

    The Information by James Gleick: Book Cover

    Gleick, the author of the best sellers Chaos and Genius, now brings us in The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood a work just as astonishing and masterly: a revelatory chronicle and meditation that shows how information has become the modern era’s defining quality—the blood, the fuel, the vital principle of our world. The story of information begins in a time profoundly unlike our own, when every thought and utterance vanishes as soon as it is born. From the invention of scripts and alphabets to the long-misunderstood talking drums of Africa, Gleick tells the story of information technologies that changed the very nature of human consciousness. And then the information age arrives. Citizens of this world become experts willy-nilly: aficionados of bits and bytes. And we sometimes feel we are drowning, swept by a deluge of signs and signals, news and images, blogs and tweets. The Information is the story of how we got here and where we are heading.

    The Master Switch by Tim Wu: Book Cover

    In this age of an open Internet, it is easy to forget that every American information industry, beginning with the telephone, has eventually been taken captive by some ruthless monopoly or cartel. With all our media now traveling a single network, an unprecedented potential is building for centralized control over what Americans see and hear. Could history repeat itself with the next industrial consolidation? Could the Internet—the entire flow of American information—come to be ruled by one corporate leviathan in possession of “the master switch”? That is the big question of Tim Wu’s pathbreaking book, appropriately entitled The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. As Wu’s sweeping history shows, each of the new media of the 20th century—radio, telephone, television, and film—was born free and open. Each invited unrestricted use and enterprising experiment until some would-be mogul battled his way to total domination. Part industrial exposé, part meditation on what freedom requires in the information age, The Master Switch is a stirring illumination of a drama that has played out over decades in the shadows of our national life and now culminates with terrifying implications for our future.

    How to Write a Sentence by Stanley Fish: Book Cover

    On a more practical level, Stanley Fish in How to Write a Sentence: And How to Read One, starts by telling us: “I am always on the lookout for sentences that take your breath away, for sentences that make you say, вЂ?Isn’t that something?’ or вЂ?What a sentence!’” Like a seasoned sportscaster, Fish marvels at the adeptness of finely crafted sentences and breaks them down into digestible morsels, giving readers an instant play-by-play. In this entertaining and erudite gem, Fish offers both sentence craft and sentence pleasure, skills invaluable to any writer (or reader). His vibrant analysis takes us on a literary tour of great writers throughout history—from William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, and Henry James to Martin Luther King Jr., Antonin Scalia, and Elmore Leonard. Indeed, How to Write a Sentence is both a spirited love letter to the written word and a key to understanding how great writing works; it is a book that will stand the test of time.

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    Further breaking things down, social networks are dominating today’s headlines, but they are not the only platforms that are radically changing the way we communicate. Creatives such as designers, photographers, artists, researchers, and poets are disseminating information about themselves and their favorite subjects not via predefined media such as Twitter or blogs, but through printed or other self-published projects so-called zines. Those who publish zines are mostly interested in sole authorship, namely that all components including text, images, layout, typography, production, and distribution are firmly in the hands of one person or a small group. At their best, the results convey a compelling and consistent atmosphere and push against the established creative grain in just the right way. They provoke with surprising and non-linear food for thought. In short, zines are advancing the evolution of today s media. With a cutting-edge selection of international examples, Behind the Zines: Self-Publishing Culture introduces the broad range of zines that exists today. The book examines the key factors that distinguish various zines. It introduces projects in which the printing process significantly influences aesthetics or in which limited distribution to a small, clearly defined target audience becomes part of the overall concept. It not only documents outstanding work, but also shows how the self-image of those who make zines impacts the scene as a whole. Through interviews with people involved in zine production and distribution, the book sheds light on various strategies for this evolving media form.

    A Little Common Place Book

    In the end, reading is perhaps best understood as a peculiar form of writing, and vice versa. Renaissance thinkers took this paradox seriously, giving it concrete form in their “commonplace books,” manuscript journals of passages copied from assorted texts and organized under various headings. The origins of the practice lay in the preparatory methods of classical oratory and medieval sermon composition, but commonplacing achieved the status of a true art among humanists like Erasmus and Montaigne, who used these notebooks to maintain command over an ever-expanding body of published texts, while culling material for their own correspondence, essays and literary compositions. A Little Common Place Book is a facsimile of a notebook originally printed in 1797—the only remaining copy of which is held in the rare books collection of Princeton University—and  reprints its introduction to the principles of commonplacing as practiced by the philosopher John Locke, as well as 144 blank pages for collecting and cataloguing your own thoughts.

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    http://www.bookcourt.org/5178/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5178/#comments Mon, 09 May 2011 15:52:06 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5178 May 9– May 15, 2011

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    Some Captivating (Fictional) Life Strategies http://www.bookcourt.org/some-captivating-fictional-life-strategies/ http://www.bookcourt.org/some-captivating-fictional-life-strategies/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 18:41:37 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5170 Tabloid City by Pete Hamill: Book Cover

    In a stately West Village town house, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity surrounds their shocking deaths: The head of one of the city’s last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet seeks revenge. And an angry young extremist plots a major catastrophe. The city is many things: a proving ground, a decadent carnival, or a palimpsest of memories–a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times. As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today, Tabloid City is a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured New York perfectly for decades. Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of 20 previous books including the bestselling novels Forever and Snow in August and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He lives in New York City.

    I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive by Steve Earle: Book Cover

    Doc Ebersole lives with the ghost of Hank Williams—not just in the figurative sense, not just because he was one of the last people to see him alive, and not just because he is rumored to have given Hank the final morphine dose that killed him. In 1963, 10 years after Hank’s death, Doc himself is wracked by addiction. Having lost his license to practice medicine, his morphine habit isn’t as easy to support as it used to be. So he lives in a rented room in the red-light district on the south side of San Antonio, performing abortions and patching up the odd knife or gunshot wound. But when Graciela, a young Mexican immigrant, appears in the neighborhood in search of Doc’s services, miraculous things begin to happen. Graciela sustains a wound on her wrist that never heals, yet she heals others with the touch of her hand. Everyone she meets is transformed for the better, except, maybe, for Hank’s angry ghost—who isn’t at all pleased to see Doc doing well.В  A brilliant excavation of an obscure piece of music history, Steve Earle’s I’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive is also a marvelous novel in its own right, a ballad of regret and redemption, and of the ways in which we remake ourselves and our world through the smallest of miracles.

    Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks: Book Cover

    The narrator of Caleb’s Crossing is Bethia Mayfield, growing up in the tiny settlement of Great Harbor amid a small band of pioneers and Puritans. Restless and curious, she yearns after an education that is closed to her by her sex. As often as she can, she slips away to explore the island’s glistening beaches and observe its native Wampanoag inhabitants. At 12, she encounters Caleb, the young son of a chieftain, and the two forge a tentative secret friendship that draws each into the alien world of the other. Bethia’s minister father tries to convert the Wampanoag, awakening the wrath of the tribe’s shaman, against whose magic he must test his own beliefs. One of his projects becomes the education of Caleb, and a year later, Caleb is in Cambridge, studying Latin and Greek among the colonial elite. There, Bethia finds herself reluctantly indentured as a housekeeper and can closely observe Caleb’s crossing of cultures. Like Geraldine Brooks’s beloved narrator Anna in Year of Wonders, Bethia proves an emotionally irresistible guide to the wilds of Martha’s Vineyard and the intimate spaces of the human heart. Evocative and utterly absorbing, this newest story further establishes Brooks’s place as one of our most acclaimed novelists.

    The Summer without Men by Siri Hustvedt: Book Cover

    Mia Fredrickson, the wry, vituperative, tragic comic, poet narrator of The Summer Without Men, has been forced to re-examine her own life. One day, out of the blue, after 30 years of marriage, Mia’s husband, a renowned neuroscientist, asks her for a “pause.” This abrupt request sends her reeling and lands her in a psychiatric ward. The June following Mia’s release from the hospital, she returns to the prairie town of her childhood, where her mother lives in an old people’s home. Alone in a rented house, she rages and fumes and bemoans her sorry fate. Slowly, however, she is drawn into the lives of those around her—her mother and her close friends, “the Five Swans,” and her young neighbor with two small children and a loud angry husband—and the adolescent girls in her poetry workshop whose scheming and petty cruelty carry a threat all their own. From Siri Hustvedt, the internationally bestselling author of What I Loved, comes a provocative, witty, and revelatory novel about women and girls, love and marriage, and the age-old question of sameness and difference between the sexes.

    The Lake by Banana Yoshimoto: Book Cover
    While The Lake shows off many of the features that have made Banana Yoshimoto famous—a cast of vivid and quirky characters, simple yet nuanced prose, a tight plot with an upbeat pace—it’s also one of the most darkly mysterious books she’s ever written. It tells the tale of a young woman who moves to Tokyo after the death of her mother, hoping to get over her grief and start a career as a graphic artist. She finds herself spending too much time staring out her window, though … until she realizes she’s gotten used to seeing a young man across the street staring out his window, too. They eventually embark on a hesitant romance, until she learns that he has been the victim of some form of childhood trauma. Visiting two of his friends who live a monastic life beside a beautiful lake, she begins to piece together a series of clues that lead her to suspect his experience may have had something to do with a bizarre religious cult. Banana Yoshimoto wrote her first novel, Kitchen, while working as a waitress at a golf-course restaurant. It sold millions of copies worldwide, and led to a phenomenon dubbed by Western journalists as “Banana-mania.” Yoshimoto has gone on to be one of the biggest-selling and most distinguished writers in Japanese history, winning numerous awards for her work

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    http://www.bookcourt.org/5150/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5150/#comments Mon, 02 May 2011 15:15:02 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5150

    May 2 – May 8, 2011

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    1. THE PALE KING. David Foster Wallace. Little, Brown. $27.99. Our Price $19.59.
    2. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
    3. THE TRAGEDY OF ARTHUR. Arthur Phillips. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
    4. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    5. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $25.95.Our Price $18.17.
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    7. GREAT HOUSE. Nicole Krauss. Norton. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
    8. TO THE END OF THE LAND. David Grossman. Random House. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
    9. TROUBLED MAN. Henning Mankell. Random House. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
    10. SAY HER NAME. Francisco Goldman. Grove Press. $24. Our Price $16.80.

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    1. BOSSYPANTS. Tina Fey. Little, Brown. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
    2. READING MY FATHER. Alexandra Styron. Simon & Schuster. $25. Our Price $17.50.
    3. NOWHERE BUT HERE. Jocelyn Lee. Steidl. $58. Our Price $40.60.
    4. WHAT’S GOTTEN INTO US. McKay Jenkins. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
    5. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
    6. THE FRANKIES SPUNTINO KITCHEN COMPANION & COOKING MANUAL. Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, Peter Meehan. Artisan. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
    7. MALCOLM X. Manning Marable. Penguin. $30. Our Price $21.
    8. THE NEW BROOKLYN COOKBOOK. Melissa & Brendan Vaughan. HarperCollins. $40. Our Price $28..
    9. THE LONG GOODBYE. Meghan O’Rourke. Riverhead. $25.95.Our Price $18.17.
    10. MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN. Joshua Foer. Penguin. $26.95. Our Price $18.87

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    1. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
    2. TINKERS. Paul Harding. Bellevue Literary Press. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
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    7. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET. David Mitchell. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    8. IMPERFECTIONISTS. Tom Rachman. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
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    1. JUST KIDS. Patti Smith. HarperCollins. $16. Our Price $11.20.
    2. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. Gretchen Rubin. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
    3. CLEAN. Alejandro Junger. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
    4. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. Rebecca Skloot. Random House. $16. Our Price $11.20.
    5. LIFE. Keith Richards. Little, Brown. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
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    10. TAKING THE LEAP. Pema Chodron. Shambhala. $14. Our Price $9.80.

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    5. I LIVE IN BROOKLYN. Mari Takabayashi. Houghton Mifflin. $16. Our Price $11.20.
    6. LEGO STAR WARS: THE VISUAL DICTIONARY. Simon Beecroft. DK Publishing. $21.99.Our Price $15.39.
    7. IVY & BEAN #4: TAKE CARE OF THE BABYSITTER. Annie Barrows. Chronicle. $5.99. Our Price $4.19.
    8. THE SNAIL & THE WHALE. Julia Donaldson. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
    9. A SICK DAY FOR AMOS McGEE. Philip Stead. Illustrated by Rebecca Stead. Roaring Brook Press. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
    10. AMOS & BORIS. William Steig. St. Martin’s Press. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
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    Emma Straub, Other Writers, May 1 at Sundays at Sunny’s http://www.bookcourt.org/emma-straub-other-writers-may-1-at-sundays-at-sunnys/ http://www.bookcourt.org/emma-straub-other-writers-may-1-at-sundays-at-sunnys/#comments Thu, 28 Apr 2011 19:44:53 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5147 Emma Straub will read from her debut story collection, Other People We Married, at Sunny’s in Red Hook at 3 o’clock Sunday, May 1. Emma will be joined on the monthly Sunday at Sunny’s program by Jim Rasenberger, author of The Brilliant Disaster:В  JFK, Castro, and America’s Doomed Invasion of Cuba’s Bay of Pigs, and Nancy Rommelmann, whose first novel. The Bad Mother,В is set among Hollywood’s transient population of street kids.

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    Emma Straub, who works at BookCourt, a co-sponsor of the monthly literary event, has published fiction and essays in The Paris Review Daily, Slate, Cousin Corinne’s Reminder, and many other journals. Emma’s story collection was published in February, and her first novel, Laura Lamont’s Life in Pictures, is due next year from Riverhead Books.

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    Jim Rasenberger is the author of three books–The Brilliant Disaster, America 1908, and High Steel– and has contributed to The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Smithsonian, and Wilson Quarterly, among other publications. He has also written for film and television,. A native of Washington, D.C., he lives in New York City with his wife and sons.

    Nancy Rommelman’s articles and profiles have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, Reason, and other publications. The idea for The Bad Mother grew out of her experiences chronicling the stories of Hollywood’s various under-exposed populations: a crew of Mexican gardeners working the Hollywood Hills; the cop groupies who hang out at the LAPD’s favorite bar, and the dream-broke residents of Sunset Boulevard’s transient hotels .She grew up in Brooklyn and currently lives in Portland, Oregon.

    Sunny’s is at 253 Conover St., and admission is $5.

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    http://www.bookcourt.org/5113/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5113/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 16:45:22 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5113 April 25 – May 1, 2011

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    3. MOTHERS & DAUGHTERS. Rae Meadows. Holt. $25. Our Price $17.50.
    4. OPEN CITY. Teju Cole. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
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    6. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
    7. GREAT HOUSE. Nicole Krauss. Norton. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
    8. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
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    1. BOSSYPANTS. Tina Fey. Little, Brown. $26.99. Our Price $18.89.
    2. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
    3. MALCOLM X. Manning Marable. Penguin. $30. Our Price $21.
    4. THE NEW BROOKLYN COOKBOOK. Melissa & Brendan Vaughan. HarperCollins. $40. Our Price $28..
    5. THE LONG GOODBYE. Meghan O’Rourke. Riverhead. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
    6. THE FRANKIES SPUNTINO KITCHEN COMPANION & COOKING MANUAL. Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, Peter Meehan. Artisan. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
    7. MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN. Joshua Foer. Penguin. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
    8. THE INFORMATION. James Gleick. Random House. $29.95. Our Price $20.97.
    9. STORE FRONT. James Murray. Gingko Press. $24.95.Our Price $17.47.
    10. MY KOREAN DELI. Ben Howe. Holt. $25. Our Price $17.50.

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    1. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
    2. OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. Emma Straub. Five Chapters Books. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
    3. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET. David Mitchell. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    4. IMPERFECTIONISTS. Tom Rachman. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    5. GAME OF THRONES. George Martin. Bantam. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
    6. LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. Colum McCann. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
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    2011 Pulitzer-Prize Winners http://www.bookcourt.org/2011-pulitzer-prize-winners/ http://www.bookcourt.org/2011-pulitzer-prize-winners/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 20:21:15 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5070 A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan: Book Cover

    FICTION: Bennie is an aging former punk rocker and record executive.В Sasha isВ the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. In A Visit from the Goon Squad, Jennifer Egan brilliantly reveals their pasts, along with the inner lives of a host of other characters whose paths intersect with theirs. With music pulsing on every page, this is aВ startling, exhilarating novel of self-destruction and redemption.

    The Fiery Trial by Eric Foner: Book Cover

    HISTORY: In The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, Eric Foner gives us the definitive history of Lincoln and the end of slavery in America. Foner begins with Lincoln’s youth in Indiana and Illinois and follows the trajectory of his career across an increasingly tense and shifting political terrain from Illinois to Washington, D.C. Although “naturally anti-slavery” for as long as he can remember, Lincoln scrupulously holds to the position that the Constitution protects the institution in the original slave states. But the political landscape is transformed in 1854 when the Kansas-Nebraska Act makes the expansion of slavery a national issue.

    Washington by Ron Chernow: Book Cover

    BIOGRAPHY: In Washington: A Life celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one-volume life of Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his troubled boyhood, his precocious feats in the French and Indian War, his creation of Mount Vernon, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America’s first president.

    The Emperor of All Maladies by Siddhartha Mukherjee: CD Audiobook Cover

    GENERAL NON-FICTION: The Emperor of All Maladies is a magnificent, profoundly humane “biography” of cancer—from its first documented appearances thousands of years ago through the epic battles in the twentieth century to cure, control, and conquer it to a radical new understanding of its essence. Physician, researcher, and award-winning science writer, Siddhartha Mukherjee examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion. The result is an astonishingly lucid and eloquent chronicle of a disease humans have lived with—and perished from—for more than five thousand years.

    The Best of It by Kay Ryan: Book Cover

    POETRY: Kay Ryan’s recent appointment as the Library of Congress’s 16th poet laureate is just the latest in an amazing array of accolades for this wonderfully accessible, widely loved poet. Salon has compared her poems to “Fabergé eggs, tiny, ingenious devices that inevitably conceal some hidden wonder.” The 200 poems in Ryan’s The Best of It offer a stunning retrospective of her work, as well as a swath of never-before-published poems of which are sure to appeal equally to longtime fans and general readers.

    Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris: Book Cover

    DRAMA: Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris is an acerbically brilliant satire that explores the fault line between race and property in a Chicago neighborhood first in 1959 and revisited in 2009.

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    http://www.bookcourt.org/5059/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5059/#comments Mon, 18 Apr 2011 16:39:53 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5059 April 18 – April 24, 2011

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    The Civil War Resonates 150 Years Later http://www.bookcourt.org/the-civil-war-resonates-150-years-later/ http://www.bookcourt.org/the-civil-war-resonates-150-years-later/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 18:49:08 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5057 Early last Tuesday morning, booming cannons in Charleston Harbor commemorated what historians regard as the first shots fired in the Civil War, 150 years ago, April 12, 1861. No one was killed in the bombardment of Fort Sumter, but four years of conflict at the cost of more than 600,000 lives would follow, and now is the time for some reflection on the war and its lasting impact on America and its people.

    Hundreds if not thousands ofВ  books have been written on the Civil War and its heroic and not-so-heroic participants, and a few published within the last several weeks are particularly relevant today as they focus on the character of the war and its combatants, on the battlefield and at home.

    Ulysses S, Grant by Ulysses S. Grant: Book Cover

    If you are looking for a project to mark the sesquicentennial year, Ulysses S. Grant’s two-volume autobiography, Personal Memoirs, published in 1885 by a firm owned by Mark Twain, is surely among this country’s great books, never out of print and in many readers’ minds, bearing Twain’s stylistic imprint. It was written while Grant was dying of cancer, and while Twain himself was working to complete his own masterwork, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

    Though Twain was 15 years younger than Grant, the two men had much in common, including roots in the frontier, strong ambition and persistent financial difficulties. Both strongly opposed slavery and supported rights and opportunities for black Americans.

    Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1 by Mark Twain: CD Audiobook Cover

    If you haven’t already, you may owe it to yourself to read the Autobiography of Mark Twain, Vol. 1, published in its most complete form last November, a century after the writer’s death. It’s a huge book, but you can limit your own attention to Twain’s writings, and use the hundreds of pages of introduction and notes as reference, if you like.

    1861 by Adam Goodheart: Book Cover

    1861 by historian, journalist and travel writer Adam Goodheart, is an epic of courage and heroism beyond the battlefields. Early in that fateful year, a second American revolution unfolded, inspiring a new generation to reject their parents’ faith in compromise and appeasement, to do the unthinkable in the name of an ideal. It set Abraham Lincoln on the path to greatness and millions of slaves on the road to freedom. The book introduces us to a heretofore little-known cast of Civil War heroes—among them an acrobatic militia colonel, an explorer’s wife, an idealistic band of German immigrants, a regiment of New York City firemen, a community of Virginia slaves, and a young college professor who would one day become president. Goodheart takes us from the corridors of the White House to the slums of Manhattan, from the mouth of the Chesapeake to the deserts of Nevada, from Boston Common to Alcatraz Island, vividly evoking the Union at this moment of ultimate crisis and decision.

    America Aflame by David Goldfield: Book CoverBattle Cry of Freedom by James M. McPherson: Book Cover

    In a spellbinding new history, America Aflame: How the Civil War Created a Nation, historian David Goldfield offers the first major new interpretation of the Civil War era since James M. McPherson’s Battle Cry of Freedom. Where past scholars have limned the war as a triumph of freedom, Goldfield sees it as America’s greatest failure: the result of a breakdown caused by the infusion of evangelical religion into the public sphere. As the Second Great Awakening surged through America, political questions became matters of good and evil to be fought to the death. The price of that failure was horrific, but the carnage accomplished what statesmen could not: It made the United States one nation and eliminated slavery as a divisive force in the Union. The victorious North became synonymous with America as a land of innovation and industrialization, whose teeming cities offered squalor and opportunity in equal measure. Religion was supplanted by science and a gospel of progress, and the South was left behind. Goldfield’s panoramic narrative, sweeping from the 1840s to the end of Reconstruction, is studded with memorable details and luminaries such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Frederick Douglass, and Walt Whitman. There are lesser known yet equally compelling characters, too, including Carl Schurz-a German immigrant, war hero, and postwar reformer-and Alexander Stephens, the urbane and intellectual vice president of the Confederacy. America Aflame is a vivid portrait of the ”fiery trial” that transformed the country we live in.

    The Siege of Washington by John Lockwood: Book Cover

    On April 14, 1861, following the surrender of Fort Sumter, Washington was “put into the condition of a siege,” declared Abraham Lincoln. Located 60 miles south of the Mason-Dixon Line, the nation’s capital was surrounded by the slave states of Maryland and Virginia. With no fortifications and only a handful of trained soldiers, Washington was an ideal target for the Confederacy. The South echoed with cries of ´”On to Washington!” and Jefferson Davis’s wife sent out cards inviting her friends to a reception at the White House on May 1. Lincoln issued an emergency proclamation on April 15, calling for 75,000 troops to suppress the rebellion and protect the capital. One question now transfixed the nation: Whose forces would reach Washington first: Northern defenders or Southern attackers? For 12 days, the city’s fate hung in the balance. Washington was entirely isolated from the North–without trains, telegraph, or mail. Sandbags were stacked around major landmarks, and the unfinished Capitol was transformed into a barracks, with volunteer troops camping out in the House and Senate chambers. Meanwhile, Maryland secessionists blocked the passage of Union reinforcements trying to reach Washington, and a rumored force of 20,000 Confederate soldiers lay in wait just across the Potomac River. Drawing on firsthand accounts, The Siege of Washington tells this story from the perspective of leading officials, residents trapped inside the city, Confederates plotting to seize it, and Union troops racing to save it, capturing with brilliance and immediacy the precarious first days of the Civil War. The authors are John Lockwood, the National Mall Historian, and Charles Lockwood, the author of 10 books. Both men were born and raised in Washington.

    Lincoln on the Civil War by Abraham Lincoln: Book Cover

    A tiny gem of a book is Lincoln on the Civil War: Selected Speeches, which combines the classic and obscure, the lyrical and historical, and the inspirational and intellectual to present a historical arc marking periods of the Civil War-crisis, outbreak, escalation, victory, and Reconstruction. Addressing the conflict’s multiple aspects-the issue of slavery, state versus federal power, the meaning of the Constitution, civic duty, death, and freedom-this elegant keepsake collection will make a wonderful inspirational gift for professed Lincoln fans, Civil War buffs, and lovers of rhetorical genius.

    American Oracle by David W. Blight: Book Cover

    There is a lot more to come, including American Oracle: The Civil War in the Civil Rights Era , by David Blight, a professor of history at Yale.

    Standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963, a century after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Martin Luther King, Jr., declared, “One hundred years later, the Negro still is not free.” He delivered this speech just three years after the Virginia Civil War Commission published a guide proclaiming that “the Centennial is no time for finding fault or placing blame or fighting the issues all over again.” Blight takes his readers back to the centennial celebration to determine how Americans then made sense of the suffering, loss, and liberation that had wracked the United States a century earlier. Amid cold war politics and civil rights protest, four of America’s most incisive writers explored the gulf between remembrance and reality. Robert Penn Warren, the southern-reared poet-novelist who recanted his support of segregation; Bruce Catton, the journalist and U.S. Navy officer who became a popular Civil War historian; Edmund Wilson, the century’s preeminent literary critic; and James Baldwin, the searing African-American essayist and activist—each exposed America’s triumphalist memory of the war. And each, in his own way, demanded a reckoning with the tragic consequences it spawned. Blight illuminates not only mid-twentieth-century America’s sense of itself but also the dynamic, ever-changing nature of Civil War memory. On the eve of the 150th anniversary of the war, we have an invaluable perspective on how this conflict continues to shape the country’s political debates, national identity, and sense of purpose.

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    L.J. Davis, Sept. 2, 1940 – April 6, 2011 http://www.bookcourt.org/l-j-davis-sept-2-1940-april-6-2011/ http://www.bookcourt.org/l-j-davis-sept-2-1940-april-6-2011/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2011 20:41:18 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5047 L.J.Davis, a regular customer at BookCourt for years, was in the store the other day looking for a novel by a well-known writer whose style, one might assume, would appeal to him. He returned days later and said he hated the book, and was re-writing it to his satisfaction.

    Davis never finished that reconstruction. He was found dead in his Brooklyn home on April 6, apparently of natural causes. He was 70. No one who knew him would describe his recent appearance as healthy or fit, but all remembered his sardonic sense of humor had lost none of its bite.

    Davis was a prolific writer of fiction and, especially, non-fiction, much of that workas a regular contributor to Harper’s Magazine.  Only one of Davis’s books remains in print, the 1971 urban classic A Meaningful Life that is as close to a memoir as it is a work of fiction. His own purchase as restoration of a brownstone in Boerum Hill during some tough times in the city was the foundation for the novel about a recent college graduate from the West, like Davis, who heads to New York to become a writer. His plans are derailed when he discovers a decrepit house in a high-crime section of Brooklyn and determines to restore it.

    Critics love A Meaningful Life, but no one bought the novel, and it was out of print until 2009 when Davis’s good friend and fellow Brooklyn novelist Jonathan Lethem convinced NYRB Classics to re-publish the book. Davis read from the re-issue at BookCourt shortly after it came out.

    In a blog posted just after Davis’s death was reported, Dante A. Ciampaglia recalled an interview with the writer and described him this way: “He was, like his writing, indelible; his manner, comportment, and attitude utterly unique. He was funny, acerbic, conspiratorial, generous, and verbose. He took the long way around when telling a story, but the view you had while taking the trip was magnificent, full of tangents and asides as interesting (if not more so) than the stories he was telling.”

    Those observations resonate with people who knew him, even casually.

    Lethem, whose own acclaimed novels include Motherless Brooklyn and The Fortress of Solitude, grew up near Davis’s’ apartment and was friends with the writer’s son Jeremy. He recalls in his introduction to A Meaningful Life visiting Davis in his study, “When I first conceived the wish to be a writer, the thought was pretty easily completed by the phrase, �like Jeremy’s dad.’  I liked what I saw. L.J. sat at the back of an open, high-ceilinged parlor floor devoted to bookshelves. … In that office, when Jeremy and I weren’t shooed away, I was introduced to the existence of the books of Thomas Berger, Charles Webb, Leonard Michaels and Kingsley Amis. … These are all tastes I’ve retained, and the flavor of which seem relevant now to the pleasure I take in L.J.’s novels – rightly relevant, it seems to me, though I could never defy the associative force of childhood memory.”

    The novels, in addition to A Meaningful Life, include Whence All But He Had Fled (1968), Cowboys Don’t Cry (1969), and Walking Small (1974), the last three out of print but readily available second-hand.

    His non-fiction, likewise no longer in print, includes Bad Money: Big Business Disasters in the Age of a Credit Crisis (1982), Billionaire Shell Game: How Cable Baron John Malone and Assorted Corporate Titans Invented a Future Nobody Wanted (1998), and Fleet Fire: Thomas Edison and the Pioneers of the Electric Revolution (2003).

    Davis was a Guggenheim fellow, and winner of several awards for his non-fiction, mostly on subjects related to business and finance.

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    http://www.bookcourt.org/5033/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5033/#comments Mon, 11 Apr 2011 14:21:06 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5033 April 11 – April 17, 2011

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    7. THE SNAIL & THE WHALE. Julia Donaldson. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
    8. KNUFFLE BUNNY FREE. Mo Willems. HarperCollins. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
    9. MOCKINGJAY. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
    10. IVY & BEAN #01. Annie Barrows. Illustrated by Sophie Blackall. Chronicle. $5.99. Our Price $4.19.
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    http://www.bookcourt.org/5008/ http://www.bookcourt.org/5008/#comments Mon, 04 Apr 2011 18:41:19 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=5008 April 4 – April 10, 2011

    BOOKCOURT Best Sellers

    WE OFFER A 30% DISCOUNT ON OUR BEST SELLERS

    Hardcover Fiction
    1. THE PALE KING. David Foster Wallace. Little, Brown. $27.99. Our Price $19.59.
    2. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
    3. SWAMPLANDIA. Karen Russell. Random House. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
    4. FREEDOM. Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $28. Our Price $19.60.
    5. ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD. E.L. Doctorow. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
    6. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    7. STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG. Kate Atkinson. Little, Brown. $24.99. Our Price $17.49.
    8. TROUBLED MAN. Henning Mankell. Random House. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
    9. ROOM. Emma Donoghue. Little, Brown. $24.99. Our Price $17.49.
    10. OPEN CITY. Teju Cole. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.

    Hardcover Nonfiction

    1. THE INFORMATION. James Gleick. Random House. $29.95. Our Price $20.97.
    2. THE FRANKIES SPUNTINO KITCHEN COMPANION & COOKING MANUAL. Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, Peter Meehan. Artisan. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
    3. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
    4. HELVETICA & THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY SYSTEM. Paul Shaw. MIT Press. $39.95. Our Price $27.97.
    5. MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN. Joshua Foer. Penguin. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
    6. MY KOREAN DELI. Ben Howe. Holt. $25. Our Price $17.50.
    7. THE SOCIAL ANIMAL. David Brooks. Random House. $27. Our Price $18.90.
    8. UNFAMILIAR FISHES. Sarah Vowell. Riverhead. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
    9. BAREFOOT CONTESSA HOW EASY IS THAT. Ina Garten. Random House. $35. Our Price $24.50.
    10. GREAT SOUL. Joseph Lelyveld. Random House. $28.95. Our Price $20.27.

    Paperback Fiction

    1. A VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD. Jennifer Egan. Random House. $14.95 Our Price $10.47.
    2. OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. Emma Straub. Five Chapters Books. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
    3. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET. David Mitchell. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    4. SOLAR. Ian McEwan. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    5. IMPERFECTIONISTS. Tom Rachman. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    6. TINKERS. Paul Harding. Bellevue Literary Press. $14.95.Our Price $10.47.
    7. THE HEIGHTS. Peter Hedges. Penguin. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    8. LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. Colum McCann. Random House. $15.В  Our Price $10.50.
    9. CHRONIC CITY. Jonathan Lethem. Random House. $15.95. Our Price $11.17.
    10. LORD OF MISRULE. Jaimy Gordan. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.

      Paperback Nonfiction

    1. THE GOOD GIRL’S GUIDE TO GETTING LOST. Rachel Friedman. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    2. JUST KIDS. Patti Smith. HarperCollins. $16. Our Price $11.20.
    3. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. Rebecca Skloot. Random House. $16. Our Price $11.20.
    4. BORN TO RUN. Christopher McDougall. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    5. THE BIG SHORT. Michael Lewis. Norton. $15.95. Our Price $11.17.
    6. OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE HUMAN CONDITION. Geoff Dyer. Graywolf. $18. Our Price $12.60.
    7. WEEKEND WALKS IN BROOKLYN. Robert Regalbuto. Countryman. $16.95.В  Our Price $11.87.
    8. CLEAN. Alejandro Junger. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
    9. TAKING THE LEAP. Pema Chodron. Shambhala. $14. Our Price $9.80.
    10. THE HAPPINESS PROJECT. Gretchen Rubin. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.

      Children’s Hardcover & Paperback

    1. AMOS & BORIS. William Steig. St. Martin’s Press. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
    2. THE HUNGER GAMES. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
    3. A SICK DAY FOR AMOS McGEE. Philip Stead. Illustrated by Erin Stead. Roaring Brook Press. $16.99. Our Price 11.89.
    4. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: Roderick Rules. Jeff Kinney. Abrams. $13.95. Our Price $9.77
    5. SUBWAY Board Book. Anastasia Suen. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
    6. CATCHING FIRE. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
    7. GOOD NIGHT NYC. Adam Gamble. Our World of Books. $9.95. Our Price $6.97.
    8. LIBRARY LION. Michelle Knudsen. Candlewick. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
    9. THE SNAIL & THE WHALE. Julia Donaldson. Penguin. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
    10. HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ. Tad Hills. Random House. $17.99. Our Price $12.59.
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    Surprise Yourself in Section 1 http://www.bookcourt.org/surprise-yourself-in-section-1-2/ http://www.bookcourt.org/surprise-yourself-in-section-1-2/#comments Thu, 31 Mar 2011 19:48:08 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=4990 If you haven’t been downstairs at BookCourt for a look around our new Section 1 shop of bargain books from around the world, you are in for a real treat. It’s a constantly changing stock of best-sellers and lesser known titles that have been “remaindered” by publishers, rather than warehoused to oblivion. You’ll be surprised how many of the books you always intended to read, and now can’t find anywhere.

    They’re all new, never read (though we do have a selection of books for a dollar, some of which are not brand new) and include both fiction and non-fiction, as well as classics from the British publisher Wordsworth. Section 1 has a display of art and design and other large format books, and we also have back issues of literary and other journals that we sell regularly.

    We’re constantly combing the country for new books, so every visit to Section 1 will uncover new and unexpected gems.

    Here is a sampling of what you will find in Section 1:

    Mannahatta by Eric W. Sanderson: Book Cover

    On September 12, 1609, Henry Hudson first set eyes on the land that would become Manhattan. It’s difficult for us to imagine what he saw, but for more than a decade, landscape ecologist Eric Sanderson has been working to do just that. Mannahatta: A Natural History of New York City (list price $40 / Section 1 price $17.95) is the astounding result of those efforts, reconstructing, in words and images, the wild island that millions of New Yorkers now call home.

    The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand: Audio Book Cover
    The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand is the story of an informal group that met in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1872, to talk about ideas. Its members included Oliver Well Holmes, Jr., future associate justice of the United States Supreme Court; William James, the father of modern American psychology; and Charles Sanders Peirce, logician, scientist, and the founder of semiotics. The Club was probably in existence for about nine months. No records were kept. The one thing we know that came out of it was an idea—an idea about ideas. This book originally sold for $16, and is available in Section 1 for $7.95).

    The Rest Is Noise by Alex Ross: Audiobook Cover

    In The Rest is Noise (originally $19.00 / Section 1 price $7.95) Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, weaves together the histories of the 20th and its music, from Vienna before the First World War to Paris in the’20s, from Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia to downtown New York in the вЂ?60s and вЂ?70s up to the present. Taking readers into the labyrinth of modern style, Ross draws revelatory connections between the century’s most influential composers and the wider culture. This is an astonishing history of the last century as told through its music.

    Plowing the Dark by Richard Powers: Book Cover
    Richard Powers’ Plowing the Dark (Listprice $15.00 / Section 1 price $4.95 ) is fiction that explores the imagination’s power to both destroy and save. Adie Klarpol, a skilled but disillusioned artist, comes back to life, revived by the thrill of working with the Cavern’s cutting-edge technology. Against the collapse of Cold War empires and the fall of the Berlin Wall, she retreats dangerously into the cyber-realities she has been hired to create. On the other side of the globe, Taimur Martin, an English teacher retreating from a failed love affair, is picked up off the streets in Beirut by Islamic fundamentalists and held in solitary captivity.

    The Whisperer in Darkness (List price $6.99 / Section 1 price $5.99 / Wordsworth Classic edition) brings together the original Cthulhu Mythos stories of the legendary horror writer H.P. Lovecraft. Included in this volume are several early tales, along with the classics “The Call of Cthulhu,” “The Dunwich Horror” and “At the Mountains of Madness.”

    No More Mr. Nice Guy by Howard Jacobson: Book Cover

    Frank Ritz is a television critic. His partner, Melissa Paul, is the author of pornographic novels for liberated women. He watches garbage all day; she writes similarly at the same time. It’s a life. Or it was a life. But now they’re fighting, locked in oral combat. He won’t shut up and she is putting her finger down her throat again. So there’s only one thing for it—Frank has to go. But go where? And do what? No More Mr. Nice Guy (List price $16 / Section 1 price $4.95) is by Howard Jacobson, last year’s Man Booker Prize winner (for The Finkler Question, new in fiction) Howard Jacobson.

    The Twenty-Seventh City by Franzen: Book Cover

    St. Louis, Missouri, is a quietly dying river city until it hires a new police chief: a charismatic young woman from Bombay, India, named S. Jammu. No sooner has Jammu been installed, though, than the city’s leading citizens become embroiled in an all-pervasive political conspiracy. A classic of contemporary fiction, The Twenty-Seventh City ( List price $16.00 / Section 1 price $7.95) by Jonathan Franzen, author of the newly acclaimed Freedom (new in fiction) shows us an ordinary metropolis turned inside out, and the American Dream unraveling into terror and dark comedy.

    Old Filth

    Sir Edward Feathers has progressed from struggling young barrister to wealthy expatriate lawyer to distinguished retired judge, living out his last days in comfortable seclusion in Dorset. The engrossing and moving account of his life, from birth in colonial Malaya, to Wales, where he is sent as a “Raj orphan,” to Oxford, his career and marriage, parallels much of the 20th century’s torrid and twisted history. Old Filth (Section 1 price $6.99 in a British edition) is by Jane Gardam, winner of the Katherine Mansfield Award, the PEN Macmillan Silver Pen Award, the Whitbread Novel Award (twice), and shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

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    Remember the Past and Don’t Repeat It http://www.bookcourt.org/remember-the-past-and-dont-repeat-it/ http://www.bookcourt.org/remember-the-past-and-dont-repeat-it/#comments Tue, 29 Mar 2011 16:30:07 +0000 Tom Jory http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=4978 You can spend your life looking for the opportunity to use, or mangle, a familiar quotation from history, and thanks to world events, here it is:В  “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Revolution, or evolution, going on now in the Middle East, calls to mind that remark attributed to the Spanish-born philosopher, George Santayana, and coincidentally—because publishers can’t work that quickly—there are several very readable books that will enlighten (and entertain) us while we keep track of currently developing history (a two or three classics to go along with them).

    The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt by Toby Wilkinson: Book Cover

    In a landmark work, The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt, one of the world’s most renowned Egyptologists tells the epic story of this great civilization, from its birth as the first nation-state to its final absorption into the Roman Empire—3,000 years of wild drama, bold spectacle, and unforgettable characters. Award-winning scholar Toby Wilkinson captures not only the lavish pomp and artistic grandeur of this land of pyramids and pharaohs but for the first time reveals the constant propaganda and repression that were its foundations. Drawing upon 40 years of archaeological research, Wilkinson takes us inside an exotic tribal society with a pre-monetary economy and decadent, divine kings who ruled with all-too-recognizable human emotions.

    Cleopatra by Stacy Schiff: Book Cover
    Her palace shimmered with onyx, garnets, and gold, but was richer still in political and sexual intrigue. Above all else, Cleopatra was a shrewd strategist and an ingenious negotiator. Though her life spanned fewer than 40 years, it reshaped the contours of the ancient world. She was married twice, each time to a brother. She waged a brutal civil war against the first when both were teenagers. She poisoned the second. Ultimately she dispensed with an ambitious sister as well; incest and assassination were family specialties. Cleopatra appears to have had sex with only two men. They happen, however, to have been Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, among the most prominent Romans of the day. Both were married to other women. Cleopatra had a child with Caesar and–after his murder–three more with his protГ©gГ©. Already she was the wealthiest ruler in the Mediterranean; the relationship with Antony confirmed her status as the most influential woman of the age. The two would together attempt to forge a new empire, in an alliance that spelled their ends. Cleopatra has lodged herself in our imaginations ever since.
    In Cleopatra, A Life, a masterly return to the classical sources, Stacy Schiff boldly separates fact from fiction to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order

    Motivated by his love of adventure, Sir Richard Francis Burton got the approval of the  Royal Geographical Society  to attempt a pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina, in 1853. Although Burton was not the first non-Muslim European to make the Hajj, his pilgrimage is the most famous and the best documented of the time. He was well-prepared, and had to demonstrate an understanding of intricate Islamic ritual and a familiarity with the minutiae of Eastern manners and etiquette. As he recounted, “Nothing could save a European detected by the populace, or one who after pilgrimage declared himself an unbeliever.” Burton’s two-volume account of this trip, Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah, is a rousing adventure story, and may be the most lucid description of the Islamic faith by a European (still) in print.

    Hero by Michael Korda: Book Cover

    Much of what many of us know about politics and history of the region comes from watching David Lean’s magnificent desert adventure, Lawrence of Arabia, and Michael Korda has done us a readable favor with Hero, the story of the Oxford scholar who was hailed as “the Uncrowned King of Arabia.” This is a gripping biography of the extraordinary, mysterious, and dynamic Englishman whose daring exploits and romantic profile—including his blond, sun-burnished good looks and flowing white robes (think Peter O’Toole)—made him an object of intense fascination. T.E. Lawrence was sent to Cairo as a young intelligence officer in 1916. He vanished into the desert in 1917 only to emerge later as one of the greatest—and certainly most colorful—figures of World War I. Though a foreigner, he played a leading and courageous part in uniting the Arab tribes to defeat the Turks, and eventually capture Damascus, transforming himself into a world-famous hero. In illuminating Lawrence’s achievements, Korda digs further than anyone before him to expose the flesh-and-blood man and his contradictory nature.

    Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence: Book Cover

    The (good) problem is, you don’t have to stop with Korda’s biography. Lawrence’s own account of his adventurous life, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, is one of the greatest books ever written about war, by the virtual inventor of modern insurgency and guerrilla warfare; a man who at the same time sought and fled the limelight, and who found in friendships, with everyone from Winston Churchill to George Bernard and Charlotte Shaw, from Nancy Astor to Noel Coward. When Lawrence’s book first appeared in 1922 it was immediately recognized as a literary masterpiece. In writing his extraordinary account of the Arab Revolt  and his own role in it, he sealed his place in history and legend as Lawrence of Arabia.

    Cairo by Nezar AlSayyad: Book Cover

    From its earliest days as a royal settlement fronting the pyramids of Giza to its current manifestation as the largest metropolis in Africa, Cairo has forever captured the urban pulse of the Middle East. In Cairo: Histories of a City, Nezar AlSayyad narrates the many Cairos that have existed throughout time, offering a panoramic view of the city’s history unmatched in temporal and geographic scope, through an in-depth examination of its architecture and urban form.

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    http://www.bookcourt.org/4969/ http://www.bookcourt.org/4969/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 14:21:12 +0000 Zack Zook http://www.bookcourt.org/?p=4969 March 28 – April 3, 2011

    BOOKCOURT Best Sellers

    WE OFFER A 30% DISCOUNT ON OUR BEST SELLERS

    Hardcover Fiction
    1. ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD. E.L. Doctorow. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
    2. THE TIGER’S WIFE. Tea Obreht. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
    3. OPEN CITY. Teju Cole. Random House. $25. Our Price $17.50.
    4. SWAMPLANDIA. Karen Russell. Random House. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
    5. STARTED EARLY, TOOK MY DOG. Kate Atkinson. Little, Brown. $24.99.Our Price $17.49.
    6. FREEDOM. Jonathan Franzen. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $28. Our Price $19.60.
    7. THE EMPTY FAMILY. Colm Toibin. Simon & Schuster. $24. Our Price $16.80.
    8. GREAT HOUSE. Nicole Krauss. Norton. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
    9. ROOM. Emma Donoghue. Little, Brown. $24.99. Our Price $17.49.
    10. NEW YORK STORIES. Diana Tesdell (editor). Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.

    Hardcover Nonfiction

    1. BLOOD, BONES & BUTTER. Gabrielle Hamilton. Random House. $26. Our Price $18.20.
    2. HELVETICA & THE NEW YORK CITY SUBWAY SYSTEM. Paul Shaw. MIT Press. $39.95. Our Price $27.97.
    3. THE FRANKIES SPUNTINO KITCHEN COMPANION & COOKING MANUAL. Frank Falcinelli, Frank Castronovo, Peter Meehan. Artisan. $24.95. Our Price $17.47.
    4. THE SOCIAL ANIMAL. David Brooks. Random House. $27. Our Price $18.90.
    5. MOONWALKING WITH EINSTEIN. Joshua Foer. Penguin. $26.95. Our Price $18.87.
    6. THE INFORMATION. James Gleick. Random House. $29.95. Our Price $20.97.
    7. UNFAMILIAR FISHES. Sarah Vowell. Riverhead. $25.95. Our Price $18.17.
    8. MY KOREAN DELI. Ben Howe. Holt. $25. Our Price $17.50.
    9. UNDECORATE. Christiane Lemieux. Random House. $40. Our Price $28.
    10. THE ANATOMY OF INFLUENCE. Harold Bloom. Yale University Press. $32.95.Our Price $23.07.

    Paperback Fiction

    1. OTHER PEOPLE WE MARRIED. Emma Straub. Five Chapters Books. $14.95 Our Price $10.47.
    2. IMPERFECTIONISTS. Tom Rachman. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    3. THE ASK. Sam Lipsyte. St. Martin’s Press. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    4. THE THOUSAND AUTUMNS OF JACOB DE ZOET. David Mitchell. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    5. LET THE GREAT WORLD SPIN. Colum McCann. Random House. $15.Our Price $10.50.
    6. CHRONIC CITY. Jonathan Lethem. Random House. $15.95.Our Price $11.17.
    7. BROOKLYN. Colm Toibin. Simon & Schuster. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    8. A GATE AT THE STAIRS. Lorrie Moore. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    9. SOLAR. Ian McEwan. Random House. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    10. THE HEIGHTS. Peter Hedges. Penguin. $15. Our Price $10.50.

      Paperback Nonfiction

    1. JUST KIDS. Patti Smith. HarperCollins. $16. Our Price $11.20.
    2. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS. Rebecca Skloot. Random House. $16. Our Price $11.20.
    3. EVERYONE LOVES YOU WHEN YOU’RE DEAD. Neil Strauss. HarperCollins. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
    4. THE BIG SHORT. Michael Lewis. Norton. $15.95. Our Price $11.17.
    5. CLEAN. Alejandro Junger. HarperCollins. $14.99. Our Price $10.49.
    6. WHAT WAS THE HIPSTER. Mark Greif. N + 1. $10. Our Price $7.
    7. YOU ARE NOT A GADGET. Jaron Lanier. Random Hosue. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    8. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING. Heidi Murkoff. Workman. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
    9. LIQUID MEMORY. Jonathan Nossiter. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $15. Our Price $10.50.
    10. CHRISTIANITY. Diarmaid MacCullough. Penguin. $25. Our Price $17.50

      Children’s Hardcover & Paperback

    1. AMOS & BORIS. William Steig. St. Martin’s Press. $6.99. Our Price $4.89.
    2. GOODNIGHT MOON Board Book. Margaret Wise Brown. HarperCollins. $8.99.Our Price $6.29.
    3. PRINCESS CREATIVITY BOOK. Andrea Pinnington. Barron’s. $12.99. Our Price $9.09.
    4. A SICK DAY FOR AMOS McGEE. Philip Stead. Illustrated by Erin Stead. Roaring Brook Press. $16.99. Our Price 11.89.
    5. ADELAIDE. Tomi Ungerer. Phaidon. $14.95. Our Price $10.47.
    6. THE HUNGER GAMES. Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. $8.99. Our Price $6.29.
    7. DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: The Ugly Truth. Jeff Kinney. Abrams. $13.95. Our Price $9.77
    8. HOW ROCKET LEARNED TO READ. Tad Hills. Random House. $17.99.Our Price $12.59.
    9. MERMAIDS ON PARADE. Melanie Hope Greenberg. Penguin. $16.99. Our Price $11.89.
    10. POBBLE’S WAY. Simon Van Booy. Flashlight Press. $16.95. Our Price $11.87.
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