Anyone interested in Michigan public schools should check out “French Road Connections” today (in list at right). After that gets you all filed up, take a few moments to laugh by looking at http://quotation-marks.blogspot.com/. The weather today is too dismal to describe. I’d rather occupy my mind with books.
“What’s new?” People ask that all the time. It’s kind of like, “How are you?” in that it marks time and acknowledges the other person’s presence but isn’t really a request for information. Often (and maybe in the same vein) people ask me, “How’s the bookstore?” It’s much better, though, when they actually come to the bookstore, ask, “What’s new?” and take off their coats to stay a while. So today I’ll pretend all my blog readers are here in person, and I’ll answer the “What’s new?” question as it relates to books on my new-book shelves. (Don’t forget there are always “new” used books, too, in the rest of the shop.) Here’s a quick sketch of just a few stand-outs, by category, some of them brand-new releases and others excellent books still available new and in stock here in Northport today, i.e., available (if you’re here in Leelanau County) at one (or more) of your LOCAL BOOKSTORES!
First, new books for children:
BE MY VALENTINE, PETER RABBIT, a board book with surprise sound inside;
PIPER, by Emma Chichester Clark, a dog story;
THE HUCKABUCK FAMILY AND HOW THEY RAISED POPCORN IN NEBRASKA, a Carl Sandburg classic, this edition illustrated by David Small of Kalamazoo;
ADVENTURES WITH LITTLE DUCK—a book, a puzzle and a toy, all in one!--
Next, novels for grownups:
PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, by Geraldine Brooks, author of YEARS OF WONDER and MARCH;
ATONEMENT (now in paperback and at your local movie theatre), by Ian McEwan;
NIGHT TRAIN TO LISBON, by Pascal Mercier, a book none other than Isabel Allende called “one of the best books I have read in a long time”;
OUT STEALING HORSES, by Per Petterson, which got a review I couldn’t resist;
STRIKE DOG, a Woods Cop mystery set in the U.P., by Michigan’s own Joseph Heywood--
Biography and memoir:
CALLED TO QUESTION, by Joan Chittister, for the spiritually inclined;
THE MEASURE OF A MAN, by Sidney Poitier, an American icon;
UNBOWED, by Wangari Maathai, a story of hope for Kenya, something we all need right now;
BOONE: A BIOGRAPHY, by Robert Morgan, another book with irresistible reviews, especially for the lover of Western history in your life--
You and your life:
TEST-DRIVE YOUR DREAM JOB, by Brian Kurth
FIELD GUIDE TO HAPPINESS, by Barbara Ann Kipfer
CHOOSING HAPPINESS, by Stephanie Dowrick
Plus a couple of long-time favorites of mine, still in print:
THE LUCK FACTOR, by Richard Wiseman
THE HIDDEN POWER OF KINDNESS, by Lawrence Lovasik--
Food, drink, health:
PRESCRIPTION FOR NUTRITIONAL HEALING, 4th edition, by Phyllis A. Balch;
101 FOODS THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE, by David Grotto;
FROM THE VINE: EXPLORING MICHIGAN WINERIES, by Sharon Kegerreis & Lorri Hathaway;
and finally, SAVOR MICHIGAN COOKBOOK: MICHIGAN’S FINEST RESTAURANTS, THEIR RECIPES & THEIR HISTORIES.
As for me, I opened an old book this morning and am now hooked. It's a novel loosely based on the life of the poet Rimbaud. I'll let you know how it holds up as I get further in.