“Art of Racing…” New Starbucks Pick

We mentioned that The Art of Racing in the Rain was one of two books we heard librarians buzzing about at PLA. That buzz has reached Starbucks; USA Today just announced that the coffee chain has made it their next pick. Libraries have both the book and the audio on order in modest quantities with comfortable holds to copy ratios and it’s #43,728 on Amazon. Expect all that to change as word spreads.

I’ve read it and loved it, too. My only reservation was how do you get someone to read a book told from a dog’s point of view? Looks like that’s not going to be a problem.

Jenn Risko, publisher of the enewsletter, Shelf Awareness, read the book two years ago in manuscript and loved it (she has a great way of describing it; “wreckingly good”). In today’s issue of The Shelf, she writes about the book’s bumpy road to publication (Stein’s agent, as well as several others, turned it down).

Garth Stein was interviewed in the 4/1 issue of Library Journal.

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The Art of Racing in the Rain

Garth Stein

  • Hardcover: $23.95
  • Publisher: Harper (May 13, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061537934
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061537936
  • Audio CD: $34.95
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (May 13, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0061565407
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061565403
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