Archive for April, 2009

Julie & Julia Trailer!

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

The trailer for Julie and Julia is finally out and you MUST stop everything you are doing right now to see Meryl Streep deliver the classic line, “This is Julia Child!’

As the trailer states, the movie is “Based on Two True Stories” and both are books. Julie and Julia by Julie Powell documents her year of cooking her way through Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Julie’s story is intertwined with Julia Child’s own early years, based on her memoir, My Life in France.

The movie tie-in of Julie and Julia will be published in July, in both trade and mass market paperback:

julie-julia

  • Publisher: Back Bay Books (July 1, 2009)
  • Trade Paperback: $14.99
  • ISBN-10: 031604427X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316044271
  • Mass Market Paperback: $7.99
  • ISBN-10: 031604251X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316042512

 

My Life in France is currently available in trade paperback; a movie tie-in will be available later.

My Life in France
Julia Child, Alex Prud’Homme
Price: $14.95
Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor – (2007-10-09)
ISBN-10: 0307277690
ISBN-13: 9780307277695

 

And, of course,  Mastering the Art of French Cooking plays a central role in the movie.

Mastering The Art of French Cooking, Volume One (1) (Fortieth – 40th – Anniversary Edition)
Julia Child, Louisette Bertholle, Simone Beck
Price: $40.00
Hardcover: 752 pages
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf – (2001-10-16)
ISBN-10: 0375413405
ISBN-13: 9780375413407

Reserve Alert: Ratio…Everyday Cooking

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

The Washington Post says that Michael Ruhlman is a “very accomplished and plugged-in author.”

Based on the number of media hits his new cookbook,  Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking, received today, he is definitely the latter.

Several libraries are showing heavy reserves on light ordering. It’s currently at #81 in Amazon’s sales rankings (and #3 in the cooking category, after Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200 and The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which is hardly a cooking book, but Amazon categories can be strange).

Consumer coverage:

 

Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking
Michael Ruhlman
Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2009-04-07)
ISBN-10: 1416566112
ISBN-13: 9781416566113

Annabel Lee = Macaroni and Cheese

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Poet Karen Jo Shapiro appeared on yesterday’s “All Things Considered,” as part of their Poetry Month celebration, sending her two books precipiously up Amazon’s sales rankings. I Must Not Go Down to the Beach Again went to #97 (from 1 million+) and Because I Could Not Stop My Bike went to #115 (also from 1 million+).

Author Makes Famous Poems Fun For Kids

Most libraries show the books as available on the shelves.

I Must Go Down to the Beach Again
Karen Jo Shapiro
Price: $5.95
Paperback: 48 pages
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing – (2007-01-15)
ISBN-10: 1580891446
ISBN-13: 9781580891448

 

Because I Could Not Stop My Bike And Other Poems
Karen Jo Shapiro
Price: $7.95
Paperback: 32 pages
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing – (2005-02)
ISBN-10: 1580891055
ISBN-13: 9781580891059


Britain Gets Its First Espresso Book Machine

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Blackwell’s Bookshops have begun a three-month trial of the Espresso Book Machine that may lead to the largest installation of the machine to date. If successful, Blackwell will install the machines in their 6o stores.

The London press is buzzing about the machine, the first in Britain, which can print and bind a 300-page book in five minutes, including a full-color paper cover, from a database of 400,000 titles.

Blackwell’s CEO Andrew Hutchings, believes the machine can help bricks-and-mortar stores compete against online booksellers, who are currently unable to directly supply OP titles.

Articles:

The Guardian, Revolutionary Espresso Book Machine launches in London, Alison Flood

Times of London, Espresso book machine delivers your paperback hot off the press, Valentine Low

Daily Telegraph, Crime and Punishment printed in nine minutes at Britain’s first “book vending machine,” Matthew Moore

Around the world, there are about a dozen locations with Espresso Book Machines. In the US, The University of Michigan, The New Orleans Public Library, Northshire Books, and The Internet Archive are all using the machine. Bringham Young University Bookstore is planning to add one this year.

Below is a demonstration of the machine at the University of Michigan:

Guardian,

Locus Award Finalists

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

The Sci Fi magazine, Locus has just announced the finalists for their awards that will be given out in late June.

We were pleased to see Jo Graham as one of the finalists for first novel for Black Ships; some of you may remember her from the Orbit lunch at ALA Annual ’07, many months before the book was published.

Below are the finalists for the full-length novel categories; a list of the finalists in all categories is available on the Locus web site.

Science Fiction Novel – Finalists

Matter
Iain M. Banks
Price: $14.99
Paperback: 624 pages
Publisher: Orbit – (2009-02-10)
ISBN-10: 0316005371
ISBN-13: 9780316005371

 

City at the End of Time
Greg Bear
Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Del Rey – (2008-08-05)
ISBN-10: 0345448391
ISBN-13: 9780345448392

 

Marsbound
Joe Haldeman
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Ace Hardcover – (2008-08-05)
ISBN-10: 0441015956
ISBN-13: 9780441015955

 

Anathem
Neal Stephenson
Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 960 pages
Publisher: William Morrow – (2008-09-01)
ISBN-10: 0061474096
ISBN-13: 9780061474095

 

Saturn’s Children
Charles Stross
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ace Hardcover – (2008-07-01)
ISBN-13:  9780441015948
 

Fantasy Novel — Finalists

The Shadow Year
Jeffrey Ford
Price: $14.99
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Harper Perennial – (2009-03-01)
ISBN-10: 0061231533
ISBN-13: 9780061231537

 

Lavinia
Ursula K. Le Guin
Price: $14.95
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Harvest Books – (2009-04-28)
ISBN-10: 0156033682
ISBN-13: 9780156033688
            

The Bell at Sealey Head
Patricia A. McKillip
Price: $23.95
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Ace Hardcover – (2008-09-02)
ISBN-10: 0441016308
ISBN-13: 9780441016303

 

The Dragons of Babel
Michael Swanwick
Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Tor Fantasy – (2009-04-28)
ISBN-10: 0765359138
ISBN-13: 9780765359131

 

An Evil Guest
Gene Wolfe
Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Tor Books – (2008-09-16)
ISBN-10: 0765321335
ISBN-13: 9780765321336

First Novel — Finalists

Thunderer
Felix Gilman
Price: $6.99
Mass Market Paperback: 544 pages
Publisher: Spectra – (2008-09-30)
ISBN-10: 055359110X
ISBN-13: 9780553591101

 

Black Ships
Jo Graham
Price: $14.99
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Orbit – (2008-03-10)
ISBN-10: 0316068004
ISBN-13: 9780316068000

 

Pandemonium
Daryl Gregory
Price: $13.00
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Del Rey – (2008-08-26)
ISBN-10: 0345501160
ISBN-13: 9780345501165

 

The Gone-Away World
Nick Harkaway
Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 512 pages
Publisher: Knopf – (2008-09-02)
ISBN-10: 0307268861
ISBN-13: 9780307268860

 

Singularity’s Ring
Paul Melko
Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction – (2009-04-28)
ISBN-10: 076535702X
ISBN-13: 9780765357021

Young Adult Novel — Finalists

Little Brother
Cory Doctorow
Price: $17.95
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Tor Teen – (2008-04-29)
ISBN-10: 0765319853
ISBN-13: 9780765319852

 

The Graveyard Book
Neil Gaiman
Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins – (2008-10-01)
ISBN-10: 0060530928
ISBN-13: 9780060530921

 

Tender Morsels
Margo Lanagan
Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers – (2008-10-14)
ISBN-10: 0375848118
ISBN-13: 9780375848117

 

Nation
Terry Pratchett
Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins – (2008-10-01)
ISBN-10: 0061433012
ISBN-13: 9780061433016

 

Zoe’s Tale
John Scalzi
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Books – (2008-08-19)
ISBN-10: 0765316986
ISBN-13: 9780765316981

Reserve Alert — Age of the Unthinkable

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

In today’s NYT, Michiko Kakutani calls Age of the Unthinkable “provocative.” (Books of The Times: The Era of Adapting Quickly).

The book has been on the extended NYT bestseller list for two weeks. Some libraries are showing heavy reserves on light ordering.

The Age of the Unthinkable: Why the New World Disorder Constantly Surprises Us And What We Can Do About It
Joshua Cooper Ramo
Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2009-03-23)
ISBN-10: 0316118087
ISBN-13: 9780316118088

It’s also available as an unabridged audio from Hachette Audio:

  • ISBN-10: 1600247202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600247200

And, downloadable from Overdrive in both eBook and audio.

The Go-To Guy on Swine Flu

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Talk about timing. Philip Alcabes’s book Dread: How Fear and Fantasy have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu came out just two weeks ago.

He appeared on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart last Wednesday, before the swine flu stories hit the news.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c
Philip Alcabes
thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Economic Crisis Political Humor

Since the news broke, his appearance schedule has speeded up:

Stories by Alcabes are scheduled to appear soon in the Wall street Journal later this week or early next week, in the Washington Post, and in The Nation.

The book received a starred review on Publishers Weekly.com last month (review only on the Web).

It appears that few libraries have ordered it.

Dread: How Fear and Fantasy have Fueled Epidemics from the Black Death to the Avian Flu
Philip Alcabes
Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: PublicAffairs – (2009-04-13)
ISBN-10: 1586486187
ISBN-13: 9781586486181

eReaders; You Ain’t Seen Nothin Yet

Monday, April 27th, 2009

In the last week, journalists seemed obsessed with speculating on how eReaders will change our behavior, from the serious (WSJHere Comes the E-Book, Steven Johnson) to the silly (NYTWith Kindle, Can You Tell It’s Proust?, Joanne Kaufman).

The New Yorker‘s Book Bench blog, scoffs at such ruminations (The Social Dilemma of E-Reading), saying flatly “books are sexy; electronic reading devices are not…e-reading’s success…depends more on a Kindle behaving like a book and less like a machine. ”

But, hold on, display technology is evolving even as we try to understand its impact. MIT’s Technology Review looks at a new form of eInk, which offers faster refresh times (the time it takes for the little pixels to rearrange themselves to become the words on the nest page) and text that appears more like ink on paper:

Technology Review, 4/27/09, A New E-Paper Competitor: Pixels containing ink reservoirs could lead to bright e-readers that look more like printed paper, by Prachi Patel

Stewart Does It Again

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Jon Stewart interviews many authors on The Daily Show, but when he says, “You’ve got to read this book,” it constitutes a “heavy reserve alert.”

Getting the magic last week was the President of Liberia and her memoir, This Child Will Be Great.

Watch the video, if only to see her make Jon a chief.

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart M – Th 11p / 10c
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Economic Crisis Political Humor

Libraries are showing heavy reserves on very light ordering.
 

This Child Will Be Great: Memoir of a Remarkable Life by Africa’s First Woman President
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2009-04-01)
ISBN-10: 0061353477
ISBN-13: 9780061353475

Losing Mum and Pup

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Christopher Buckley’s memoir of his parents, Losing Mum and Pup was featured prominently this weekend:

The book is now at #35 on Amazon and is showing heavy reserves on light ordering in most of the libraries I checked.

Losing Mum and Pup: A Memoir
Christopher Buckley
Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Twelve – (2009-05-06)
ISBN-10: 0446540943
ISBN-13: 9780446540940

The Books of Summer ’09

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Amazon must have felt the unseasonably warm weather this weekend; they’ve posted their Summer Reading Preview. It’s a good opportunity to remind yourself of what’s coming.

bn-summer-reading

And the Nebula Winner is…

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Whoo Hoo!!!!!

Ursula Le Guin author of The Left Hand of Darkness, one of the top ten science fiction novels of all time, has won the coveted Nebula Award for the the third book in the Annals of the Western Shore series, Powers (the first two titles in that series are Voices and Gifts). The paperback came out this month:

Powers (Annals of the Western Shore)
Ursula K. Le Guin
Price:$17.00
Hardcover:512 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books – (April, ’09)
ISBN-13: 9780152066741

For backlist you don’t want to miss, Le Guin’s adult novel Lavinia is also available in paperback this month.

Lavinia
Ursula K. Le Guin
Price: $14.95
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Harvest Books – (2009-04-28)
ISBN-10: 0156033682
ISBN-13: 9780156033688

While you’re at it, check your holdings for The Earthsea Trilogy and Catwings series. No library should be without them.

Other 2008 Nebula Awards Winners:

Best Novella: The Spacetime Pool by Catherine Asaro

Available on the Analog Web Site: The Spacetime Pool

Best Novelette: Pride and Prometheus by John Kessel

Best Short Story: Trophy Wives by Nina Kiriki Hoffman

Script: WALL-E Screenplay by Andrew Stanton, Jim Reardon, Original story by Andrew Stanton, Pete Docter

Andre Norton Award:

Flora’s Dare: How a Girl of Spirit Gambles All to Expand Her Vocabulary, Confront a Bouncing Boy Terror, and Try to Save Califa from a Shaky Doom (Despite Being Confined to Her Room)
Ysabeau S. Wilce
Price: $17.00
Hardcover: 528 pages
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books – (2008-09-01)
ISBN-10: 0152054278
ISBN-13: 9780152054274

NYT Nonfiction Bestseller Debuts, 5/3

Monday, April 27th, 2009

It had to happen at some point; after 29 weeks, Dewey slips off the main NYT list, to #23 the extended list. It’s still going strong on the Indie list, however, where it’s at #8 after 31 weeks.

The celebrity memoir is definitely back; several new titles join those already on the list; it looks like celebrityhood is a recession-proof business. Can Monica Seles’s Getting a Grip (excerpted in the WSJ today) be far behind?

#4 NYT Nonfiction
#28 USA Today General

Mommywood
Tori Spelling
Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 141659910X
ISBN-13: 9781416599104

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#8 NYT Nonfiction

Just When I Thought I’d Dropped My Last Egg: Life and Other Calamities
Kathie Lee Gifford
Price: $22.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 0345512065
ISBN-13: 9780345512062

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#12 NYT Nonfiction

A Little Bit Wicked: Life, Love, and Faith in Stages
Kristin Chenoweth
Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Touchstone – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 1416580557
ISBN-13: 9781416580553

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#15 NYT Nonfiction

Priceless Memories
Bob Barker, Digby Diehl
Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Center Street – (2009-04-06)
ISBN-10: 1599951355
ISBN-13: 9781599951355

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#1 NYT Paperback Advice
#10 USA Today General

Hungry Girl: 200 Under 200: 200 Recipes Under 200 Calories
Lisa Lillien
Price: $19.95
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 0312556179
ISBN-13: 9780312556174

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#3 NYT Hardcover Advice
#37 USA Today General

The NYT indicates that The Carrot Principle indicates bulk ordering. Libraries show few reserves.

The Carrot Principle: How the Best Managers Use Recognition to Engage Their People, Retain Talent, and Accelerate Performance [Updated & Revised]
Adrian Gostick, Chester Elton
Price: $22.95
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Free Press – (2009-04-07)
ISBN-10: 1439149178
ISBN-13: 9781439149171

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#4 NYT Hardcover Advice

The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide: Protect Your Savings, Boost Your Income, and Grow Wealthy Even in the Worst of Times
Martin D. Weiss
Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Wiley – (2009-04-06)
ISBN-10: 0470393777
ISBN-13: 9780470393772

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#5 NYT Hardcover Advice

Eight Little Faces
Kate Gosselin
Price: $14.99
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Zondervan – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 0310318467
ISBN-13: 9780310318460

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#10 NYT Hardcover Advice

10-10-10: A Life-Transforming Idea
Suzy Welch
Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 1416591826
ISBN-13: 9781416591825

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#18 Extended NYT Nonfiction

The Horse Boy: A Father’s Quest to Heal His Son
Rupert Isaacson
Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 0316008230
ISBN-13: 9780316008235

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#19 Extended NYT Nonfiction

I’ll Scream Later
Marlee Matlin
Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Simon Spotlight Entertainment – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 1439102856
ISBN-13: 9781439102855

NYT Fiction Bestseller Debuts, 5/3

Monday, April 27th, 2009

#2 NYT Fiction
#19 USA Today General

Look Again
Lisa Scottoline
Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 0312380720
ISBN-13: 9780312380724

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#10 NYT Fiction
Boneman’s Daughters

Prepub reviews were dismal for this Christian fiction title about a serial killer, but PW admitted there might be a certain audience for the book; “Those with an insatiable appetite for thrillers about creepy, sadistic killers of young women should be satisfied”

BoneMan’s Daughters
Ted Dekker
Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Center Street – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 1599951959
ISBN-13: 9781599951959

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#11 NYT Fiction
One Second After has been moving steadily up the extended list for three weeks and now moves on to the main list.

One Second After
William R. Forstchen
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Forge Books – (2009-03-17)
ISBN-10: 0765317583
ISBN-13: 9780765317582

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#12 NYT Fiction
#96 USA Today General
Prayers for Sale got a starred review in Booklist; “Fans of Lee Smith (Fair and Tender Ladies, 1988), Sue Monk Kidd (The Secret Life of Bees, 2002), and Kaye Gibbons (Charms for the Easy Life, 2003), will love this book.”

The author’s revious titles, Tallgrass and New Mercies went on the Denver and Indie list. This is the author’s first title on the  NYT list.

Prayers for Sale
Sandra Dallas
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 0312385188
ISBN-13: 9780312385187

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#13 NYT Fiction
#147 USA Today General

Last in the Jessica Darling series.

Perfect Fifths
Megan McCafferty
Price: $22.00
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Crown – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 0307346528
ISBN-13: 9780307346520

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#19 Extended NYT Fiction

The Geometry of Sisters
Luanne Rice
Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Bantam – (2009-04-14)
ISBN-10: 0553805134
ISBN-13: 9780553805130

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#31 Extended NYT Fiction

The Song Is You has been reviewed widely in the consumer press, with wide-ranging reactions, from Michiko Kakutani in the NYT

…reads like a maladroit mash-up of the romantic comedy “Sleepless in Seattle,” in which the hero and heroine meet in real life only in the last reel, and one of those creepy, straight-to-video movies, in which a famous beauty is pursued around the world by an obsessive fan.

to the San Francisco Chronicle,

…takes on loneliness, alienation, middle age and what it means to feel passé and weighted down by your past – “older than baseball players (even knuckleballers).” Yet despite these sober concerns, Phillips’ sparkling prose makes for a seriously fun read.

The Song Is You
Arthur Phillips
Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2009-04-07)
ISBN-10: 1400066468
ISBN-13: 9781400066469

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#33 Extended NYT Fiction

Miss Julia Delivers the Goods
Ann B. Ross
Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult – (2009-04-16)
ISBN-10: 0670020656
ISBN-13: 9780670020652

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#34 Extended NYT Fiction

The debut story collection, Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned has been reviewed widely and admiringly in the consumer press. Reserves are heavy on light ordering in some large libraries.

Everything Ravaged, Everything Burned: Stories
Wells Tower
Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux – (2009-03-17)
ISBN-10: 0374292191
ISBN-13: 9780374292195

RA Alert — Darling Jim

Saturday, April 25th, 2009

In Sunday’s NYT BR, Marilyn Stasio gives a stellar review to a book we love at EarlyWord (Lisa Von Drasek even took off her kids hat to rave about it), Darling Jim by Christian Moerk (Uses of Enchantment, NYT BR, 5/3). It gets an equally strong review in South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel (Oline Cogdill, Darling Jim) and a review in the 4/20 issue of People called it “a chilling bedtime story for adults.”

Most libraries are showing low holds, but one has ten to one holds; it’s likely the staff got the word of mouth going.

As the reviews indicate, Darling Jim has appeal for readers of many different genres, since it combines “murder mystery, romantic suspense, psychological thriller, [and] folk legend.”

Darling Jim
Christian Moerk
Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. – (2009-03-31)
ISBN-10: 0805089470
ISBN-13: 9780805089479

Tantor will be releasing Darling Jim in audio in May, narrated by Stephen Hoye and Justine Eyre. It will also be available on OverDrive.

9 Audio CDs (Library Binder Pkg)    EAN: 9781400141982 $55.99 


1 Mp3-CD (Retail Slimline Pkg)        EAN: 9781400161980 $19.99
9 Audio CDs (Retail Unikeep Pkg)    EAN: 9781400111985 $27.99