Archive for June, 2010

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Miley Cyrus To Star In WAKE

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Hannah Montana and Last Song star Miley Cyrus has been signed to star in the film of best-selling YA paranormal thriller, Wake by Lisa McMann, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

No director has been announced.

The Wake is the first in a trilogy about a girl who is cursed with the ability to inhabit other people’s dreams. Rights to the entire series have been acquired by Paramount and MTV Films, with the plan to create a franchise.

Lisa McMann
Retail Price: $15.99
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse – (2008-03-04)
ISBN / EAN: 1416953574 / 9781416953579

Brilliance Audio; UNABR

  • 4 CD’s; 9781441819901; $44.97
  • MP3-CD;  978144181992-5; $39.97

Also on PlayAway

eBook available from OverDrive


Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

In yesterday’s Washington Post, Jess Walter calls The Frozen Rabbi by Steve Stern, an “exuberant new novel…packed to bursting with epic adventure and hysterical comedy, with grim poignancy and pointed satire.”

Earlier, the San Francisco Chronicle quoted Gordon Lish,”the renowned editor and literary kingmaker,” who calls Stern, “far and away the greatest of our unrecognized writers.”

Anyone who knows Mike Rackliff, head of library marketing at Workman, has heard him rave about it.

The Frozen Rabbi
Steve Stern
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2010-05-11)
ISBN / EAN: 156512619X / 9781565126190

HIGH FINANCIER Author Hits the Media

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Niall Ferguson is known for his 2008 best seller, The Ascent of Money. His new book High Financier, a bio of Siegmund Warburg and how his economic principles could have prevented the current global economic crises, releases tomorrow.

High Financier: The Lives and Time of Siegmund Warburg
Niall Ferguson
Retail Price: $35.00
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The – (2010-06-24)
ISBN / EAN: 159420246X / 9781594202469

Tantor Audio:

On Sale Date: 06/24/2010
Trade; 9781400114986; 14 Audio CDs; $34.99
Librar;y 9781400144983; 14 Audio CDs; $69.99
MP3; 9781400164981; 2 MP3-CD; $24.99

Ferguson has emerged as a major critic of economist Paul Krugman, who supports economic stimulus. He discussed his views yesterday with Tom Ashbrook on NPR’s On Point.

He also stepped out of his role as an economist to comment on General McChrystal’s critism of the President’s handling of the war in Afghanistan in Rolling Stone article on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

As a result, his book, which was regarded by PW as a weak bio of a largely-forgotten figure in British banking, rose to # 126, from #7,111 on Amazon’s sales rankings yesterday. Libraries we checked are showing holds of 1:1 on light ordering.

The On Point with Tom Ashbrook web site features the following rap about the schism between two schools of economic thought; John Maynard Keynes and F. A. Hayek (whose 1944 book, The Road to Serfdom rose  to #1 on Amazon last week and continues at #7 today, because of a passionate endorsement by Glenn Beck).

Book Sections Are Not Dead

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

In the midst of all the bad news about book coverage in newspapers, there is at least one bright spot.

The blog GalleyCat just posted a job listing for a books editor for, saying, “According to our sources, the organization is working on building up the books section…”’s books section already rivals many newspaper’s; we look forward to an even stronger one.

Scott Turow’s Favorite Thriller

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

To mark the first day of summer, NPR began a new book series, “Thrilled to Death.” All summer long, they plan to invite thriller writers to talk about books they love.

The series on All Things Considered last night with Scott Turow, who reached back to his 40-year-old copy of Graham Greene’s The Power and The Glory, a book he “would have simply died to write.”

It rose to #102 on Amazon, from #4,751, as a result.

The Power and the Glory (Penguin Classics)
Graham Greene
Retail Price: $15.00
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Penguin Classics – (2003-02-25)
ISBN / EAN: 0142437301 / 9780142437308

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

THE RED BOOK On View in D.C.

Monday, June 21st, 2010

If you’re going to D.C. this week, you have a rare opportunity to see Carl Jung’s The Red Book, which will be on view in a special exhibition, at the Library of Congress (Mon, through Sat, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m.)

In the book, Jung chronicled in words and drawings his own hallucinations during a mental breakdown. He considered The Red Book the wellspring of all his works, but it was locked away in a vault until last year when it was sent to New York for public viewing and Norton published a facsimile. It was also featured in the New York Times Magazine.


The following spread is from Norton’s catalog.

RedBook Spread

The Red Book
C. G. Jung
Retail Price: $195.00
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. – (2009-10-07)
ISBN / EAN: 0393065677 / 9780393065671

A Big Thank You…

Monday, June 21st, 2010

…to Carol Fitzgerald, co-founder and President of the Book Report Network. She’s a strong believer in libraries and has written an impassioned letter urging authors and readers to join her in advocating for library funding by participating in the Library Advocacy Day Rally on June 29th from 11AM-12PM at Upper Senate Park, in Washington, D.C., writing to legislators, sending Op-Ed pieces to local newspapers and finding out what support local libraries need.

Procrastinator’s Guide to ALA

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Like many of you, I rely on John Berry’s preview of ALA conference to help me find my way through the approximately 2,000 programs and meetings going on. I was in a bit of a panic, because I couldn’t find it on the new on the LJ Web site (ah, the challenges of transitioning to new servers; I am totally sympathetic). Found it in the nick of time.

ALA 2010: The Costly Cornucopia

Also, Cindy Orr at the Readers Advisor Online blog has a great rundown of Readers Advisory programming.

ALA Annual Conference RA Programs

Of the listings, I want to give a special shout-out to Neal Wyatt’s brainchild, the RA Research and Trends Forum. This year, the topic is visual narratives, examined in several formats; love the idea of mixing together video games, graphic novels and illuminated manuscripts.

RA Research and Trends Forum
Saturday June 26th, 4-5:30 p.m.
Convention Center, room 204 B/C

Nathan Altice, video game narratives
Tom De Haven, on graphic novels; an expert on comics, De Haven is known for his comics-themed novels, the Derby trilogy and It’s Superman
Daniel De Simone, LC’s expert on illuminated manuscripts

Also, don’t forget the publishers buzz sessions, which we ran down last week:

From the Inside(rs) Out: Book Editors and the New Titles They Love
Friday, June 25 from 3:30 to 5:00 (just prior to the opening of the Exhibit floor)
Convention Center; Room 103A

HarperCollins FALL TITLE Presentation
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Convention Center, Room 147A
Adult Titles, 10:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Childrens Titles, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
RSVP to: Bobby Brinson, HarperCollins

Random House, Inc. BOOK BUZZ
Sunday, June 27th
Convention Center, Room 152A
Children’s Titles: 10:00am – 11:00am
Adult Titles: 11:15am – 12:15pm
RSVP to: Library@RandomHouse

And, check the publisher’s ads to find out which authors will be featured in their booths (hint: Vicki Myron will be at one of them):

Random House, booth #2903

Penguin, boooth #2505

Tess Gerritsen TNT

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Rizzoli and Isles, a new TNT crime-solving female buddy series, based on the novels by Tess Gerritsen, begins on Monday, July 12th.

Official Web Site: RizzoliandIsles

The pilot episode is based on the second book in the series. The new mass market pbk. cover features Angie Harmon as Detective Jane Rizzoli and Sasha Alexander as medical examiner Maura Isles. Also in the cast is Lorraine Bracco as Jane’s mother.

The Apprentice (Jane Rizzoli, Book 2)
Tess Gerritsen
Retail Price: $7.99
Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2003-07-29)
ISBN / EAN: 0345447867 / 9780345447869

OverDrive, downloadable audio and ebook
Books on Tape; UNABR; 8CD’s; 9780736687638: $80


The latest in the series, Ice Cold, comes out next week and features the TNT logo, as do the new mass market paperbacks of the series.

Ice Cold: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel
Tess Gerritsen
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2010-06-29)
ISBN / EAN: 034551548X / 9780345515483

Brilliance Audio

  • UNABR; 9 CD’s; Read by Tanya Eby; 9781423392064;  $97.97
  • UNABR; MP3-CD; 978-1-4233-9208-8; $39.97

OverDrive WMA Audiobook

Rob Reiner’s FLIPPED

Monday, June 21st, 2010

Fans of both Rob Reiner and YA author Wendelin Van Draanen have been eagerly awaiting Reiner’s movie of Van Draanen’s novel, Flipped.

Reiner has changed the contemporary setting of the novel to the late ’50s and early ’60s. The story is about the love/hate relationship between two eighth graders; you can’t help but think “Stand by Me meets When Harry Met Sally.”

In an interiew in USA Today, Reiner credits his 16-year-old son Nick, for introducing him to the book.

The movie set will open in most theaters on August 27; it will open in a limited number of theaters in early August.


Wendelin Van Draanen
Retail Price: $8.99
Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers – (2010-08-10)
ISBN / EAN: 0375863478 / 9780375863479


Monday, June 21st, 2010

The movie of Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone opened in a limited number of theaters on Friday, after making a splash at the Sundance Film Festival earlier in the year. Critics are enthralled, from the NYT to the LA Times and David Edelstein on CBS Sunday Morning.

The movie tie-in rose to #55 on Amazon over the weekend.



Winter’s Bone: A Novel
Daniel Woodrell
Retail Price: $13.99
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Back Bay Books – (2010-06-01)
ISBN / EAN: 031613161X / 9780316131612

Coming to Comedy Central

Monday, June 21st, 2010

It’s not directly book related, but Gloria Steinman will be on the Colbert Report on Tuesday.


The Colbert Report

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Wes Moore
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Spiegel & Grau – (2010-04-27)
ISBN / EAN: 0385528191 / 9780385528191

Random House Audio; UNABR; 9780307877130; $35
Adobe EPUB eBook and WMA Audiobook from OverDrive
The author appeared on Oprah in April.


The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The White House Doctor: My Patients Were Presidents – A Memoir
Connie Mariano
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books – (2010-06-22)
ISBN / EAN: 0312534833 / 9780312534837


The Colbert Report

Denialism: How Irrational Thinking Hinders Scientific Progress, Harms the Planet, and Threatens Our Lives
Michael Specter
Retail Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Penguin Press HC, The – (2009-10-29)
ISBN / EAN: 1594202303 / 9781594202308

Spector appeared on The Daily Show last December. In the Fall, he was featured on several news stories about  the safety of flu vaccine.

JAN’S STORY CBS Sunday Morning

Monday, June 21st, 2010

How does Alzheimer’s affect the spouse of one of its victims? Reporter Barry Petersen delved into that story in a very personal way on CBS Sunday Morning yesterday. His wife, Jan Chorlton, once a reporter for CNN, ABC and CBS Sunday Morning, began showing symptoms of the disease at 40. Now 60, she lives in an assisted living facility.

Petersen has also written a book, Jan’s Story, which went to #38 on Amazon sales rankings after the show. The book was not reviewed prepub and libraries we checked have not ordered it.

Jan’s Story: Love lost to the long goodbye of Alzheimer’s
Barry Petersen
Retail Price: $15.95
Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Behler Publications – (2010-06-15)
ISBN / EAN: 1933016442 / 9781933016443