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Big Nonfiction Titles; Week of 12/28

Monday, December 28th, 2009

In preparation for all those New Year’s resolutions, the annual flood of self-help titles begins this week.

Several franchises are releasing new titles. The Eat this! Not That! guys have already tackled restaurants and supermarkets and now they take on the scariest place of all for dieters — Cook This! Not That!: The Kitchen Survival Guide. Unmarried, self-supporting “real” New York “housewife,” Bethenny Frankel has a new book in her Skinnygirl line, The Skinnygirl Dish and You: on a Diet is coming out in a new edition.

Our money is on The High School Reunion Diet: Lose 20 Years in 30 Days, for title alone.

The High School Reunion Diet: Lose 20 Years in 30 Days
David A., M.D. Colbert
Retail Price: $23.00
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster – (2009-12-29)
ISBN / EAN: 1439182558 / 9781439182550

Some wimps make once-a-year resolutions, but for her “Happiness Project,” Gretchen Rubin lived a resolution a month and blogged about it (Happiness-Project.com).

The site is a model for making use of every possible form of social networking; there’s even a Happiness Project Toolbox, for people who want to create their own Happiness Project Groups. Now comes the old media version; a book. Rubin’s a library lover and includes Kansas City P.L. in her upcoming tour.

The Happiness Project: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun
Gretchen Rubin
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-01-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061583251 / 9780061583254

HarperAudio: 9780061996924; 12/29/2009; $24.99

eBook downloadable from OverDrive.

Heavy Hold Alert: AWAIT YOUR REPLY

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

Dan Chaon’s new suspense novel, Await Your Reply, has piled up an amazing number of major reviews. And that’s helped drive up reserves in all the libraries we checked (all have to 100 or more holds each), in the month since we wrote about the first wave of reviews in the Washington Post, People and the Los Angeles Times.

This twisted tale about about three characters who go searching for themselves after losing members of their families puts a new spin on the idea of identity theft and what it means to “find yourself.”

The New York Times Book Review compares the novel to “an unfunny Coen brothers movie,” since it mostly takes place in the Midwest, and praises ­Chaon’s “intricate and suspenseful plotting” and “some of the most paranoid material to hit American literature since Don DeLillo’s White Noise.”

Like the Times reeviewer, those at the Chicago Tribune and Pittsburg Post-Gazette concur that the book really picks up in the second half. The Post-Gazette sums it up best:

These stories, at first, present a lot of detail but not a lot of direction, but all the ink spent on backstory and character development prove to be worth it when the characters’ lives intersect, and the novel turns from stories about people trying to find themselves to a page-turning mystery.

Mystery-book blogger Sarah Weinman also chimes in:

I marvel at how Chaon can juggle so many storylines and merge them together at differing points, letting the reader discern connections. . . The payoff is great but AWAIT YOUR REPLY is less about how things resolve and more about how life defies resolution.

In the month since Await Your Reply was published, it’s also become quite popular on Good Reads, the social media site for readers, where 183 readers rated it, with 39% giving it a 4 star rating (out of 5), and it received 111 reviews.

Await Your Reply: A Novel
Dan Chaon
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2009-08-25)
ISBN / EAN: 0345476026 / 9780345476029

Also available on Phoenix Audio

  • CD: $32.95; ISBN 9781597772778

We Were Right About STITCHES

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

It’s always fun when librarians pick a winner early–and that’s the case with David Small’s graphic memoir of his unhappy childhood, Stitches, which has been getting some major media hits lately. It was a “Shout ‘n’ Share” pick at Book Expo, which many saw as a “gateway book” that could help bring graphic novels into the mainstream. And by the end of the show, it was the book everyone was talking about. (EarlyWord also had a stake in helping it along, and we also gave away some galleys last summer.)  Libraries we checked had between 1 and 40 copies on hand, and one library we checked had 64 reserves.

The New York Times recently interviewed David Small, a Caldecott-winning children’s book illustrator whose radiologist father experimented on him and gave him a cancer that had to be surgically removed, along with a vocal cord, leaving Small with 29 stitches from ear to collarbone, and without his voice. Meanwhile, his mother, who was unhappy in her marriage, exchanged “ecstatic backrubs” on the couch with her lesbian lover in Small’s presence.

The Los Angeles Times  reviews the book favorably, saying

“How David fights for his freedom and finds his voice, both literally and artistically, makes “Stitches” an engrossing story. But it is Small’s talent and empathetic treatment of a child’s perspective that elevate “Stitches” to great art.”

NPR also wrote about the book on their website, as a “Book We Like.”

And USA Today made it one of their fall picks, as we mentioned earlier.

The publisher has also created five short films, featuring scenes from the books. If you feature book videos on your web site, you can embed these videos. Below are two from the early part of the book:

Momma had her little cough (from David Small’s Stitches) from Stitches: A Memoir… on Vimeo.

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I had fallen in love with Alice (from David Small’s Stitches) from Stitches: A Memoir… on Vimeo.

Stitches: A Memoir
David Small
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. – (2009-09-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0393068579 / 9780393068573

Drabble’s One-of-a-Kind Memoir

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Tired of unrestrained, sensational memoirs?  Then consider Margaret Drabble’s The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History With Jigsaws, an unusual tribute to her lifelong fascination with jigsaw puzzles that doubles as a reserved account of her struggle with depression. While libraries we checked have up to 24 holds on modest numbers of copies, the book has sparked a sympathetic profile of the prolific fiction writer, biographer and literary and social historian in the New York Times Magazine, along with a review in the Los Angeles Times. The book is currently at #1039 on Amazon.

In her New York Times Magazine profile, Daphne Merkin recalls Drabble’s early years as a literary “it” girl in 1960s London and calls her “a British prodigy. . .dedicated to the delineation of the provisional, the tentative, the nontriumphant — what life is rather than what it might be.” Drabble was introduced to jigsaw puzzles by her beloved aunt, who was childfree, and more fun than Drabble’s dour parents. “My mother used [depression] as a weapon to manipulate others,” she said. . . “It took the form of anger.”  Though Drabble found that the puzzles helped her combat her depression, she adds that she finds her dark moods can be “useful. . .for stripping off ways of getting through life that prevent you from having to think.”

 Writing in the LA Times, critic Richard Eder is more circumspect about Drabble’s book and its merits noting that Drabble’s history of jigsaw puzzles can be labored, and that she writes

“of her parents as if in a frozen state from which she still remains unthawed. A reference to her sister, the novelist A.S. Byatt, preserves the rancor that has long existed between these literary rivals. She draws a dolorous picture of the cancer afflicting her second husband, the biographer Michael Holroyd, with long confinement in hospitals and home and a diet whose bland whiteness suggests an endless arctic winter. And she writes of her own depressions, verging at one point on the suicidal.”

So Drabble’s more literary fans may find more to enjoy than jigsaw lovers who don’t already know Drabble.

The Pattern in the Carpet: A Personal History with Jigsaws
Margaret Drabble
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – (2009-09-16)
ISBN / EAN: 0547241445 / 9780547241449

The Obama Book Club

Thursday, August 13th, 2009

President Obama’s gotten caught reading by the press fairly consistently since May 2008 - though more often during the campaign than during the first six months of his presidency. Rather handily, the Daily Beast has recapped his reading picks, which shows “a predilection for presidential profiles, a weakness for explain-it-all bestsellers, and the occasional hankering for literary fiction.”

There are 12 entries so far – that’s a year’s supply of reading for enterprising book clubs!

What Is the What
Dave Eggers
Retail Price: $15.95
Paperback Edition: 560 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (2007-11-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0676979491 / 978-0676979497 /

Also available from BBC audio:

  • 17 CDs $39.95; 978-1-60283-262-6

Library editions:

  • 17 CDs $124.95; 9780792748953
  • 2 MP3 CD’s  $74.95; 978-0-7927-4916-5
2 MP3CD Audiobook 20 Hr 31 Min
ISBN: 978-0-7927-4916-2 MP3 CD’s $74.95; 978-0-7927-4916-5
Netherland (Vintage Contemporaries)
Joseph O’Neill
Retail Price: $14.95
Paperback: 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage – (2009-05-07)
ISBN / EAN: 0307388778 / 9780307388773

Also available from Recorded Books

  • CD: #34.99; ISBN 9781436155427
Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet
Jeffrey D. Sachs
Retail Price: $17.00
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) – (2009-02-24)
ISBN / EAN: 0143114875 / 9780143114871

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Lincoln: The Biography of a Writer
Fred Kaplan
Retail Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2008-11-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0060773340 / 9780060773342

Available from Brilliance Audio

  • CD: $34.99; ISBN 9781423370994
  • MP3 CD: $24.95;  ISBN 9781423371014
The Defining Moment: FDR’s Hundred Days and the Triumph of Hope
Jonathan Alter
Retail Price: $16.00
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster – (2007-05-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0743246012 / 9780743246019

Available from BBC Audiobooks America

  • CD: $19.95; ISBN 9781572705531
FDR
Jean Edward Smith
Retail Price: $20.00
Paperback: 880 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks – (2008-05-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0812970497 / 9780812970494

Available from Random House Audio

  • CD: $34.95; ISBN 9780739343449
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan, and Bin Laden, from the Soviet Invasion to September 10, 2001
Steve Coll
Retail Price: $18.00
Paperback: 738 pages
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) – (2004-12-28)
ISBN / EAN: 0143034669 / 9780143034667

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Collected Poems, 1948-1984
Derek Walcott
Retail Price: $20.00
Paperback: 516 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux – (1987-01-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0374520259 / 9780374520250

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded 2.0: Why We Need a Green Revolution—and How It Can Renew America
Thomas L. Friedman
Retail Price: $16.00
Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Picador – (2009-11-24)
ISBN / EAN: 0312428928 / 9780312428921

Also available from BBC Audio:

  • 17 CD’s $124.95; 9780792754756
Unequal Democracy: The Political Economy of the New Gilded Age
Larry M. Bartels
Retail Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 328 pages
Publisher: Princeton University Press – (2008-04-07)
ISBN / EAN: 0691136637 / 9780691136639

Available in large print paperback:

  • $17.99; ISBN 9781594133350

And from MacMillan Audio

  • CD: $59.95: ISBN 9781427204585
Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln
Doris Kearns Goodwin
Retail Price: $21.00
Paperback: 944 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster – (2006-09-26)
ISBN / EAN: 0743270754 / 9780743270755

Available from Simon & Schuster Audio

  • CD: $39.95; ISBN 9780743539135
The Post-American World
Fareed Zakaria
Retail Price: $15.95
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. – (2009-05-04)
ISBN / EAN: 0393334805 / 9780393334807

Available from Simon & Schuster Audio

  • CD: $39.95; ISBN 9780743576857

Diamant is Indie Next Pick for Sept.

Friday, August 7th, 2009

Day After Night by Anita Diamant is the top choice on the independent booksellers’ Indie Next list for September. At one library we checked, reserves were as high as 106 on 38 copies, but World Cat shows that only 53 libraries have it.

Here’s how Kris Kleindienst, co-owner of Left Bank Books, Saint Louis, MO pitched the novel:

“Four women with four different stories of surviving the European Jewish Holocaust find themselves in an internment camp run by the British military in Palestine as illegals, Jews without papers. Based on the true story of a dramatic rescue in 1945 of more than 200 prisoners at the Atlit internment camp, this extraordinary novel is equal parts history, adventure, and celebration of the profound determination of the human psyche. I loved this book and will recommend it for reading groups.”

Day After Night: A Novel
Anita Diamant
Retail Price: $27.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2009-09-08)
ISBN / EAN: 0743299841 / 9780743299848

Also available from Simon & Schuster Audio on Sept. 1

  • CD $29.99; ISBN 9780743598392

The Indie Next #3 pick for September, Baking Cakes in Kigali by Gaile Parkin, is a debut novel that’s a strong favorite of Jen Childs, over at Random House’s library marketing department, and was also picked by librarians at the BEA “Shout and Share” panel. World Cat shows that 93 libraries have it, but libraries we checked show only modest reserves - though it’s still early.

Here’s a pitch from Sandy Scott at The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT:

“Cake maker Angel Tungaraza lives in a multicultural community in Rwanda, where she finds healing after the losses of her two grown children as she helps others solve their own problems with equal doses of common sense and kindness. Tragedy and humor find balance in this thoroughly enjoyable novel.”

Baking Cakes in Kigali: A Novel
Gaile Parkin
Retail Price: $24.00
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Press – (2009-08-18)
ISBN / EAN: 0385343434 / 9780385343435

New Jacket For LIAR

Friday, August 7th, 2009

In the first major case where a publisher has changed a jacket in response to pointed feedback from bloggers and other early readers, Bloomsbury Children’s Books announced today that it will re-jacket the hardcover edition of Liar by Justine Larbalestier. The YA novel lit up the blogosphere in June and July, when early readers and then the author blogged about their dissatisfaction that a feminine white girl was on the cover even though the book is about a black tomboy. The controversy has already brought considerable attention to the novel, which has a 100,000 copy announced first print and has received positive early reads.

The decision to revise the hardcover jacket is a reversal for Bloomsbury, which at first defended the original image, although the house also said it would revise the paperback jacket. But in a new statement to PW, Bloomsbury officials said:

““We regret that our original creative direction for Liar—which was intended to symbolically reflect the narrator’s complex psychological makeup—has been interpreted by some as a calculated decision to mask the character’s ethnicity. In response to this concern, and in support of the author’s vision for the novel, Bloomsbury has decided to re-jacket the hardcover edition with a new look in time for its publication in October. It is our hope that the important discussions about race and its representation in teen literature continue. As the publisher of Liar, we also hope that nothing further distracts from the quality of the author’s nuanced and accomplished story, and that a new cover will allow this novel’s many advocates to celebrate its U.S. publication without reservation.”

The decision came at some cost to the publisher, since the book is already well into production and goes on sale September 29.

Here’s the old jacket:

Liar
Justine Larbalestier
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books – (2009-09-29)
ISBN / EAN: 1599903059 / 9781599903057

Here’s the new jacket:
liar new

Target Makes Books

Friday, July 24th, 2009

We’ve seen articles on how Starbuck’s, Costco, Barnes and Noble, Borders and the Indie Next program get behind certain titles and turn them in to best sellers.  Now it’s big-box retailer Target’s turn. (One day I dream of seeing a similar article about libraries.)

According to the New York Times, Target’s “Bookmarked” program has had a big affect on sales of several midlist titles (Target Can Make Sleepy Titles into Bestsellers).

Of the titles mentioned in the article,  Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay, is the only one showing heavy holds in the libraries we checked (20 to 1 in one case). The current selection, The Wednesday Sisters by Meg White Clayton shows just a few holds.

On their Web site, Target lists their “Club Picks” as well as “Breakout Books” (titles in both categories get special endcap displays in the stores). You can also sign up for their free newsletter, alerting you to new picks (we will monitor new selections and report on them here).

Sarah’s Key
Tatiana de Rosnay
Retail Price: $13.95
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin – (2008-09-30)
ISBN / EAN: 0312370849 / 9780312370848

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For Target’s description of The Wednesday Sisters, click here.

The Wednesday Sisters
Meg Waite Clayton
Retail Price: $23.00
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2008-06-17)
ISBN / EAN: 0345502825 / 9780345502827

Sea Monster Alert!

Friday, July 17th, 2009

Quirk books, publisher of the surprise hit mashup Jane Austen and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith, has announced a followup: Sense and Sensibility and Seamonsters by Ben H. Winters, slated for release on September 15. In the meantime, there’s a hilarious book trailer so good it gave me chills!

Here, the Dashwood sisters leave their childhood home after the arrival of their scheming stepmother, only to land on an island of man-eating sea creatures — alllowing Winters to take inspiration from “everything from Jules Verne novels to Lost to Jaws to Spongebob Squarepants.” 

However, the publisher has set a more conservative printing (200,000 copies vs. the 600,000 in print for Jane Austen and Zombies)since the house is not certain if the twist on Jane Austen will hold as much appeal as zombies do, according to Publishers Weekly. Then again, if the ingenious trailer truly reflects the book, there’s probably little need to worry.


 

Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters
Jane Austen
Retail Price: $12.95
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Quirk Books – (2009-09-15)
ISBN / EAN: 1594744424 / 9781594744426

Getting Smarter

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Yesterday, in his twice-weekly NYT Op Ed column, Nicholas Kristoff wrote about a “superb new book,” Intelligence and How to Get It, which disproves the notion that IQ is fixed in our genes and “also offers terrific advice for addressing poverty and inequality in America.” 

As a result of this ringing endorsement, the book rose from #496 to #39 on Amazon and is showing heavy reserves on light ordering in many libraries.

Intelligence and How to Get It: Why Schools and Cultures Count
Richard E. Nisbett
Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 282 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. – (2009-02-02)
ISBN-10: 0393065057
ISBN-13: 9780393065053

James Beard Cookbook Awards

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Among the 33 finalists for the James Beard Foundation Cookbook Awards, ten titles also appeared on the IACP list. We’ve listed them below and included the number of libraries that own each title, according to OCLC, to help you focus on what you may be missing.

The winners of the James Beard Awards will be announced May 4th.

  • Arthur Schwartz’s Jewish Home Cooking: Yiddish Recipes Revisited
by Arthur Schwartz
(Ten Speed Press); owned by 331 libraries (OCLC)
  • The Art and Soul of Baking
by Cindy Mushet, Sur La Table
(Andrews McMeel Publishing); owned by  318 libraries (OCLC)
  • Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide
by Thomas Keller
(Artisan); owned by 120 libraries (OCLC)
  • The Bon Appétit Fast Easy Fresh Cookbook
by Barbara Fairchild
(John Wiley & Sons, Inc.); owned by 416 libraries (OCLC)
  • The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life
by Ellie Krieger
(The Taunton Press, Inc.); owned by 712 libraries (OCLC)
  • Beyond the Great Wall: Recipes and Travels in the Other China by Jeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid (Artisan); owned by 295 libraries (OCLC)
  • The Science of Good Food
by David Joachim and Andrew Schloss, with A. Philip Handel, Ph.D.
(Robert Rose Inc., Canadian publisher); owned by 238 libraries (OCLC)
  • Fat: An Appreciation of a Misunderstood Ingredient, with Recipes
by Jennifer McLagan
(Ten Speed Press); owned by 185 libraries (OCLC)
  • Shark’s Fin and Sichuan Pepper: A Sweet-Sour Memoir of Eating in China
by Fuchsia Dunlop
(W.W. Norton & Company, Inc.); owned by 384 libraries (OCLC)
  • Raising Steaks: The Life and Times of American Beef
by Betty Fussell
(Houghton Mifflin Harcourt); owned by 448 libraries (OCLC)

One of the Beard finalists appears to be self-published by the author/chef, who also has an extensive web site. OCLC shows only 5 libraries owning it. Where it is owned, it is circulating quickly. 

Southeast Asian Flavors
Robert Danhi
Retail Price: $45.00
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Mortar & Press – (2008-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0981633900 / 9780981633909

Looking More Kindly on ‘The Kindly Ones’

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

NYT reviewer Michiko Kakutani may not have the last word on The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Littell. It’s been a bestseller in Europe, selling over a million copies, and won the two most prestigious French literary awards. but Kakutani isn’t buying it;

The novel’s gushing fans…seem to have mistaken perversity for daring, pretension for ambition, an odious stunt for contrarian cleverness. [It is] Willfully sensationalistic and deliberately repellent…

In the Daily Beast, Michael Korda, who has read the book in both the original French and in the English translation, sounds like he read a different book altogether,

…a dreadful, compelling, brilliantly researched, and imagined masterpiece, a terrifying literary achievement, and perhaps the first work of fiction to come out of the Holocaust that places us in its very heart, and keeps us there.

And says,

I guarantee you, if you read this book to the end, and if you have any kind of taste at all, you won’t be able to put it down for a moment—lay in snacks and drinks!—you will be upset, disturbed, revolted, and deeply challenged.

Introducing an interview with the author in the Wall Street Journal, Jeffrey Trachtenberg reports that both Borders and Barnes & Noble are supporting the book. Independent booksellers are supporting it as well; it’s on the March Indie Next List.

Reviewers in the U.K., where the book has also just been released, are in the Kakutani camp. The Times of London calls it “so bloatedly inept that its reverential reception across the Channel seems barely comprehensible.”

It’s currently at #447 on Amazon sales rankings and library reserves are growing.

The Kindly Ones
Littell, Jonathan
Price: $29.99
Hardcover: 992 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2009-03-01)
ISBN-10: 0061353450
ISBN-13: 9780061353451

‘Beat the Reaper’ Gets New Fans

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

One of the debut novels we are tracking is Beat the Reaper,  the first novel by Josh Bazell, a comic thriller. Last month, the WSJ declared it “THE hot debut novel” of the month. Reviews have been great and since we last checked, reserve ratios have become heavy in some libraries (largely a result of low ordering). Where reserves aren’t heavy, the book has fast turnaround.

Now, a new reason to consider buying more copies; Nancy Pearl tells Seattle NPR that she’s a fan.

Beat the Reaper

by Josh Bazell

  • Hardcover: $24.99; 320 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (January 7, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0316032220
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316032223
  • Audio CD: Unabridged; $29.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; (January 7, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1600244327
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600244322
  • Also on OverDrive
  • Paperback: $24.99; 416 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (January 7, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 0316037559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316037556

‘Dirt’ is Good for You

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

Currently, the most emailed health article from the New York Times is Babies Know – A Little Dirt Is Good for You … by Jane Bordy. It features the book Why Dirt Is Good, by Mary Ruebush, which is owned by less than 1/3 of the large libraries I checked. It appears to not have been reviewed prepub.

The libraries that own it show brisk circulation and some holds.

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Why Dirt Is Good

Ruebush, Mary 

  • Hardcover: $19.95; 208 pages
  • Publisher: Kaplan Publishing;  (January 6, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 1427798044
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427798046

Heavy Reserve Alert — ‘Next 100 Years’

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

George Friedman’s The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century rose to #19 in Amazon Sales Rankings today. Library ordering is light and many libraries are showing heavy reserve to copy ratios, 10 to one in some cases. It’s also available in audio, which fewer libraries own.

Publishers Weekly said in its review, “Whether all of the visions in Friedman’s crystal ball actually materialize, they certainly make for engrossing entertainment.”

The book has been getting attention in consumer media:

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The Next 100 Years: A Forecast for the 21st Century

Friedman, George  

  • Hardcover: $25.95; 272 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday (January 27, 2009)
  • ISBN-10: 038551705X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385517058
  • eBook: Overdrive
  • Unabridged Audio: Blackstone
  • Read by: William Hughes
  • 7 Tape: 1-4332-1542-1; $59.95
  • Playaway: 1-4332-5638-7; $59.99 
  • MP3CD: 1-4332-1546-9; $29.95 
  • CD: 1-4332-1543-8; $80.00