Coming the Week of Nov. 1

The first three titles being discounted in the book price wars release next week:

11/3 Grisham, John, Ford County
11/3 Kingsolver, Barbara, Lacuna
11/3 Robb, J.D., Kindred in Death

Ironically, some independent booksellers have cancelled their original orders and will be buying their stock from the enemy [11/2 UPDATE: the online retailers have now imposed a limit on the number of copies customers can order, so this is no longer an option].

On Fiction_L, we asked if any libraries were planning to do the same. All the responders said no, because they get their books cataloged and processed by their wholesaler. Estimating that the savings would amount to $10 a book as opposed to the discounted price through the wholesaler, all said that it would not be worth the cost and effort to switch the orders, catalog, jacket and process the books.

Below is a list of major titles with pub dates next week (some may already be available).


11/1 Dennis, Brian, Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle

Nubs: The True Story of a Mutt, a Marine & a Miracle
Brian Dennis, Mary Nethery, Kirby Larson
Retail Price: $17.99
Hardcover: 48 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers – (2009-11-01)
ISBN / EAN: 031605318X / 9780316053181

Audio from Hachette Audio; 1600248713; $17.98
Also on PlayAway; 1607884313; $39.99
Book and audio downloadable from OverDrive

Many librarians fell in love with this book at BEA, including Lisa Von Drasek

Lots of media is on tap for this, including the Today Show on Monday (8:30 a.m.); Conan O’Brien on 11/9; People magazine, 11/16 (on newsstands 11/6).


11/1 O’Connor, Jane Fancy Nancy: Splendiferous Christmas

11/3 Lupica, Mike, Million-Dollar Throw


11/3  Grisham, John, Ford County — A departure for Grisham, this is a collection of short stories.
11/3  Bell, Madison Smartt,  Devil’s Dream
11/3  Brown, Sandra, Rainwater
11/3  Jacobs, Kate, Knit the Season
11/3  Keillor, Garrison,  Christmas Blizzard
11/3  Kingsolver, Barbara, Lacuna
11/3  Robb, J.D., Kindred in Death
11/3  Shaara, Jeff, No Less Victory


11/2  Foer, Jonathan Safran Eating Animals

Eating Animals
Jonathan Safran Foer
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2009-11-02)
ISBN / EAN: 0316069906 / 9780316069908

Downloadable eBook from OverDrive

The current issue of Entertainment Weekly gives Eating Animals a solid B, saying,

You can agree wholeheartedly with huge chunks of novelist Jonathan Safran Foer’s sprawling and stirring new pro-vegetarian polemic, Eating Animals, and at the same time find it pompous and annoying.

The Huffington Post is running a series about the book and plans to do so for several weeks, describing the pieces as “a diverse range of responses” and not “your usual book reviews. They are the start of a conversation that some powerful people in agribusiness would rather we not have.” The responses are from a diverse group of people, from Natalie Portman to Andrew Weil and Rabbi David Wolpe, but have all been positive so far.

11/3  Johnson, Paul Churchill — Biography
11/3  Karr, Mary Lit: A Memoir
11/3 Dwight Garner Read Me: A Century of Classic American Book Advertisements
11/3 Gore, Al, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis
Gore will appear on Letterman on the day the book is published and on Jon Stewart the next evening.
11/3 Plouffe, David, The Audacity to Win
Time mgazine is running an exclusive four-page excerpt in the 11/9 issue (on newstands tomorrow). Will appear on Jon Stewart that evening.

The Audacity to Win: The Inside Story and Lessons of Barack Obama’s Historic Victory
David Plouffe
Retail Price: $27.95
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Viking Adult – (2009-11-03)
ISBN / EAN: 0670021334 / 9780670021338

Audio from Penguin Audiobooks; ISBN: 0143142720; $39.95
Both eBook and audiobook downloadable from OverDrive.

11/3 Osteen, Joel, It’s Your Time

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