Keep an Eye on MAKING TOAST

One nonfiction title going on sale next week has been getting some buzz in the library world: journalist Roger Rosenblatt‘s memoir Making Toast, about helping to raise his grandchildren after his daughter’s sudden death at age 38.

So far, holds are modest at libraries we checked, but this title was highlighted at a buzz panel at ALA and is a favorite of Harper’s library marketing maven Virigina Stanley. It was also excerpted in the New Yorker, and is an Indie Next Pick for March.

PW says: “Rosenblatt draws sharply etched portraits of his grandchildren; his stoic, gentle son-in-law; his wife, who feels slightly guilty that she is living her daughter’s life; and Amy [the daughter] emerges as a smart, prickly, selfless figure whose significance the author never registered until her death.”

UPDATE: Rosenblatt was interviewed on NPR’s All Things Considered by Melissa Block, who called it an “exquisite, restrained little memoir filled with both hurt and humor.” Listen here. The book rose to #173 on Amazon.

Making Toast
Roger Rosenblatt
Retail Price: $21.99
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Ecco – (2010-03-01)
ISBN / EAN: 006182593X / 9780061825934

Available from Blackstone Audiobooks

3 Tape LIBRARY 1-4417-2133-4 $44.95
1 Playaway LIBRARY 1-4417-2140-2 $54.99
1 MP3CD LIBRARY 1-4417-2137-2 $29.95 $
3 CD LIBRARY 1-4417-2134-1 $55.00

E-book and audio available from OverDrive

Other Major Nonfiction Titles On Sale Next Week

  • Chip and Dan Heath‘s Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard (Random House) follows their bestseller Make To Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die. Library Journal calls praises its “fresh ideas and a breezy style that will work equally well for company executives, undergraduates, and average joes.” Holds are as high as 4:1 in libraries we checked.
  • Daniel Amen‘s Change Your Brain, Change Your Body: To Get and Keep the Body You Have Always Wanted (Harmony) applies the insights of brain imaging technology to weight loss.

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