SHOUT & SHARE Pick, Cover of the NYT BR

Did you think that Sunday’s NYT BR might second Time magazine’s cover pick, Jonthan Franzen’s Freedom?

No, The Tenth Parallel gets that spot; “A fascinating journey along the latitude line in Africa and Asia where Christianity and Islam often meet and clash,” which was a librarians BEA Shout & Share Pick.

However, the online edition of the Book Review includes a “preview” of Freedom in the 8/29 edition, reviewed by Book Review editor, Sam Tanenhaus. He calls it a masterpiece; expect to see it on the cover next week.

Julie Meyerson (The Lost Child) nails the appeal of Gail Caldwell’s book about the death of her best friend, Let’s Take the Long Way Home, by saying her “…greatest achievement is to rise above all that [the death of her friend, followed by the death of her beloved dog] to describe both the very best that women can be together and the precious things they can, if they wish, give back to one another: power, humor, love and self-respect.” The book also lands at #19 on the Nonfiction expanded list.

And, hurrah!, a review of a grammar book that “endorses breaking rules that make no sense,” The Glamour of Grammar.

On the best seller lists, our favorite picture book for adults, (NOT because it uses the term “jackass;” but because adults are more likely to respond to the book’s concept), Lane Smiths’ It’s a Book! arrives at #7 on the Picture Book list. If you haven’t seen the trailer, (and even if you have), give yourself a Friday treat and watch it (but know that the book IS better than the trailer):

The Murder Room, which was featured twice on NPR in the past week, debuts at #11 on the Nonfiction list.

On the Hardcover Advice list, after Women Food and God, which has been on for 22 weeks, it’s business books. At #2 and #3 are the provocatively titled, It’s Not Just Who You Know and Bury My Heart at Conference Room B. Then, we return to what really matters with Jennifer Arnold’s dog-training-through-kindness book, featured on GMA this week, Through a Dog’s Eyes, on for the first week at #7.

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