This explains the towering pile of books in the corner.
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In the process of doing some promotional work for Stephen Meader’s Lumberjack, one of our currently discounted hardcover titles, I came across a vintage review of the book by the New York Herald Tribune, which was written before the newspaper ceased publication in 1966. A little throwback, and the review still holds up some 50 years later!
“This is the sort of book, rare today, which is equally enthralling to adults and children. Dan Garland is a very real and very human boy and his adventures and experiences are completely absorbing. This really is a grand book and one it would not be possible to recommend too highly.”
It may be a little early to be thinking about Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. After all, I still haven’t dragged out a single Easter decoration with five days to go. A record, I believe. However, I am in planning mode for our spring book sale. With 44 Stephen Meader titles to choose from, I thought it might be fun to give our fans a say in the selection. So readers, which titles would you like most to see included in our next book sale?
Just in time to start your weekend off with a laugh, imagining how you could incorporate these into everyday conversation. These are fantastic. Personally, I’m giddy to learn about the word ‘resistentialism’ as I would wager money that both my car and hair have this on any given day.
There is a great article in this month’s issue of The Atlantic (March 2013): Serial Thriller by Megan Garber that discusses the surprising rise in popularity of the serial story. As in the opposite of instant gratification. As in you have to wait for the cliffhanger to be resolved. Its evident in the popularity of serial television shows such as The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad (just two of many) as well as in movies and books (Twilight Saga, Hunger Games).
In today’s world where we have access to almost anything, instantly with the click of a button, I must admit that I found this to be refreshing news. I rather like the thought that, despite all of the technological advancements that we have made towards instant acquisition, we haven’t lost the thrill of anticipation or as Garber puts it, “the anticipatory pleasure that can come from the simple act of waiting.”
What are your favorite serial stories?
Sigh. Oh, to have been the one to stumble upon this treasure in the trash pile.
Can’t you almost see the young Elvis Presley, new to town, perhaps shy, diligently reading about Andrew Jackson in the school library as giggling thirteen-year-old girls try to catch his attention?