In another mark of time passing, we went back to reprint our paper Boswell bags. I had said at first that I would switch out our colors with each reprinting, and we did. Compared to the first round, I must be needing bright colors at the moment--our small bag is now teal and the medium-sized bag is magenta. Some might call it hot pink, but I assure you that is a different Pantone number. It's not necessary a palette a retail analyst would recommend, except perhaps to eight-year-old girls, but I asked a small sample of tough guy customers and staff whether they could handle the magenta, and they were all positive.
The plastic bags are on a slightly different schedule, but expect a change in the color of those too, from a burnt orange to a bright blue. If you think this color story is too perky, perhaps at your request next year we can do three shades of gray.
Once again, I had a great time on Wisconsin Public Radio talking about books on Ben Merens's show. Though I ostensibly come with a list, much of the fun is hearing what listeners recommend, with the hope that I can add another their reading piles, one that will be a hit.
I used to be able to figure out how to link to the exact show, but now all I get is a rotating series of messages reminding me to donate. Not a bad thing, of course, but not what I wanted at the moment. Don't worry, it's still easy to find the show, which aired Friday, July 22, at the 5 pm hour.
I've often listened to the show after airing and wrote down every book we talked about, but the list came by email soon after airing, thanks to Katie Madsen at WPR. And with that note, here are the books:
--Kosher Chinese, by Michael Levy
--The Paris Wife, by Paula McLain
--Lunch in Paris: A Love Story with Recipes, by Elizabeth Bard
--French Leave, by Anna Gavalda
--Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
--The Hangman’s Daughter, by Oliver Pötzsch
--The Magicians, by Lev Grossman
--The Magician King, by Lev Grossman
--Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, by J.K. Rowling
--The Last Werewolf, by Glen Duncan
--A Dance with Dragons, by George R.R. Martin
--A Song of Ice and Fire, by George R.R. Martin
--Divergent, by Veronica Roth
--The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
--Breaking out of Bedlam, by Leslie Larson
--State of Wonder, by Ann Patchet
--Silver Sparrow, by Tayari Jones
--The Bucolic Plague: How Two Manhattanites Became Gentlemen Farmers: An Unconventional Memoir, by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
--Homegrown Democrat: A Few Plain Thoughts from the Heart of America, by Garrison Keillor
--Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining American: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff, by James B. Stewart
--Dog on It, by Spencer Quinn
--I’m Not the Biggest Bitch in This Relationship: Hilarious, Heartwarming Tales About Man’s Best Friend from America’s Favorite Humorists, by Wade Rouse
--An Abundance of Katherines, by John Green
--Looking for Alaska by John Green
--Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise, by Ruth Reichl
Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table, by Ruth Reichl
Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef, by Gabrielle Hamilton
The Book of Lost Things, by John Connolly
The Forgotten Garden, by Kate Morton
Among Thieves: A Tale of the Kin, by Douglas Hulick
The Story of Charlotte’s Web: E.B. White’s Eccentric Life in Nature and the Birth of an American Classic, by Michael Sims
Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading, by Nina Sankovitch
Area 51: An Uncensored History of America’s Top Secret Military Base, by Annie Jacobsen
Cleopatra: A Life, by Stacy Schiff
Mayflower: A Story of Courage, Community, and War, by Nathanial Philbrick
The Hare of Amber Eyes: A Family’s Century of Art and Loss, by Edmund De Waal
That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back, by Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum
I Am Charlotte Simmons, by Tom Wolfe
The Bonfire of the Vanities, by Tom Wolfe
A Man in Full, by Tom Wolfe
The Right Stuff, by Tom Wolfe
Room, by Emma Donoghue
A Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, by David Mitchell
Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad
The Selected Works of Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim, Nostromo, the Secret Agent & a Selection of Short Stories, by Joseph Conrad
A Dog’s Life, by Gerald Hammond
Middlesex, by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Marriage Plot, by Jeffrey Eugenides
Byzantium, by Stephen Lawhead
John Chancellor Makes Me Cry, by Anne Rivers Siddons
Infinite Jest, by David Foster Wallace
Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
The Tennis Partner, by Abraham Verghese
My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story, by Abraham Verghese
The Invisible Bridge, by Julie Orringer
A Walk in the Woods, by Bill Bryson
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War, by Tony Horwitz
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