Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday is New-day...Yes, I'm the First One Who Thought of That.

The rhythm of the bookstore gradually adapted over the years with the rise of laydown titles. In the past, books came whenever, and you put them out when you got them.  With the rise of better logistics, most publishers were able to adapt to the system in use by the music and film industries, where most new titles come out on Tuesdays...though Penguin has a two-tier system where the blockbuster releases have a firm Tuesday release while the other titles (generally all our favorites) have a system where you can't put them out before the prior Thursday, but you might not get them until Friday or Monday. It took me about five years to figure out that one.

All books are 20% off in store both in store and by our website, at least through Labor Day.

By far the highest-profile release this week is Tom Perotta's The Leftovers. I've been very excited about the book since it was announced, as he is one of those authors where I've read everything he's published in book form. Yes, including Bad Haircut: Stories of the Seventies.  But with my reading load piled high, and with it including some seriously dense titles that you can't whip through in a day (more on that in another post), I still haven't read it.

Did you need me to read it? No, as it just got the coveted New York Times literary trifecta, which consists of:

All that and a glowing Fresh Air piece with way more to come.  We've got 15 first editions of The Leftovers waiting to be bought.  Come and buy them!

More books out today, both of them a beautiful shade of blue:
What it is Like to Go to War, by Karl Marlantes
Folks are calling this a brilliant book about the Vietnam War, from the author of the bestselling and critically lauded Matterhorn. From Publishers Weekly, Marlantes "reflects in this wrenchingly honest memoir on his time in Vietnam: what it means to go into the combat zone and kill and, most importantly, what it means to truly come home."

A Trick of the Light, by Louise Penny
Let me hand this over to our mystery maven:
"In A Trick of the Light, Clara Morrow's long awaited, hard earned art showing seems to be a wonderful success --until the body of an art critic from her past is discovered in Clara's garden at Three Pines the morning after her celebratory party. As Chief Inspector Gamache investigates, things are less and less straightforward; the light seems to obscure. Just when it seems that Louise Penny can't possible get any better, she does. The sensitivity and compassion in her work make them a joy to experience."

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