Thursday, August 26, 2010
Meet Sarah and David.
Once upon a time they met and fell in love. But now they're on the verge of divorce and going to couples' counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things - the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client's throat.
Meet the Zombies.
Now, Sarah and David are fighting for survival in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. But, just because there are zombies, doesn't mean your other problems go away. If the zombies don't eat their brains, they might just kill each other.Take author Jesse Petersen's quiz to find out if YOUR relationship would survive!
You can also reserve your copy of her new book (coming out 8/31/10) here.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Jackie says: "This has got to be one of the most beautiful cookbooks (gilded edges, embossed cover) I've ever owned (and I own a lot). Too bad it's gonna get splashed with goo as I use it over and over again to make these absolutely irresistible, gem like recipes. And the commentary throughout the book makes it almost impossible to put down whether you are cooking or not. It should come with a bib since every recipe makes you drool!"
Learn more about the Franks in Food and Wine's article "Radical Comfort Food in Brooklyn".
Read the whole interview here.
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This key sends Julie on a journey that will change her life forever—a journey into the troubled past of her ancestor Giulietta Tolomei. In 1340, still reeling from the slaughter of her parents, Giulietta was smuggled into Siena, where she met a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love turned medieval Siena upside-down and went on to inspire generations of poets and artists, the story reaching its pinnacle in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.
But six centuries have a way of catching up to the present, and Julie gradually begins to discover that here, in this ancient city, the past and present are hard to tell apart. The deeper she delves into the history of Romeo and Giulietta, and the closer she gets to the treasure they allegedly left behind, the greater the danger surrounding her—superstitions, ancient hostilities, and personal vendettas. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in the unforgettable blood feud, she begins to fear that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is destined to be its next target. Only someone like Romeo, it seems, could save her from this dreaded fate, but his story ended long ago. Or did it?
From Anne Fortier comes a sweeping, beautifully written novel of intrigue and identity, of love and legacy, as a young woman discovers that her own fate is irrevocably tied—for better or worse—to literature’s greatest star-crossed lovers.
Tonight at 7:30 pm at our Colfax Avenue Store:
Anne Fortier will read from and sign her debut novel Juliet ($25.00 Ballantine). Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy. This sweeping, beautifully written novel of intrigue and identity, of love and legacy, follows Julie as she discovers that her own fate is irrevocably tied—for better or worse—to literature’s greatest star-crossed lovers.
Request a signed copy: firstname.lastname@example.org
But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz—outré rocker and Walter’s college best friend and rival—still doing in the picture? Most of all, what has happened to Patty? Why has the bright star of Barrier Street become “a very different kind of neighbor,” an implacable Fury coming unhinged before the street’s attentive eyes?
In his first novel since The Corrections, Jonathan Franzen has given us an epic of contemporary love and marriage. Freedom comically and tragically captures the temptations and burdens of liberty: the thrills of teenage lust, the shaken compromises of middle age, the wages of suburban sprawl, the heavy weight of empire. In charting the mistakes and joys of Freedom’s characters as they struggle to learn how to live in an ever more confusing world, Franzen has produced an indelible and deeply moving portrait of our time.Joe says: "Wow. I have just finished "Freedom", Jonathan Franzen's latest novel, and I am sitting here, utterly blown away. This is a huge story, not really in pages (although it isn't a short novel) but in scope, and in humanity. This is the story of Walter and Patty Berglund. Of their marriage, of their friendship with rockstar Richard Katz, Walter's best friend. Franzen's style is alive, is personable, is real. These characters are not written on the page, they are alive in this world, in our world. We follow their lives together, and how they got together, and what happened to them, of their children, of their interests, of their hopes, their failures, their successes. This was a book that I craved to return to. That as I sit here, sad that it is over. This is a book I want others to read so I can revisit it, so that we can discuss it."
The publication date is 8-31-10. You can reserve your copy here.
Franzen is the first living novelist to grace the cover of Time Magazine in 10 years. Click here to read an article on that cover and on Time's literary history.
Monday, August 23, 2010
Reserve your copy here.
Summer is winding down and it's time to spruce up the autumn wardrobe. I only know not to wear white shoes after Labor Day, but for those in the know there's nothing better than the September issue of Vogue. It's a fat one this year and selling fast. Make sure to pick up a copy soon. Our newsstands also carry Vogue 'British,' Vogue 'Italy,' Vogue'Paris,' Vogue 'China' and Vogue 'India.'
For men's fashion GQ is still the boss. Our stores also stock GQ 'British,' GQ 'Russian,'
GQ 'Italy' and GQ 'France.'
For the younger folks I recommend Complex, Nylon, and Teen
And if that's not enough to keep you covered, the September In Style magazine has
'600 pages of Fall Fashion!' Remember, fat magazines are sometimes indicative of an
improving economy. Keep your fingers crossed.
Ernest Hemingway lives on. Since 1981, Florida has been home to the Hemingway Look-Alike Contest held at Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West. That tradition continues with the crowning of the 29th "Papa." This group of jolly men lovingly welcomed Charles Bicht as the 2010 winning Hemingway Look-Alike. In the photo you can see the 2009 winner, David Douglas planting a congratulatory kiss on Bicht's cheek. (via GalleyCat)
Sunday, August 22, 2010
"I read omnivorously, I always have, my entire life. I would rather be dead than not read. So, there's always time for that. I read while I eat, and our whole family did. We all had very bad manners at the table. All of our books are stained with spaghetti sauce, and that sort of thing."
We hope you get some birthday cake on a book today! Just watch out for those candles!!!
In her first brand new adventure in three years, Olivia takes her discerning eye for style to beautiful Venice on a family vacation that involves dodging pigeons in the Piazza San Marco, gorging on gelato, and barely staying afloat in a gondola.
Pre-order it here.