Friday, November 30, 2012

"This book has a lot going on," says Jackie

At seventeen, David “Lizard” Hochmeyer is nearly seven feet tall, a star quarterback, and Princeton-bound. His future seems all but assured until his parents are mysteriously murdered, leaving Lizard and his older sister, Kate, adrift and alone.

In a mansion across the pond from their Connecticut home lives the world’s greatest ballerina, Sylphide, and her rock star husband, whose own disasters intersect with Lizard’s—and Kate’s—in the most intimate and surprising ways.

Over the years that follow, Lizard and Kate are obsessed with piecing together the motives behind their parents’ deaths, returning time and again to their father’s missing briefcase, his shady business dealings and shaky finances, and to Sylphide, who has threaded her way into Lizard’s and Kate’s lives—much more deeply than either had ever realized. From the football fields of Princeton to a stint with the NFL, from the elaborate dances at the mansion to the gourmet restaurant he opens, it only takes Lizard a lifetime to set things right again.

Jackie says:
"This book has a lot going on: murder (and other crimes), mystery, mental illness, revenge, love stories, professional sports, ballet, rock and roll, gangsters, sex, intrigue, family dynamics, foodie stuff, suicide, drugs and much, much more.  It's comic at times, heart breaking at others, moving fluidly around different eras of David 'Lizard' Hochmeyer's life.  It's sometimes confusing (because Lizard is often confused by what is going on around him) but completely absorbing and very difficult to put down.  The characters are vivid and real, and I miss them now that I've read the whole thing, though they will live in my memory for a very, very long time." 

Tattered Cover Gift Guide: For Older Kids & Teens, Part One

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TC Tidbit: 10 Great Literary Late Bloomers

Colorado Buy Local Week

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Cathy and Ron Team Up Again, This Time With Recommendations For Children/Teen Books

You can listen to the CPR segment HERE.

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This book is available at our stores, but isn't on our website.  You can learn more about it HERE.

Tattered Cover Gift Guide: For the Foodie

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TC Tidbit: World Book Night Is April 23, 2013. Get Involved In The Fun!!!

And a million books to give!  Be a Book Giver this year!  It's free and tons of fun.  You can learn more about it and get the application HERE.  The Tattered Cover stores will all be pick-up points for your books again this year for Denver and Highlands Ranch.  Don't worry if you don't live in Denver, the WBN folks will let you know what your locality's pick-up places will be.

Colorado Buy Local Week

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lynn Found A Connection Between These Two Books

Ancient civilizations relied on shackled human muscle. It took the energy of slaves to plant crops, clothe emperors, and build cities. Nineteenth-century slaveholders viewed critics as hostilely as oil companies and governments now regard environmentalists. Yet the abolition movement had an invisible ally: coal and oil. As the world's most versatile workers, fossil fuels replenished slavery's ranks with combustion engines and other labor-saving tools. Since then, cheap oil has transformed politics, economics, science, agriculture, and even our concept of happiness. Many North Americans today live as extravagantly as Caribbean plantation owners. We feel entitled to surplus energy and rationalize inequality, even barbarity, to get it. But endless growth is an illusion.

What we need, Andrew Nikiforuk argues in this provocative new book, is a radical emancipation movement that ends our master-and-slave approach to energy. We must learn to use energy on a moral, just, and truly human scale.

Based on Gabor Maté’s two decades of experience as a medical doctor and his groundbreaking work with the severely addicted on Vancouver’s skid row, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts radically reenvisions this much misunderstood field by taking a holistic approach. Dr. Maté presents addiction not as a discrete phenomenon confined to an unfortunate or weak-willed few, but as a continuum that runs throughout (and perhaps underpins) our society; not a medical "condition" distinct from the lives it affects, rather the result of a complex interplay among personal history, emotional, and neurological development, brain chemistry, and the drugs (and behaviors) of addiction. Simplifying a wide array of brain and addiction research findings from around the globe, the book avoids glib self-help remedies, instead promoting a thorough and compassionate self-understanding as the first key to healing and wellness.

In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts argues persuasively against contemporary health, social, and criminal justice policies toward addiction and those impacted by it. The mix of personal stories—including the author’s candid discussion of his own "high-status" addictive tendencies—and science with positive solutions makes the book equally useful for lay readers and professionals.

Lynn says:
"Alright. I admit it. I'm a geek in the peculiar reading genre of fossil fuels.  Why? Well, because fossil fuels present an addiction like no other.... I mean, the topic easily insinuates itself into so many other fascinating subjects; economics, politics, agriculture, sustainability, travel, empire, ecology, geology, human psychology (especially addiction and denial)- not to mention spirituality and cultural anthropology or history.... the list goes on and on!  Prized enough to be deemed as so essential (as the very air we breathe or the food we eat) that we fight wars to secure access to or control over fossil fuels, we live as though the oh-so-temporary energy sources that bring comfort and light into our lives were not subject to physical laws.  Trouble is, they are finite.

2012 has been a great year for books on the subject; Tom Wilber's Under the Surface: Fracking, Fortunes & the Fate of the Marcellus Shale and Steve Coll's Private Empire: ExxonMobil and American Power among them.  The latest one to floor me with its insights into our learned (and masterfully facilitated) helplessness is Canadian author Andrew Nikiforuk's new The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude.  After reading Nikiforuk's book on the Tar Sands in Alberta, I was eager to see what he'd come up with this time.  Information dense and spellbinding in its call for an ethical approach to our energy dilemmas, Energy of Slaves pierces through to the crux of our addiction and contextualizes it historically and culturally.  Which is why, I suppose, I found myself simultaneously reading Vancouver physician, Dr. Gabor Mate's (what is it with these Canadians!?) slightly older but still very incisive In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters With Addiction which gives an in-depth look into addictions from heroin to alcohol to compulsive shopping on the personal level to oil on the global level, and does so with an engaging blend of neuroscience and compassion for our nature/nurture quandaries around addiction's causes, the 'war on drugs' and addiction harm-reduction. 

Aside from the Canadian connection, I  hadn't even noticed until nearly done with the second book that both books have a ball and chain in their cover art. Both are calls in their own ways to living within our means and backing away from the massively scaled globalized monoculture that would make of our lives a fossil-fueled machine- and, instead, moving toward the impartial observer in our minds that can free us from our personal and collective addictions with the sobriety of the 12 steps deeply contemplated.   Whether prisoners to the combustion engine or to cocaine, workaholism, eating disorders, smoking or other reactive behaviors, we all have in common the aversion/attraction dualism that  would require, well... a couple books, to better explain.  These two, in my opinion, are real treasures as embodiments of the spirit of that first step toward recovery... you know, that one with the admission that our lives have become unmanageable due to our addiction? Anyway, I hope both books find a wide readership, as they provide useful traction to take on the other 11 steps."

Tattered Cover Gift Guide: For the History & Biography Buff

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TC Tidbit: The Daily Routines of Famous Authors

Colorado Buy Local Week

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Cathy and Ron Talk About Their Holiday Picks On CPR's "Colorado Matters"

Cathy teamed up with Ron Krall of Off The Beaten Path in Steamboat Springs to offer some gift giving suggestions involving the West and its writers for the adults on your lists.

You can listen to the segment HERE.

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Tattered Cover Gift Guide: For The Fiction Lover, Part Two

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