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24 Oct

Full November/December Book Sense 76 -- With Booksellers' Recommendations

The full November/December Book Sense 76 -- with booksellers' recommendations -- has been posted on BookWeb.org at http://news.bookweb.org/read/888.

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24 Oct

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Mind, Body, and Spirit

Based on the last four weeks of sales from over 350 independent bookstores across America.

Thanks to all the stores that report, the new expanded electronic reporting options, and the software our team here has built to sort and slice a ton of data according to BISAC categories, this is the latest of many subject category lists to run in BTW each week. These are intended as inventory checking tools for booksellers, alerts to publishers as to what’s selling, and lists that the media can run.

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22 Oct

Meeting Your Neighbors One Siren at a Time

An Interview with Michael Perry, Author of Book Sense Pick Population: 485

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22 Oct

A Birth of a Different Kind -- A New Genre

When Lynne Barrett, an Edgar-winning short story writer and creative writing teacher at Florida International University, became pregnant with her son, she began looking for literary works that described what she was experiencing. Instead, the material in the pregnancy books that she read seemed all too clinical and understated. In a recent interview with BTW, she explained, "I wanted to read work that explored the experience in all of its emotion, humor, and drama."

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21 Oct

Faith in Time Introduces a New Generation to Jazz Great Jimmy Scott

Jimmy Scott was born with Kallman's Syndrome, a rare deficiency that interferes with sexual maturation. So, when he entered New York's jazz scene in the 1950s, listeners heard a high-pitched, androgynous singing voice. At first, his unique vocals seemed out of place in an age when Nat King Cole and Billy Eckstine were hit-makers, but audiences soon caught on.

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17 Oct

The November/December 2002 Book Sense 76 Preview

Dear Booksellers,

Well, you did it again. Thank you! A record number of submissions … and from a number of new voices. This 76 has more first-time nominators than ever, a very good sign.

Carl
carl@booksense.com

1. BALZAC AND THE LITTLE CHINESE SEAMSTRESS, by Sijie Dai (Anchor, $10 paper, 0385722206; Nov. 1)

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17 Oct

Old South Meets the New South in Mary Ward Brown's Long-Awaited Collection

"'I'm Rose Pardue, of Rosemont,' Rose had introduced herself as a girl. It had been her open sesame all over the Black Belt of Alabama. She fixed her once-famous eyes on the girl by her bed." So begins the first story of Mary Ward Brown's new collection, It Wasn't All Dancing and Other Stories, published by the University of Alabama Press (UAP) as part of its Deep South Book series.

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16 Oct

2002 National Book Award Finalists Announced

On Wednesday, October 16, the National Book Foundation announced the finalists for the 2002 National Book Awards. The awards are presented in four categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People's Literature. Among the finalists were four titles previously selected by independent booksellers as Book Sense 76 picks. (See below for the list of finalists.)

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10 Oct

GMA's 'Read This!' Selects The Secret Life of Bees

Book Sense's literary streak of seven straight network morning show picks ended last Monday when The Today Show's book club chose a book that was not a Book Sense 76 title. However, Book Sense's Good Morning America book club streak is still alive -- the morning show's "Read This!" book club has chosen five books since the club began last June, and all five titles have been Book Sense 76 picks.

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07 Oct

Raising Fences Latest Today Show Book Club Selection

On Monday, October 7, NBC News' The Today Show announced that the fourth selection of its monthly "Today's Book Club" is Raising Fences: A Black Man's Love Story, by Michael Datcher (Riverhead Books). Author Terry McMillan, author of Waiting to Exhale, chose this month's selection. Both McMillan and Datcher were guests on the morning show.

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03 Oct

Publisher Ad Kudos, Books to Watch, and an Update on One of Our Mystery 76 Picks

By Carl Lennertz

Publisher Ad Kudos:
We've always kept you posted by e-mail or at BookWeb.org about upcoming Book Sense ads and the titles involved. I'm going to run reminders here, and I hope that you'll give these 76 picks an extra look stock -- and display-wise. I'll also try and alert you, when I see them, to national ads that mention Book Sense.

Many, many, many thanks to all the publishers who advertise with us in our ad format, and to those who include us in their own ads!!

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03 Oct

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Antiques & Collectibles

Based on the last eight weeks of sales from over 300 independent bookstores across America.

Thanks to all the stores that report, the new expanded electronic reporting options, and the software our team here has built to sort and slice a ton of data according to BISAC categories, this is the latest of many subject category lists to run in BTW each week. These are intended as inventory checking tools for booksellers, alerts to publishers as to what's selling, and lists that the media can run.

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02 Oct

A Sense of Where You Are -- A Talk With Prague's Arthur Phillips on Irony, Writing, and Life After the Book Tour

Arthur Phillip's debut novel Prague was one of the most critically praised works of 2002. A July/August Book Sense 76 pick, it was also a Book Sense national bestseller and an enthusiastic handsell among independent booksellers nationwide.

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