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06 Nov

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Business and Finance

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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06 Nov

Book Sense Bestseller Lists in the Media

During the month of October, the following newspapers joined the growing list of media outlets publishing the Book Sense Bestseller lists.

The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, IA (National list)
Ravalli News, Hamilton, MT (Pacific Northwest list)
Shelbyville News, Shelbyville, IN (National list)

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30 Oct

Winter 2002-2003 Children's Book Sense 76 Preview

The fliers are on press now; 100's will go out in the November white box, and additional quantities, as in the past, will mail from the printer.

Thank you for the great recommendations!!

Carl
carl@booksense.com

1. A HOUSE CALLED AWFUL END: Book One of the Eddie Dickens Trilogy, by Philip Ardagh; illus. by David Roberts (Holt, $14.95, 0805068287) Ages 9-12.

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30 Oct

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Crafts

Based on the last eight 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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29 Oct

New Walker Title Takes the Measure of America

Andro Linklater, English author of Measuring America: How the Greatest Land Sale in History Shaped the United States (Walker), a November/December Book Sense 76 pick, is continuing a long and worthy tradition, going back at least as far as de Toucqueville, of Europeans showing their American cousins the truth and relevance of what's under their very noses.

Or, in this case, beneath our feet.

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29 Oct

Celebrating the Complexities and Joys of Family Life in A Parchment of Leaves

Silas House grew up in a family of storytellers. The most gifted among them was Dave Sizemore, his great-uncle. Sizemore died in 1997, and with his death, House suddenly realized that a rich and wonderful history had gone with him.

That's when House, who had had writing aspirations since childhood, finally decided to seriously pursue his own brand of storytelling.

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24 Oct

Winter 2002-2003 Children's Book Sense 76 Top Ten Picks

Here's the first of the Winter Kids' 76, intended for use from December and into the new year. (The next Kids' 76 won't be until late spring 2003.) This is the result of great recommendations, as always, but the Top Ten was child's play to figure out, if you will!

This 76 will be in the November white box mailing, if we can get it off to, and back from, the printer in time. Stay tuned.

Full 76 to run here next week.

Carl
carl@booksense.com

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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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