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19 Dec

New Yorker to Feature Two Book Sense Ads in January

Two top ten January/February Book Sense 76 picks will be featured in newly redesigned bookmark-shaped ads in The New Yorker in January. The ads feature a clearer typeface and a larger image of the recommended book.

The January 20 issue of The New Yorker, on sale January 13, will feature an ad in which Alayne Hopkins of Ruminator Books in St. Paul, Minnesota, recommends Samaritan by Richard Price (Knopf, 0375411151).

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17 Dec

Author Returns to Kansas City Roots for Acclaimed Novel

Life is full of mysteries.

Consider career choices.

Whitney Terrell of Kansas City comes from a family of painters: His great-grandfather was a professional artist. His insurance-executive grandfather painted throughout his life and had pictures "all over the city." Terrell's uncle was an artist, and one of his sisters is a painter who works in advertising.

It might have been predicted, then, that if Whitney Terrell felt an urge to make art, he too would be a painter.

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12 Dec

NPR Showcases Independent Booksellers' Holiday Picks

As listeners of National Public Radio's Morning Edition finished breakfast, drove to work, or settled into the first tasks of the day on December 12, they heard the voice of independent bookseller Nancy Olson of Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh, North Carolina, telling them that "there are so many good books this season….

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12 Dec

Online Word Maven Fills a Book

Anu Garg and Al Gore share more than initials. Both are authors of new books co-written with their wives, and both were treated to warm receptions last month at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, where they spoke and signed books, just days apart.

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12 Dec

The Book Sense Category Bestseller List: Biography and Memoir

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

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12 Dec

Book Sense in The Atlantic Monthly

The January/February 2003 issue of The Atlantic Monthly, on sale January 14, will include a Book Sense ad featuring the title Old Flames by John Lawton (Atlantic Monthly Press, 0871138646). Virginia Powers of Olsson's Books in Washington, D.C. provides the Book Sense recommendation.

Another Lawton title, Black Out (Penguin, 0142002763) is also featured in the ad.

For a downloadable PDF of this and other recent Book Sense ads in print, click here.

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10 Dec

Back to the Bronx

Fern Jaffe, owner of Paperbacks Plus, with author Robert Caro

When Paperbacks Plus in the Bronx, New Yo

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09 Dec

Telling the Story of A Love Supreme

This seems the perfect time of year for a book about the late jazz tenor saxophonist John Coltrane's A Love Supreme, the enduringly popular LP recording first issued in 1965. Coltrane's album, created by the musician-composer as "a gift to the Divine," invokes a universal love and spiritual consciousness close to the heart of a season sacred to several faiths.

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05 Dec

Many Booksellers Report a Gratifying Start to the Holiday Season

As the retail analysts tussled over whether this year's holiday sales would be robust or merely routine, shoppers nationwide headed off to superstores, malls, main streets, and shopping centers, giving the shopping season a very positive start. Overall, retail sales for Black Friday were estimated at $7.4 billion, a 12.3 percent jump over 2001, according to ShopperTrak RCT.

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05 Dec

Announcing: The January/February 2003 Book Sense 76 Top Ten

Dear Booksellers,

Again, thank you! Right after the regional shows, the recommendations started flooding in. Do note that a lot of the ARC's at the shows were for books pubbing February or later, so I've saved those e-mails of yours for the March/April 76, which is already looking fantastic!!

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05 Dec

More From the Bestseller Data -- If You Can Use It

Actually, there weren't a lot of surprises. These are probably all books you're aware of. I was looking for some backlist and any especially well-priced gifty books in the top 50 of our data.

A new kid's book doing well:

  • #24 Christmas Day in the Morning, by Pearl S. Buck; illus. by Mark Buehner (HarperCollins, $16.99, 0688162673) -- originally published in 1955, now reissued as an illustrated book

In trade paper:

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03 Dec

Bernard Cornwell Brings History to Life

The author speaks to BTW about writing, green cards, and the Holy Grail

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03 Dec

Today Show's Selection a Book Sense 76 Pick

On Tuesday, December 3, NBC News' Today Show announced that the sixth selection of its monthly "Today Book Club" is Paradise Alley by Kevin Baker (HarperCollins). The title was a 2002 November/December Book Sense 76 pick. Frank McCourt, author of Angela's Ashes, chose this month's selection. Both Baker and McCourt were guests on the morning show.

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25 Nov

Joint Memoir Tells a Compelling Story of Friendship

If you're of a certain age, you've probably heard the riddle "What's black and white and read all over?" (Answer: a newspaper.)

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21 Nov

GMA's 'Read This!' Selects Another Book Sense 76 Pick

Book Sense's Good Morning America book club streak continues. The popular morning show's "Read This!" book club chose its sixth title, and all six titles have been Book Sense 76 picks.

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