NY Times Bestsellers for 83009

August 30, 2009

Here are this week’s New York Times Bestsellers in a handful of the more popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. SOUTH OF BROAD, by Pat Conroy 2. THE WHITE QUEEN, by Philippa Gregory 3. DREAMFEVER, by Karen Marie Moning 4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett 5. THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC, by Richard Russo Hardcover Nonfiction: 1. […]


Where the Red Fern Grows

August 27, 2009

Plot summary (with spoilers): Ten-year-old Billy Colman lives in the Ozark mountains in Oklahoma during the Depression. One day he is suddenly, and unshakably, struck with puppy-love. He wants a couple of hunting dogs, and begs his parents nonstop. They can’t afford to spend money on dogs, but would be happy to get him a […]


If on a winter’s night a traveler

August 26, 2009

Plot summary (with spoilers): This is an ambitious novel that seeks to experiment with a lot of different literary devices. On one hand, If on a winter’s night a traveler is an ode to reading, as one of the main characters, indeed, is called Reader. Author Italo Calvino describes the pure pleasure one receives from […]


The Lost Symbol Pre-order

August 23, 2009

I’m so excited!! After months of wrangling, Random House and Amazon.com have come to an agreement about the Kindle ebook version of Dan Brown’s upcoming novel The Lost Symbol. The book will now be available to Kindle users in electronic format for $9.99 on the same day that the hardcover is released (Sept. 15). I […]


2nd Chance by James Patterson

August 20, 2009

Plot summary (with spoilers): The Women’s Murder Club is back in action, with newly-promoted Lieutenant Lindsay Boxer leading the way. There’s another serial killer on the loose in San Francisco. This time, instead of targeting newlyweds like in the previous installment, the killer is targeting people who are related in some way to cops. This […]


Reader’s Digest Bankruptcy

August 17, 2009

Wow, I can’t believe it! I just read that Reader’s Digest, that little publication that practically every household received in the 1980’s, is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. There weren’t many details given in that article I linked to, but apparently the Chapter 11 reorganization will allow RD to slash its debt from $2.2 […]


NY Times Bestsellers for 81609

August 16, 2009

Here are this week’s NY Times bestsellers in some of the more popular categories. Hardcover Fiction: 1. BAD MOON RISING, by Sherrilyn Kenyon 2. THAT OLD CAPE MAGIC, by Richard Russo 3. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett 4. THE GIRL WHO PLAYED WITH FIRE, by Stieg Larsson 5. INHERENT VICE, by Thomas Pynchon Hardcover Nonfiction: […]


The Crime Writer by Gregg Hurwitz

August 15, 2009

Plot summary (with spoilers): Crime novelist Andrew “Drew” Danner wakes up one day in a hospital bed with no recollection of how he got there. Two detectives are also in the room, and they waste no time in showing him crime scene photos. Genevieve Bertrand, Danner’s ex-fiancée, was murdered, and Danner was found next to […]


Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader

August 13, 2009

Summary: In Sarah Palin: A New Kind of Leader, author Joe Hilley strives to show readers how the former governor of Alaska rose through the political ranks to become the vice presidential candidate on the Republican ticket in the historical 2008 election. Hilley traces Palin’s history of service, beginning with PTA involvement, and progressing to […]


Fast Beauty: 1,000 Quick Fixes

August 12, 2009

Now here’s a book that looks like it would be very useful! I was browsing around an online bookstore this morning, and once click led to another, as often happens while shopping. I ended up finding this book called Fast Beauty: 1,000 Quick Fixes by Rona Berg. In this book, Berg doesn’t tell you what […]