Shelf Awareness for Thursday, August 17, 2006

Scholastic Press: Beastly Beauty by Jennifer Donnelly

St. Martin's Essentials: Build Like a Woman: The Blueprint for Creating a Business and Life You Love by Kathleen Griffith

Margaret Ferguson Books: Not a Smiley Guy by Polly Horvath, Illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Bramble: Pen Pal Special Edition by J.T. Geissinger

Sourcebooks Landmark: Long After We Are Gone by Terah Shelton Harris

Soho Crime: Broiler by Eli Cranor

Berkley Books: We Love the Nightlife by Rachel Koller Croft

Editors' Note

See You Monday

We are continuing our semi-vacation with a Friday off. Our next issue will appear on Monday. Enjoy the weekend!

University of California Press: May Contain Lies: How Stories, Statistics, and Studies Exploit Our Biases--And What We Can Do about It by Alex Edmans


Notes: Curbside Book Deliveries; New Stores

Cool idea of the day. From an article in the New York Daily News about some retailers in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn who deliver to customers who can't find legal parking spaces:

"At A Novel Idea, a bookstore on Third Ave., longtime customers order The Da Vinci Code and Pride and Prejudice from the comfort of the driver's seats.

"Owners Christine and Ellen Heaney said interest in the delivery service picked up speed two years ago after customers complained about a Bay Ridge ticket blitz.

"The number of curbside deliveries hits its peak during the holidays, when shoppers line up around the block to call in their orders.

" 'Mothers love the service because if the kids are sleeping in the back, then they don't have to wake them up,' said Christine Heaney, 35."


Eyes on Austin, a non-profit, African-American community center in Austin, Tex., opened a small bookstore last Saturday, according to the Austin Weekly News. The store stocks a range of fiction, history and children's titles, but no African-American romance novels. "I want the community to read, but we have to be real picky on what we as a people read," project director James Hammonds told the paper.


Book Hunters Used & Rare opened July 1 in Carmel, Calif., and has some 20,000 titles that it sells in the store and online, according to Topics Newspapers. Owner Vicki Allison told the paper she hopes the store "becomes part of Carmel's book row with Holy Family Books and Gifts and The Mystery Co. bookstore nearby."

Book Hunters is located at  1362 S. Range Line Rd., Carmel, Calif.


The San Diego Union-Tribune profiles the Bottomshelf Bookstore in Fallbrook, Calif., run by the Friends of the Fallbrook Library, which raises $50,000-$70,000 annually.

GLOW: becker&mayer! kids: The Juneteenth Cookbook: Recipes and Activities for Kids and Families to Celebrate by Alliah L. Agostini and Taffy Elrod, illus. by Sawyer Cloud

Media and Movies

Media Heat: Rick Warren; Rahm Emanuel

This morning on the Early Show, Mike Tidwell talks about his new book, The Ravaging Tide: Strange Weather, Future Katrinas, and the Coming Death of America's Coastal Cities (Free Press, $24, 074329470X).


This morning on the Today Show: Chuck Crisafulli, author of Me and a Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship with Elvis Presley (Gotham, $26, 1592402313). He also appears on NPR's Fresh Air today.

Today on Regis and Kelly, Fantasia talks about her new book, Life Is Not a Fairy Tale (Fireside, $13, 0743282655).


Today on KCRW's Bookworm: Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly, editors of Big Fat Little Lit (Puffin, $14.99, 0142407062). As the show put it: "Back by popular demand! Editors Spiegelman and Mouly talk about how they recruited and supervised the many artists and writers who created these 'comics for kids.' The occasion? A huge anthology of those comics, all in one volume for the first time."


Today on WAMU's Diane Rehm Show: Thomas H. Kean and Lee H. Hamilton, co-authors of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission (Knopf, $25.95, 0307263770).


Tonight the Charlie Rose Show hears from Rick Warren, pastor of the Saddleback Church and author of The Purpose Driven Life (Zondervan, $27.96, 0310275369).


Sunday on Meet the Press, Patrick J. Buchanan talks about his new book, State of Emergency: How Illegal Immigration Is Destroying America (Thomas Dunne, $24.95, 0312360037).


Sunday on Face the Nation: Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D.-Ill.), co-author with Bruce Reed of The Plan: Big Ideas for America (PublicAffairs, $19.95, 1586484125), whose publication date is Monday.

G.P. Putnam's Sons: Assassins Anonymous by Rob Hart

This Weekend on Book TV: Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton

Book TV airs on C-Span 2 from 8 a.m. Saturday to 8 a.m. Monday and focuses on political and historical books as well as the book industry. The following are highlights for this coming weekend. For more information, go to Book TV's Web site.

Saturday, August 19

6 p.m. Encore Booknotes. In a previously aired segment, Jean Strouse talks about her book, Morgan: American Financier (Harper Perennial, $18, 0060955899). Her biography of J. Pierpont Morgan portrays him as a man who revolutionized banking and the American economic structure, while damaging many of his personal and professional relationships. Under Morgan's financial guidance, the U.S. went from a debtor nation to an economically sound country. (Editors' note: where's Morgan when we need him again?)
9 p.m. After Words. Marvin Kalb, veteran journalist and former host of Meet the Press, interviews Thomas Kean and Lee Hamilton, chair and vice-chair of the 9/11 Commission and authors of Without Precedent: The Inside Story of the 9/11 Commission (Knopf, $25.95, 0307263770). (Re-airs Sunday at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.)

10 p.m. Public Lives. In an event that took place at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, Conn., Debby Applegate discusses her book The Most Famous Man in America: The Biography of Henry Ward Beecher (Doubleday, $27.95, 0385513968), about the minister, abolitionist and brother of author Harriet Beecher Stowe, who used fiery speeches and newspaper articles to become one of America's first media celebrities. She also details the trial in which he was accused of adultery with his best friend's wife. (Re-airs Sunday at 1 p.m. and Monday at 1 a.m.)

Sunday, August 20

11 a.m. General Assignment. Author and former New York Times editor Howell Raines discusses his latest book, The One that Got Away: A Memoir (Scribner, $25, 0743272781), in which he uses fishing as a metaphor for the survival of irreversible losses in business and in life. Raines describes his current interest in becoming a novelist and discusses the future of newspapers, particularly the New York Times after the Jayson Blair scandal. (Re-airs at 7 p.m. and Monday at 5 a.m.)

Noon. In The Big Ripoff (Wiley, $24.95, 0471789070) Timothy Carney argues that big business and big government are working together to steal money from American consumers, taxpayers and entrepreneurs. The author cites the "death tax," clean fuel regulations and the reform of the welfare system as examples of how politicians and corporate CEOs are threatening America's tradition of free enterprise. (Re-airs at 8 p.m. and Monday at 6 a.m.)

10 p.m. In his latest book, The Shia Revival: How Conflicts within Islam Will Shape the Future (Norton, $25.95, 0393062112), Vali Nasr looks at the re-emergence of Shia Islam in Middle East politics. During this event he talks about the history of sectarian conflicts in the Muslim world and argues for finding a peaceful solution to the ancient rivalries between the Shias and the Sunnis. Professor Nasr also talks about the recent fighting between Israel and Hezbollah and discusses Iran's role in the conflict.

G.P. Putnam's Sons: Summer Romance by Annabel Monaghan

The Bestsellers

Copperfield's Books Bestsellers--And Why

Loyalty is a motivating factor for Copperfield's Books customers, particularly when it comes to California authors. Copperfield's bestseller lists (for the week ending August 13) represent the chain's five locations in Sonoma and Napa counties.

Mystery scribe and Sonoma County resident Marcia Muller "is a strong seller for us," said Copperfield's buyer Ty Wilson. Vanishing Point, Muller's latest book featuring San Francisco private eye Sharon McCone, appears at No. 5 on the hardcover fiction list.

The No. 4 spot belongs to Lolly Winston and her new novel, Happiness Sold Separately. Winston, who lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, "was part of out literary lunch series for her first book, Good Grief," said Wilson.

Another author benefiting from appearances in years past is T.C. Boyle. He hails from farther down the California coast in Santa Barbara, but that hasn't stopped Talk Talk from achieving bestseller status at Copperfield's. "We've hosted him a number of times. Again, I think it's that loyal following," noted Wilson. "His books have always done well here."

Customer loyalty extends beyond works of fiction. Area author Anne Lamott has appeared at Copperfield's on many occasions, and Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith graces the quality paperbacks list at No. 9. "This book has been out in paperback for a while now," said Wilson, "and it speaks to how popular she is with our customers."

Other nonfiction tomes with California connections include The Sonoma Diet by Dr. Connie Guttersen, a weight loss book that according to the publisher is "inspired by the sun-drenched foods and vibrant lifestyle of California's breathtakingly beautiful wine country." The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine, M.D., a neuropsychiatrist at the University of California at San Francisco, received a boost from a San Francisco Chronicle review. The Devil's Teeth "is a serious book for us," said Wilson of New York City journalist Susan Casey's narrative about the population of great white sharks that congregate each fall in the waters surrounding the Farallon Islands off the coast of San Francisco. "We've had shark attacks off the Sonoma Coast, even recently," Wilson added.

Authors from other parts of the country whose books do not contain a correlation to the Golden State can take heart, though: they, too, are well-represented among Copperfield's bestsellers. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards is currently No. 1 on the quality paperbacks list, although for the last few weeks, noted Wilson, it has traded places with Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad about My Neck debuted at No. 1 and remains on the hardcover nonfiction list at No. 8. Running with Scissors is receiving added momentum due to the upcoming movie version. And along with The Sonoma Diet, food-related bestsellers include The Omnivore's Dilemma and Ultrametabolism. "The stereotype about us being food-obsessed here holds, I guess," commented Wilson.

From diets to dilemmas, sleuths to sharks, it's the diversity of Copperfield's title selection that appeals to Wilson. "It's an exciting chain to buy for," he said, "because we've got the literary and the commercial. And left and right."--Shannon McKenna

Copperfield's Books' bestsellers during the week ended Sunday, August 13:

Hardcover Fiction

1. Judge and Jury by James Patterson and Andrew Gross (Little, Brown, $27.99, 0316013935)
2. Pegasus Descending: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke (S&S, $26, 0743277724)
3. The Ruins by Scott Smith (Knopf, $24.95, 1400043875)
4. Happiness Sold Separately by Lolly Winston (Warner, $21.99, 0446533068)
5. Vanishing Point by Marcia Muller (Mysterious Press, $24.99, 0892968052)
6. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Algonquin, $23.95, 1565124995)
7. The Keep by Jennifer Egan (Knopf, $23.95, 1400043921)
8. Talk Talk by T. C. Boyle (Viking, $25.95, 0670037702)
9. The Hard Way: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child (Delacorte, $25, 0385336691)
10. Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky (Knopf, $25, 1400044731)
Hardcover Nonfiction

1. Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq by Thomas Ricks (Penguin Press, $27.95, 159420103X)
2. The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan (Penguin, $26.95, 1594200823)
3. Ultrametabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss by Mark Hyman, M.D. (Scribner, $25, 07432725520)
4. The Sonoma Diet: Trimmer Waist, Better Health in Just 10 Days! by Connie Guttersen, R.D., Ph.D. (Meredith, $24.95, 0696228319)
5. Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner (Morrow, $25.95, 006073132X)
6. The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine, M.D. (Morgan Road Books, $24.95, 0767920090)
7. Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival by Anderson Cooper (HarperCollins, $24.95, 0061132381)
8. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman by Nora Ephron (Knopf, $19.95, 0307264556)
9. The One Percent Doctrine: Deep Inside America's Pursuit of Its Enemies Since 9/11 by Ron Suskind (S&S, $27, 0743271092)
10. The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine, Ph.D. (HarperCollins, $24.95, 0060595841)
Quality Paperbacks

1. The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards (Penguin, $14, 0143037145)
2. An Inconvenient Truth by Al Gore (Rodale, $21.95, 1594865671)
3. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro  (Vintage, $14, 1400078776)
4. The Last Days of Dogtown by Anita Diamant (Scribner, $15, 0743225740)
5. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd (Penguin, $24, 0143036696)
6. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss (Norton, $13.95, 0393328627)
7. Running with Scissors: A Memoir by Augusten Burroughs (Picador, $14, 031242227X)
8. The Devil's Teeth: A True Story of Obsession and Survival Among America's Great White Sharks by Susan Casey (Owl Books, $14, 0805080112)
9. Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott (Riverhead, $14, 1594481571)
10. The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J.R. Moehringer (Hyperion, $14.95, 0786888768)

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