WORD on Wednesdays: 21 October 2009
October 21, 2009
The Lethem still towers. Thanks for that, Michiko. But it’s getting a rave from the NYTBR on Sunday, so here’s hoping it starts to move after that. Niffenegger shines on from the middle of the table, and In The First Circle is apparently very intimidating, but I know it will find its readers soon!
There are four books on the table this week that we’re super-excited by. The first is The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman, now in paperback. We all LOVE her, and love this book. Two of us also love Jane Gardam’s book Old Filth, so we couldn’t resist a stack of The Man in the Wooden Hat, which has the same characters as Old Filth, but is told from the perspective of his wife. There’s Look at the Birdie, a new collection of some of Kurt Vonnegut’s early stories that have never been published before, which is FANTASTIC, no surprise. And best of all, Street Gang: The Complete History of Sesame Street is finally in paperback as well. We were sure it would appeal to adults, but interestingly, almost every kid over the age of two has walked in the store and beelined for it. It’s nice to see that Sesame Street will probably not be going the way of Reading Rainbow.
Also new: Chuck Klosterman’s Eating the Dinosaur, which is already drawing a lot of attention. The fourth volume of Paris Review interviews, which are usually great and sell very well here. And Ten Storey Love Song, as I have a soft spot for books that take chances, and this is a novel that is all one very very long paragraph.
Oh wait! Almost forgot to mention the new Not For Tourists NYC 2010! These are our best-selling guides to the city by far, probably because not many tourists make it to Greenpoint. Well, that’s actually not totally true. For some reason a lot of Brits come in the store, and ever since we were in a Japanese women’s magazine, more Japanese tourists are making the trip as well. But either way, these sell very well, and we personally are big fans of the guides as well, so it’s great to have the new edition (although we wait with baited breath for the new NFT Brooklyn).
As a professed book cover addict, I would be remiss if I did not include this picture as well, to share with the other book cover addicts out there:
This is, I think, the third round in the Penguin Great Ideas series, where they repackage a number of seminal works of philosophy, social science, etc. They have such beautiful covers that sometimes I just stand in front of them and look at them for a few minutes. Sad but true. If they didn’t have a display, they definitely would have made the front table, so I’m including them as well. Please come by and check them out, letterpress friends. You might just want to frame them and hang them up.
Ach, just too gorgeous!