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Kirkus Reviews calls this "The sensational story of a woman whose enduring spirit encapsulates one of the most dynamic periods of modern European history. Sinner, by Maggie Stiefvater 2. Drama, by Raina Telgemeier 4. The Raven Boys, by Maggie Stiefvater 5. We learned that the new book is neither a continuation of the Shiver trilogy, nor is it the start of a new series.

No, Stiefvater has promised that the Mercy Falls saga is finished, but Sinner is a dintinctively Los Angeles book, and tells the story of what happened to Cole St. Clair when he moved to the City of Angels. The Journal Sentinel book page highlights several great titles this week.

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The review first appeared the Tampa Bay Times. First appearing in the Los Angeles Times and reprinted in the Journal Sentinel , proclaims that Ng "deftly pulls together the strands of this complex, multigenerational novel. Everything I Never Told You is an engaging work that casts a powerful light on the secrets that have kept an American family together — and that finally end up tearing it apart" I had also hoped to read Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World's Rarest 78rpm Records , from Amanda Petrusich, but wound up giving my copy to Josh, with his book background.

The author is one of the few women involved in the vinyl collecting racket and her journeys take her all the way to Grafton, Wisconsin, where Paramount Records, he furniture company turned record label helped make music history. This review was also originally in the Los Angeles Times. Sat, Yesterday I noticed that over the years, I have gotten way more fond of the color yellow. I sat at a table, eating Chinese food out of a yellow bowl, with a yellow fabric coaster for my drink and a yellow bottle of kitchen soap in the background.

I know that the color doesn't look great on me, but I've still managed to pile up several yellow shirts, both of which I went out of my way to locate. Whenever I start talking about color and clothing, I start thinking about Color me Beautiful phenomenon from the s. Yellow is a color that publishers neither love nor hate for book jackets. It isn't the smooch fest of blue and white, nor does it possess the hexing qualities of green or purple.

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I looked on my shelf and found a number of distinctively yellow jacketed books that are among my favorites. Don Lee's Yellow is an obvious choice, as is Tom Vanderbilt's Traffic , which features a bright yellow warning sign.

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I should note that Vanderbilt's paperback reprint added a pop of red, which made the whole thing seem less yellow. I should also note that I've been thinking about this book as there have been a lot of warnings that the our major east west freeway is closing at the zoo interchange next weekend, July I haven't seen anything about it, but I'm rather excited about it coming.

Back in my Schwartz days, we had a number of huge fans of the July collection, and helped her make a lot of new fans of her fiction, but she's a busy woman with many artistic interests, so if you're counting, it will be eight years between the books though there was a McSweeneys book in between. I've also found several yellow books that I've been saving to read, some for a very, very long time. You may have heard that I'm supposed to be plowing through Middlemarch for a book club, and how I love the drop caps editions, but nothing beats my waiting list for Michelle Huneven's Round Rock , which I bought after I read Jamesland.

Now I am two Michelle books behind. No wonder she's never visited.

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How dare I call myself a fan! There was another reason I was drawn to yellow. We've noticed an abundance of low contrast mailings and advertisements, filled with such combinations as white on gray, and light pink on white. You'd think as the general age of the population goes up you'd be seeing more contrast, but what with the premium we put on youth and the interest in younger people in differentiating themselves, a low contrast sign or ad becomes almost like secret code.

Now the funny thing is that some of these said advertisements have been for products that are clearly targeted to older folks--so perhaps this is more the result of a twenty-something marketer not thinking through what he or she is doing. Now I would have never opened up Boswell with such a low-contrast bag. It's marketing message is a bit obscured.

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You might be able to see the logo, but I'll be darned if the average middle-aged person can read the phone number. I just wanted it to be striking and unique, and I can say with some certainty that a yellow on white bag is both pretty and pretty obscure. We might switch out to a darker bag for the holiday season. At this point, it's all speculation. Thu, As a child, I could not imagine being on vacation and not playing a round of miniature golf. And especially in my early years, where the highway system was still a bit spotty, the Route 66 equivalents that we toured were rife with them.

So what if they were all pretty similar, adorned with ponds, railroads, and windmills? If we were off to Maine, there was swimming time in the motel pool, walking on rocks time at the harbor, and lobster time at Dads favorite stand. No, only our periodic trips to Pennsylvania Dutch country allowed for a mini golf detour, in between more swimming, a different walk, and a trip to one of the multi-course Amish restaurants.

Her dad and mom were, respectively, an Iowa schoolteacher and school librarian, who bought the Waupaca-area course as a way to keep busy, and possibly make money, in their summers.

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The course needed constant maintenance and since dad was a tinkerer, this might have just been paradise. Alas, the course was off the beaten path, at least initially when the area they were located had no sewers, and business turned out to be a lot slower than they hoped for. Melby structures her memoir like a golf course, of course. Each chapter is a hole and its accompanying hazard--a castle, a riverboat, a clown face, or yes, an outhouse. Each hole is also a jumping off point for some aspect of life amongst the hole-y; the rocket might call to mind expectations, while the wishing well is of course about dreams.

I particularly loved the intimate minutiae that running the course entailed. How about cotton candy? The grape flavor of the former was watery but when it came to cotton candy, grape tasted far superior to the much-preferred pink stuff, which by the way, is vanilla flavored. I never knew! It says so in the title. June was the middle child, between LeAnn, the privileged one, and Carla, the baby, always coddled, right? Their days were filled with chores, and a highlight would be an occasional trip with mom into town.

Now I know how the folks on Bluemound Road felt when their course was torn down for yet another strip center. I guess if it did there would probably be more bookstores, and less sporting goods superstores, right? Or perhaps combination indie bookstore mini golf courses?

My Family and Other Hazards is now on sale. Melby brings her charming story to Boswell on Tuesday, July 22, 7 pm. More on Melby's website. He knew exactly who would love it, only she was no longer a Boswell bookseller. The story is about friendships made in youth, most notably Mia and Lorrie Ann; one girl's had a tough life, while the other's trajectory is smooth sailing, until of course, something goes wrong and Lorrie Ann hits a downward spiral.

Advance quotes are from Ann Packer, J. Publishers Weekly declared Thorpe's novel "a nuanced portrait of two women who are sisters in everything but name. It's just that we were all reading other books for Jason! I don't know where that places it beyond being a novel published by William Morrow, as I think about the two authors more differently than the list for the Thorpe.


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The book is a novel about terrible secrets between mother and daughter, and it starts with year-old Marley running away from their home in privileged Northern California suburb, having left a note to her mother Rachel. I loved it. Here's a read from the Bookfoolery blog.

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It's and a cataclysmic Yellowstone eruption is shutting down civilization. As the publisher notes, most of the population flees to the relative safety of myriad stepwise Earths you have to read the book to know what this is , several folks stay behind for a cleanup. So the key here is that you can't really jump into this book, which means writing a seductive piece of copy is useless.

You have to start with the first book in the series, The Long Earth. It starts as a do-it-yourself project just west of here in Madison, Wisconson where the world discovers "stepping", venturing in alternate worlds, but of course there are rules, and of course an anti-stepping demagogue gains power on the original earth. Two books later, here we are!