Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ask Yourself This...

...what's the deal this week at Warwick's?
(February 21-27)  New Hardcovers:
  • Split Image by Robert B. Parker (the first publication since Parker's death in January at age 77. His long-time editor Helen Brann said "Bob wrote five pages a day every day but Sunday every day of his adult life. He was very clear about it. No more and no less than five pages.")
  • The Infinities by John Banville (Banville's first novel since he won the 2005 Booker Prize for The Sea. Publisher's Weekly gave it a big-time starred review: "The narrative is rife with asides, but it is to the common trajectory of a life lends its most consoling notes, elevating the temporal and profane to the holy eternal.")
  • You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story by Annabelle Gurwitch & Jeff Kahn (the authors will be here for a signing on March 24th - stay tuned for details.) 
  • The Tudors: The Complete Story of England's Most Notorious Dynasty by G.J. Meyer
New Paperbacks:
  • Vienna Secrets by Frank Tallis (the next in Tallis's "Max Liebermann" series.)
  • Shannon by Frank Delaney (Kirkus Reviews called it "a rousing tale of forbidden love, civil war, horrible death and other things Irish.")
  • The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education by Craig Mullaney (West Point grad, Rhodes Scholar, Airborne Ranger in Afghanistan. Bob Woodward says it's "one of the most thoughtful and honest accounts ever written by a young Army officer confronting all the tests of life.")
  • A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr ("Kerr’s Berlin Noir trilogy - considered a modern noir classic - has now been turned into a full-blown series by Mr. Kerr. Now in 1950’s Argentina, Bernie Gunther has been given a new life by the Perons, reluctantly joining the hidden ranks of exiled Nazis. When a disturbing case shows links to one he remembers from his more legit, pre-war days, the ever vengeful Bernie realizes that one of the Nazis in his midst is responsible for many of the ill turns his life has taken. The writing is extremely crisp, the dialogue sharp, and Gunther has more life in him than, well, most people I know. I thought Kerr couldn’t top the 4th book in the series, but this may be the finest in the series to date." -Seth)

Warwick's Happenings: a quiet week at the 'wick.
  • Tuesday at 7:30, we have Wendy Craig-Purcell, CEO & minister of the Unity Center & author of Ask Yourself This. (Check for more details, of course.)
Sunday February 21st is the birthday of National Book Award-winning novelist Ha Jin - he has a new collection of short stories that's been getting some great press. Victor Hugo would have been 208 years old on Friday the 26th and Saturday is John Steinbeck's birthday, but you don't have to get either of them anything.

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