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David Gray-Smith - Bookseller in Manchester

DavidDavid Gray-Smith joined the team this past February, after moving to Vermont from eastern Mass. A fan of character studies, comics, folktales, philosophy, and all things waxing absurd, you'll find him most days on the Children's floor. Please bring him your questions and your dogs.

Anansi Boys: A Novel by Neil Gaiman - Book Review

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$17.99
ISBN: 9780063070738
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 20th, 2021

An amazing story following 2 sons of West Africa's folkloric staple, Anansi the Spider. Written very much like its folktales of inspiration, Gaiman bounces scene-to-scene in snappy, fairly freestanding narrative bursts (don't worry, it comes across as more exuberant than confusing). The characters are amazingly enjoyable, especially the hateable ones like a sleazy 10%er who thinks and speaks almost exclusively in vapid idioms and aphorisms. The only caution I'll give readers is that the behavior of folk deities can come off pretty disturbing when you put them in a real-life setting, but fans of Gaiman know well that pulling off such juxtapositions is his specialty! ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith


On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt - Book Review

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$9.95
ISBN: 9780691122946
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Published: Princeton University Press - January 30th, 2005

Written with incredible character and remarkably accessible!
A short treatise on what constitutes “bullshit” and what separates it from other forms of dishonesty, eventually arriving at the controversial conclusion that bullshit is WORSE than lying.
Reading it feels like a bit of a journey, as Frankfurt walks you through all the dictionary entries he combed. On Bullshit somehow landed him slots on entertainment cable talkshows to argue his points and managed to make #1 New York Times bestseller; the charm and passion of the writing are definitely to thank. ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith


Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah - Book Review

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780399588198
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Published: One World - February 12th, 2019

The most I've ever cracked up from a book was reading "Go Hitler" (Chapter 15) for the first time. Trevor Noah flashes all his chops as a master storyteller in this collection of hilarious, fascinating, and sometimes tragic portraits from a childhood in a country that outlawed his very existence. ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith


The Very Special Thing by Alex Willmore - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781849767897
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Published: Tate Publishing - October 4th, 2022

All my life, I've fancied myself a collector of things. Though really, that's just a polite way of saying I'm a bit of a hoarder. Sometimes I think about how if I read this book at the right developmental time I'd have a much easier go of things, in my dealings with things.
In this Jon-Klassen-esque fable, Squirrel is also a collector. She collects any-thing and every-thing including things she probably shouldn't (like other people's stuff). What's she gonna do when her special acorn gets buried under all her countless stuff (and things)?
A cogent codex for caretakers concerned by their kids' consumerism. Also it's very cute! ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith


Punisher Vol. 1: The King of Killers Book One - Book Review

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By Jason Aaron, Jesus Saiz (Illustrator), Paul Azaceta (Illustrator), Jesus Saiz (Cover design or artwork by)
$24.99
ISBN: 9781302928773
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Published: Marvel Universe - December 6th, 2022

This is the latest run of The Punisher, who just received a revamp in 2022. It's a bit of a departure from form—he's leading a deathcult and has demon powers—but I'm absolutely loving how fresh it feels (to long-time readers, decades of gang-busting can get old). More than enough of everything a Punisher fan is looking for, whether they're coming from the movies or the show or whatever else. ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith


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