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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780770436421
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Published: Hogarth - February 4th, 2014

This dark but brilliant tale of Russia-ravaged Chechnya - and a select few exquisitely drawn natives/victims is more timely now than ever. Marra shows us the true human cost of hate and intolerance. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine

Light and Shade

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ISBN: 9780307985750
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Published: Broadway Books - October 1st, 2013

Given Page's famously enigmatic and highly introverted nature, Tolinski's look into the musician/producer/composer's creative thoughts and processes represents a major leap forward for Led Zeppelin fans. Tolinski guides the reader through Page's entire career and legacy while periodically offering song-by-song insights that are bound to entice hard core fans and musicians alike. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine

Surfing The Big River- For Indie Lovers

The following is a reprint of a Press Release that has not yet happened:

May 28, 2013

The “Surf The River, Shop The Stream” boycott of Amazon.com, organized by the American Association of Small Businesses some 18 months ago has been declared a smashing success by Scott Independence, President of the AASB.

“This is a program we had started in December of 2011 in response to Amazon's 'Price Check App' promotion where they bribed customers with the promise of $5 coupons if they went into any store and did a comparative price check through a mobile device bar code scanning program,” said Independence. “As much business as an online price-slashing retail powerhouse such as Amazon had already sapped from traditional brick and mortar stores, we felt at the time that this new program took the concept of aggressive price competitiveness to an unacceptable place. It attempted to turn the general public into spies against the small businesses that are the proverbial bread and butter of the American economy, basically bribing all consumers to reinforce the ongoing devaluation of the nation's retail economy to unsustainable levels. (READ MORE)

Stirring Up A Hornet’s Nest.. (Which Is Being Kicked By A Girl)

Just last week, the third book of Stieg Larsson’s “Girl With/Who…” series,The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, was released in paperback. A very big deal given that this three books series has been one of the biggest selling phenomena to hit the publishing world in quite some time.

As luck would have it, I myself only just recently finished reading book 1, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Why now? Well, I was, frankly, curious as to what all the fuss was about. Three bestselling books with rampant sales and a tremendous buzz (hornet joke unintentional), not to mention a couple of movie treatments, most recently the new version starring Daniel Craig. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780307454560
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - February 21st, 2012

Pitch Your Own Writing at Pitchapalooza on February 18th.

This coming Saturday the 18th at 1:00 PM marks the long anticipated arrival of the Pitchapalooza world tour to the Northshire Bookstore. Is it possible you haven't heard of Pitchapalooza? Outrageous! Unthinkable! I'm joking, of course, but it has become a fairly big deal around here and it becomes harder and harder to imagine not having heard of it. 

Known sometimes as "American Idol" for writers, Pitchapalooza is all about giving undiscovered authors an opportunity to make their mark in the publishing world. David Henry Sterry and Arielle Eckstut's book The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published is one of the preeminent "getting-into-print guides" on the market. For more information on the details of Pitchapalooza, please visit here. But the bottom line is this; in the course of this event, Eckstut and Sterry will hold forth on their tried and true techniques for "birthing" a book from conception to publication, schedule a 20 minute future consult for all purchasers of their book and, most excitingly, from a pool of 20 participants selected, at random, to present a 60 second pitch for their book concept, choose a Pitchapalooza winner- the prize being an introduction to an agent or publisher. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780761160854
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - November 4th, 2010

The Big Miracle Of Book To Movie Adaptation

We have a saying we frequently use here at Northshire Bookstore; “the book is better”. The implication, of course, being that cinematic adaptions of classic and/or popular books, both fiction and non-fiction, usually pale by comparison in overall quality versus their source material books. There are exceptions, of course, and we all might debate on which occasions a movie adaption exceeded the artistic merit of the original book. (The fact that I can't think of a single example at the moment to the contrary notwithstanding.)

Despite what would seem to be a somewhat snobbish attitude towards movie adaptations, however, we do owe a debt of gratitude to that entity we call “Hollywood” for bringing attention back to an ongoing stream of bestselling books. Kathryn Stockett's The Help is an example that springs to mind. In an interesting sales cycle, we will see a novel such as The Help receive great reviews, rise to the bestseller list quickly in its hardcover edition, sell through the roof once it comes out in paperback, and then, just as its popularity might begin to fade, get another boost from a successful movie adaption... and then, yet another sales push once again when the dvd is released. In the case of The Help, I can actually attest to the movie adaptation being wonderfully done and powerfully acted but, and this could get me in trouble around here... I have not actually read the book, only seen the movie. Shhh- don't tell my coworkers. The Harry Potter series was another example of a successful book, the popularity of which was driven on even beyond its own, wide and wild self-created buzz by the continuing production and success of the subsequent cinematic versions. (READ MORE)

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ISBN: 9780425232200
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Published: Berkley - April 5th, 2011


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