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Earlene Scott has always loved books.
She is such a voracious reader that by the mid 1970s, she had already read all the books that interested her at Newnan’s Carnegie Library and had to start purchasing new reading material.
At the time, bookstores were few and far between. In fact, the closest one wasn’t really a bookstore at all — it was the book section at Rich’s in downtown Atlanta.
Here is the library bound bestseller list for January and comments from Richard Buthod of Turtleback Books. The more stores and organizations that use this, the more forceful the reminder to schools and libraries that bookstores are part of their success.
Shock of shocks! We have a new number one! Once again one or two huge sales of a title can skew rankings when we are dealing with orders destined for large school systems. Mockingbirds, Gatsby’s, and Shakespeare’s will never go away.
This month we see a return to predictable school titles. The picture books that remain strong are similarly predictable. As you go farther down the list you will find steady sellers for the last fifty years (Mouse Tales, Bread and Jam for Frances, Angus and the Ducks) sprinkled throughout. A mild surprise for me are fairly contemporary titles, hardly classics, that have enduring demand (Into Thin Air, Ender’s Game, Stephen King titles). New titles in current popular series are also strong for us. I am also seeing slippage in 50 Shades of Gray, a phenomenon we knew would end, just not when. It is far from dead, but watch out.
LIBRARY BOUND BESTSELLER LIST January 2013
TITLE AUTHOR ISBN LIST PRICE
Word-For-Word English-Spanish Harper Collins, Eds. 9780606071444 $17.20
To Kill A Mockingbird Lee, Harper 9780881030525 $18.40
The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald, F. Scott 9781417656639 $26.95
Everyone Poops Gomi, Taro 9780613685726 $18.40
The Pillars Of The Earth Follett, Ken 9781417671687 $18.40
The Story Of Ferdinand Leaf, Munro 9780613301442 $13.55
Atlas Shrugged Rand, Ayn 9780613357661 $20.85
The Catcher In The Rye Salinger, J. D. 9780808514039 $17.20
Ender’s Game Card, Orson Scott 9780613824224 $16.00
Big Nate Makes The Grade Peirce, Lincoln 9780606263085 $20.85
Unlikely Friendships: 47 Remarkable Holland, Jennifer 9780606235037 $25.70
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Wood, Audrey 9780833598813 $18.40
Romeo And Juliet Shakespeare, William 9781417663989 $16.00
House Of Leaves Danielewski, Mark Z. 9781417709045 $34.25
From Dawn To Decadence Barzun, Jacques 9780613708500 $37.90
Starship Troopers Heinlein, Robert A. 9780785787280 $20.85
To Say Nothing Of The Dog, Or, Willis, Connie 9780613152426 $18.40
Fifty Shades Of Grey James, E. L. 9780606259095 $28.10
Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book Of Animals Emberley, Ed 9781417734023 $17.20
Stories From The Animal Kingdom
Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear
How We Found The Bishop’s
Bird Stump At Last
This library-bound best seller list is compiled by Turtleback Books from sales within the month of December to independent and chain retailers, wholesalers, internet sites, and commission rep groups serving schools and libraries. For our catalog of 8,000 library-bound titles, visit Turtleback.com.
Guiding us through the holiday season from Thanksgiving through Epiphany, Neely takes us into the woods in search of the perfect red cedar Christmas tree. He’ll remind us of the real reason sweet potatoes were part of holiday meals. In this long anticipated volume, we’ll hear tales about a flaming Advent wreath and the Christmas tree emergency that required an exterminator.
In each chapter, you will enjoy the wit and humor we have come to expect from Kirk Neely. You will find spiritual depth, wisdom, and insight garnered from his pastoral and personal experience. Sometimes you will chuckle, sometimes you will shed a tear, and sometimes both will come within the same reading.
Walter Edgar, author of South Carolina: A History and The South Carolina Encyclopedia, as well as the genial host of “Walter Edgar’s Journal,” heard regularly on National Public Radio (NPR), has called Kirk Neely an old-fashioned Southern storyteller.
This collection includes several of Kirk Neely’s best loved stories: “Santa Almost Got Caught,” “A Kentucky Thanksgiving,” “G. I. Joe and Baby Jesus,” and “Christmas at Croft.”
Many of these tales are joyful accounts of personal experiences that will make you laugh out loud. Others are poignant, gleaned from years of pastoral ministry. Kirk Neely gives us a clearer vision of the season, reminding us that for some people the holidays are a time of absence and grief. Even in the face of heartache, he helps us find comfort and joy. He also shares from his own pilgrimage those epiphany moments that are highlights in his journey of faith.
These stories will help us take a deep breath and seek a less hectic pace so our holidays can become holy days. Each brief reflection can be read in one sitting while waiting in a carpool line to pick up a child, lingering over a morning cup of coffee, or before turning in at night.
This book is a treasure you’ll want to give to everyone on your shopping list. Keep a copy for yourself. You’ll come back to it year after year. Santa Almost Got Caught promises to become a holiday classic.
The Richland County Public Library in cooperation with many city & county partners is launching their One Book, One Columbia city-wide read and we are reading Having Our Say: The Delaney’s Sisters’ First 100 Years, and it got me to thinking how many one-read programs are out there. And what do they read?
I heard from Lisa Sharp of Nightbird Books that Fayetteville, AR is planning it’s 3rd community read. It’s called One Book, One Community and is a fall event. The first year we read The Devil’s Highway by Luis Urrea, last year was The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and this year we have yet to choose. Wonder what it will be?
I heard from Fran Bush at Booklover’s Bookstore in Aiken, SC. The Aiken County Public Library has Aiken Reads with a selection per quarter. “Last summer we hosted Mary Alice Monroe with Swimming Lessons as the summer selection for adults and Turtle Summer for the children. In October 2011, The Aiken Women’s Club is sponsoring a county wide reading program named The Big Read to encourage reading at any age. They wanted to find books that were inexpensive and readily available. The selection for high school and adult is The Call of the Wild by Jack London; upper elementary and middle school is Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George; the younger kids selection is One Wolf Howls by Scotti Cohn. The club will be giving books to the libraries and school libraries throughout the county. There are several alternate selections for those who have already read the selection.” This project should get a lot of publicity.
Emily Bell shared that Page & Palette has seen great success with the One Town One Tale concept. “Our picks have included Three Cups of Tea, The Poet of Tolstoy Park by Fairhope’s own, Sonny Brewer; Alabama Moon by local writer Watt Key; A Thousand Splendid Suns by NY Times bestselling author, Khaled Hossieni; Peony in Love by NY Times bestselling author Lisa See; and The Noticer by Andy Andrews of Orange Beach.”
Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction in Greenville, SC shared Greenville’s The Amazing Read. The book for this, the 4th year, is The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. The past 3 years picks were Velva Jean Learns to Drive by Jennifer Niven, Saints at the River by Ron Rash, and The Pleasure Was Mine by Tommy Hays.
Here are a few resources I found about OneBook programs:
ABOUT EVERY DAY BY THE SUN: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi
From Southern Living: “Every Day by the Sun is a book that every Southerner should read, perhaps even before they read Faulkner himself.”
Two great features, including an excerpt and Q&A.
We also have the prologue posted at Scribd.com
In Every Day by the Sun, Dean Faulkner Wells recounts the story of the Faulkners of Mississippi, whose legacy includes pioneers, noble and ignoble war veterans, three never-convicted murderers, the builder of the first railroad in north Mississippi, the founding president of a bank, an FBI agent, four pilots (all brothers), and a Nobel Prize winner, arguably the most important American novelist of the twentieth century. She also reveals wonderfully entertaining and intimate stories and anecdotes about her family—in particular her uncle William, or “Pappy,” with whom she shared colorful, sometimes utterly frank, sometimes whimsical, conversations and experiences.
This deeply felt memoir explores the close relationship between Dean’s uncle and her father, Dean Swift Faulkner, a barnstormer killed at age twenty-eight during an air show four months before she was born. It was William who gave his youngest brother an airplane, and after Dean’s tragic death, William helped to raise his niece. He paid for her education, gave her away when she was married, and maintained a unique relationship with her throughout his life.
From the 1920s to the early civil rights era, from Faulkner’s winning of the Nobel Prize in Literature to his death in 1962, Every Day by the Sun explores the changing culture and society of Oxford, Mississippi, while offering a rare glimpse of a notoriously private family and an indelible portrait of a national treasure.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
DEAN FAULKNER WELLS is the niece of William Faulkner and the daughter of Dean Swift Faulkner and Louise Hale. She is the author of, among other works, The Ghosts of Rowan Oak: William Faulkner’s Ghost Stories for Children and is the editor of The New Great American Writers Cookbook and The Best of Bad Faulkner. She lives with her husband, Larry Wells, in Oxford, Mississippi, where they run Yoknapatawpha Press, a regional publishing house that focuses on southern writers.
Every Day by the Sun: A Memoir of the Faulkners of Mississippi
Dean Faulkner Wells
$25.00 / $28.95 (CAN)
On Sale March 22, 2011
Available as a hardcover and eBook.
“Nobody could have written this book except Dean Faulkner Wells. It is not only charming, poignant and witty, it is a priceless contribution to America’s rich literary history.”—Winston Groom, author, Forrest Gump
“Dean Faulkner Wells has written a memorable family story, full of the intimacies of place and cherished connections, that not incidentally sheds unexpected, humanizing light on her august uncle, William Faulkner.”–Thomas McGuane
“A funny, extremely readable, incredibly likable memoir of what it was like to grow up with the great man….A wonderful book.”–Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama
“Read Every Day by the Sun, then read Go Down Moses, The Hamlet, The Town, The Mansion, and you will feel you have been on an archaeological dig with a master. Dean Faulkner Wells knows where the gold is buried, where the heart strings sang, where the understanding and love were engendered….Burn the deconstructionists’ texts. Every day By The Sun is all you need.”—Ellen Gilchrist
“I can’t recall the last time I enjoyed a book as much as Every Day By The Sun. Dean Faulkner Wells has performed a miracle: She’s brought a great man back to life, and in doing so she’s summoned a time and a place that now seem too far gone. I love her clean, sharp, unpretentious prose, the well-hewn stories piled one on top of the other, the intimate revelations about a family that belongs to all of us but belonged to her first. William Faulkner is a fascinating character indeed, but it is Wells herself whom I found most captivating. She’s somebody to fall in love with and never get over.”–John Ed Bradley, author, Tupelo Nights
“A fresh, affectionate view of ‘Pappy,’ the great and difficult writer.”–Roy Blount, Jr.
“Part biography, part memoir, Wells’ work does much to humanize the man who is often remembered only for his words. A must-read for Faulkner-philes.”–Kirkus
“Marvelously evocative, intimate, and deeply moving.”
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