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Published May 19, 2009
Reissued from Simon & Shuster: "When Ernest Hemingway died in 1961 he had nearly completed A Moveable Feast, which eventually was published posthumously in 1964 and edited by his widow Mary Hemingway. This new special edition of Hemingway's classic memoir of his early years in Paris in the 1920's presents the original manuscript as the author intended it to be published at the time of his death. This new publication also includes a number of unfinished Paris sketches on writing and experiences that Hemingway had with his son, Jack, his wife Hadley, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ford Maddox Ford and others. A personal foreword by Patrick Hemingway, Ernest's sole surviving son, precedes an introduction by the editor, Sean Hemingway, grandson of the author. It is a literary feast, brilliantly evoking the exuberant mood of Paris after World War I and the youthful spirit, unbridled creativity, and unquenchable enthusiasm that Hemingway himself epitomized."
Published April 17, 2009
With (currently) over 1000 images, The Book Cover Archive presents "An Archive of Book Cover Designs and Designers for the Purpose of Appreciation and Categorization." You can browse all, or refine to browsing to full alpha lists of designers, titles, authors, art directors, photographers, illustrators, genres, publication date and publishers. Thanks for the feast goes to Ben Pieratt and Eric Jacobsen who edit and maintain The Book Cover Archive.
Published April 11, 2009
Check out NewPages New and Noteworthy Books page for a list and information about some of the newest releases and soon-to-be-released titles from small, independent, alternative and university presses. Updated regularly, but also archived monthly, so you can go back and take a look at previous posts.
Published April 09, 2009
Another beautiful book of poetry from Candlewick Press. I just happened to come across several of these lately, so I'll be having something to say about them here. This one is The Cuckoo's Haiku and Other Birding Poems by Michael J. Rosen, illustrated by Stan Fellows. Divided into four seasonal sections, each includes 5-7 birds for a total of 24. Each bird gets a two-page spread that includes full color watercolor images, a haiku, and script-style notes on the bird, such as this comment on the Common Grackle's call: "harsh song is a rusty gate: 'readle-eak!'"

The illustrations are absolutely lush. Some are full two-page scenes of the birds and their habitats, others include scenes with a variety of collage inset images of the bird. I cannot image anyone who enjoys poetry or birds not finding a comfortable liking in this book. That it is a "children's" book is almost a misnoemer; indeed, I know a half dozen adults who would appreciate it. The script-style text might actually even be difficult for some younger children, but that only helps to make it a book best shared between adult and child.

An additional four-page section at the back of the book, "Notes for Birdwatchers and Haiku Lovers," includes more specific species details as well as some author comments on the influence of the bird on his haiku. A neatly complete little book, perfect for National Poetry Month, and *finally* spring!
Published April 03, 2009
Phil Dzikiy of The Tonawanda News reviews five of the "most popular" online book trading Web sites that offer free membership: "Raw numbers and service details were taken into consideration, but we also checked to see if certain books were available, in ascending order of rarity: The relatively recent and popular Life of Pi by Yann Martel, anything by noted Japanese author Haruki Murakami and This Perfect Day, a dystopian novel by Ira Levin which has been out of print for years."
Published February 02, 2009
Published January 21, 2009
Cannibal Books is are currently selling subscriptions for $60, which includes all their 2009 publications:

Cannibal: Issue Four
Narwhal
Sent Forth to Die in a Happy City by Keith Newton
Pardon Me, Madam by Marvyn Petrucci
Someone Else's Body by Claire Donato
Identity by Kevin Holden
Untitled Wave by Carolyn Guinzio
Transparency by Patrick Morrissey
Autumn it gestures. by Thomas Hummel
The Nightmare Filled You with Scary by Shane Jones
"Search Party" by Frank Stanford (broadside, 2008)
& any other books we release in 2009
Published January 20, 2009
Paper Cuts, the NYT's blog about books, offers a list of books previously reviewed on their site, for those looking for "behind-the-news" reading on the recent conflict attention.
Published January 20, 2009
Collection Development “Dog Care & Training”: The Well-Behaved Dog
By Kristine M. Alpi & Barbara L. Sherman
Library Journal
November 1, 2008
Published January 08, 2009
A Writer And Reader On Why Book Publishers Fail
Lawrence Osborne
Forbes.com
December 12, 2008

The commentary begins: "They dumb everything down."

And further, this:

"Here, then, is my memo to publishers. Why are you not venturing out to connect with the vast market of recent college graduates who are thirsting for serious writing and who have been grappling with difficult and often sterile texts for years and want something different?

"My son and his friends, who are in their early twenties, read Houllebecq and Bola
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