OUR CURRENTLY FEATURED BOOKS, “ROBIN’S BLUE,” BY PAM ALSTER, “PAISLEY MEMORIES,” BY ZELLE ANDREWS AND “WALKING OVER EGGSHELLS,” BY LUCINDA E. CLARKE, CAN BE FOUND BY SCROLLING DOWN BELOW THIS POST.
So far, the response to our Christmas promotion has been very gratifying – on least on one level. Two days after the list of discounted books went out, we received more page clicks and visitations than ever before in a 24-hour period.
Of course, that’s just the first step, and it remains to be seen how many book sales will come from this. Still, I feel compelled to thank all of you who showed an interest, and I have no doubt you will find something in our diverse inventory that will appeal to you.
If for some reason you missed the list I sent out, drop me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll send you another.
UPCOMING ON SNOWFLAKES IN A BLIZZARD, WEEK OF DEC. 8-14
I think it was Burl Ives who once proclaimed in a wine commercial: “I don’t host my parties – I cast them.”
And just like it’s fun to invite very different people to the same event to see how they interact, so it is with books. This week, we have three that couldn’t be more different – Matt Dojny’s whimsical journey to a make-believe country, Elizabeth Moore’s history-based tale of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, and a book by Monica Sharman on how to read the bible.
Boyd Darrow is a young American living in Puchai, a tiny Southeast Asian country that tourist brochures refer to as “The Kingdom of Winks.” In a series of letters written to a mysterious recipient, Boyd tells of the delights, humiliations and brain-bending misadventures he experiences while adjusting to life in the small college town of Mai Mor. He and his somewhat less-than-faithful girlfriend, Ulla, were hoping to start their lives over in Puchai, but Puchai has an agenda all its own.
“Ulla’s been hired to organize the talent show at the town’s annual “Festival of Taang,” but she seems more interested in the possibilities of cultural exchange with a local revolutionary. Meanwhile, Boyd grapples with a culture in which baby owls are considered a delicacy, turtles are worshipped as deities, and a wink can have one of 379 possible meanings (including “You’re fired,” “There’s something in my eye,” and “I want to kiss your lips!”). He’s also falling for his boss’s daughter, a half-Puchanese girl with a black eye and a troubling past. Lines are crossed, secrets are revealed, and, as Boyd’s life inevitably spins out of control, the Festival draws closer with each day…”
“THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE,” BY ELIZABETH MOORE.
Writes Elizabrth: “I grew up in the Pine Barrens in southern New Jersey, a setting very familiar and special to me. After moving to Boston (where I now live), I began to feel its absence and to realize just how deeply it had affected me. In the simplest sense, The Truth and the Life is a labor of love for the home I left behind, an attempt to find meaning in its unique ecology and history. But it’s also a larger exploration of how history resides in landscapes both real and imagined, and how the forces of history—despite what we may or may not know about them—can ultimately come to affect us here in the present.”
“BEHOLD THE BEAUTY,” BY MONICA SHARMAN
Monica received some nice reviews for this book on how to better appreciate the Scriptures. Here’s one of them:
“Behold the Beauty: An Invitation to Bible Reading” is like a warm invitation to dinner with close friends. Completely free of dogma, or guilt, is provides the encouragement and direction newcomers need to discover the delights of reading the Bible for themselves. Monica Sharman never talks down to her readers. Instead, with warmth, intelligence and joy, she writes as if she was intimately sharing over coffee.”