Friday, December 5, 2014

May We Recommend...

Ideas for Books Worth Giving (a.k.a. present-a-bull books)


How to Cook Everything Fast: A Better Way to Cook Great Food by Mark Bittman

Organize your time in the kitchen so you can spend more time eating and less time cooking. I've yet to try a Mark Bittman recipe that didn't pan out.


Family Furnishings: Selected Stories, 1995-2014 by Alice Munro

No one writes better short stories than Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro. Here is a brand new collection of some of her best.


The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington by Gregg Herken.

Journalists, diplomats and spies, drinking and dining together in D.C. during the 1950s and 1960s. Oh yes, and making national policy at the same time.


You can see the whole list of our Holiday Sale Titles on our web site, at 



The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton.

The Booker Prize winning 830 page novel (that everyone reports finishing and loving) by a 29 year old phenomenon from New Zealand.


Redeployment by Phil Klay

A collection of stories about the soldiers of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Redeployment won the National Book Award and is on the New York Times list of the 10 best books of the year.


What If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe

If you're dying to know the answers to questions like: "If every human somehow simply disappeared from the face of the earth, how long would it be before the last artificial light source would go out?" this is the book for you. You can also learn how many unique English tweets are possible, and how long it would take for the population of the world to read them all out loud.


In the Kingdom of Ice; The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by In the Kingdom Hampton Sides

An astounding three year long story of death and survival from a 1879 voyage of discovery.


Bohemians, Bootleggers, Flappers and Swells: The Best of Early Vanity Fair edited by Graydon Carter.

Writings from 1913 to 1936, from a killer line-up including folks like Langston Hughes, Clarence Darrow, Dorothy Parker, Colette, E. E. Cummings, etc. etc.


The History of Rock 'N' Roll in Ten Songs by Greil Marcus.

Nobody writes about rock 'n' roll like Greil Marcus. Cue up these songs on your ipod or spotify and get down to it.

May We Also Recommend

Coming by the store this Saturday (tomorrow) afternoon, when from 12:30 to 2:30 you can listen to local musicians Eileen Regan and Tim Smith playing acoustic Celtic music while you shop.

A visit to our downstairs "bargain basement" where we have just put out ten boxes of new sale books.


Letting us play "Santa's Helper" for you by:

--ordering your books through our web site and we will let you know when they are ready for you to pick up at the store

--emailing us your list, and will we will likewise get your books all ready for you to pick up

--allowing us to be your personal shopper and help you find the perfect book for everyone on your list. 


Coming to one of our final author events of the year, including books about basketball, Jerry Lee Lewis, and cats!

Upcoming Events:


Friday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.

At an obscure South Carolina nursing home, a lost world reemerges as a disabled elderly woman undergoes newfangled brain-restoration procedures and begins to explore her environment with the assistance of strap-on robot legs. At a deluxe medical spa on a nameless Caribbean island, a middle-aged woman hopes to revitalize her fading youth with grotesque rejuvenating therapies that combine cutting-edge medical technologies with holistic approaches and the pseudo-religious dogma of Zen-infused self-help. And in a rinky-dink mill town, an adolescent girl is unexpectedly inspired by the ravings and miraculous levitation of her fundamentalist friend's weird grandmother. These are only a few of the scenarios readers encounter in Julia Elliott's debut short story collection, The Wilds. In these genre-bending stories, teetering between the ridiculous and the sublime, Elliott's language-driven fiction uses outlandish tropes to capture poignant moments in her humble characters' lives. Elliot will be in the store to read and sign books.



Monday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.

We're happy to host a lively reading by three fiction authors: Gregg Cussick, L.C. Fiore, and Miriam Herrin. Come hear stories of crashing dirigibles (My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible), the mingling of eco-terrorists and Christian evangelicals (Green Gospel), murder, intrigue, and a journey that winds its way through Carolina, Boston, and eventually through the jungles of Southeast Asia (Absolution).



Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m.

Blue Divide A complete look at the storied basketball rivalry between the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels, this guide is penned by two authorities on the subject-Art Chansky, a bestselling author and sports reporter who has covered the famed match up since his days as a student reporter at UNC and Johnny Moore, who has been intimately involved with Duke athletics for nearly four decades. Segmenting the various commonalities the Blue Devils and Tar Heels have shared for more than 60 years and nearly 250 meetings on the court, each chapter covers a distinct aspect of the rivalry between these two schools that stand a mere 10 miles apart. The Blue Divide: Duke, North Carolina, and the Battle on Tobacco Road offers new details on long-forgotten stories as well as a chance to better understand where the pride and passion of today comes from between the two contiguous competitors. Chansky and Moore will be in the store for a discussion and signing.



Friday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.

A monumental figure on the American landscape, Jerry Lee Lewis gave rock and roll its Jerry Lee devil's edge; caused riots and boycotts with his incendiary performances; nearly scuttled his career by marrying his thirteen-year-old second cousin-his third wife of seven; ran a decades-long marathon of drugs, drinking, and women; nearly met his maker, twice; suffered the deaths of two sons and two wives, and the indignity of an IRS raid that left him with nothing but the broken-down piano he started with; performed with everyone from Elvis Presley to Keith Richards to Bruce Springsteen to Kid Rock-and survived it all to be hailed as "one of the most creative and important figures in American popular culture and a paradigm of the Southern experience." Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story is the Killer's life as he lived it, and as he shared it over two years with our greatest bard of Southern life: Rick Bragg. He will be in the store for a reading/discussion and signing.



Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m.

Solitary, graceful, and contemplative, cats have inspired poets from Charles Baudelaire to Margaret Atwood to serve as their chroniclers and celebrants. They have appeared, wrapped in their inscrutability, in verse both sensual and spiritual, weary and whimsical. With Familiars, the beloved North Carolina novelist and poet Fred Chappell proves himself a worthy addition to the fellowship of poets who have sought to immortalize their beloved cats. Chappell will be in the store to read and sign books.


 Learn more about these and all of our upcoming events by visiting  the events calendar on our web site.
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