Good day from suburban Washington DC, where the heat wave seems to be over for now. There are plenty of good books on your tables and shelves right now and I hope they’re selling like mad, but the Fall lists beckon and we’ll be previewing them here over the next few issues. But first, some news.
Candlewick Press has moved up the on-sale date for Princess in Black and the Bathtime Battle (ISBN 9781536202212). Now shipping a full month earlier than previously announced, the title will land on November 26th. This gives stores plenty of time to capture holiday sales, which the original date would have missed. Contact your C&H rep if you’d like to increase your order! For more information about this title, check out the Candlewick website.
Fall Sneak Peek, Vol 1
Harry Abrams has a stellar Fall list, and I’m highlighting two titles here. The first is Letters From Hollywood: Inside the Private World of Classic American Moviemaking (ISBN 9781419738098). With full color illustrations throughout, the book features letters from the silent era until the time when letters faded into email. See what Boris Karloff, Jane Fonda, Walter Matthau, Frank Sinatra, Robert Redford, Humphrey Bogart and a cast of many others had to say to directors, producers, agents, friends and each other. For fans of classic Hollywood, this book will be a must. See the Abrams website for more information.
The other Abrams title is NFL 100: A Century of Pro Football (ISBN 9781419738593). From its beginnings in Canton, OH to its emergence as America’s most highly watched sport, all the key teams, players, coaches and moments are honored within the pages of the book. A really great gift book celebrating the centennial of NFL football. See the Abrams website for more information.
Gibbs Smith has a couple of titles I like a whole lot…and the first one will be near and dear to all our hearts. For the Love of Books: Designing and Creating a Home Library (ISBN 9781423652151) explores the significance of the home library, illustrated with glamorous photography and illustrations. It’s a wonderful keepsake…our books can tell the story of who we are. Find out more at the Gibbs Smith website.
I’ve mentioned before but I’ll remind you here that I hate to cook but I love cookbooks, and my favorite title on Gibbs’ Fall list is Nathalie Dupree’s Favorite Stories and Recipes (ISBN 9781423652502). It is a testament to the culinary journey of one of America’s most loved cookbook authors. To celebrate her 80th birthday, she shares her favorite culinary stories starting with her college years and going through her years as a restaurant cook and on to cooking instruction. The fabled “Queen of Southern Cuisine” shares some of her favorite recipes along the way. This book will be a real treasure. See the Gibbs website for more.
What Else I’m Reading
From time to time I share what I’m reading from non-C&H publishers. Keeping with the forthcoming books mode, I snatched an ARC at the American Library Association conference in June. The Only Plane in the Sky: An Oral History of 9/11 by Garrett M. Groff is coming in September from an imprint of Simon & Schuster. I read as many of the books about 9/11 as I can and this one is a compelling oral account from many different factions. We hear from the pilot and crew of Air Force One; members of the staff of President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney; family members of passengers and crews on the doomed planes, and various people connected to the towers and the Pentagon. It rubs at the scar on your heart, but it’s a really good read.
Next week I’ll be putting on my cowgirl hat and heading out with a friend in her RV to South Dakota’s and Wyoming’s national parks, so the blog will mostly be on hiatus for the next few weeks. But I’ll have my laptop along and I’ll try to do a dispatch if I can. I might have to sneak in a picture or two of big horn sheep and bison. Yippeeee!!!