Front Table Picks
Two companion titles from Red Wheel Weiser/Hampton Roads have caught my eye: BE ANGRY (ISBN 9781642970074) and BE HAPPY (ISBN 9781642970036) by The Dalai Lama. In Be Angry, his Buddhist perspective questions how we deal with inequalities and social injustice. He explains two types of anger–one arising from compassion that is useful and should be encouraged, and one that comes from jealousy and envy and results in hatred and ill will.
In Be Happy, he counsels us wisely if we just pay attention. The book tells us things we need to know about our unhappiness and how we can change it into joy. There is a path for taking charge of our lives! These two titles follow in the series that includes Be Here and Be Kind. They are slim books that are perfect for front-of-store displays. Find out more about Be Angry and Be Happy from the Red Wheel website.
A title from Gibbs Smith I like is WHY WE READ: QUOTATIONS FOR BOOK LOVERS (ISBN 9781423648611). It’s a beautiful collection of illustrated quotes on the magic of books. 75 quotes from writers and thinkers like Carl Sagan, Jane Austen, Annie Dillard and many more make up this nice little gift for any occasion. Find out more from the Gibbs Smith website.
One of my favorite books of the spring is Lonely Planet’s AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 FOOD TRUCKS (ISBN 9781788681315), on sale April 18. Lonely Planet has picked food from “the most exciting chefs on four wheels” and is sharing their stories and their most popular and amazing dishes. From Los Angeles and Austin to Tijuana, Vancouver, Nashville, New York City and Melbourne–to name just a few of the cities around the world–get ready to lick your lips as a result of this book! Find out more from the Lonely Planet website.
There’s a Candlewick title that’s been out since January but is worth a reminder. Stonewall Award winner and renowned photographer/author Susan Kuklin’s WE ARE HERE TO STAY (ISBN 9780763678845) is her follow-up to Beyond Magenta. Nine courageous young people who have lived in secret in the U.S. are not citizens. They came seeking education, fleeing violence and escaping poverty. Their stories are at once heartbreaking and inspirational. Find out more from the Candlewick website.
MAYBE YOU SHOULD TALK TO SOMEONE (ISBN 9781328662057) from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a hot title, and is already a New York Times bestseller. Some other publicity hot shots include People Magazine’s Book of the Week (“an addictive book that’s part Oliver Sacks and part Nora Ephron”…”be prepared to be riveted”), a great NPR piece, and the Washington Post’s 10 Books You Should Read in April. It truly is a title deserving of all the accolades–a great read! Find out more from the HMH website.
CHESAPEAKE & HUDSON, INC is now representing Barefoot Books! A recent article in Publisher’s Weekly named Barefoot as one of the 12 fastest growing independent publishers in America. I’m happy we have them in our bag.
Independent Publishers Group has added Koenmann Publishing. I think it’s a great addition for them, they are one of the top publishers of art, travel and design (and other things) titles.
What I’m Reading
Along with the many fantastic titles in our bag, from time to time I will mention books I’ve been reading from miscellaneous publishers. I just closed the book on SAY NOTHING: A TRUE STORY OF MURDER AND MEMORY IN NORTHERN IRELAND (Doubleday). The book is a modern history of the Troubles, their legacy, and a few key players during this time. It is a compelling, important read.