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green hills  journal #5 Green Hills June 1 to September 16, 2010
         also: journal #4 - #6

These are the books I read while we were opening and managing read. booksellers in Blackhawk. Books demanding to be read come at you from everywhere: published reviews, publisher catalogs, customer requests, ARCs from publishers, and then there are all those great books getting pulled out of all those boxes. Christmas comes every day in a bookstore.

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humpty dumpty and friendsart & maxsuper sad true love storywater ghostshow to disappearthe man who loved books too much

Humpty Dumpty and Friends - Nursery Rhymes for the Young at Heart selected & illustrated by Oleg Lipchenko (F) 9.16.10

Art & Max by David Wiesner (F) 9.16.10

p Super Sad True Love Story by Gary Shteyngart (F) 9.15.10

Water Ghosts by Shawna Yang Ryan (F) 9.10.10


How to Disappear by Frank Ahearn (NF) 9.8.10


crowing The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett (NF) 9.6.10


washington rulesthree stationspacking for marsi curse the river of timemarx's generalfour fingers of death

crowing Washington Rules: America's Path to Permanent War by Andrew Bacevich (NF) 9.4.10
Promising prosperity and peace, the Washington rules are propelling the United States towards insolvency and perpetual war. Promises of GUNS & BUTTER, BUTTER & GUNS, our political dialogue must move beyond the unattainable, because over the horizon a shipwreck of epic proportions awaits.


Three Stations by Martin Cruz Smith (F) 9.3.10


Packing for Mars by Mary Roach (NF) 8.29.10
Full of fun and bizarre facts about space travel. Mary Roach is always a kick when she's sharing. Here she gives you the facts on space travel, many aspects of weightlessness, rapid descent, space toilets, and the physics of sex in space.


I Curse the River of Time by Per Petterson (F) 8.26.10

crowing Marx's General: The Revolutionary Life of Friedrick Engels by Tristram Hunt (NF) 8.21.10


crowing The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody (F) 8.12.10
I devoured this quickly and it is REALLY A KICK! It's a story within a story, going down in the not-so-distant future. It takes us to Mars and back with some very bizarre happenings - as one should suspect in a story based on a 1950's campy horror movie. Oh, and then there's the possibility of some flesh-eating bacteria research and mining going on, sponsored by our Defense Department. One of my favorite parts of the book is the implications of the serious decline of the United States and the astronauts starting to become Martians, politically and socially. What does it mean to be a citizen of a truly New World?
   It made me laugh, it made me think, and it's great entertainment.


mr peanut sunset parkmicroscriptsthe naked pintat homepenguin 75

Mr. Peanut by Adam Ross (F) 8.4.10


Sunset Park by Paul Auster (F) 7.31.10

special type of book Microscripts by Robert Walser (F) 7.29.10

The Naked Pint: An Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer by Christina Perozzi & Hallie Beaune (NF) 7.27.10

crowing At Home by Bill Bryson (NF) 7.25.10
Laugh and learn all around the house as Bryson covers topics around the world. His extreme curiosity, hilarious wit, and fluid mind, moves the book from room to room, and shares fascinating facts about everything under the sun. This is entertainment, as well as education. Read this.


crowing Penguin 75 edited by Paul Buckley (NF) 7.22.10

driving on the rims bob marley the untold storythe canalthe catcher in the ryewalks with menawait your reply

crowing Driving the Rim by Thomas McGuane (F) 7.17.10

Bob Marley: The Untold Story by Chris Salewicz (NF) 7.7.10

The Canal by Lee Rourke (F) 6.29.10

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (G) 6.22.10


Walks With Me by Ann Beattie (F) 6.19.10


crowing Await Your Reply by Dan Chaon (F) 6.15.10

franny and zooeynine storiesgreendalethe typewriter is holythe imperfectionistsmy father's tears

Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger (F)  6.11.10


Nine Stories by J.D. Salinger (F) 6.9.10


p Neil Young's Greendale by Joshau Dysart & Cliff Chiang (F) 6.7.10


crowing The Typewriter is Holy: The Complete Uncensored History of the Beat Generation by Bill Morgan (NF) 6.5.10
This book is billed as a warts and all telling of the story of the Beats and their role in the changing of the American culture. It delivers. The Typewriter is Holy also does a convincing job of showing the free-wheeling, and free-loving, of these central members of what was named in the media - the Beat Generation. When you get down to it, many of them were fairly immature, selfish and many times boorish and sexist. Yet, some were ultimately charming...con men as well. The book's structure is quite clever in how the main figures come and go, enter each other's lives and burn with such intensity, only to disappear for sometimes years.


crowing The Imperfectionists by Tom Rachman  (F) 6.4.10

My Father's Tears by John Updike (F) 6.1.10


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