Book of the Day: What a Wonderful World, as sung by Louis Armstrong, illustrated by Tim Hopgood
Rona London reviews her pick for Book of the Day:
Louis Armstrong's song was first recorded in 1967 and, with over a million copies sold, has become a timeless anthem. This delightful picture book is filled with color-saturated paintings of diverse children celebrating life. Lyrics are illustrated with joyful abandon: "I see skies of blue . . . and clouds of white. The bright blessed day and the dark sacred night. And I think to myself . . . What a wonderful world. The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky . . . are also on the faces of people going by. I see friends shaking hands, saying, 'How do you do?' They're really saying, 'I love you!'"
Book of the Day: One Thousand Things Worth Knowing, by Paul Muldoon
"I too was schooled by a high-minded monk/who ruled the world-book must be read aloud." - "Seven Selfies from the Chateau D'If"
Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Muldoon's poetry is a "world-book" in itself - earthy and erudite, its meanings allusive and elusive. Muldoon isn't going to give you crystal-clear insights tied up with a bow or spoonfeed you easy homilies or epiphanies. You'll have to sink your teeth into these poems and do some chewing. But what a reward you'll get in return!
Spanning many facets of culture (both high and low) and history (both personal and recorded), Muldoon's poems are playful and solemn, often at the same time. He
Ivy Bestsellers - February 23, 2015
Anthony who? Girl on the what? Forget those out-of-towners; our customers are keeping Anne Tyler firmly ensconced on the top of our bestseller list!
Closed for the Storm!
Unfortunately, the snowstorm has forced us to close up shop for the rest of today (Saturday, February 21). Stay inside if you can, and curl up with a good book. Then come see us once the storm clears to replenish your supply!
Book of the Day: Mr. and Mrs. Disraeli: A Strange Romance, by Daisy Hay
What a pleasure it is to have a new biography from Daisy Hay! In her first book, Young Romantics - a group biography of Byron, the Shelleys and their associates - Hay used deep archival research and an empathetic (but historically rigorous) approach to explore her famous subjects. She does the same in her newest offering.
When up-and-coming, but financially reckless, politician Benjamin Disraeli married wealthy older widow Mary Anne Lewis, was it a storybook love or a union of convenience? Hay makes the intriguing case that it was both. She explores the Disraelis' "