Book of the Day: A Treatise on Shellnig Beans
"Please don't misunderstand me. I'm speaking in general, not about you or me. I don't know you, after all. I may guess at this or that, but I don't know you. We're just shelling beans, no more."
Wieslaw Mysliwski's A Treatise on Shelling Beans is a hypnotically absorbing novel, picaresque not so much in space as in time. The story unfolds as an unnamed narrator welcomes a traveler, whom he is sure he has met somewhere before, to his cottage. As he enlists the visitor's aid with the task of shelling beans, the narrator begins to tell
Ivy Bestsellers - December 3, 2013
Once again, Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch tops our bestseller list. And How to Tie a Scarf seems to have staying power . . . but for how long?
Book of the Day: Let It Snow, by John Green, Lauren Myracle and Maureen Johnson
Rona London shares her pick for Book of the Day, Let It Snow:
Written by three of the best-selling teen authors, this trio of interconnected stories takes place during a tremendous Christmas Eve snowstorm. In "Jubilee Express," a young lady gets stranded with a train full of cheerleaders and escapes to the local Waffle House in a small Southern town. There, she might forget her old "perfect" boyfriend and find someone who really sees her. In "Cheertastic Christmas Miracle," the quest to meet the stranded cheerleaders
Book of the Day: Urban Tumbleweed, by Harryette Mullen
"Even itinerant tumbleweed had roots/attaching it to the land, before its stem snapped/and strong winds pushed it down the road."
Acclaimed poet Harryette Mullen decided to break her "sedentary, unconsciously cramped" writing routine by taking a walk each day, usually in Los Angeles, where she lives, or its environs, then writing poetry inspired by the experience. Urban Tumbleweed collects 366 of the resulting poems, written in the
Ivy Bestsellers - November 26, 2013
Looks like you can't keep Donna Tartt down: The Goldfinch is back on top of our list, pushing Alice Munro down to the #5 spot. Linda Noll's Around Mount Washington continues to sell at a good clip, while brisk sales of How to Tie a Scarf indicate that the holiday gift season is upon us.