Book of the Day: The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales, by Franz Xaver von Schonwerth
"After a while it grew light, and the path took them through a forest of lemon trees and then on to a beautiful castle. The crow said to the two sisters: 'Just watch out, and don't get too curious about things.'"
Wonders abound and, yes, curiosity sometimes gets the better of heroes and heroines in The Turnip Princess and Other Newly Discovered Fairy Tales. Franz Xaver von Schonwerth was a Bavarian folktale collector and a contemporary of the Brothers Grimm, but his work never became the cultural touchstone the Grimms' did. (Perhaps having more manageable
Ivy Bestsellers - April 13, 2015
Well, Anne Tyler didn't stay down for long. She's back in the #1 spot on our bestseller list, with another local title, Greater Roland Park, close behind. And Lily King is up to #3 on the list - just in time for her visit to The Ivy on Thursday!
Book of the Day: Leroy Ninker Saddles Up, by Kate DiCamillo
Rona London reviews her pick for Book of the Day:
Ever have a dream but not the courage to pursue it? Meet Leroy. He was a robber, now reformed, who works at a drive-in movie watching Western flicks and imagining life as a real cowboy. Leroy has all of the cowboy accessories, with an awesome 10-gallon hat, strong rope, mighty lasso and genuine western boots. What he doesn't have is a horse. Fortunately, a friend tells him to grab fate by the horns and sends him to meet Maybelline. Maybelline is an unusual horse to say the least. She loves to hear pretty words, likes to be with people and enjoys spaghetti noodles above all foods. Adventures await as Leroy must
Book of the Day: Motoring West, Volume I: Automobile Pioneers, 1900-1909, edited by Peter J. Blodgett
If the phrase "road trip" conjures up adventure to you in this day and age, consider the tribulations of the "automobile pioneers" included in the first volume of Motoring West (a projected series). Peter J. Blodgett's immensely entertaining anthology collects primary source documents from the dawn of the automobile age. The book includes tips on packing for a camping trip (take lots of spare parts, a coat of kangaroo skin and a gun), narratives of disaster-fraught stunt drives across the United States and promotional materials from the big
Ivy Bestsellers - April 6, 2015
Apologies for our blogging hiatus (a required pause during some back-end website tweaks). But now we're back . . . with a new #1 bestseller! Yes, Erik Larson has taken the crown, but Anthony Doerr, Paula Hawkins, Anne Tyler and Daniel James Brown are still vying for the throne. And don't miss Lily King, #6 on our list, when she visits The Ivy on Thursday, April 16, at 7:00.