08.26.14

Book of the Day: The City Under the Skin, by Geoff Nicholson

Posted By: RebeccaOppenheimer

Those familiar with Geoff Nicholson's substantial oeuvre know him as a chronicler of the chronically obsessed, one who casts a jaundiced but not unsympathetic eye on his protagonists. Nicholson's characters may be utterly mad, or merely bedraggled and put-upon, but there's usually a fair amount of humor mixed in with the mayhem.

The City Under the Skin is a slightly different - and darker - kind of novel. It still focuses on an obsessive misfit: this time a map-store clerk named Zak. But the plot revolves around Zak's investigation of a series of horrific crimes:

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08.25.14

Ivy Bestsellers - August 25, 2014

Posted By: RebeccaOppenheimer

Haruki Murakami's latest novel tops our bestseller list for the second week in a row.  And Virginia Woolf and T.S. Eliot aren't going anywhere anytime soon either!

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami

The Waste Land and Other Poems, by T.S. Eliot

Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes

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08.22.14

Book of the Day: I Kill the Mockingbird, by Paul Acampora

Posted By: RebeccaOppenheimer

Rona London reviews her pick for Book of the Day:

This is a true book lover's adventure,complete with three teenage literary saboteurs and a plot to get all the kids in town to read Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird. It is summer, and with free time and lazy days comes summer reading. Lucy and her best friends Michael and Elena, all bibliophiles, hatch a plan to hide copies of the classic novel in an effort to create buzz about the book through supply and demand. The teens orchestrate a social media frenzy, with unintended consequences. A fabulous

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08.19.14

Book of the Day: The Hollywood Trilogy, by Don Carpenter

Posted By: RebeccaOppenheimer

Is there really anyone out there who still thinks Hollywood is glamorous? After Nathanael West, Budd Schulberg, Michael Tolkin, Bruce Wagner, Jacqueline Susann, Bret Easton Ellis, Alfred Hayes, Pamela Moore, Geoff Nicholson, Anita Loos and plenty of others I'm forgetting have had their way with the town, do you really need to read another novel stripping the movie business of its pretensions?

If you haven't yet read Don Carpenter's The Hollywood Trilogy, the answer is a resounding YES. In fact, you need to read three of them.

This volume consists of three

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08.18.14

Ivy Bestsellers - August 18, 2014

Posted By: RebeccaOppenheimer

Haruki Murakami's new novel jumps to the top of our bestseller list in its first week of publication. T.S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf make big gains as well, thanks to class assignments. And mark your calendar for September 23 at 6:30, when Robert Timberg will read from Blue-Eyed Boy (#7 on the list) at the Enoch Pratt Free Library.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami

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