November 22, 2010
cookbooks are popular all year ’round – Becky curses us whenever one of us puts a cookbook on the “What We’re Reading” banner and the holds build by the second. with the holiday season quickly approaching, the urge to recommend cookbooks as gifts builds.
NPR featured cookbooks over the week-end, highlighting some of the best titles of the year. the holds list might be too great on this year’s list (and some are on order and not in the catalogue yet), but a display of NPR’s 2009 list will grab attention. add to the mix Booklist’s “Top 10 Food Books” which was part of their October issue devoted to the culinary arts. plus there is Amazon’s Editors’s Picks of Best of 2010 top 10 lists for Cookbooks.
(via Shelf Awareness)
posting by marin who disagrees with NPR’s 2009 nod to “Rose’s Heavenly Cakes” which takes delight in unnecessarily complicated baking.
November 17, 2010
I am working on my Baker and Taylor selection list today and it reminds me of the seasonal publishing. Last month, it was all cookbooks to be ready for the holiday season. We are all then tempted to chow down. This month, it is all excercise and dieting. These books will come in the new year so that we can all try to get rid of the weight we just put on during the holiday season.
Cooking is a perenially popular display. Think about a Get Fit display for the new year. I am purchasing many new books in this area.
Posted by Becky
November 10, 2010
of the above top 10 lists, only 3 titles overlap: “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot (of which we own 5! different editions), “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration” by Isabel Wilkerson, and “Freedom” by Jonathan Franzen.
pulling the 2010 titles for display is next to impossible, but what about previous lists? EarlyWord provides a list of links to the 2009 winners plus a spreadsheet of winners listed on the right-hand side of the blog about 1/2 down the page under a blue column heading titled “Best Books ’09.” this is a great way to display multiple copies and audiobooks.
posting by marin
October 27, 2010
if there is anything that reading memoirs and listening to “This American Life” has taught me is that people are interesting. from celebrities to us ordinary folk, there are some pretty fascinating tales out there. one of the columns that i’ve always enjoyed from LJ is the BookSmack! feature on memoirs.
“Memoir Short Takes” was briefly on hiatus, but has returned for a twice monthly feature with alternating authors: Therese Purcell Nielsen and Julie Kane. this week’s reviews range from a fascination with fire to the life changing event of a premature baby. what i appreciate most about these reviews are the frank opinions shared about the memoirs called “What I’m Telling My Friends.” Purcell Nielson says this about Jay Varner’s “Nothing Left To Burn: A Memoir”:
This book may resonate better with men than women, but I walked away wondering why Varner wrote this while his mother still lived. The demons you exorcise are not always your own.
bringing together reviews of memoirs into one column is a great source for displays. a quick Google search brings up a nice list of columns to pull from. best of all, a display of memoirs breaks up the ever daunting biography section into more manageable bites.
posting by marin
October 25, 2010
one of the go to sites for mystery and thriller readers is Stop, You’re Killing Me! compiled by that site is a handy list of award winners in the categories of mysteries, thrillers, and crime nonfiction.
a display highlighting recent Agatha winners and nominees or one highlighting multiple awards would be quite the attention getter.
posting by marin