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April 5, 2012 / schulerbooks

Notes from Neil

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On a personal note, this is a delightful day for me. Twenty-three years ago today, my beautiful daughter came into the world. With an English degree from U of M under her belt, and every bit as good a reader as she is a writer, she’s my best sounding board for all things literature. Happy Birthday, sweetie! Here’s what we’re reading:
 
We have a section in our store that the other Schulers don’t. I’d like to bring your attention to it and the delightful books it contains. We’ve chosen to call it “Creative Non-fiction” and is worth any serious reader’s time to peruse.
 
What goes into a section with that title? I’m glad you asked. A wide variety of memoirs, to start; by authors either not famous on their own, or famous for writing in other genres. Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love (Google eBook) is a great example of a best-seller in the category. The story reads like a foodie adventure novel, but isn’t fiction. Augusten Burroughs’ Running with Scissors (Google eBook), Haruki Murakami’s What I Talk About When I Talk About Running (Google eBook), and Elizabeth Berg’s The Day I Ate Whatever I Wanted all make more sense on these shelves than in other places.
 
There are also essays, a fascinating category in themselves. Wendell Berry is well represented, as are Jonathan Lethem (The Ecstasy of Influence) and Simon Schama (Scribble, Scribble, Scribble), as well as several multiple-author collections. More personal writing, such as Saul Bellow’s Letters are included, too. All engrossing reading and comfortably side-by-side on the shelf.
 
Last, but not least, are the books about books – reading them and writing them. If you’re a writer, here’s where you’ll find the essential reference books like the 2012 Writer’s Market, The Indie Author Guide, and How to Write a Book Proposal. If you’re a reader, you’ll enjoy the collections of “what to read next” guides from the likes of librarian-to-the-world Nancy Pearl (Book Lust to Go) and Thomas Foster (Twenty-Five Books that Shaped America). There are examples of books that can heighten your enjoyment of books (How to Read Literature Like a Professor) or passionately explain why they’re so important (The Case for Books).
 
I hope I’ve piqued your interest about one of my favorite corners of the store. Like every other section or category, there are treasures to be found.
 
Here are a few of this week’s notable paperback releases: 
Dear Cary by Dyan Cannon (Google eBook)
Scribble, Scribble, Scribble by Simon Schama (Google eBook)
Book One: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan (Google eBook)
The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman
The Troubled Man by Henning Mankell (Google eBook)
 
Thanks to all of you, once again, for reading this newsletter, and the kind words of encouragement you’ve sent in reply. If we can assist you or your company in any way, please feel free to call upon us.
 
Until next week,
 
Neil
 
neil@schulerbooks.com * 459-7750 * fax: 459-7778

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