Kenny's Pick of the Week

January 5, 2017

Facts About the American Wars
John S. Bowman, ed.

Hardback
A fact filled compendium of American Military Conflicts from the colonial era to the present.

Facts About the American Wars brings together in one handy reference volume the details of every major war in which Americans have been involved, from the Franco-Spanish War in Florida in 1565 to the Persian Gulf War in 1991.  In addition to chapters on the American Revolution, the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, Facts about the American Wa devotes an entire chapter to the cold war.

Lisa's Pick of the Week

January 5, 2017

Callahan's Key
Spider Robinson
The universe is in desperate peril.  The United States' own defense system, orbiting above an unknowing populace, is more vulnerable than its creators could have envisioned.  Now, bombarded by a freakish cluster of natural phenomena, the ultimate protection has become a perfect doomsday machine.  its target:  not just the U.S., not just the Earth, but the entire universe.  And only one man can stop the devastation this unholy weapon will wreak.

Unfortunately, he's not available.

A Novel Bookstore

January 9, 2016

"We have no time to waste on insignificant books, hollow books, books that are here to please.
 
"We have no time for those sloppy, hurried books of the 'Go on, I need it for July, and in September we'll give you a proper launch and sell one hundred thousand copies, it's in the bag' variety.
 
"We want books that are written for those of us who doubt everything.  Who cry over the least little thing, who are startled by the slightest noise.
 
"We want books that cost their authors a great deal, books where you can feel the years of work, the backache, the writer's block, the author's panic at the thought that he might be lost:  his discouragement, his courage, his anguish, his stubbornness, the risk of failure that he has taken.
 
"We want splendid books, books that immerse us in the spendor of reality and keep us there; books that prove to us that love is at work in the world next to evil, right up against it, at times indistinctly, and that it always will be, just the way that suffering will always ravage hearts.  We want good novels.
 
"We want books that leave nothing out:  neither human tragedy nor everyday wonders, books that bring fresh air to our lungs.
 
"And even if there is only one such book per decade, even if there is only on Vies minuscules every ten years, that would be enough.  We want nothing else."
 
Laurence Cosse', A Novel Bookstore.  New York, 2010