Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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Wednesday, October 31, 2012
In 1812, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm published the first volume of Children's and Household Tales. Now, two centuries later, fairy tales are once again all the rage with TV shows like Grimm and Once Upon a Time dominating ratings and two movie adaptations of "Snow White" out in the same year. With FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM, Philip Pullman brings these much-loved tales back to the page.
From stories like "Cinderella" and "Hansel and Gretel" to lesser-known treasures like "The Girl With No Hands," "The Three Snake Leaves," and "Godfather Death," Pullman retells fifty of Grimm's timeless classics for the modern age in his lively, beguiling prose. He includes all the most familiar characters-Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, the Frog Prince, and Rapunzel-while also introducing readers to some they might not have met yet.
Pullman has consulted a variety of editions of the work to pull together a seamless version of each story that focuses on engaging readers and demonstrating exactly why these fairy tales have been told over and over again, remaining vibrant since their original publication in the early 19th century. With FAIRY TALES FROM THE BROTHERS GRIMM, Pullman pays homage to the tales of romance and villainy that inspired his unique creative vision-and that continue to cast their spell on the Western imagination.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass) has sold more than fifteen million copies and been published in more than forty countries. The first volume, The Golden Compass, was made into a major motion picture starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig. Pullman is at work on a companion His Dark Materials novel The Book of Dust. He lives in Oxford , England .
"A fresh, sparkling collection of the finest stories from the Brothers Grimm, hand-picked by an author perfectly suited to the task. This volume is a must-have for any lover of fairy tales...
In the hands of a master storyteller such as Pullman , the Grimms's tales take on a whole new life."
-Library Journal (starred review)
"A wonderfully rich reading experience...not only stylish in its simplicity but also scholarly. There are, of course, any number of English-language version and editions of Grimm, but few are as felicitous in their telling at Pullman's. His book surely belongs on the same shelf as the very best of those that appeal to general readers of all ages."
-Booklist (starred review)
"Smooth narration makes every tale accessible while keeping the mystical and lyrical qualities that make fairy tales so beloved...Readers will enjoy not only returning to European fantasy's roots but seeing how the tree still blooms."
-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"You didn't know you needed to reread Grimm. You do. This is a grand and a great book. With confidence and modesty alike, Pullman adds just enough Pullman to remind us that the oldest stories are always best told by someone who knows how to do the job of storytelling. No grandstanding here, no posturing or poesy-making. Pullman selects familiars and exotics, and gives us the goods anew-the ashes never grittier, the golden shoes never more lively, and the teller's notes concise, witty, scholarly even. Older Grimms-put them on the top of the bookcase. This one needs to be closer to hand. I read it ravenously, rapturously."
-GREGORY MAGUIRE, author of Wicked
"I could not imagine a better emissary for the Brothers Grimm than Philip Pullman. His translations have the timeless quality of a voice speaking in a quiet room, ancient and immediate to the senses. What a pleasure it is to be reacquainted with these stories in all their swiftness, wonder, horror and charm."
-Kevin Brockmeier, author of The Brief History of the Dead
"Philip Pullman's Grimm is quite eloquent, and his commentary is witty and historically accurate. There is no doubt in my mind that the Grimms would have been delighted with what he has accomplished."
-Jack Zipes, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota
"In this pitch-perfect retelling of the Grimms' fairy tales, Philip Pullman reminds us that the stories have lost none of their relevance or racing energy, even two hundred years after they were written down. As storyteller and sage, he preserves the flavors and aromas of fine old wines from times past and delivers them to us in sparkling new bottles."
-Maria Tatar, Harvard University ; author of The Classic Fairy Tales
"I've admired Philip Pullman since his early fantasy Galatea on through his splendid trilogy, His Dark Materials. All of his gifts, including his prose eloquence and his endless high-Romantic imagination, are manifested in this marvelous retelling of Grimm."
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Friday, October 19, 2012
2. If you need something to warm you up, the men of TEN BEACH ROAD are hot.
3. Now that I think about it, I’m not sure why books that really take you away are necessary in the summer. What better time for a good mental escape to the beach than a cold, rainy day in October?
4. When you’re looking ahead to long cold months with the sun setting earlier and earlier each day, you can at least feel good that you have not lost everything in a Madoff-style Ponzi scheme like the women of TEN BEACH ROAD.
5. If your neighborhood is getting too cold and windy for DIY projects, you can read about Maddie, Nicole and Avery’s work on Bella Flora and just tell your hubby that you’re in the “planning stages” for next spring and summer.
6. Did I mention that there are some hot guys in TEN BEACH ROAD?
7. Reading beach books in the summer can make you feel bad about not being quite bikini ready… but in October, you can pull out a big cozy sweater and some chocolate cake and know you have months before you have to worry about that again!
8. If beach vacations are not just for summer, then beach books shouldn’t be either. October is actually a good time to head to the beaches in Florida. The crowds have thinned and the temperatures are still warm. You could leave the kids with Dad, grab your girlfriends, a few copies of TEN BEACH ROAD and call it a book club weekend!
9. Friendships are timeless, and so are troubles. TEN BEACH ROAD is the story of three women who are thrown together when they lose everything. It could be set in Aspen in March, Boston in December or Dubuque in May. The story is about the women, their lives, and their bond. So reading it in October wherever you live will work. I promise.
10. I think I have mentioned that there are some hot guys in the book, but it bears repeating! If you’re looking for a way to warm up, there’s nothing better than picturing Joe Giraldi running shirtless on the beach. (Not sure who Joe is? Pick up the READ PINK® edition of TEN BEACH ROAD to find out)!
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Wednesday, October 10, 2012
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Saturday, October 06, 2012
The good folks at Harper Paperbacks enlisted Elizabeth George to write new forwards and they will be available for purchase October 16. Plus they have beautiful new covers!
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Tuesday, October 02, 2012
PEACHES FOR FATHER FRANCIS
By Joanne Harris
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Monday, October 01, 2012
Homegrown in Florida
Edited by William McKeen
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Saturday, September 29, 2012
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Thursday, September 20, 2012
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Friday, September 14, 2012
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012
- · Despite what men might claim, only 15% have a penis longer than seven inches. Only 3% have a penis more than 8 inches long.
- · One study suggests that bacon affects the brain the same way as cocaine and heroin, overloading pleasure centers and requiring increasing amounts to be satisfied.
- · Up to 18 percent of identity theft victims don’t learn about the crime for four years or more.
- · McDonald’s McRib sandwich contains some of the same ingredients used to manufacture gym mats and running shoes.
- · The first man to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel died fifteen years later after slipping on an orange peel and fracturing his leg, which became infected.
- · A third of Texans believe that humans and dinosaurs roamed the earth at the same time.
- · Hitler and Napoleon each had only one testicle. Together, they were nuts.
- · About 1,600 people are bitten by other people very year in New York City.
- · Women who read romance novels have sex twice as often as those who don’t.
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