Monday, October 8, 2007

Stuff You Don't Want to Miss

I love the colors and the typical Farley's clutter in this picture, and I think it is a great visual for what this blog will cover - great reads, notes from behind the scenes of bookselling, and pretty much whatever else I want to chat about.

For all three of you who were reading the other blogs Farley's had, you will still find information about children's books, fiction, and nonfiction on this new blog, so worry not! We admit, it was hard to keep up THREE blogs. We hope to keep this ONE more updated.

So. Two books to mention today. First, What You Have Left by Will Allison. Will Allison worked as the executive editor of Story and editor at large of Zoetrope: All Story. What You Have Left is his first novel.

What You Have Left is about the hard and fast world of South Carolina car racing, odd jobs, love, lust, alcohol, family history, an old dairy farm, and everything in between. Once you start this book you will be ruled by it until you reach the last page. Cooking? Ehhh...saltines are dinner. Cleaning? Overrated. Sleep? Who needs it. Will Alison's writing is so clear and packed - I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!

The second book I want to mention is part of a trilogy. If you haven't read Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy yet, now is the time. In December New Line Cinema is releasing the movie based on the first book in the trilogy - The Golden Compass. Like the books of Harry Potter, His Dark Materials is marketed to young adults, but claims a much wider audience. If you liked the world of Harry Potter, you will love Philip Pullman's series. Read it before you see it.

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