Thursday, December 31, 2009

Bestsellers of 2009

A new year is almost upon us, and to celebrate, we thought we'd take a look back at some of our bestsellers this year... check 'em out, and let us know what you think!

At the Counter: Star Wars Fandex by Christopher Cerasi, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen & Seth Grahame-Smith

Art: Art & Physics by Leonard Shlain

Biography: The Soloist by Steve Lopez

True Crime: Havana Nocturne by T.J. English

Current Events: 3 Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

Cookbooks: Canal House Cooking Vol. 1 (with Vol. 2 coming in second!) by Melissa Hamilton & Christopher Hirsheimer

Food lit: The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

Essays: Armageddon in Retrospect by Kurt Vonnegut

Gift: Bucks County For All Seasons by Bucks Co. Town & Country Living

History: The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman and Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Humor: The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

Graphic Novels: Watchmen by Alan Moore

General Fiction: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Kids' Books:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Last Straw by Jeff Kinney (Middle Grade)
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer (YA)
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (Picture Books)
Haiku Baby by Betsy Snyder (Board Books)
Barbarians by Steven Kroll (Nonfiction)

Music: This Is Your Brain On Music by Daniel J. Levitin

Mystery: Dope Thief by Dennis Tafoya

Nature: A Place of My Own by Michael Pollan

New Age: Witches Almanac 2009-2010

Eastern Philosophy: In the Face of Fear: Buddhist Wisdom for Challenging Times, Barry Boyce, ed.

Parenting: What to Expect When You're Expecting by Heidi Murkoff

Philosophy & Religion: Plato & a Platypus Walk Into A Bar by Tom Cathcart & Daniel Klein

Poetry: Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen

Politics: Empire of Illusion by Chris Hedges

Psychology: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Reference: The Old Farmers Almanac 2010

Science: Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku

Science Fiction: Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett

Sociology: Hippie by Barry Miles

Sports: Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

Travel: Weird N.J. by Mark Moran & Mark Sceurman

Local Interest: Haunted New Hope by Lynda Lee Macken

Wine: Accidental Connoisseur by Lawrence Osborne

Did your favorite books of 2009 make the list? Any surprises? Let us know in the comments, and Happy New Year!!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Farley's Book Club: January 2010

It's been a busy December for us here at Farley's... thanks so much for shopping local this holiday season, and we hope that it's been a joyous one! As we get closer and closer to 2010, we're excited to announce our first book club pick for the new year: David Benioff's City of Thieves.

During the Nazis' brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter's wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

Please join us for some great discussion and light refreshments on Tuesday, January 19th at 7 pm. Hope to see you there!