New book of the month! It’s so big it two needed extra days!
By now I am sure you’ve heard a friend, or a friend of a friend who’s read The Elegance of the Hedgehog and loved it, but now you have Ed who highly recommends this wonderful book.
This is what he had to say:
“I loved the Elegance of the Hedgehog – maybe my favorite novel of the year. In this double narrative, there is more to Renee – elderly, frumpy widowed concierge at an exclusive Paris apartment building – than meets the eye! And Palo Ma – 12 years old, philosophical, precocious – decides (in pretty typical french, existential fashion) that she’s going to kill herself on her 13th birthday.
The novel is tender and satirical, its characters inspiring the affection and enthusiasm readers similarly have for those of Alexander McCall Smith. Plot developments range from heartbreaking to the comic (at one point, Renee ponders whether her cat exists, or just her perception that exists!) The novel challenges stereotypes and class divisions all the while exploring the nature of beauty and the meaning of life.
Hooray for Elegance of the Hedgehog!“
Like all of our Europa Editions(an amazing Publisher who is doing great things for English Literature) at Unabridged Bookstore, it is 10% off the cover price.
The United States (and Chicago) is hemorrhaging bookstores. We are not just losing a place to purchase books, we are losing places that define communities.
It’s a meeting place, of sorts, for Chicago’s notoriously competitive architectural community.
“You would run into other architects there — or hide from other architects,” Eifler said.
What’s really sad about the whole bit is that their problems are not unique.
“People would come to the bookshop with their notepad, make notes of what they wanted and then go buy it somewhere else,” Wilbert Hasbrouck said last week. He blamed the 10.25 percent sales tax for driving buyers to online booksellers like Amazon.com.
Unfortunately for them, gatherings of people don’t pay the bills and keep the new books coming in the store.
Of course what’s needed is a tax policy that realizes the Internet isn’t going anywhere and a county, looking at you Todd Stroger, that doesn’t have contempt for the businesses that operate within its borders (among many other things).
Since 1994, Assouline Publishing has created fine illustrated books covering art, design, fashion, architecture, gastronomy, travel and lifestyle with one simple idea in mind – all that is beautiful in the world ought to be in an Assouline book.
Renowned for their highly original graphic concept, Assouline books are works of art that capture culture and bring it to life. The spirit and “savoir faire” of these works have contributed to the creation of a unique and eclectic, chic and elegant brand that is immediately identifiable.
Yeah, okay, it’s a little over the top, BUT, they’re great little books and, AND, you really can’t beat the price.
They’re displayed prominently in our art/photography/design section (wing), so come on in and take a look.
This is a great post from Justine Larbalestier, the author of the book LIAR. She demonstrates two very real realities in the publishing world: a lack of cover control from the authors (unless your name is Chip Kidd) and the exclusion of people of color from covers even when the book is about an African-American! Yes, I did mean to shout that last line.
This is … um. An interesting way to promote literacy. I mean, burning books isn’t, really, the FIRST thing I think of when I’m contemplating what book to read next. But hey, maybe they’re thinking of the omelet analogy. Or. Uh. Burning books.