Sunday, April 5, 2009

My Mom's Reading List

Well, actually this is only a snippet of her reading list. But she dropped me a note mentioning that she'd just bought Jamie Ford's Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet at Borders. Have ya'll noticed that the estimable Mr. Ford's book has climbed up to #15 on the New York Times Bestseller List? At least one of those sales is my Mom, Jamie.

Her note went on to say: "Also yesterday I was surprised to find L.C. Tyler's The Herring-Seller's Apprentice listed in my newest copy of Bas Bleu Booksellers-by-Post (Spring 2009 V. 191) Hudson, Ohio; review written by Maggie Topkis of Felony & Mayhem. Of course, I had to order."

She didn't really need to, since unbeknownst to her I happen to own two hardback copies of Len's fine book already, but what the hell--I'll keep one as part of my investment portfolio.

Anyone in the US wanting a paperback of Len's brilliant book can imitate my mother and preorder it here from Bas Bleu, or from Amazon. The cover is by George Booth, one of our all-time great cartoonists, and its street date in the US seems to be May 25.

Welcome to the States, Len!


Alis said...

I actually prefer the US cover - which I just checked out, thanks for the link!- to the UK one which is somewhat retro and had me constantly double-taking during my reading of THSA as I kept thinking it must be set in the 1950s.
Thanks for the reminder of Jamie Ford's book which I've yet to get a copy of.

David Isaak said...

Hi, Alis--

I quite like both covers...but I've always had a deep affection for Booth and his geeky canines.

You need not rush to buy Jamie's book, as it seems to have legs. It will be on shelves for some time to come.