Mailing List Message #104
From: Harriett Logan <>
Subject: RE: Loganberry's Top Ten at 30% off!
Date: Mon, 12 Dec 2011 17:53:31 -0500
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It's fun to play the "Best of the Year" game, but there are always a few unsung heroes that don't make the big award lists. So we’ve created our own Favorites of the Year List, compiled of those titles that our Loganberry staff loves to hand-sell. Really it’s just an excuse for a sale.  We want to let you know we're serious about getting good books into the hands of readers, so we’re offering our favorites at an impressive 30% off for three days only. If you haven't read (or shared) these titles yet, here's your incentive.

30% off our Top Ten list, new hardcover books
(while supplies last, no other discounts apply).


  Thursday, December 15, 10am--8pm

Friday, December 16, 10am—8pm

Saturday, December 17, 10am--6pm

PLUS!  Pick a freebie book from our pre-wrapped grab bag of books!


Otis’ Old Curiosity Shop is also still in full swing.  Stop by and check our all our treasures!  Giftwrap is free!  Here’s our list of favorites.


Death Comes to Pemberley
P.D. James

Six happy years after their marriage in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice", Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy have two sons and the sort of life their characters deserve.  But death and destruction, not to mention war, Napoleon, trials at law, and worst of all -- Mr. Wickham and his hapless wife Lydia Bennett, threaten to overturn even the well-ordered life at Pemberley.  Here are two authors the reader can trust to provide engrossing entertainment, and the combination works wonderfully well for both.  Staff Pick: Brenda

Mr. Chartwell
Rebecca Hunt

So you have Esther, a widowed librarian in the House of Commons; Winston Churchill; and an immense black dog. While this sounds like the lead-up to a convoluted joke, Mr. Chartwell is an engaging, often funny, and ultimately uplifting novel. Mr. Chartwell, the dog, is not your standard talking animal. He is the living embodiment of depression--Churchill's, Esther's, and, yes, yours and mine. It's a clever conceit, and Hunt makes the most of it without losing sight of the humanity of her characters. This novel gave me frequent moments of delight and recognition as a reader. It would make a great book group read.  Staff Pick: Susan


Child Wonder
Roy Jacobsen

Child Wonder by Roy Jacobsen awed me in so many ways.  The voice of Finn, this child narrator, is odd and beautiful.  His observations about his mother, his friends and extended family, the lodger that rents a room in their small apartment in Oslo, and the half-sister who shows up in their lives, leaves me breathless, wanting to read the words out loud to whomever may be nearby.  And I did.  Finn may be overly wise in his own ways, and yet he’s still a child, and what he thinks he understands may not be true.    The story is sad and funny, sweet and upsetting.  And the ending. . . well, let’s say that the ending will pull at your heart.  Staff Pick: Sarah



Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend
Susan Orlean

We are fans of Susan Orlean around here, a Shaker Heights native and a masterful writer.  Susan, in turn, is a fan of Rin Tin Tin, and so we'll go on this journey with her, to discover the "story about a beloved icon who has played a role in decades of American popular culture."  As fans of our own Otis know, every once in a while an animal comes along who is truly exceptional.  Rin Tin Tin was such an animal, and his story is far more extraordinary than the books, television and radio shows, and movies might suggest.  This book is more than the story of a dog though, it is also a study of animal-human psychology and the history of American entertainment. And a damn fine dog.  Staff Pick: Otis


Drama: An Actor's Education
John Lithgow

John Lithgow has written a highly entertaining memoir he calls Drama: An Actor’s Education. Born into a theatre family, the book follows him from his stage debut at age 2, to his Fulbright Scholarship at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  He worked with and learned from directors Mike Nichols and Josť Quintero, actress Meryl Streep and director-choreographer Bob Fosse.  He is honest about his personal foibles without navel gazing, and despite them all comes across as a kind and generous person.  And a fine actor who cherishes his lifelong education in drama.  Staff Pick: Rebecca

A History of the World in 100 Objects
Neil MacGregor

Written by the director of the British Museum, this fascinating tome chronicles the history of the world in 100 objects, from Stone Age tools to Victorian tea sets.  A great gift for dads, history buffs, art historians, and anyone who wonders how we got where we are today.  No wonder it's made the Top Ten Lists for many, including The Plain Dealer!  Staff Pick: Christine


Floating Worlds: The Letters of Edward Gorey and Peter F. Neumeyer
edited by Peter F. Neumeyer

This charming tale of two friends first unfolds with a dislocated arm.  From the hospital emergency room, Gorey and Neumeyer look at Gorey's drawings for the first time, the beginning of a lifelong friendship well beyond their artistic collaboration.  Their interests are erudite and far-reaching, and you'll enjoy learning about the broad influences into both artists' work. This beautiful book presents 75 letters, 38 wonderfully illustrated envelopes, and more than 60 postcards and illustrations that expand the notion of what it means to "send a letter."  Staff Pick: Carla


Brian Selznick

Okay, this is not a sleeper.  Even though Selznick won the Caldecott with The Invention of Hugo Cabret, this one is a Newbery nominee, for sure.  But with all the excitement of the "Hugo" movie, that first book has been receiving all the attention.  And Wonderstruck is even better!  Better, you ask?  Yes, I tell you.  There may not be a huge clock involved, but there is the Natural History Museum and its secrets.  But it's the pacing, the parallelism, and the writing that make this one shine.  The construction is so tight that only the first two chapters need to be titled, and construct of words vs. illustrations is immediately clear, until the end of the book when they collide into one.  Magnificient.  Excited about the "Hugo" movie?  Jump for Selznick's second book without delay (it is not a sequel).  Staff Pick:  Harriett


My Bear Griz
Suzanne McGuinness

Not only is McGinness a Clevelander (she graduated from CIA, and she's back in town now, according to her bio), but this book is so awesome it is Caldecott-worthy.  I don't say that about many books, so mark my words.  The use of mixed media here is not only enchanting, but meaningful.  Her crayon-striped trees of the imagination look like realistic trees to the plush wonder of Griz, and the text moves and shouts like the little boy who speaks those words.  This is a dream combination of fantasy and realism, and it is totally on the level for young picture book readers.  Someone name me to the Caldecott Committee so I can nominate this one.  Staff Pick:  Harriett and Brenda


I Want My Hat Back
Jon Klassen

Another bear book, but unlike any other. I Want My Hat Back has gained legions of fans, a couple bad reviews, and the guarantee that it is not Caldecott-worthy due to its subject matter.  Why, you ask?  The illustrations are stark, amusing, and lovely.  The text is simple, immediate, and beautifully parallel.  What's not to love?  Well, this bear wants his hat back, see, and that's because someone stole it.  You'll have to read it yourself to learn what happens next.  Ultimately, the book is about lying.  Is this an inappropriate subject matter for toddlers?  Show me a toddler who has never lied, and I'll show you a toddler who needs to be read this book.  Staff Pick:  Harriett, Brenda & Carla


Happy Holidays!  Hope to see you soon! 






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