Summer’s Over ~ Show September 19 and 20


“The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman
“Tiny Little Thing” by Beatriz Williams
“The Book of Speculation” by Erika Swyler
“Saint Maizie” by Jami Attenberg
“Among the Ten Thousand Things” by Julia Pierpont
“In the Country” by Mia Alvar
“Who Do You Love?” by Jennifer Weiner

Beatriz Williams, Author

With autumn just days away, Elaine previews new titles that offer an escape from fall’s frantic pace. These stories offer up a literary romp back to the beach and the lazy days of summer. Beatriz Williams introduces us to her new book, “Tiny Little Thing.”

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Amazon Expands 1-Hour Delivery

Amazon has expanded its one-hour delivery service to Baltimore and Miami, after a four-month test run in parts of New York City. Amazon said that its service, Prime Now, expanded to “select Baltimore and Miami zip codes” and will soon expand to wider neighborhoods in those cities.

Amazon said the service is available to Prime members (costing $99 a year) and can be accessed through an app on iOS and Android devices. One-hour delivery costs $7.99 and two-hour delivery is free. The service is available from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Prime Now was launched in December as a test in lower Manhattan, and it was later expanded to Brooklyn.

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Newly Discovered Kerouac Letters Up For Auction


A newly discovered cache of letters by Jack Kerouac dating back to 1939 will be coming up for auction on November 16. There are 17 complete letters, two postcards and seven “substantial fragments” that “sustained significant damage from a leaking paint can.”
Typed and single-spaced, the letters often have a frenetic, breathless quality. Written by Kerouac as early as high school, they show, in part, the development of the writing style that would make him the most famous novelist of the Beat Generation.

Living in New York in 1941, Kerouac writes in one letter that he will return home to Lowell, Mass., for a weekend, typing in red ink, “because that is where the road began.”

Kerouac was writing to George J. Apostolos, a childhood friend in Lowell. Some of their correspondence has appeared in biographical works about Kerouac. These letters had been rumored to have been in Apostolos’ possession and possibly burned, but were discovered by his daughter after Apostolos died in 2010.

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Since its publication seventy years ago, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince has captivated millions. But did you realize, the tale was written and first published in New York, during the author’s two year stay there during World War 2?

To celebrate the book’s New York connection, the Morgan Library and Museum has created a major exhibition: The Little Prince: A New York Story, on now through April 2014. It features original watercolors, manuscripts, letters, photographs, even the silver identity bracelet Saint-Exupéry was wearing when his plane tragically went down in 1944.

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Heading to the Big Apple? Here’s a list compiled by Gothamist of bookstores worthy of your agenda.

192 is small but glamorous, nestled among Chelsea’s galleries. It specializes in literary fiction, art, kid’s books, and translated works.

Brooklyn’s Unnameable Books has become the go-to place for poetry and small press readings.

Yes, the Strand is a tourist destination, but its prices and selection are seldom beat – so head to the headquarters on Broadway at 12th..

And Housing Works Used bookstore on Manhattan’s Crosby Street has regular sales that serious bibliophiles prepare for like a marathon.

No, Virginia….print is not dead. There’s much to revel in in New York. For more tips for literary lovers, tune into my show the Book Report.

Adult fairy tales August 24th & 25th show

The Book of Lost Things” by John Connolly
“The Kings and Queens of Roam” by Daniel Wallace
“Ocean at the End of the Lane” by Neil Gaiman
Earth Unaware” by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
“The Night is Alive” by Heather Graham
“The Darwin Elevator” by Jason Hough
“Fifth Grave Past the Light” by Darynda Jones
Daniel Wallace, Author
An escape into the world of adult fairy tales….tales of love, loss, revenge and redemption.
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Being skewered by Oprah wasn’t enough? More troubles are racing towards Lance Armstrong.

Cycling’s superstar lied for years about doping, and now some unsatisfied folks who purchased his books want their money back. Two readers are spearheading a class action lawsuit against Armstrong. The suit, filed in federal court in California, said the readers would not have bought the books had they known the truth about Armstrong’s misconduct and doping. Also named in the suit are several book publishers who produced “It’s Not About the Bike” and “Every Second Counts.” Oh boy, it’ll be interesting to see how this one cycles out.

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Here’s a BOLO…. “be on the lookout for” 3 of the most anticipated mystery thrillers coming out this Spring.

Plan your reading schedule accordingly….Stephen King’s Joyland, will be available this June. It’s set in a small North Carolina amusement park in the 1970’s. The tale follows…what else? A vicious murder. “Rage Against the Dying” is Becky Masterman’s debut thriller. Reviewers are calling the character at the novel’s core  “the most memorable FBI agent since Clarice Starling.” Wow! And The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker is being likened to The Night Circus and The Discovery of Witches. It combos historical fiction with a supernatural fable in turn-of-the-century New York.

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Elaine Charles of The Book Report

Bill O’Reilly is making a killing in the New York Times Best seller list this week with two titles in the top 20 for Nonfiction – Killing Kennedy and Killing Lincoln. Are they worth your time? Yes, they are….Honest Abe. Written with Martin Dugard, the books are meticulously researched and filled with facts surrounding the two presidential assassinations. Even if you’re a history buff, you’ll come away with a strong sense of time and place, and new insights into events and players.

O’Reilly’s TV show and shtick may NOT be your bag, but trust me – you WILL enjoy these titles.

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