Sep 16


Books on the Nightstand, Episode 44 (25:55)

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Jenn, over at Jenn’s Bookshelves, wrote a great post about recommending books to strangers in bookstores. For instance, say you’re browsing in your favorite bookstore and two strangers are discussing whether or not to buy a book, and it’s a book you loved. Do you share your opinion?Ann and I tell you our thoughts and the disclaimers we share when we’re recommending a book that our employer published. Hint: we’ll only accost strangers if we’re really passionate about the book!

There are so many amazing fiction books coming out this fall. We’ve talked about some, we’ll talk about others in the weeks and months to come, but today, segment two is all about non-fiction.

I talk about Lost to the West (on sale now), an extremely readable history of the twelve greatest rulers of the Byzantine Empire, A Fiery Peace in a Cold War (on sale 9/22), the new history from Pulitzer Prize-winner Neil Sheehan, and Antarctica 2041 (on sale 10/27), a call to arms to protect Antarctica from development, which might be possible after the treaty protecting it comes up for review in 2041.

Ann tells us about The National Parks (on sale now), the beautifully illustrated companion to the PBS miniseries beginning September 27, Crude World (on sale 9/22), a look at the effects of the world’s addiction to oil, and The Queen Mother (on sale 10/20), the definitive, authorized biography of the beloved monarch.

Gesine Bullock-Prado left behind her life as a high-powered Hollywood executive and moved with her husband to Vermont to open a bakery. Her new book, Confections of a Closet Master-Baker, chronicles a day in her life as a bakery owner, interspersed with remembrances of her childhood and her time in L.A. Accomplished novelist Kazuo Ishiguro returns to bookshelves with Nocturnes, his first collection of short stories, each featuring music as a central theme.
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We encourage you to write down or print out the title information and shop at your local bookstore. Titles link to LibraryThing, a social networking site that allows you to catalog your home library. LibraryThing also links to various online purchasing options. Here are the books from this post:
Lost to the West by Lars Brownworth, Crown hardcover
A Fiery Peace in a Cold War by Neil Sheehan, Random House hardcover

Antarctica 2041 by Robert Swan and Gil Reavill, Broadway hardcover

The National Parks by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, Knopf hardcover

Crude World by Peter Maass, Knopf hardcover
The Queen Mother by William Shawcross, Knopf hardcover
Confections of a Closet Master Baker by Gesine Bullock-Prado, Broadway hardcover
Nocturnes by Kazuo Ishiguro, Knopf hardcover

(all information is for the U.S. editions).
  • The biography of the queen is most interesting to me. Thanks for the heads up about these books!

  • The biography of the queen is most interesting to me. Thanks for the heads up about these books!

  • Tanya

    I just read The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro) this summer, so I’m interested in NOCTURNES. I thought “What a great audiobook that could be!” and, sure, enough, it is available in audio. But now the conundrum: a beautiful deckle edged print copy, or an audiobook with Simon Vance among the narrators?

  • Tanya

    I just read The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro) this summer, so I’m interested in NOCTURNES. I thought “What a great audiobook that could be!” and, sure, enough, it is available in audio. But now the conundrum: a beautiful deckle edged print copy, or an audiobook with Simon Vance among the narrators?

  • Congrats on the awards!!! I just discovered you guys this week and you were already added to my Google Reader. So thrilled that you won!

    I love chatting with people in bookstores, but it doesn’t happen much. It’s a thrill when it does though.

    You’ve got some great books in this show – The Queen Mother sounds fantastic.

  • Congrats on the awards!!! I just discovered you guys this week and you were already added to my Google Reader. So thrilled that you won!

    I love chatting with people in bookstores, but it doesn’t happen much. It’s a thrill when it does though.

    You’ve got some great books in this show – The Queen Mother sounds fantastic.

  • Thanks for the comments everyone and welcome Heather!

  • Thanks for the comments everyone and welcome Heather!

  • Chris Kovach

    Thanks for the recommendations. I’ll be picking up Lost to the West and Queen Mother.

    I’m also looking forward to The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History by John Ortved due out Oct. 13th and Sisters Who Would Be Queen by Leanda de Lisle, also due out Oct. 13th. It’s about the Grey sisters, as in Lady Jane Grey, the nine-day queen.

    My favorite nonfiction author, Alison Weir, has a new book coming in Jan., Lady in the Tower about Anne Boleyn.

  • Chris Kovach

    Thanks for the recommendations. I’ll be picking up Lost to the West and Queen Mother.

    I’m also looking forward to The Simpsons: An Uncensored, Unauthorized History by John Ortved due out Oct. 13th and Sisters Who Would Be Queen by Leanda de Lisle, also due out Oct. 13th. It’s about the Grey sisters, as in Lady Jane Grey, the nine-day queen.

    My favorite nonfiction author, Alison Weir, has a new book coming in Jan., Lady in the Tower about Anne Boleyn.

  • I’d love to read the biography of the queen. The memoirs of Bullock-Prado also sound interesting and…delicious.

  • I’d love to read the biography of the queen. The memoirs of Bullock-Prado also sound interesting and…delicious.

  • Chris, what a great group of titles. I would happily read all of those as well!

    Hazra, welcome! I’m on an ‘eat healthy’ kick right now, so I’m going to have to enjoy my baked goods through the book, alas.

  • Chris, what a great group of titles. I would happily read all of those as well!

    Hazra, welcome! I’m on an ‘eat healthy’ kick right now, so I’m going to have to enjoy my baked goods through the book, alas.

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