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  • ABC3D

    Thu, 19 Nov 2009 08:23

    A huge bestseller at this time of year, ABC3D has been described as "easily the most innovative alphabet book of the year, if not the decade... Beyond clever."

    From the lenticular cover that changes with the angle of your hands all the way to the Z, ABC3D is as much a work of art as it is a pop-up book. Each of the 26 three-dimensional letters move and change before your eyes. C turns into D with a snap. M stands at attention. X becomes Y with a flick of the wrist. And then there's U... Boldly conceived and brilliantly executed with a striking black, red, and white palette, this is a book that readers and art lovers of all ages will treasure for years to come.

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  • Simon's Cat -- 'Cat Man Do'

    Thu, 19 Nov 2009 08:16

    The very many fans of Simon Tofield's massive internet hit Simon's Cat will need very little encouragement to buy the book based on the videos that have become so hugely popular online. For those who have yet to be delighted by the web's most mischievous moggy, take a look at this:

  • Arax on Vollmann's Imperial

    Tue, 06 Oct 2009 03:39


    From the always excellent Bookforum magazine, Mark Arax on William T Vollmann's latest, Imperial:

    The harvest of grapes begins each May in the fields of Hermosillo, south of the border, where the sweetness arrives early. Over the next month, the ripening moves northward with the sun -- across the line of dispute, the line drawn by conquest between the United States and Mexico.

    Here on the California side, the grape harvest starts slowly in the desert town of Indio before reaching a frenzied pulse three hundred miles north in the Great Central Valley. By then, it is mid-June and the farmer warily paces his vineyard rows, a Brix meter in hand to measure the sweetness of his field. If the drops of sugar from the crop register at sixteen Brix, it's still too early to pick. If they register at twenty, it's too late. Fortunes are made on those three points in between. As the harvest signal shoots out along the efferent path of Highway 99, the whole valley turns mad. First Mettler, then Arvin, then Delano, and finally all the way north to the vineyards that surround my home in Fresno...

  • Row with Paradise author

    Thu, 27 Aug 2009 03:15

    GalleyCat report a row between Rebecca Solnit (author of A Paradise Built in Hell) and Dan Baum:

    Over the weekend, journalist Dan Baum reviewed Rebecca Solnit's new book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster for the Washington Post. At the end of the review, Baum criticized her reporting on "illegal killings" in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. "She is right to raise the issue, but she fails to turn rumor into proof," he wrote.

    Solnit replied in a letter that began, "You slander me and my book," disputing Baum's points about the killings. Here's an excerpt from her letter that sparked a nonfiction reporting feud: "The reluctance of the mainstream media to give credence to this story even in the face of substantial evidence has been one of the most shocking things about it. You owe me an apology. You owe a much bigger one to history." (More...)

  • Best Books of the Year lists

    Fri, 12 Dec 2008 06:25

    pwlogo.png You can tell that the year is beginning to draw to a close when the Best Books of the Year lists start coming in... The first list that I've seen (brought to my attention by the
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