Thursday, March 23, 2017

Another Generous Meal Comes Our Way

When a beloved poet dies, it's sad for his friends not to be able to meet him again for drinks. A rich part of our life is missing and will for as long as we live. But when the poet was also a writer of novels and novellas and nonfiction essays, we have those treasures forever, as well as his books of poetry, and when his publisher finds enough previously uncollected essays to gather into a posthumous volume, it's like being served, unexpectedly, a second dessert -- or a whole 'nother meal.

Because A Really Big Lunch serves up much more than dessert. All the essays in this collection treat of food but never predictably and never uniformly. This is food as it was in the life of Jim Harrison. Additionally surprising and delightful are photographs throughout the pages of Jim with friends, family, and dogs. This is the Jim Harrison I knew. This book is another gift to the world.

A Really Big Lunch: The Roving Gourmand on Food and Life
by Jim Harrison, with an introduction by Mario Batali
Hardcover, illustrated, 275pp, $26

Friday, March 3, 2017

Old, Small and Charming

They are not the tiniest of tiny books, but you can get an idea of their size by comparing their height to the Golden Books behind The Tiny Little House book on the left.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

A Refreshing View From the Top of the Heap

I’ve been impatiently awaiting delivery of this book and am delighted to find blurbs on the back cover from Barbara Ehrenreich and Robert Reich, two writers two economic issues I greatly admire. I love Nick Hanauer’s statements in support of the book, too--
Born on Third Base explodes the myth of the self-made man, but it also celebrates true achievement in the classic American sense....
while Peter Buffett calls it a “Declaration of Interdependence.”

The publisher puts it like this:
With the heart of an agitator and the soul of a storyteller, inequality expert Chuck Collins upends our assumptions about America’s deep wealth divide—one that, for the first time in recent history, locks the nation’s youth into a future defined by their class and wealth at birth. [At the same time, lest you fear!] ... Collins calls for an end to class war ... and offers bold new solutions for bridging the economic divide and re-engaging the wealthy in rebuilding communities for a resilient future. 
The publisher, by the way, is Chelsea Green, and engages my trust before I even open the book.

Born on Third Base: A One Percenter Makes the
Case for Tackling Inequality, Bringing Wealth Home, and Committing to the Common Good
by Chuck Collins
Paper, 267pp w/ index

Friday, February 10, 2017

What Says Love Better Than Poetry?

I cannot begin to tell you about all the poetry books here at Dog Ears Books. New, used, old and quaint, poetry for all ages and all budgets. The quartet pictured here are all small books with eye-catching covers, but they barely hint at the possibilities waiting on my shelves to be discovered and claimed! Come in today or tomorrow (before 3 p.m.) and find something very special for your special valentine, because the shop will be closed Sunday through Tuesday.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

COULD It Happen Here?

“This exploration of obedience was initially motivated by Milgram’s reflections on the ease with which the German people obeyed Nazi authority in discriminating against Jews and, eventually, in allowing Hitler’s Final Solution to be enacted during the Holocaust.”

You are given an order. Do you go along? What do you think you would do in a situation where you felt the order came from someone in authority? Before he conducted his experiments, Milgram expected Americans to be more resistant to authority than Germans. 

Who is the student, and who is the teacher? Who is the subject of the experiment, and what is being studied?

"The experiment must go on." 

If you’ve never read about Milgram’s studies, now would be a good time.

Obedience to Authority: An Experimental View
by Stanley Milgram
Paper, 224pp, $14.99

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Light Up Your Heart

I love books that sample a favorite writer’s old poems and also present new ones. Ted Kooser introduces The Woods Are on Fire: New and Selected Poems, by Fleda Brown, and you can’t go wrong with this collection. Open it anywhere. Read the poem on that page. Sink into it, and let it sink into you. Worth the price of admission! Thank you, Fleda!

The Woods Are on Fire: New and Selected Poems
by Fleda Brown
Paper, 275pp

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Advanced Studies in American History

If you’re an American, no matter your skin color or religion or ethnic background, no matter the size of your house or bank account, this could be the single most important book you read this year. The most well-educated historian will find surprises here, and to most of the rest of us it’s a view of our nation’s past that we’ve never had before. After saying that much, do I really need to add that I recommend it most highly?

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America
by Nancy Isenberg
Hardcover, 459pp with notes and index