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Book News for Monday, April 3, 2006

Hello, and welcome to the worst work day of the year: the first Monday after Daylight Saving Time. While we're all still groggy from essentially waking up an hour earlier, we should try really hard to remember that we get an extra hour of daylight when we go home. So, there's that.

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Brockman is the head writer for the daily Book News posts on the Powells.com blog. In his free time he's hard at work on his fictional memoir, which changes titles daily.

The views and commentary posted by Brockman are entirely his own, and are not representative of the whole of Powell's Books, its employees, or any sane human being.

Books mentioned in this post

  1. Never Let Me Go: A Novel
    Used Trade Paper $9.50
  2. Home Land Used Trade Paper $6.95
  3. Field Notes from a Catastrophe
    Used Hardcover $12.00
  4. The Weather Makers: How Man Is...
    Used Hardcover $5.95
  5. Julie and Julia: 365 Days, 524...
    Used Hardcover $1.95
  6. Saturday: A Novel
    Used Trade Paper $2.95
  7. Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret...
    Used Trade Paper $5.50
  8. The Da Vinci Code
    Used Mass Market $3.50
  9. Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, Balco,... Used Hardcover $1.75
  10. Baseball Oral History Project #1:... Used Hardcover $3.95
  11. Baseball Between the Numbers Used Hardcover $11.50
  12. Smart Baseball: Inside the Mind of... Used Trade Paper $3.95

7 Responses to "Book News for Monday, April 3, 2006"

    Georgie April 3rd, 2006 at 10:51 am

    Georgie does not like the results of this round at ALL! I am still battling to read more than ten pages of Home Land. I keep picking it up and putting it down again. (and feel like i read it all before, albeit more humorously, years ago in An Underachiever's Diary) Perhaps it is a guy's book? Men appear to like it, but so far I don't know of any women? I don't know — any one feel like weighing in on this? If you have not read it feel free to read an excerpt here and see what you think.

    Venkman April 3rd, 2006 at 11:39 am

    Bad news for Georgie. According to Mark Sarvas's TOB entry, Home Land is "a wicked, heartfelt delight, and you???ll read it in a sitting if you have an ounce of soul."

    No soul for Georgie!!

    Is this the same Mark Sarvas who gushes about Home Land all over his website?

    It certainly must be the very same one who writes, in the TOB Judges notes, "It turns out my agent and I are looking to option some of Sam Lipsyte's work." Well, no conflict of interest there!

    I like how it "turns out" he and his agent are trying to option Lipsyte's work -- as if Sarvas had no idea he was going to do this until the Magical Super Optioning Fairy appeared to him and declared, "Ye shall attempt to option Sam Lipsyte's work!"

    Well, who can argue with the Magical Super Optioning Fairy?!

    Bridget April 3rd, 2006 at 1:41 pm

    Mark Almond wrote a pretty illuminating piece on Mr. Sarvas for Salon.com a while ago. What is it with Sarvas -- he always uses teh royal "we." drives me crazy. This Tournament is driving me a little crazy too. Very hipster.

    Brockman April 3rd, 2006 at 2:25 pm

    Hey, Bridget -- I think Steve Almond wrote one, too. ;-)

    Bridget April 3rd, 2006 at 4:16 pm

    Ooops! Sorry Steve!

    Trout April 3rd, 2006 at 9:34 pm

    venkmann, you're still bitter that neil gaiman got knocked out in the first round.

    the conflict-of-interest question is weird. why would they let that happen? on the other hand - and this is no knock on the tournament of books (which i like a lot, in spirit) - it's not as if winning the rooster will instigate a hollywood bidding war for the rights.

    Lauren Baratz-Logsted April 4th, 2006 at 4:20 am

    Um, just wanted to point out that on the TOB page it lists "Homeland by Mark Sarvas" as the winner.

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