In which Ms. Harper Lee plays the slot machines, Mr. Clyde Edgerton insists you can’t start reading to a baby too early (he is correct), Ms. Karen White loves her some shoe-sucking beach goo, Mr. William Joyce gives his kids a pile of dirt. (It’s a hit), and Ms. Tracy Thompson suspects that John Deere tractors may be aliens robots in disguise.
July 15, 2013
Another month, another book to Jamal, the young boy who was paired with her ladyship by the Family-to-Family organization’s “One Book at a Time” program. This month her ladyship sent him a copy of Mr. Morris Lessmore’s Fantastic Flying Books, the recent winner of the 2013 SIBA Book Award in the Children’s category.
It is, on its surface, a somewhat strange tale. But as her ladyship wrote in her letter to Jamal, it is a story about how books can take us far away from adversity and trouble, and in doing so help us to change our lives for the better at home. Mr. William Joyce, the author and illustrator, will, if asked, tell you that his idea for the book (and the short film he made after) came after seeing children reading books in the great stadium shelter after having lost their homes during the Katrina hurricane. And he will tell you how amazed and inspired he was to see young children curled up on cots absorbed in their books, a million miles away from the destruction all around them.
Hurricanes. Refugees. Not usually the topics one thinks of for a children’s book. But flights of fancy, fairy tales, objects that come alive and talk to you? Those things are more familiar when you remember that a child’s world is full of magic. And as William Joyce well understood, even if you are a grown-up, the best books still come alive in your hands.
her ladyship, the editor
Lady Banks' Commonplace Book
Noteworthy poetry and prose from her ladyship's bedside reading stack.
Alien robots disguised as John Deere Tractors
Driving south from eastern Arkansas into the heart of the Mississippi Delta, I entered a landscape of two-story-high tractors, flat vistas, and no people. It was February, and the fields were still bare and soggy from recent rains. Huge flocks of black starlings wheeled and swooped across the sky, looking for last season’s leftover seeds. It was mid0morning on a weekday, but in one fifty-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 61, I counted exactly twelve cars, two tractor-trailers, and, except for the birds, no other signs of life. From time to time I drove through a small town, identifiable by a gas station, a few businesses, and a town limits sign; sometimes it was just the remnants of a small town, with dried kudzu vines covering a rusty Citgo sign. After a while, I began to get the creepy sense that alien robots disguised as John Deere tractors and grain silos had staged a secret invasion and devoured all human life while no one was looking.
--The New Mind of the South by Tracy Thompson (Simon and Schuster, 2013) 9781439158036
The books lying open on her ladyship's kitchen counter.
Ginger Ale-Spiked Sweet Potatoes
The recipe below isn’t what you’r call complicated in constroncution. But the flavors( buttery and sweet and hot all at once) are.
The use of three-sneese-fit hot Blenheim Ginger Ale ups the ante. Call it a lazy man’s cheat if you like. Decry the presence of soda pop in what should be relatively healthy dish. But for John T. Edge, whose family has roots in South Carolina, where Blenheim is bottled, the drink has resonance, both on the palate and in his family’s collective memory.
To keep his son in ginger ale--spiked sweet potatoes and sate a taste for highballs of bourbon and Blenheim, Edge’s father ships a case of Blenheim to Mississippi every year.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature 2 pounds slender sweet potatoes, peeled and cut crosswise into 1/4 inch thick slices. salt and ground black pepper 1 12 ounce bottle Blenheim Ginger Ale (either regular or hot)
Preheat the oven to 350F.
Butter the bottom of a shallow 2-quart casserole or gratin dish. Arrange the sweet potato slices in rows with their edges overlapping. Season with a bit of salt and a grind or three of pepper. Pour the ginger ale over the top. Bake until the potatoes are tender and glazed with a syrupy sauce, about 30 minutes. Serve hot.
--The Southern Foodways Alliance Community Cookbook (UGA, 2010) 9780820332758
Ants: Ants have a strong sense of smell. They hate cinnamon, garlic and mint. Place cinnamon sticks and peeled/sliced garlic cloves around window tracks and holes. Replace every three days until the ants are gone. Plant mint around the foundation of the house. More
Wasps: Punch a hole into the jar lid that’s about as wide in diameter as the base of your pinky finger (you want the wasps to crawl in but not be able to fly out easily). Fill jar about 1/2 full with orange juice (can also use orange soda or some sweet & fruity smelling liquid). Smear raspberry or strawberry jam underneath the lid. Seal jar with the lid then place it at the back of the yard or some place away from foot traffic. The wasps will be attracted to the sweet smelling juice and jam and will crawl into the jar and eventually fall into the juice and drown. Wait until it’s dark outside before emptying the jar of its contents and refilling with a fresh batch of juice and jam. More
Mice: Peppermint Oil deters mice. Use the “cotton ball” approach in your mousy areas. The pantry is an obvious place in our house. Put a couple of drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball or a piece of a sponge and place them throughout your pantry. The cotton ball or sponge absorbs the oil and acts as a little mouse repeller. When you actually clean your pantry out, add some peppermint oil to your cleaning water. In our case, we scrub the shelves once and then wipe them again. It’s the second wiping where we add the peppermint oil, so that there is a coating of peppermint oil on the shelves themselves. Alternatively, you could spritz your clean shelves (or I suppose even your dirty shelves) with a minty spray diluted as described below. You can use this same idea on any large mousy area in your house. More
Literary News & Gossip passed along from the readers, the writers, the reviewers, the resellers, the riff raff, and dutifully repeated here by her ladyship (who falls into the last category).
It’s not easy to get to the grassy balds located along the Tennessee-North Carolina border, but those who hike to the top are always stunned that such beautiful spots exist outside Switzerland or Scotland. With backdrops straight out of a scene from the Sound of Music, it’s difficult not to break into a Julie Andrews twirl. A trip up that mountain 9781451679007
Florida girl Theodora Atwell is 15 when she enrolls at Yonahlossee, an exclusive school on a secluded estate nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina. It’s 1930 and the Great Depression is biting. Her father is only a doctor, but the real family money is in citrus. Thea will be mixing with other young ladies from the genteel South, but she is arriving under a black cloud. She has done something to disappoint her parents gravely, something involving her older cousin Georgie and her twin brother Sam, the full details of which slowly unfold in flashbacks. A Depression Era story
“I used to take Harper Lee down here until she got too old to play,” her close friend and Methodist minister Thomas Lane Butts tells Seal about the Wind Creek Casino & Hotel, the Vegas-style gambling establishment where she used to feed quarters into slot machines for hours, reveling in the anonymity. Seal reports that Lee used to roll up and down the rows of jangling machines in her wheelchair and nobody seemed to recognize her. To Steal a Mockingbird 9780446310789
Lee, however, has been living modestly, in quiet seclusion, in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala. Occasionally she could be spotted feeding ducks or playing quarter slots at a nearby casino. She is now in an assisted living facility, with vision problems, hearing loss, and, according to one friend, paralysis on her left side and a failing short-term memory. She suffered a stroke in 2007. It was then, in this depleted condition, that she signed away the rights to her novel, the only one she ever wrote. Lee "didn't remember things, and would sign almost anything anybody put in front of her" Harper Lee lawsuit
“You can’t start reading to a baby too early, even though she won’t know what you’re doing at first,” Edgerton tell readers. “But she will see a book and see pages and see words. Papadaddy’s Parenting Advice 9780316056922
Charlotte’s Web is the first book I can remember reading by myself and loving, in second grade. My parents, eager to get me reading for life, paid me 10 cents a chapter. They stopped paying me, but sometimes I think of how much money I could have accumulated if they hadn’t! Anton DiSclafani’s Firsts and Lasts
"America, Look at Your Shame!" is reminiscent of the autobiographical writing that culminated in Agee's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, A Death in the Family (1957), a work based on his childhood recollections of his father's sudden death. Like that novel, the essay underscores a personal awakening and, like Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, it relies on the tension between Agee's soaring creativity and his self-absorbed intellectual guilt. James Agee
Wiley Cash's much-heralded first novel, “A Land More Kind Than Home,” draws from his experiences growing up in western North Carolina. Cash tells the multi-narrative story of an autistic boy who is smothered during an evangelical healing ceremony. But the plot of Cash's best-selling novel was inspired by a real church healing tragedy on the south side of Chicago. And the style of the novel was shaped by Cash's experience of leaving his native state to live elsewhere for the first time. “I never would've written ‘A Land More Kind Than Home' had I spent my entire life in North Carolina,” he said. A novelist returns home. 9781565122550
Karen White has set her books on Pawleys Island. In McClellanville. And on Folly Beach. It’s the pluff mud that keeps pulling her back. White, a New York Times best-selling author whose latest book was released this month, calls that strangely aromatic, shoe-sucking goo that distinguishes South Carolina beaches “the smell of home.” Pluff mud 9780451239860
A $60 pile of dirt led to the bedtime story that became a book, play and now a movie for Shreveport’s William Joyce. Joyce shared the story of how the movie “EPIC” came to be Thursday night during a meet and greet and book signing at artspace. In summer 1994, Joyce bought what he called “one of the smartest toy choices” he ever made for his then-early elementary school-aged children. At twilight when it was time for the kids, who “looked like mud dwellers” to come inside, the glow from the indoor lights attracted bugs of all kinds. “My daughter would ask, ‘Is that a fairy?’ and I’d say ‘Yes,’” Joyce told the group of more than 200. “She’d say, ‘That’s awesome.’” The magic in a pile of dirt 9780064438179
William Alexander Percy (1885-1942), of Greenville, Mississippi, was the cousin and adoptive father of the Southern Catholic novelist Walker Percy. He was himself a lawyer and man of letters, a poet, literary mentor, scion of a great family, friend of William Faulkner, and author of a bestselling memoir. His Lanterns on the Levee (1941) recounted his role as chief relief administrator during the Mississippi Delta’s Great Flood of 1927; as an army officer on the front lines in France during World War I; and as aide to his father, Senator LeRoy Percy, during the notorious 1911 campaign against the race-baiting demagogue James Vardaman. Will Percy’s Secret 9780807835357
STARS Authors on tour:
What are "STARS" authors? These are authors listing in the Southern Traveling Authors Registration Service--a directory of authors who live in, or are traveling in the South and are interested in meeting with book clubs, civic groups, classrooms, and readers of all kinds. The STARS directory is brought to you by Southern Indie Booksellers, who want to connect readers with their favorite writers.
A member of a prominent Raleigh family will become the new owner of Quail Ridge Books & Music. Lisa Robie Poole, wife of Waste Industries CEO Lonnie C. “Ven” Poole III, will acquire the store, owner Nancy Olson announced this afternoon. Ven Poole is son of Lonnie C. Poole Jr., founder and former CEO of Waste Industries and a large benefactor of N.C. State University. New owner for Quail Ridge Books
So, in the early morning hours (3:45 a.m. to be precise) of June 8, 2013, I am sitting on my couch in my pajamas having a beer with the man who once threatened (nicely) to rip my head off and that I have not seen for 17 years!!!!! How Gary O’Neal came to the Family Bookshop
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AFTER IRIS by NATASHA FARRANT—“Blue Gadsby is never without her video camera, and her chaotic family gives her endless material to document. There's her dramatic older sister; her younger siblings and their pet rats; her eccentric au pair Zoran; and the flitting images of her parents, who work away from home weeks at a time. Superimposed onto these reels of film is the void of Iris, Blue's twin sister who died three years before. The family she's left behind struggles to keep a sense of normalcy, but it's not quite working out. Told from Blue's witty and heartfelt perspective, After Iris is a sweet and often funny story of one family who finds strength and love in the aftermath of a terrible loss.” Amanda 9780803739826
THE ASTOR ORPHAN by ALEXANDRA ALDRICH -- “If you were intrigued by the documentary Grey Gables or want to understand how family dynasties and mansions fall into ruin even with the most prestigious last names and bank accounts, read this memoir. Aldrich is a direct descendant of the Astor dynasty and spent her childhood in the servant’s quarters of Rokeby, the Hudson River mansion built by her wealthy ancestors. She is no poor little rich girl, however. Smart, funny and resourceful, her childhood is spent figuring out how to survive neglectful parents, eccentric relatives and find order in a dysfunctional world.” Stefani. 9780062223395
BEAUTIFULLY UNIQUE SPARKLEPONIES by CHRIS KLUWE -- “With the recent Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage, Kluwe’s book is timely. You may have read his letter to Emmet C. Burns Jr. concerning Burns' derision of a Baltimore Ravens football player who advocated for same sex marriage. Kluwe wrote a hysterical letter laced with creative cursing that went viral. Kluwe is an NFL punter and he certainly kicks a lot of #$% with his witty and profane look at the world through this series of essays. Laugh out loud funny, insightful and irreverent.” Stefani. 9780316236775
THE DAY THE CRAYONS QUIT by DREW DAYWALT illustrated by OLIVER JEFFERS –“When I was a kid, I had the tendency to assign human characteristics—dreams, feelings, and affronts—to my inanimate friends (perhaps I’d seen The Brave Little Toaster one time too many?) So, naturally, I fell in love with this book about crayon activism. The anal Purple crayon longs for Duncan to color in the lines. Orange and Yellow, jockeying for position as the true color of the sun, have become absolutely hostile. And poor, over-worked Blue! The entire crayon box is on the picket line, and it’s up to Duncan to appease their various demands if he ever wants to color again. This is a hilarious book that’ll have you and the little ones laughing out loud and, hopefully, you’ll all come away from it seeing a few more colors in the world.” Amanda. 9780399255373
I WEAR THE BLACK HAT by CHUCK KLOSTERMAN -- “What does it mean to be a villain? In his hilarious and insightful manner, Klosterman explores villainy - both real and fictional – from various and unexpected angles. From cartoon villain Snidely Whiplash tying women to train tracks to Bill Clinton's unlikely redemption, I Wear the Black Hat will have readers reevaluating their notions of the dark side.” -Christian 9781439184493
HOW SHOULD A PERSON BE? by SHEILA HETI—“Heti has written a book most young, creative women can relate to. Much of the book deals with the struggles to become an artist, to maintain friendships (especially with girlfriends) and to maintain sexual relationships (or not maintain them). The novel is composed of mostly factual conversations, real emails, and events that actually occurred intertwined with fictional ones. The narrator is named Sheila, and the narrator’s friends share first names and occupations with Heti’s real-life friends and collaborators. A lot of the conversations read likes ones I’ve had with my own friends. And this book is funny! Think HBO’s ‘Girls’ in book form. In a generation defined by reality TV stars and sex tapes, really, how should a person be?” Lindsay. 9781250032447
THE ILLUSION OF SEPARATENESS by SIMON VAN BOOY—“Van Booy's novel, inspired by true events, tells the story of seemingly unrelated lives - a deformed German soldier, a blind museum curator, a caregiver at a retirement home for actors, two Jewish newlyweds separated by World War II, a film director struggling with his loneliness, a hungry child thrust into the arms of a teenage Parisian during the German invasion- and masterfully, and beautifully reveals the thread that connects their lives. The chapters move back and forth through time as Van Booy slowly shows how the choices his characters (and we, the readers) make—instinctive, random, or possibly with love -have lasting effects on others. I confess I am a true believer in the romantic notion that what we do each day matters, and Van Booy's lovely novel left me filled with hope." Leslie. 9780062112248
IN THE HOUSE UPON THE DIRT BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE WOODS by MATT BELL—“The premise of Bell’s book seems quite pleasant: husband and wife move into the wilderness to build a house and start a family. The first ten pages, however, make it clear that life for his characters is not going to be that simple. The unnamed narrator’s wife has the first of many miscarriages, leading him down a dark path of grief and anger. The book reads like a bizarre fairy tale, employing magical-realism in order to deal with difficult subject matter, and the format works—it's ‘one of the smartest meditations on the subjects of love, family and marriage in recent years’ (NPR). You will not be disappointed by Bell’s grotesquely beautiful debut.” Lindsay. 9781616952532
SHINING GIRLS by LAUREN BEUKES--"What could be a better beach read than a book about a time-traveling serial killer? Kirby Mizrachi is the victim who doesn't die, and insteads begins to piece together clues from unsolved murders in Chicago that leads her to an impossible conclusion. Beukes creepy thriller is oddly lyrical, and the historical details are perfect. The reader has to pay attention as the killer, jumping through time, leaves clues as he takes souveneirs from each of his "shining girls". The growing relationship between Kirby and Dan, the ex-homicide reporter who covered her case and is reluctantly drawn into the search, is enough to make you wish this improbable book was the beginning of a series." Leslie 9780316216852
SUTTON by J.R. MOEHRINGER – “Willie Sutton was a modern day Robin Hood who made his living stealing from New York City banks in the 40’s and 50’s. In this fictional account of a real life master thief, Moehringer gives us a glimpse into the romantic reasons (first love) Sutton became a career criminal. Based on real interviews after his release from prison in 1969, the novel explores Sutton’s childhood in Brooklyn, his first love and even his passion for classic books. If you like mysteries, history, romance and true crime, you will love this book.” Stefani. 9781401312688
THIS IS PARADISE: STORIES by KRISTIANA KAHAKAUWILA –“From a place renowned for its beauty and tranquility comes a gritty collection of stories that capture true life in modern –day Hawaii. A new talent on the scene, Kahakauwila is being compared to such luminaries as Junot Diaz and Justin Torres. I also detect a touch of Jamaica Kincaid, but we could play this game forever. She possesses a unique, beautiful voice, and has created an intense, compelling portrait of a complicated place. I think my favorite story is “Thirty-Nine Rules for Making a Hawaiian Funeral into a Drinking Game,” in which she seamlessly blends the grief of loss with the history of a people.” Amanda. 9780770436254
THREE WOMEN IN A MIRROR by ERIC-EMMANUEL SCHMITT –“Schmitt interweaves the stories of three women separated by time, but unified in their quest for self-realization. Anne is born in Bruges in the 16th century, when most of the young men are fighting the Crusades, and is “lucky” enough to be chosen by one of the remaining few for marriage. She chooses, instead, the life of a St. Francis-like mystic. Hanna, in 20th century Vienna, has wed a man who adores her, but she suffers from a desperate lack of contentment. And in contemporary Hollywood, the brilliant actress Anny is drowning in a sea of sycophants and chooses a path of self-destruction to find relief. I’d be remiss not to mention the similarity of the story to The Hours, and Schmitt has written a tale with the same kind of sensitive, tragic beauty.” Amanda. 9781609451226
1. And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini, Riverhead, $28.95, 9781594631764 2. Inferno Dan Brown, Doubleday, $29.95, 9780385537858 3. Bad Monkey Carl Hiaasen, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307272591 4. The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman, Morrow, $25.99, 9780062255655 5. The Silver Star Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $26, 9781451661507 6. Gone Girl Gillian Flynn, Crown, $25, 9780307588364 7. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls Anton DiSclafani, Riverhead, $27.95, 9781594486401 8. The Last Original Wife Dorothea Benton Frank, Morrow, $26.99, 9780062132468 9. Ladies' Night Mary Kay Andrews, St. Martin's, $26.99, 9781250019677 10. TransAtlantic Colum McCann, Random House, $27, 9781400069590 11. Revenge Wears Prada Lauren Weisberger, S&S, $25.99, 9781439136638 12. Z Therese Anne Fowler, St. Martin's, $25.99, 9781250028655 13. The Son Philipp Meyer, Ecco, $27.99, 9780062120397 14. Whistling Past the Graveyard Susan Crandall, Gallery, $24.99, 9781476707723 15. The Bookman's Tale Charlie Lovett, Viking, $27.95, 9780670026470
1. Let's Explore Diabetes With Owls David Sedaris, Little Brown, $27, 9780316154697 2. I Could Pee on This Francesco Marciuliano, Chronicle, $12.95, 9781452110585 3. The Unwinding George Packer, FSG, $27, 9780374102418 4. Lean In Sheryl Sandberg, Knopf, $24.95, 9780385349949 5. The Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown, Viking, $28.95, 9780670025817 6. Dad Is Fat Jim Gaffigan, Crown Archetype, $25, 9780385349055 7. Happy, Happy, Happy Phil Robertson, Howard Books, $24.99, 9781476726090 8. The Girls of Atomic City Denise Kiernan, Touchstone, $27, 9781451617528 9. Eleven Rings Phil Jackson, Hugh Delehanty, Penguin Press, $27.95, 9781594205118 10. Bunker Hill Nathaniel Philbrick, Viking, $32.95, 9780670025442 11. The Astronaut Wives Club Lily Koppel, Grand Central, $28, 9781455503254 12. How Music Works David Byrne, McSweeney's, $32, 9781936365531 13. My Beloved World Sonia Sotomayor, Knopf, $27.95, 9780307594884 14. Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand, Random House, $28, 9781400064168 15. Revolutionary Summer Joseph J. Ellis, Knopf, $26.95, 9780307701220
TRADE PAPERBACK FICTION
1. Beautiful Ruins Jess Walter, Harper Perennial, $15.99, 9780061928178 2. Flight Behavior Barbara Kingsolver, Harper Perennial, $16.99, 9780062124272 3. The Light Between Oceans M.L. Stedman, Scribner, $16, 9781451681758 4. The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro, Algonquin, $14.95, 9781616203160 5. Joyland Stephen King, Hard Case Crime, $12.95, 9781781162644 6. The Bat Jo Nesbo, Vintage, $14.95, 9780345807090 7. The Summer Girls Mary Alice Monroe, Gallery, $16, 9781476709000 8. The Paris Wife Paula McLain, Ballantine, $15, 9780345521316 9. Where'd You Go, Bernadette Maria Semple, Back Bay, $14.99, 9780316204262 10. The Great Gatsby F.Scott Fitzgerald, Scribner, $15, 9781451689433 11. The Chaperone Laura Moriarty, Riverhead, $16, 9781594631436 12. World War Z Max Brooks, Broadway, $14.95, 9780770437411 13. Bring Up the Bodies Hilary Mantel, Picador, $16, 9781250024176 14. A Hologram for the King Dave Eggers, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307947512 15. Rules of Civility Amor Towles, Penguin, $16, 9780143121169
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1. Wild Cheryl Strayed, Vintage, $15.95, 9780307476074 2. Proof of Heaven Eben Alexander, M.D., S&S, $15.99, 9781451695199 3. Quiet Susan Cain, Broadway, $16, 9780307352156 4. The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls, Scribner, $16, 9780743247542 5. Let's Pretend This Never Happened Jenny Lawson, Berkley, $16, 9780425261019 6. The End of Your Life Book Club Will Schwalbe, Vintage, $15, 9780307739780 7. Outliers Malcolm Gladwell, Back Bay, $16.99, 9780316017930 8. Into the Wild Jon Krakauer, Anchor, $14.95, 9780307387172 9. Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) Mindy Kaling, Three Rivers, $14, 9780307886279 10. Gift From the Sea Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Pantheon, $9.95, 9780679732419 11. How to Read Literature Like a Professor Thomas C. Foster, Harper, $15.99, 9780060009427 12. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake Anna Quindlen, Random House, $15, 9780812981667 13. The 5 Love Languages Gary Chapman, Northfield, $14.99, 9780802473158 14. F in Exams Richard Benson, Chronicle, $9.95, 9780811878319 15. In the Garden of Beasts Erik Larson, Broadway, $16, 9780307408853
1. A Game of Thrones George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553593716 2. A Clash of Kings George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345535429 3. Ender's Game Orson Scott Card, Tor, $7.99, 9780812550702 4. A Storm of Swords George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780345543981 5. 1984 George Orwell, Signet, $9.99, 9780451524935 6. A Feast for Crows George R.R. Martin, Bantam, $9.99, 9780553582024 7. A Wanted Man Lee Child, Dell, $9.99, 9780440246312 8. American Sniper Chris Kyle, Harper, $9.99, 9780062238863 9. The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger, Little Brown, $6.99, 9780316769488 10. Killing Floor Lee Child, Jove, $9.99, 9780515153651
1. The Day the Crayons Quit Drew Daywalt, Oliver Jeffers (Illus.), Philomel, $17.99, 9780399255373 2. Goodnight Moon Margaret Wise Brown, Clement Hurd (Illus.), Harper, $8.99, 9780694003617 3. The Dark Lemony Snicket, Jon Klassen (Illus.), Little Brown, $16.99, 9780316187480 4. Pat the Bunny Dorothy Kunhardt, Golden, $9.99, 9780307120007 5. If You Want to See a Whale Julie Fogliano, Erin E. Stead (Illus.), Roaring Brook, $16.99, 9781596437319 6. Where's Waldo? Martin Handford, Candlewick, $7.99, 9780763634988 7. Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site Sherri Duskey Rinker, Tom Lichtenheld (Illus.), Chronicle, $16.99, 9780811877824 8. Where's Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection Martin Handford, Candlewick, $14.99, 9780763661786 9. Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus James Dean, Harper, $9.99, 9780062198716 10. Good Night, Gorilla Peggy Rathmann, Putnam, $7.99, 9780399230035
1. The Fault in Our Stars John Green, Dutton, $17.99, 9780525478812 2. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children Ransom Riggs, Quirk, $10.99, 9781594746031 3. Looking for Alaska John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142402511 4. The Moon and More Sarah Dessen, Viking, $19.99, 9780670785605 5. Wonder R.J. Palacio, Knopf, $15.99, 9780375869020 6. The 5th Wave Rick Yancey, Putnam, $18.99, 9780399162411 7. The Book Thief Markus Zusak, Knopf, $12.99, 9780375842207 8. Paper Towns John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142414934 9. The Mouse with the Question Mark Tail Richard Peck, Kelly Murphy (Illus.), Dial, $16.99, 9780803738386 10. An Abundance of Katherines John Green, Speak, $9.99, 9780142410707
CHILDREN'S FICTION SERIES TITLES
1. Divergent Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $9.99, 9780062024039 2. Tales From a Not-So-Happy Heartbreaker (Dork Diaries, #6) Rachel Renee Russell, Aladdin, $13.99, 9781442449633 3. Insurgent (Divergent Series, #2) Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, $17.99, 9780062024046 4. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games) Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545586177 5. Middle School: How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill James Patterson, Chris Tebbetts, Little Brown, $14, 9780316231756 6. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1) Rick Riordan, Hyperion, $7.99, 9781423134947 7. Warriors: The Untold Stories Erin Hunter, Wayne McLoughlin (Illus.), Harper, $6.99, 9780062232922 8. The Hunger Games Suzanne Collins, Scholastic, $12.99, 9780545425117 9. Tallstar's Revenge (Warriors Super Edition) Erin Hunter, James L. Barry (Illus.), Harper, $18.99, 9780062218049 10. City of Bones (Mortal Instruments, #1) Cassandra Clare, Margaret K. McElderry Books, $12.99, 9781416955078