Monday, November 25, 2013


Yes there is Amazon, but click around, take advantage of your Barnes and Noble card (or sign up for one online) and take that extra 10% off. The books are so cheap these days it's crazy.  Even better, support your local brick and moarter stores and watch for their holiday discounts.

There are many gently used online sites for books like, or stores like Half-Priced Books or Books a Million across the country. And you can always try the Strand in New York, which gets all the reviewers books and sells those barely cracked or brand new tomes for a fraction of the cost.

And for those wanting to buy these for someone's Kindle or Nook, you can purchase e-gift cards from Barnes and Noble, who is offering right now a free $10 gift card when you buy $75 worth, and Amazon of course offers them for Kindle.

TIP: The modern world of E-readers makes it hard to give a book BUT you can always print the picture and description of the book and give it wrapped with an E-book gift card.

Click on anything in bold to hyper link to one source of purchase.

Sycamore Row, John Grisham's latest. Any fan will want this reliable author's latest. TIP: Books a Million is having a one day sale today, November 16. Extra 10% off and if you become a member, which you can do online, you will already get 10% off, making this book $15.63 instead of the list price of $28.95.

The Most of Nora Ephron - Smart, funny, witty. Easy but meaningful essys and musings plus one screenplay. TIP: A particularly touching page entitled What I Will Miss.  On sale at $22.99 at AMAZON,

Pioneer Woman Cooks: She's a blogger/author who made herself famous and is followed by millions. It covers 12 Holidays through the year, including game-day parties. 140 recipes. BUY on AMAZON for $13.99, or check out her other recipe book, Food From My Frontier on Amazon for $11.99 if you don't want the holiday theme.

I Am Malala... The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban. This is the highly anticipated memoir of the schoolgirl from Pakistan  who stood up to the Taliban, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2013. Hardcover on sale at B&N for $15.99
 This story looks engaging - a woman stumbles upon a letter her husband wrote for her to read after he died, but he's not dead, and what she discovers of his secret changes her life forever. Got great reviews, has humor and depth, think this is a good bet for somoen on your list. BUY HERE at B&N for $1457T, half off the hardcover price.

 TOTALLY MAD: 60 Years of Mad Magazine's humor. This magazine was the bomb in the 50's 60's and 70's and this hardcover edition contains all or almost all of the mags from 6 decades. It will be a hit with most guys over 40. On sale for less than half off the hardcover price at $16.77 on Amazon.

I never forgot reading the Secret History by Donna Tartt, and here is her latest: The Goldfinch. In his NY Times Book Review, Stephen King said:
"The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind....Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction."  
BUY FOR $16.66 @B&N.

Author of the wildly popular The Da Vinci Code, Brown writes of Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon is drawn into a harrowing world centered on one of history’s most enduring and mysterious literary masterpieces . . . Dante’s Inferno. Set, of course, in Italy. BUY NOW for $17.38

Set in Quebec, this is the ingenious and sinister newest from the bestselling Inspector Gamache series. Highly rated everywhere I looked. CLICK HERE to read the story description and order for $15.41

Blogger is giving me formatting problems so I will start a new post. Stay tuned for more BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS in future posts.

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