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I am nuts, over the moon, passionate about Willy Vlautin's Motel Life, an original paperback novel out from us today. It is sad, dark..and beautiful. When one brother tells tales to help his troubled younger one to sleep, your heart will soar. Willy is also at the helm of Richmond Fontaine, an alt country band. Way too sad songs, though.
I'm really not sure what to think of this yet, as reported in Shelf Awareness:
Dickens World, the £62 million "Victorian answer to Mickey Mouse," officially opens May 27 in Kent, but the Guardian offered readers an early glimpse of the theme park. "The centerpiece is a boat ride which, loosely speaking, is Great Expectations presented as a log flume," the Guardian reported, noting that the park is "capitalizing on the author's ever-increasing popularity" and expects 300,000 visitors this year
The big new Einstein bio by Walter Isaacson from S&S reminds me to brag a tad about my 6 degrees of sep connection to the man. He summered in my hometown, and my one published NYT piece ran last summer on the 50th anniversary of his theory of relativity. My high school classmate's Dad befriended him and here's Chuck's wonderful essay.
Absolutely LOVE Mitz: The Marmoset of Bloomsbury, just out from Soft Skull Press. It's a fictional take on Leonard Woolf's pet and his life with Virginia in London before WW2. Charming and poignant and a sweet treat in a short, beautifully-designed paperback.