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'Classic.'  A book which
people praise and don't
read.

Mark Twain
2006 Pulitzer winners

Fiction:
March by Geraldine
Brooks, Viking.

History:
Polio:  An American
Story
by David
Oshinsky, Oxford
University Press.

Biography:
American Prometheus:
The Triumph and
Tragedy of J. Robert
Oppenheimer
by Kai
Bird and Martin Sherwin,
Knopf.

Poetry:
Late Wife by Claudia
Emerson, Louisiana
State University Press.

Non-fiction:
Imperial Reckoning:  
The Untold Story of
Britain's Gulag in Kenya

by Caroline Elkins,
Henry Holt.
Our "what's new" page is where we highlight recent
acquisitions, bring news from the wonderful world of books,
introduce our sales and limited offerings, and offer the
occasional contest.
The biggest news is that, at long last, our virtual book store is ready for
readers like you.  This momentous event is sure to impel hordes of
bibliophiles towards our web site, all a-tingle with excitement.

On behalf of the staff of J & S Books (all two of us), welcome to our little
world of books.  We hope you find what you're looking for and will come
back again.
NY Times
Top ten books for
2006
Fiction
Absurdistan
by Gary
Shteyngart

The Collected
Stories of Amy
Hempel

The Emperor's
Children
by Claire
Messud

The Lay of the Land
by Richard Ford

Special Topics in
Calamity Physics
by
Marisha Pessel

Non-fiction

Falling Through the
Earth:  A Memoir
by
Danielle Trussoni

The Looming Tower:  
Al-Qaeda on the
Road to 9/11
by
Lawrence Wright

Mayflower:  A Story
of Courage,
Community and War

by Nathaniel Philbrick

The Omnivore's
Dilemma:  A Natural
History of Four
Meals
by Michael
Pollan

The Places In
Between
by Rory
Stewart

See the NY Times list
of 100 notable books
of the year!

NY Times 100
notable books 2006
Recent arrivals

New books come to stay with us all the time and we look after them while
trying to find them a good home elsewhere.  Here is a sampler of some
recent arrivals:       
The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson and the Comedy of
Those Extraordinary Twin
by Mark Twain.  American
Publishing Co., Hartford, CT, 1894
.  First edition, first state
with all points per BAL 3442
.   One of Twain's later works
and one that many consider to his darkest nove.  
Reddish-brown cloth boards with intricate black stamped
design and gilt stamped lettering.  Good condition overall.  
$850.00
Book dealers often use
industry terms in
describing books.  
Follow this link to a
glossary of book terms.

Glossary
Wodwo by Ted Hughes.  Faber and Faber, London, 1971.  
A collection of works by the British Poet Laureate
.  The title
is taken from the middle English term for the wild man of
the woods, a medieval Sasquatch.  
 Third impression.  
$25.00.
The South has
produced more than
its fair share of writers.

See a list of
contemporary
southern fiction
writers, courtesy of the
Austin Public Library.
A Fable by William Faulkner.  Random House, NY, 1954.  
Faulker's anit-war novel, set during WWI, tells the story of
Corporal Zsettslani who orders his troops to defy orders by
not attacking the Germans.  The Germans also do not
attack and the fighting comes to an end when both sides
realize they have the power to end the war.  Winner of the
Pulitzer Prize in 1955.  First Printing.  Book and jacket are in
good condition.  
$175.00
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke.  Harcourt,
Brace Jovanovich, NY, 1973
.  Considered a classic of
science fiction, the story revolves around a gigantic alien
spacecraft and the intrepid explorers who try to understand
its mysteries.  First printing, signed.  The book and jacket
are in very good condition.  
$450.00
The Bonfire of the Vanities by Tom Wolfe.  Farrar, Straus,
& Giroux, NY, 1987.  The author's first novel, a story of
arrogance, ambition, and greed, revolves around  a
hit-and-run accident in which a young black man is critically
injured by a young white woman.    The title is taken from a
historic event in 15th century Florence in which objects of
vanity (mirrors, cosmetics, books, art) are thrown into a
bonfire.  The destruction included several works by the
classic Italian artist, Sandro Botticelli, who put the paintings
in the fire himself.  First printing, signed.  The book and
jacket are in very good condition.  
$350.00
Learn more about
Southern literature,
courtesy of Wikipedia
Featured Author

Jonathan Lethem

New York-base writer Jonathan Lethem originally wanted to be a visual
artist, following in his father's footsteps.  He abandoned an art style he
described as "glib, show-offy, usually cartoonish" and, following a brief stint
at Vermont's Bennington College, headed for San Francisco where he lived
for the better part of a decade.  Working in a book store and writing on the
side, he published a few short stories before breaking onto the literary
scene full-force in 1994 with his first novel "Gun, with Occasional Music", a
blending of science fiction and 40's style detective fiction.  He followed this
with "Amnesia Moon", a post-apocalypic tale and "As She Climbed Across
the Table", a story of a physicist who falls in love with a space anomoly.

After returning to Brooklyn in the late 1990's, Lethem published "Girl in
Landscape" a coming of age story with an alien twist.  He returned to
detective fiction with 1999's "Motherless Brooklyn", which was critically
acclaimed and won the National Book Critic's Circle Award and several
other awards.  This was followed by "The Fortress of Solitude", a story set
amidst racial tension in 1970's Brooklyn, and several collections of short
stories.  His latest work, "You Don't Love Me Yet" was published in 2007.

Jonathan Lethem was a 2005 recipeint of a MacArthur Foundation
Fellowship.


Books by Jonathan Lethem:

Gun With Occasional Music, Harcourt Brace, 1994
Amnesia Moon, Harcourt Brace, 1995
Wall of the Sky, Wall of the Eye, Harcourt Brace, 1996
As She Climbed Across the Table, Doubleday, 1997
Girl in Landscape, Doubleday, 1998
Motherless Brooklyn, Doubleday, 1999
This Shape We're In, McSweeny's, 2000
The Fortress of Solitude, Doubleday, 2003
Men and Cartoons:  Stories, Doubleday, 2004
The Disappointment Artist:  Essays, Doubleday, 2005
You Don't Love Me Yet, Doubleday, 2007
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