Tuesday, December 1, 2009

War Dances Kicks off 24 Days of Books

Welcome to Day One of The 24 Days of Books. Between now and December 24th, we'll highlight each day some of the many wonderful books in the store that would make, in our humble opinion, terrific gifts for some lucky person for Hanukkah or Christmas or any other special occasion.

Today we kick off The 24 Days with the newest from one of our favorite (and almost local) authors, Sherman Alexie, who lives in Seattle. War Dances offers a collection both heartbreaking and hilarious of stories (and the occasional poem) that explore modern relationships from the most diverse angles. Alexie populates his stories with ordinary men on the brink of exceptional change, taking us to the heart of what it means to be human.

Alexie's most recent book before War Dances, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, won the 2007 National Book Award for Young Readers (as well as Sweden's 2009 Peter Pan Award!). Rumor has it he is currently working on the sequel to that terrific book -- hurrah!

Sherman Alexie is one of the most entertaining people -- in print and, especially, in person -- I've ever encountered. And tonight you can get a glimpse of that yourself as he appears on "The Colbert Report." Hmmm. Stephen Colbert AND Sherman Alexie -- now that ought to be worth a laugh or two.
For many more wonderful gift-giving ideas, please check out our gargantuan December newsletter, which you can find by clicking here.

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