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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Move Over Self-Help – Fiction Reigns in the ThriftBooks Most Popular Books by State List for 2018

From my email today:

Seattle, WA, Feb. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Celebrating readers of all types, this week ThriftBooks announced the top-selling books by state for 2018. This is the third year the online used book retailer has released the results, which revealed a move from non-fiction with a slant toward self-help to fiction.
The data found only one state had the same top-selling book two years running. California was the closest with “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” in 2016 and “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” from the same franchise in 2017. Many states found an entirely new favorite for 2017.
ThriftBooks CEO Mike Ward said, “It was interesting to see reader choices changing by region. The West Coast is focused on self-improvement, with books from the “Seven Habits” franchise and author Malcolm Gladwell topping lists. This could be influenced by the tech and start-up cultures in those states. Whereas, the next generation of Harry Potter fans looks to be in the Northeast.”
  • All 50 states were included for 2018 seeing 20% more books shipped than in 2017.
  • Dystopian classics continued to be popular in 2018 with “Animal Farm” being the most popular book in Nevada, “1984” in Colorado, “Fahrenheit 451” in Massachusetts, and “Brave New World” in Wyoming.
  • The Book Thief was the top book in Utah two years in a row.
  • There was an increase in states where Alcoholics Anonymous was the top author. By book, “Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions” was the top in Delaware, “Alcoholics Anonymous” in Oregon. 
  • Books written by J.K. Rowling were the most popular books in 7 states,
  • The full list of top books by state can be found at https://www.thriftbooks.com/b/most-popular-books-by-state/

About ThriftBooks

Based in Seattle, WA, ThriftBooks is the largest online seller of used books in the world, having sold more than 100 million books since its inception. Founded in 2003 and backed by KCB Management, ThriftBooks operates 8 fulfillment centers in the US that purchase, grade, and distribute used and collectible books. ThriftBooks relies on proprietary software to identify and list books, as well as a sophisticated pricing model that dynamically prices books across a variety of online platforms, including ThriftBooks.com, Amazon, eBay, and others.
Nicole Cox
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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Book news from Barnes and Noble

Barnes & Noble’s Most Anticipated Spring Books
Oprah Winfrey, David McCullough, and E.L. James Among Most Anticipated Authors Publishing This Spring
New York, NY – February 12, 2019 – Barnes & Noble, Inc. 

(NYSE: BKS), the world’s largest retail bookseller, today announced its Most Anticipated Books of the Spring for 2019 in Adult, Young Adult (YA), and Kids.

“This Spring will come with a great list of highly anticipated non-fiction, including new books from prize-winning historians David McCullough and Rick Atkinson, the latest from New York Times columnist David Brooks, and insightful personal growth books from Oprah Winfrey and the hit self-help blogger Mark Manson,” said Liz Harwell, Senior Director of Merchandising, Trade Books at Barnes & Noble. “In fiction, books readers are eagerly awaiting range from the latest novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, to page-turning thrillers from David Baldacci and Harlan Coben.”

See a select list of the Most Anticipated new titles below listed in order of publication date, and find the full list of the season’s most anticipated books at at BN.com

Thursday, January 17, 2019

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019


DETROIT, MI, Jan. 15, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Continuing its nearly two-decade tradition of bringing internationally-renowned authors and scholars to its campus, Marygrove College’s Institute for Detroit Studies (IDS) will welcome Herb Boyd at its 44th Defining Detroit event on February 11, 2019.

Boyd will present Leadership and Self-Determination in Early Twentieth-Century Black Detroit and sign copies of his latest book, Black Detroit: A People's History of Self-Determination. The presentation begins at 7 p.m. in Madame Cadillac Hall. This event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase.
“We are pleased that Professor Boyd has accepted our invitation to speak at Marygrove,” says IDS co-founder Frank Rashid. “Black Detroit derives from decades of rich personal experience and thorough research into the lives of black Detroiters.”
Previous Defining Detroit speaker and Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Heather Ann Thompson observes that readers of Black Detroit “not only experience the very epicenter of this nation’s most important freedom struggles, but they come to know a city that has always, always, been anchored by a most powerful and determined black community.”
Herb Boyd is a journalist, activist, teacher, and author or editor of twenty-three books. His articles have been published in the Black ScholarFinal Call, the Amsterdam NewsCineasteDownbeat, the Network Journal, and the Daily Beast. A scholar for more than forty years, he teaches African American history and culture at the City College of New York in Harlem, where he lives.
Herb Boyd’s appearance kicks off the 2019 Defining Detroit series, which will also feature noted journalist and author Desiree Cooper on Wednesday, March 20th, on Marygrove’s campus. Ms. Cooper will read from her 2017 book Know The Mother and other works.  An exhibit of the works of Northwest Detroit artists is also planned for spring 2019.
Defining Detroit is a series of Detroit-focused lectures, readings, exhibits, and performances established in 2000 by the Marygrove College Institute for Detroit Studies. Previous guests include Melba Joyce Boyd, Kevin Boyle, Jim Daniels, Toi Derricotte, Angela D. Dillard, Jeffrey Eugenides, Lolita Hernandez, Lawrence Joseph, Philip Levine, Naomi Long Madgett, Joyce Carol Oates, Thomas J. Sugrue, June Manning Thomas, and Heather Ann Thompson. A complete list is at:  https://www.marygrove.edu/detroit-studies.
Established in the city of Detroit in 1927, Marygrove College is an independent Catholic graduate college sponsored by the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) and guided by the values of human dignity; community; social justice; ecological justice; excellence; innovation; and diversity. The campus is situated on 53 wooded acres at 8425 W. McNichols Rd., Detroit, MI 48221. Visit www.marygrove.edu.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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Empire of the Wheel pulls threads

Review of Empire of the Wheel: An Investigation of Occult Espionage and Murder, by Walter Bosley and Richard B. Spence. Corvos Books, 2011.

~~ Tessa B. Dick

A plain grave marker in the potter's field of Mountain View Cemetery reads, “Cora Stanton, Nov. 19, 1915”; it bears no date of birth or next of kin because nobody knows who she is or where she came from. You can see that marker today in the cemetery on Highland Avenue, on the north side of the street, facing the grounds of St. Bernadine Hospital.

The year is 1915. While World War I rages in Europe, the United States remains neutral, sort of. German spies haunt the transportation hubs and infest the social circles of America. British spies cooperate with Americans in their efforts to root out the German spies, along with their Irish and East Indian compatriots, and foil their plans to smuggle arms to the Central Powers. Meanwhile, the U.S. responds to the revolution in Mexico, led by Pancho Villa, by closing down railroad lines that run too close to the southern border. This puts the train station on Third Street in San Bernardino into the position of a major hub for the transportation of both freight and passengers traveling east and west across the continent.

In the midst of international intrigue, San Bernardino's first Chief of Police, Walter Shay, investigates seven unnatural deaths, three of which are children who were poisoned and three of which were adults who apparently committed suicide. The seventh was an adult man who died in an apparently accidental drowning in Lake Baldwin, a mountain lake near Big Bear. These appear to be local matters with no connection to the wider world.

The book follows the newspaper reports of the day, since the police reports no longer exist or at least cannot be found. The authors of focus on Cora Stanton, who almost certainly is not Cora Stanton. Her lifeless body was pulled out of the lake at Urbita Springs, a park that was built in the present location of the Inland Center Mall. Although the lake and park are gone, you can still find traces of them in the landscape around the shopping center. Cora, or whoever she was, had poison tablets in her stomach, but the coroner determined that the cause of death was drowning. Her apparent suicide might be a murder committed as part of a black magic working. Was she used to symbolize Core, the goddess of the Spring who descended into the land of the dead in Greek myth, or was she just an unfortunate woman who decided to take her own life? Follow the threads in this fascinating tale of local history and make up your own mind.

The Kindle edition is available at:

Walter Bosley’s updates and links to purchase the paperback edition are available at:


Saturday, December 15, 2018

Indy authors beware!

Since the boom of self-publishing by independent authors, fueled in great part by Amazon and Create Space, many questionable publishing services have sprouted. Some have been part of mainstream publishing houses, while others have been tiny home businesses, and quite a few have grown somewhere in between. Many of these schemes have died on the vine, while others take root in whatever soil they find. A few are actually legitimate services for independent authors.  

Most of these services charge too much money and deliver too little value. Watch out for the really bad ones. While some authors are happy with Hulu and Amazon, others are on the lookout for something better. Maybe you don't want to go with a brick-and-mortar publisher, or maybe they just haven't accepted your manuscripts. In any case, when you look for a way to self-publish, keep your eyes open. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. 

I get much of my information from the Writer Beware! blog. Here's a link to their latest news: 


I recommend that you read that post and subscribe to that blog. 

Happy writing!