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Archive for March, 2011

It is official. A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin, the long-awaited fifth book in the Fire and Ice series, shall be release on July 12, 2011. Dark Horse Books will make sure to pre-order several copies. This has been one of the most requested books at the bookstore.

In the meanwhile, if you want to refresh yourself on the series or read it for the first time, we have the first four volumes at the bookstore. If you get HBO, be sure to check out the new series based on the Fire and Ice series. A Game of Thrones will  premiere on HBO on April 17, 2011.

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If you haven’t browsed the non-fiction section at Dark Horse Books, you should come check out the new titles in stock. 

Hardback Non-fiction

 Pulitzer prize-winning author, Chris Hedges has written about the Death of the Liberal Class. Hedge writes how the traditionally liberal institutions, the press, universities, labor movements, the Democratic party and liberal religious institutions, no longer act as an effective counterweight to the abuses of power to corporations.

Lockheed Martin receives 29 billion dollars per year in Pentagon contracts. This is 1 out of every 10 dollars paid out to private contractors by the Pentagon. In Prophets of War: Lockheed Martin and the Making of the Military-Industrial Complex by William D. Hartung is a story of the history of the largest military contractor in the U.S.

Paperback Non-fiction

The Last Founding Father: James Monroe and A Nation’s Call To Greatness by Harlow Giles Unger is a highly praised biography of the fifth president. James Monroe has been overshadowed by the other founding fathers, Washington, Jefferson, Adams, and Madison. Yet in this well researched biography, Unger not only recreates the exciting history of Monroe’s times, yet makes a strong case for the great achievements of James Monroe.

John Muir: Rediscovering America by Frederick Turner has not only been praised for its well researched facts about the life of the legendary and extraordinary John Muir, but the quality and beauty of the writing has been equally praised.

For nature and science lovers, David Rothenberg has written Why Birds Sing a journey into the mystery of bird song.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot was a New York Times bestseller in hardback. Prior to her death from cancer, doctors took cells from Henrietta Lacks, a poor african american tobacco farmer. These cells have become one of the most important tools in modern medicine.

In The Harvard Psychedelic Club by Don Lattin examines the lives of Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil and their impact on American culture.

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Local Girl Scouts will be selling girl scout cookies at Dark Horse Books on Saturday, March 19, 2011 beginning at 9:30 a.m.  Cookie sales are the biggest fund raiser for the Girl Scouts. So please come and support our local scouts in a delicious way.

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The Alta Branch of the Teton County Library is starting a new book club. The book club will be meeting the third thursday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at the Alta Branch. The first meeting shall be April 21, 2011 at 7:00 p.m.  to discuss The Promise by Chaim Potok. The next meeting shall be May 19, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. to discuss The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford.  The library has made arrangements with Dark Horse Books to have a 50% discount on these books. This is another great opportunity for the book  lovers of our community to discuss and enjoy books together.

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It has been an interesting winter. Temperatures have varied from bone chilling cold  sub-zero temperatures to warm snow melting above freezing temperatures in the same week. The snow has been fantastic. Lot of people have passed through the bookstore in a state of powder bliss. Unbelieveably it is now March and the end of the ski season is approaching. 

For March, all fantasy and sci/fi novels in stock are 10% off. Likewise, all young adult novels in stock will be 10% off. White Cat by Holly Black is now in paperback and it is highly recommended by the Dark Horse Book staff.  For fantasy lovers, the staff  is recommending  The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. Reading this book, it was easy to understand why it was shortlisted for the World Fantasy prize and was found on so many best of the year lists. 

A shipment of bargain books just arrived today. There are some amazing deals including children’s pop up books at half price. Among the bargains are fiction, history, cook books and children books.  Always popular, the cookbooks are selling fast. There are only three cookbooks remaining.

On Monday, March 7, 2011 at 7:00 p.m., the Teton Valley Women’s Book Group will be discussing Infidel. The April book is Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The bookstore already has the book in stock. It is a bargain. With the bookclub discount, it is a $9.00 hardback. As always, everyone is welcome to come to these meetings and everyone gets the 10% discount for bookclub books.

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