Monday, September 21, 2009

Tuesday Tomorrow

Odd and the Frost Gaints by Neil Gaiman
Published by: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2009
Format: Hardcover, 128 Pages
To Buy

The official patter:
"In this inventive, short, yet perfectly formed novel inspired by traditional Norse mythology, Neil Gaiman takes readers on a wild and magical trip to the land of giants and gods and back.

In a village in ancient Norway lives a boy named Odd, and he's had some very bad luck: His father perished in a Viking expedition; a tree fell on and shattered his leg; the endless freezing winter is making villagers dangerously grumpy.

Out in the forest Odd encounters a bear, a fox, and an eagle—three creatures with a strange story to tell.

Now Odd is forced on a stranger journey than he had imagined—a journey to save Asgard, city of the gods, from the Frost Giants who have invaded it.

It's going to take a very special kind of twelve-year-old boy to outwit the Frost Giants, restore peace to the city of gods, and end the long winter.

Someone cheerful and infuriating and clever . . .

Someone just like Odd ."

This week I have two radically different books to present, by two very different authors who are both Britons living in America and have both have had the word "American" in a title of their respective books. First up Neil Gaiman has written abother kids book and I say yeah! For me he's a far better writer when he's writing for children that for adults, just read The Graveyard Book and then American Gods, yes they are radically different, but The Graveyard Book is hands down the winner in my mind. Sure it's been out in England since last year, but that's a big ocean illustrations by Brett Helquist, most known for The Series of Unfortunate Events books, or the only reason I started reading the books in the first place. The book is also out on CD the same day read by the author himself.

I also just found the awesome book trailer:

American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot by Craig Ferguson
Published by: Harper
Publication Date: September 22nd, 2009
Format: Hardcover, 288 Pages
To Buy

The official patter:
In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson delivers a moving and achingly funny memoir of living the American dream as he journeys from the mean streets of Glasgow, Scotland, to the comedic promised land of Hollywood. Along the way he stumbles through several attempts to make his mark—as a punk rock musician, a construction worker, a bouncer, and, tragically, a modern dancer.

To numb the pain of failure, Ferguson found comfort in drugs and alcohol, addictions that eventually led to an aborted suicide attempt. (He forgot to do it when someone offered him a glass of sherry.) But his story has a happy ending: in 1993, the washed-up Ferguson washed up in the United States. Finally sober, Ferguson landed a breakthrough part on the hit sitcom The Drew Carey Show, a success that eventually led to his role as the host of CBS's The Late Late Show. By far Ferguson's greatest triumph was his decision to become a U.S. citizen, a milestone he achieved in early 2008, just before his command performance for the president at the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. In American on Purpose, Craig Ferguson talks a red, white, and blue streak about everything our Founding Fathers feared."

This recommendation is specifically for Michele (and all other devotes of Craig Ferguson). Craig Ferguson might most be known for his late show or his performance as Mr. Wick on The Drew Carey Show (his atrocious English accent being punishment for Scotty on Star Trek, or so he says) but that is one side of this greatly talented man. Last year her got a lot of press due to the fact that he became a US citizen, hence the name of the book. He has also written and co-starred in three movies, Saving Grave later being spun off into the popular British Drama Doc Martin. He also still does the occasional stand-up, I got to see a performance a few years back and he was awesome. I'm planning on picking up this book because if it's even half as funny as he was live this will be a great read.

He'll also be doing a few signings so if you have the chance go check him out, I'm sure Michele will!

Wednesday, September 23rd @ 7:00PM
Borders Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Friday, September 25th @ 12:00PM
Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco, California

Saturday, Septmeber 26th @ 12:00PM
Book Passage
Corte Madera, California

Friday, October 2nd @ 12:00PM
Town Hall
Seattle Washington

Sunday, October 4th @ 6:00PM
Pasadena, California


Love the "American" skirt! LOL

I wanted to drop off an award for you:

Thanks ~ Lori

I am looking forward to reading the new Neil Gaiman book Odd and the Frost Giants. I'm a huge Neil fan!

I just got back from the bookstore where they had a very lovely display! Too bad homework now interrupts would could be a lovely evening with a new Neil book!

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