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As the nation moves from election to transition and we all get behind President-Elect Obama (right?) we started cleaning out the political shelves and discovered that we've got way too many Democratic and Republican mugs.
The Democratic I Have a Dream Mug and the Republican Make My Day Mug both feature the electoral map as of 2004. When you pour in hot coffee or tea the map changes to all blue (for the Democrats) or all red (for the Republican). Athough the election is over, the mugs still work just fine and you can either for $5 each, half the original price of $10.
Fabulous news whether you're a mystery reader or looking for the perfect gift for one: a new P.D. James novel. The Private Patient is a classic addition to P.D. James' series with Commander Adam Dalgleish as he investigates a murder at an exclusive plastic surgery clinic located, naturally, in an isolated country house in Dorset.
The Private Patient goes on sale Nov. 19, order now and you'll have it well before the holidays.
There is a new J.K. Rowling for the holidays but, alas, no Harry Potter. Instead we have Hermione Grainger's new translation of The Tales of Beedle the Bard. These fairy tales for the wizarding folk include the Tale of the Three Brothers, which appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, along with four other stories. Pen and ink illustrations by J.K. Rowling adorn each story and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore is included. Proceeds of the sale of the book go to The Children's High Level Group, a charity founded by Rowling for at risk children.
Order your copy of The Tales of Beedle the Bard today and we'll ship it on December 4. If you're buying it as a gift we can even gift wrap and ship it for you.
Here's what you can find at www.mysterylovers.com:
As you know, we began a campaign last month to reduce the costs and environmental impact of printing and mailing the MLB news.
The response has been tremendous with over 350 customers so far agreeing to forgo the printed News in favor of the online version. Our thanks to all of you.
If you want to know more, visit our Go Green page for full details.
With most of the November books already received, the new arrivals have slowed down a bit but there are plenty of interesting new choices including a new Wally Lamb novel, Laura Joh Rowland, James Doss, Ellen Hart and others..
You'll find the complete list of both US and British books at New Arrivals.
We have signed first editions by several authors either here now or due. If you're interested, please order now as supplies of these are limited.
We had a splendid time at our Hallowen Birthday Bash on Oct. 31. Our ten cent book sale raised over $400 for Beginning with Books thanks to the generosity of our customers.
We have signed copies of the hardcovers for four of the authors who were here. Cordelia Biddle, unfortunately, had to cancel her appearance due to illness. We have signed copies of the following:
Suzanne Martinson, former food editor for the Post-Gazette, will celebrate publication of The Fallingwater Cookbook on Friday, Nov. 21 at 7 pm. The Fallingwater Cookbook is based on the recollections and recipes of Elsie Henderson, the Kaufmann family cook at Fallingwater. At the present time we expect Elsie to join us that evening.
This book is a splendid combination of local history, cookery and life at Fallingwater and would make a terrific gift for the holidays. We'll be happy to have Suzanne personalize a signed copy of The Fallingwater Cookbook for you if you order prior to the event next Friday.
Our Fall Coffee & Crime series comes to an end with the apperance of Katharine Neville on Saturday, November 22 at 10 am. Katharine burst upon the mystery scene 18 years ago with a completely original thirller, The Eight, about a women drawn into a web of intrigue surrounding a mysterious chess set. Now we finally have a sequel, The Fire.
Keep on reading,
Richard, Mary Alice and the MLB Staff
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