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Monday, 27 February 2012

New and Not New

Here are a few books collected loosely under the category of 'things I like but which we have not had in the Librairie until now for one reason or other'. They could also be filed under 'newly arrived at the Librairie and pretty darn great' if you want a more objective reason for this blog post to exist...

The Best of Archy & Mehitabel

From the jacket: "The Best of Archy and Mehitabel showcases the hilarious free-verse poems by Don Marquis's irreverent cockroach poet, Archy, and his alley-cat pal, Mehitabel. Marquis's famous fictional insect appeared regularly in his newspaper columns from 1916 into the 1930s and has delighted generations of readers ever since."

But don't just take it from them. From E.B. White (Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little, The Elements of Style)'s introduction: the Archy poems "contain cosmic reverberations along with high comedy" and have "the jewel-like perfection of poetry." Oh hey, and did I mention? George Herriman illustrates:

Mehitabel in love

The Zuni Cafe Cookbook

A certain D+Q creative director told me he ate the best chicken of his life at the Zuni Cafe in San Francisco (the recipe's in this book). Apart from that, a friend who happens to be one of the best cooks I know has insisted that the Zuni Cafe cookbook is THE cookbook to have. The only cookbook one needs. Period. Don't mess with Judy Rodgers.

The Secret of the Old Clock

Carolyn Keene rescued me when I was a bored 9 year old who couldn't get to sleep. Nancy Drew mysteries taught me how to get free when your wrists are bound and how to look ladylike while changing a tire. All joking aside, for all her pretty dresses Nancy really was an inspiring proto-feminist role model decades before feminism existed. Furthermore, the books are real page-turners, making them a great way to get your pre-adolescent interested in reading. We've got a few of the 80th anniversary hardcovers which reprise the original illustrations. They're super-cute for the tween in your life!

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