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One of the most fascinating books I’ve seen over the last several months is a railroad guidebook to the American West issued just a few short years after the opening of the Transcontinental Railroad. Illustrated throughout with incredible vistas, it also features ads and even timetables that will give you a sense of what it was like to travel this country in the 1880s. We can’t guarantee that the schedules will still be accurate, but I think you’ll be riveted by this exciting leather-bound edition of Crofutt’s New Overland Tourist.
If you love Mark Twain as much as we do, you’ll be excited to learn about our upcoming edition of the great man’s speeches. Originally collected in 1910, this delightfully entertaining book gives you a real sense of this uniquely American voice. Here’s just a snippet from a brief speech he made at St. Timothy’s School for girls:
“There are three things which come to my mind which I consider excellent advice:
First, girls, don’t smoke – this is, don’t smoke to excess. I am seventy-three and a a half years old, and have been smoking seventy-three of them. But I never smoke to excess – this is, I smoke in moderation, only one cigar at a time.
Second, don’t drink – this is, don’t drink to excess.
Third, don’t marry – I mean, to excess.”
I’m sure fans of The Grateful Dead will be very familiar with a certain illustration of a skeleton with roses that comes from an extraordinary edition of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam illustrated by Edmund J. Sullivan. You don’t have to be a “deadhead” to appreciate this beautiful volume of one of the world’s great books. Of course, it doesn’t hurt either.
And one more little bit of news way in advance. We are very excited that Neil Gaiman has agreed to sign a new leather-bound volume for Easton Press. More on that later.
In the meantime, please visit our website for all our current offers.
I’m thrilled to announce the upcoming publication of the exclusive leather-bound edition of STARDUST, personally signed by Neil Gaiman!
Master of a wealth of narrative forms ranging from comics to novels to children’s literature and more, Neil Gaiman ranks among the most innovative and exciting authors writing today.
STARDUST, his compelling 1999 fantasy adventure, takes young Tristan Thorn, a love-struck young man from the rural village of Wall, into the forbidden land of Faerie on a quest to retrieve a fallen star. There he encounters wonders and dangers beyond his wildest imaginings and also meets his true destiny.
The critics raved:
“A twisting, wondrous tale full of magic that only Neil Gaiman could have written.” – Chicago Tribune
:Strange…marvelous…Stardust takes us back to a time when the world was more magical, and, real or not, that world is a charming place.” – Philadelphia Inquirer
“Thrilling . . . Stardust reads like a mix between L. Frank Baum, the Brothers Grimm, and a Tim Burton movie script.” – Dallas Morning News
I’m especially excited to make this announcement, because I’m reading the book right now and can’t wait to get back to it.
We are delighted to make this news available first to our loyal Easton Press blog followers.
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The long weekend gave us plenty of extra time to relax and catch up on some much-needed reading. Luckily, the Easton Press library is always full. Perfect for revisiting old classics or picking up something entirely unexpected. There’s something uniquely fulfilling about reading a book completely outside of your literary “box” – and actually liking it! It feels like an accomplishment. You expanded your horizons. You thought you knew what you liked, but you surprised yourself. Now there’s a whole new world to explore – and all you need is another long weekend! (Don’t we all…)
Here are some suggestions for the next time you decide to step out of your comfort zone. It’s worth it!
- Couldn’t get through The Old Man and the Sea in high school? Try The Sun Also Rises…another Hemingway classic, but completely different. (And then go back to The Old Man and the Sea – you’ll be glad you did!)
- Hardcore Dukakis supporter? Get perspective from the other side with SPEAKING OF FREEDOM, personally signed by George H.W. Bush!
- Thirsting for more knowledge about world religion, but don’t know where to start? Try THE EGYPTIAN BOOK OF THE DEAD, a fascinating look at a lost era with historic images.
- Fell asleep during the Lord of the Rings movies? Try OUTLANDER, signed by Diana Gabaldon!
- Love everything about Ancient Greece and Hellenistic civilization? Take it a few hundred years further and read THE LIVES OF THE TWELVE CAESARS, one of the most important primary sources on Roman history.
Don’t forget to tell us what you’re reading this Wednesday! Leave a comment below, post on our Facebook page, or comment on our daily Instagram picture. Any recommendations?
2,747 games played.
These are just a few of the numbers defining the illustrious career of baseball’s golden child Derek Jeter. After twenty years in the same Yankee pinstripes, Jeter walked away from the diamond this week a veritable sports legacy. He will live on as the consummate role model for up-and-comers and established players alike – a consistently decent player with a good attitude who respected the game above all else.
His poise under the lights and scandal-free life away from the field have helped Jeter transcend the team loyalties that define the sport. Even the most die-hard of Red Sox fans can root for “Captain Clutch” – just maybe not when the Yankees come to Fenway. Basically, if you consider yourself a fan of baseball, you are a fan of Derek Jeter. How many other athletes today merit the same level of admiration and respect?
Over time, Easton Press has published many coffee-table books about sports, teams, players, and coaches – but none stand out more than our tributes to Derek Jeter.
Just recently released, THE NEW YORK TIMES: THE CAPTAIN reproduces a collection of articles printed on actual newspaper paper. Together, they tell the story of Jeter’s memorable career through the voice of his beloved city. This was the first-ever book of this format published by Easton Press – fitting for such a historic player.
And now, Easton Press is excited to announce a new book celebrating Derek Jeter. DEREK JETER: EXCELLENCE AND ELEGANCE features moving stories and powerful, full-color images celebrating the icon, from the thrill of his first Major League start to the sentimental tributes and ceremonies of his final game.
Today marks the beginning of October. Teams have been in the “Hunt for October” since April’s Opening Day. While a Yankee championship won’t come to fruition in Jeter’s last year, the legacy of #2 will live on in the hearts and minds of baseball fans everywhere.
Easton Press is excited to announce that we will soon be publishing the exclusive leather-bound edition of THE DIVERGENT TRILOGY by Veronica Roth – with the first novel, Divergent, personally signed by Veronica Roth!
THE DIVERGENT TRILOGY ranks among the most compelling works of recent speculative fiction with each of the three novels – Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant – positioned atop the lists of top-selling books for months at a time.
A post-apocalyptic story set in a future Chicago, THE DIVERGENT TRILOGY tells the story of Beatrice “Tris” Prior who is born into a dystopian world of rigidly divided personality factions that determine the roles a person can play in society. The problem for Tris is that she doesn’t fit into the role she was born to play. Tris is Divergent.
Divergent was recently made into a blockbuster Hollywood film, and film treatments are currently planned for the other two novels in the trilogy.
We are delighted to add Veronica Roth to the family of Easton Press authors and are also pleased to make this news available first to our loyal Easton Press blog followers.
It’s September. The de facto end of summer. For most people, the phrase “it’s September” is often succeeded by the word “finally!” said with an emotion toeing the line between exasperation and excitement. Around August, the sunny, hot days we dreamed about in February start to wear our their welcome. Summer seems infinite. So it’s no surprise that once September hits, most of us can’t wait to take our boots out of the attic, cook pumpkin-themed meals, and wear scarves every day…even if the temperature is still flirting with 90 on a daily basis.
But there’s some cognitive dissonance at play here, too – because as much as we champion summer’s succumb to fall, we equally attempt to stave off our chosen season’s wicked alter ego: the first day of school. The dichotomy between summer and the school year is rigid and entrenched in our nation’s history and culture. One cannot exist without the other, yet they do not exist simultaneously (leaving out summer school for the purposes of this discussion). When we close the door on summer, no matter how much we try to thwart the advent of a new school year, it always manages to wedge its way in with fall.
As much as we want to speed through the last weeks of summer and plunge headfirst into fall, we’ll always lament the new school year, as it so strongly connotes the passage of time. Another year gone by, everyone getting older. School not only ages the children in it, but also the parents. We measure time in years of school – reminiscing about the “good old days” when our high-schoolers’ toughest homework assignment was what to bring for kindergarten show and tell. We lose sight of age and time in our mad desperation to escape the heat, but the second school starts we all long for summer.
So take a stand. Savor early September. Don’t bring the boots out just yet, and leave the pumpkins on the vines for a little longer. On this What I’m Reading Wednesday, spend time re-reading your childhood favorites, like ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND or ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. Escape to THE SECRET GARDEN or go on an adventure with the 19th century Harry Potter. Relish these last few days before the first bell rings. You’ll be glad you did.
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Monday was the first day on the job for part of our new class of managers. For this week’s WIRW, we singled one out and asked him to write about his end-of-summer reads. What a way to welcome the new kids to the office…
Stephen Brand (Asst. Editorial Manager): I took an English class my junior year of college that focused on the role of the narrator in contemporary literature. At that point, I was knee-deep in business classes and just needed a class that let me have some kind of creative release. I still don’t know why this particular class caught my eye…maybe I was subconsciously planning to write a novel later on in life.
Anyway, we used CLOUD ATLAS by David Mitchell as an example of authors writing in the voices of multiple narrators. The book is written in six styles, with six narrators spanning the world and time. Almost all of the stories interrupt one another, and they are all interconnected in some way. Sounds confusing, right? Our discussions lasted weeks. In fact, we only read two other books. The class ended up being one of the most difficult courses I took in school – so much for that creative release! – but also one of the most rewarding. If you’re looking for a challenging, truly literary experience, I wholeheartedly recommend this book. David Mitchell is a master storyteller. You’ll get lost and won’t want to come back.
I rediscovered CLOUD ATLAS as I was packing up my college apartment, readying myself for my first foray into the adult working world, and decided to reread it for a little motivation. Though I didn’t realize it at the time, that English class was miles out of my comfort zone – the polar opposite of my familiar Excel spreadsheets and case studies. I was out of my element. But – here comes my youthful, optimistic attitude – I highlighted, underlined, and dogeared until I understood. I learned about things I never even thought existed, like each literary style Mitchell employs (several different kinds from epistolary to potboiler, in case you were wondering). And now, as I’m reading the book on my own, I’m remembering our discussions and finding myself able to make observations and connections much more easily. It’s a great feeling!
I’m hoping to have a similar experience with my first full-time job. Working full-time is clearly nothing like what I’ve been doing in my life so far. It’s already overwhelming, and it’s only been two days. I know it’s going to be a process, and I’ll have to learn the intricacies of my company and position. But hopefully in a couple months, with some hard work and determination, I will have adjusted – and will be able to say that I’m thriving. Either that or I’ll have a lot of time on my hands to reread books from old college classes…