Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Music at the Bookstore this Saturday

This Saturday the 29th, Constellation Books plays host to Steve Haug, celtic musician who plays Renaissance Festivals, DC pubs, science fiction cons, and faerie cons. We'll have tea and cookies too.


Friday, December 21, 2007

More new books just off the truck

Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers, has written a book about Kit Carson called Blood and Thunder - and boy, is it getting good reviews.

For the Kindergarten through Grade 2 Kiddies - several charming books by Bob Graham:
Max - about a baby superhero;
Let's Get a Pup - about adopting a dog;
Benny - about a trick-performing dog who is searching for a home;
Tales from the Waterhole - a crocodile, a tortoise, a giraffe , a hippo and a warthog hang out at the waterhole.


Wednesday, December 19, 2007

New books just in off the truck

Rescuing Sprite is about a dog rescued into a good home in Montgomery County...local author, local dog, a portion of the proceeds go to animal shelters - who can resist?

Kabul Beauty School has come out in paperback, with a new Foreword.

Holidays on Ice collects up 6 of David Sedaris' best Christmas stories. Vintage Sedaris!

Thank You Power - by Deborah Norville (yep, THAT Deborah Norville) is based on the idea that folks who acknowledge what their thankful for - live markedly better lives. Simply because they're thankful. The concept makes sense to me - and I like that this approach is independent of one's faith.

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever is a very funny, very classic kids' story. It's even being performed at the Fells Point Corner Theater. A GREAT way to enjoy the holiday.


Sunday, December 16, 2007

See a Review for Soho Books at

Last Minute Christmas Gifts

For those trying to avoid the mail - we have everything from little box gifts (the Charlie Brown Christmas Special Tree is cute in a pitiful way) to books, CDs and DVDs to scarves and gift certificates.

We're even open Christmas Eve - 11am-5pm

Thursday, December 13, 2007

This Saturday - A Christmas Poem

This Saturday, the 15th at 3:00pm - The Story of Rap & Tap

Join local Fay Byrd as she reads this very special Christmas poem. Written by her husband Bill prior to his death, the poem has been illustrated by another Reisterstown local, Nina Ayzenberg, and published as a children's book.

Hot Off the Truck!

We have TWO - count 'em - TWO new Nora Roberts' books (Blood Brothers and Stars). Also. we have a previously unpublished Phillip K. Dick novel - Voices From the Street.

You Have No Rights - Stories of America in an Age of Repression -
kinda scary, though it does have a good summary of the Connecticut librarian who turned down an FSA subpoena.

Mollie Katzen's Recipes: Soups - from Moosewood fame. This is a good Christmas buy at $14.95.

For the kiddies -

which is about the discovery of a dinosaur in Hell Creek, North Dakota.

Winter Friends -
a board book that's photo essay of a snowman and his woodland critter-friends.

Fluffy, charming murder mystery

This one is candy for the brain. Nancy Martin's Cross Your Heart And Hope To Die: A Blackbird Sisters Mystery is yet another charmer in a series that features a society page journalist from Philadelphia. Nora Blackbird has a set of parents who escaped bankruptcy by fleeing to the islands and leaving the daughters to pay the bills; a set of sisters who drive her nuts; a boyfriend avoiding the Family Business; lots of friends with connections; an aggressive puppy named Spike - and a murdered boss. Since Nora has the most to win from her boss's demise, she and her friends become suspects. OK so no one LIKED the boss but everyone respected her. The plot is decent, the characterizations great, and the humor is shaken, not stirred.

My favorite - laugh-out-loud - scene occurred when Spike decided to get up close and personal with Philadelphia's Finest's pants legs.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Book News - Robert Jordan's last novel WILL be finished

As many of you know, Robert Jordan passed away recently while working on the 12th book in his Wheel of Time series. There's a story on Yahoo saying that Brandon Sanderson (of "Mistborn" fame) will take up the manuscript and finish it.

While we will definitely miss Robert, we are looking forward to book 12.

Character-Driven Victorian Thriller/Mystery

Silent in the Grave, by Deanna Raybourn, is an exceptionally fine murder mystery set in Victorian times. On the very first page, Lady Julia's husband collapses during a dinner party, in front of a new acquaintance, Mr. Nicholas Brisbane. Lord Gray consequently passes on, and Mr. Brisbane tells Lady Julia that he was employed by Lord Gray to investigate some nasty threats and that Lord Gray was likely murdered. Lady Julia refuses to believe it. Over the course of the next year and half, Lady Julia becomes convinced that Mr. Brisbane is correct and they both pursue the various clues. There are loads of Characters - and I mean that capital letter. Lady Julia Gray comes from a large family, all of them quirky and rebellious in various ways. Mr. Brisbane has his own suite of quirky friends and the blending of the two make for a very interesting tale.


Thursday, December 6, 2007

Keeping Your Frog from Boiling While Impressing the World

Meet the authors 2-4pm on December 8th:

Reisterstown authors Dr. David and Dr. Richard Madow will join us to talk about their new books. Richard has published "Impress the World with Your Body in Seven Days" and David has published "Is Your Frog Boiling?" These dynamic dentists have wowed audiences all over with their seminars. Come in to hear this special duo in person!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Coming Soon

Now I have seen everything.
I have to get this for the bookstore.
It figures that the Dangerous Book for Boys and Daring Book for Girls were so popular, they had to put together a parody!

I wonder if Rex and Sparky do author signings?

Wine Tasting at the Bookstore!

Friday, December 7, 2007 6:00 -8:00PM

Our friends Vino 100 are Partnering with us again for a Wine Tasting.

Vino 100’s motto is “100 great wines for $25 or less.” They use two barometers - Flavor (which runs from Fruity to Dry) and Body (which runs from Light to Full) – to make wine buying easier for the customer. We will have wines, along with munchies, available for tasting.