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The Great American Read is a six part series on Public Television that investigates and celebrates the power of books and reading. PBS worked with a public polling service to conduct a survey asking Americans to name their favorite novel. A panel narrowed the list down to the top 100 books. Each author was limited to one title except for a series with ongoing characters, like the Harry Potter series. The fall kick-off premiered on September 11th and the grand finale will be telecast on October 23rd. You can access the list by going to their website: Read the 100 List. Just reading the list itself was a fun experience for me. It took me back down memory lane to many books that I had loved: 1984, A Separate Peace, Atlas Shrugged, The Book Thief, Catch-22, The Catcher in the Rye, The Color Purple, Great Expectations, The Handmaid's Tale and To Kill a Mockingbird, just to name a few. The list includes books written from the 1600's up to 2016. You can vote for your favorite novel up to midnight PT on October 18th.

Looking over the list and seeing some of the books I had read over my lifetime caused me to reflect on the importance that our own life experiences bring into what we read. I am a very different person now, in my seventies, than I was when I read Catcher in the Rye in Junior High School. That book was always included in my top five favorite book lists, so a couple of years ago I decided to reread it. I cannot express the deep disappointment I felt when I read it for the second time. It seemed so sophomoric! I completely related to Holden Caulfield's teenage angst when I was a teenager but I could barely get through the book as an older adult. I do want to caution that in case you decide to reread a favorite book it may have a completely different meaning for you the second time around.


I was quite taken with Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand when I was an idealistic college student, but I can't imagine her objectivist philosophy having ANY appeal to me today. I believe she would be considered a libertarian in today's political world. I am sure many of my favorites will hold up over time but I don't think I am going to chance being disillusioned again by rereading any more of them! I will be voting for The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood as my favorite novel.


Please do check out the Great American Read and the list of the top 100 books. It has inspired me to add several books to my reading list and I hope it will do the same for you. Jill B.

Note To Book Clubs
I am happy to say that we have a constant stream of customers coming into the bookstore hoping to find the books on their book club reading list. Quite frequently a book on their list turns out to be a recently published hardcover. When I inform the customer that the book is only available in hardcover, I frequently hear: "No, it is in paperback, because our book club only reads paperbacks." I assume this happens so often because the person choosing the book checks on Amazon and sees that the title is available in paperback. It has happened several times in my own book club. What they don't realize is that the book is an international edition. It can be ordered on Amazon from an individual seller but cannot be found in any new bookstore in the US. If you do check Amazon to determine the publishing status of a book here are a couple of tips: Check the publishing date. A hardcover is normally in print for a year before the paperback is published. Also check to see if the book is sold directly by Amazon. If they are not selling a paperback themselves then the odds are pretty great it is not readily available in that form. Thank you for choosing Paperbacks Unlimited when searching for your book club books!  Happy reading!

Happy Fall!

On Your Travels...

By Denise
Now that my husband is retired and I am semi-retired, we take a lot of road trips.  We bought a travel trailer a few months back.  We can now hit the road with our dog, Mushu and enjoy a really good story on CD.  We cannot imagine a long trip without the excitement of a mystery or adventure novel.  We love Cussler, Baldacci, Child, Harris and Evanovich.  We have also enjoyed listening to Young Adult authors such as Rowling, Clare, Riordan and Meyer.  The miles just fly by and there are times when we have reached our destination and don't want to get out of the truck!  

We are currently listening to James Rollins and his Order of the Sanguines Series.  We finished Blood Gospel and couldn't wait for Innocent Blood.  It is a wonderful saga of Catholic Sanguine Priests, Angels, Demons and Immortals.  There is a third installment entitled Blood Infernal.  As soon as we're done they will all be on the shelf at Paperbacks Unlimited.

I have a bit of a commute to work and I especially enjoy JA and William Johnstone's westerns, "A Movie In Your Mind".  They are exciting and entertaining with sound effects and different character voices and the time goes very quickly.

We have hundreds of Audio Books on CD at Paperback's Unlimited.  There is something for everyone with Non-Fiction, Romance, Mystery, Adventure, Paranormal, Young Adult, Foreign Language and more!  Please come in and check out our extensive collection.  Mention this article and we will give you an extra 10% off your CD purchase!

Happy Trails!


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