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Signed Copies of Earl Swift's New Book: The Big Roads

11 Jul 2011

Available now at Prince Books are autographed copies of The Big Roads: The Untold Story of the Engineers, Visionaries, and Trailblazers Who Created the American Superhighways by local author Earl Swift.


Earl Swift is a Virginia-based journalist and has been a Fulbright fellow, PEN finalist and five-time Pulitzer Prize nominee, and has earned a reputation for powerful narrative and scrupulous reporting. His previous books include The Tangierman's Lament, Journey on the James, and Where They Lay. Swift writes for the Virginia-Pilot and lives in Norfolk.


A man-made wonder, a connective network, an economic force, a bringer of blight and sprawl and the possibility of escape--the U.S. interstate highway system changed the face of a continent. The Big Roads charts the creation of these landmark American roads. From the millionaire speed demon who organized the first primitive network of cross-country motor roads, to the cadre of largely forgotten engineers who conceived of the interstates and how they'd work--years before Dwight Eisenhower knew the plans existed--to the protests that erupted when the concrete juggernaut reached the cities--and thousands of people unwilling to be uprooted in the name of progress--The Big Roads follows a winding, fascinating route through twentieth-century American life.  

New Products! Moleskine Journals and Maptech Navigation Charts

16 Jun 2011


Available now at Prince Books are two new products our customers have been asking about.

We're pleased to once again carry a fine selection of Moleskine journals, including the new Red Classic notebook and the Moleskine Passions line of do-it-yourself journals. Our favorite is the Book journal, perfect for organizing and recording your literary thoughts.

Be sure to also check out the fabulous Volant line of notebooks. These slim yet durable journals feature the same rich paper and rounded corners of the classic notebook, but in a trim size perfect for tossing in bag, pocket or purse.




Something else we're exciting about is our new selection of navigational charts. These fine-quality charts from Maptech are waterproof, durable, and an essential reference tool. We also carry their deluxe chartkits for the Chesapeake and surrounding waterway.





New Releases for June 7th, 2011

6 Jun 2011


India: A Portrait by Patrick French

In only six decades since independence, India has gone from a place associated with some of the most wretched poverty on Earth to one that, economically, could dominate the 21st century. French examines the cultural foundations that have made possible a stunningly accelerated transformation from listless planned economy to capitalist and entrepreneurial powerhouse.






Robopocalypse by Daniel Wilson

In the near future, at a moment that no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. "Robopocalypse" is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us.







What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Alice Love is twenty-nine years old, madly in love with her husband, and pregnant with their first child. So imagine her surprise when, after a fall, she comes to on the floor of a gym and discovers that she's actually thirty-nine, has three children, and is in the midst of an acrimonious divorce. A knock on the head has misplaced ten years of her life, and Alice isn't sure she likes who she's become. It turns out, though, that forgetting might be the most memorable thing that has ever happened to Alice.




Theodore Boone: The Abduction by John Grisham

The follow-up to the #1 New York Times bestseller Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. Just when it seems like life for Theo is back to the status quo, a new legal mystery comes to town--and Theo is the only one who can crack the case.




New in Paperback:

My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares

The Murder Room by Michael Capuzzo

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

The Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme