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New Releases for March 22nd, 2011

21 Mar 2011

What's better to celebrate Spring than cozy new read? Check out these new titles and more this week at Prince!



Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party by Alexander McCall Smith

One of Phuti Radiphuti's apprentices has gotten a girl pregnant and, under pressure to marry her, has run away. Naturally, it is up to Precious Ramotswe and Grace Makutsi to help the couple work things out. In other developments, Mma Ramotswe investigates a case of rural jealousy in which cattle are being poisoned, in this 12th installment of the beloved, bestselling series.







Wither by Lauren DeStefanos

At age 16, Rhine Ellery has four years to live. Thanks to a botched effort to create a perfect race, all females live to age 20 and males live to age 21. Geneticists are seeking a miracle antidote to restore the human race, desperate orphans crowd the population, crime and poverty have skyrocketed, and young girls are being kidnapped and sold as polygamous brides to bear more children.

When Rhine is kidnapped and sold as a bride, she vows to do all she can to escape.






Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad by Somon & Davis


Lulu is so excited for the Bug Squad to come over for a playdate, and she has all kinds of things planned for them to do-right down to eating cupcakes. But when things don't go just the way Lulu planned, feelings are hurt and apologies are necessary. Sounds like a job for Ladybug Girl, who knows how to be brave and say she's sorry, even when it isn't easy.



The Taliban Shuffle by Kim Barker

As one of the Middle East's longest-serving correspondents, Barker offers an insider's account of the "forgotten war" in Afghanistan and Pakistan, chronicling the years after America's initial routing of the Taliban, when we failed to finish the job.











New in Paperback:

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Every Last One by Anna Quindlen

Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides


New Releases for March 15th, 2011

11 Mar 2011

One good story deserves another.  Check out these new releases out March 15th and line up your next great read!




So Much Pretty by Cara Hoffman

Hoffman's "So Much Pretty" is a beautiful and chilling exploration of violence, vengeance, and the loss of innocence that would drive someone to commit an unthinkable crime.



 Moondogs by Alexander Yates


Yates presents a singularly effervescent novel pivoting around the disappearance of an American businessman in the Philippines and the long-suffering son, jilted lover, slick police commissioner, misguided villain, and supernatural saviors who all want a piece of him. 







Physics of the Future by Michio Kaku

The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Physics of the Impossible" offers a stunning and provocative vision of the future, and explains how science will shape human destiny and everyone's daily life by the year 2100.









New  in Paperback:


 Animal Factory by David Kirby

Breakfast with Socrates: an Extraordinary (Philosophical) Journey Through Your Ordinary Day by Robert Rowland Smith

Heart of the Matter by Emily Giffin

The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone 






Illinois Stands up for Brick & Morter Stores

11 Mar 2011

 Illinois Stands up for Brick & Morter Stores; Requires Large Online Retailers to Collect Sales Tax

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn yesterday signed a bill requiring online retailers with "broad networks of online affiliates" in the state to collect sales tax on purchases by residents.

As it had threatened and has done in similar situations in other states, responded to the new law by announcing yesterday that it is cutting ties to all its affiliates in Illinois.

The American Booksellers Association praised Governor Quinn for "standing up for bricks-and-mortar retailers" and ensuring that "the retail marketplace in Illinois will be competitive and fair." He added that the new law will "bolster sales tax fairness efforts in other states" and attributed its passage to the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and "the grassroots efforts of a large and diverse array of retailers in the state. We especially thank our independent bookstore members in Illinois for their tremendous outreach efforts, from letter-writing campaigns to face-to-face meetings with legislators and the governor's staff."

The ABA also took aim at, saying, "Those companies that would fire their affiliates simply to maintain an inequitable competitive advantage over retailers that obey the law clearly show their true colors. A belief that laws apply only to those who are smaller or who are unwilling to resort to threats or loopholes is characteristic of the worst sort of corporate citizen. We certainly hope companies like rethink their decision to fire affiliates, and we remain grateful that the governor took the tough, principled stand on behalf of in-state retailers."

Becky Anderson, v-p of the ABA and co-owner of Anderson's Bookshops in Downers Grover and Naperville, Ill., said that Governor Quinn "has helped Main Street businesses like mine and thousands of others. He has helped to increase jobs in the state for tax-compliant retailers and helped to secure needed revenue for our state and communities."