The Avid Reader October 2007

Dear Book Lover,

Halloween and Thanksgiving are coming right up and the full-on holiday season is just around the corner. It's time to get ready to celebrate! Making crafts for gifts and decorations is a brilliant way to spend time with family and friends, and there's no better time of year to splurge in the kitchen. We've chosen some of the best crafting and cooking books, and have found some really delightful collectible cookbooks.

Also this month, we pay a virtual visit to Australia, share the results of our scariest character in literature poll and present an exclusive interview with 2006 Booker Prize winner, Kiran Desai.

Happy Reading!



Holiday Crafts Holiday Cooking Collecting Cookbooks Get Ready to Celebrate the Holidays

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In New Books

Eat, Pray, Love, by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth GilbertThis beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life.

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Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer Christopher McCandless abandoned his possessions, gave his entire savings to charity and hitchhiked to Alaska where he attempted to survive alone in the wilderness. He did not. His diary, letters and two notes found at a remote campsite tell of his desperate effort to stay alive, stranded by an injury and slowly starving.

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In Rare and Collectible Books

Collectible Cookbooks

Les Diners De Gala by Salvador DaliCookbooks aren't just for cooking. Feast your eyes on this fine selection of collectible cookbooks. AbeBooks presents an overview of rare and beautiful books of a wide variety, including Salvador Dali and M.F.K. Fisher.

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The Most Expensive Sales of September

The Rhinehold & The Valkyrie A first trade edition The Rhinehold & The Valkyrie, illustrated and signed by Arthur Rackham, was an impressive addition to last month's list. See September's 10 most expensive sales.

Rare Book Room | September's Most Expensive Sales

In Used Books

Lost Classics: Book Reviews by Fine Books & Collections Magazine

Studs Lonigan Trilogy by James T Farrell Farrell's trilogy began in 1932, with Young Lonigan and describes an Irish-American lifestyle in the 1930s on the south side of Chicago. Fine Books & Collections re-introduces us to this and other important works. Learn more about a discounted subscription to Fine Books & Collections!

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Using AbeBooks.com to Trace Your Ancestors

GenealogyGenealogy is much more than just a hobby - it is an obsession that enthralls thousands of people worldwide. Learn how AbeBooks can help you find the books you need to complete your family tree. Learn more about genealogy.

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Books of the World: Australia


Plan a trip or explore Australia from the comfort of your home with our selection of books on Australia.

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The Bestsellers of September

The Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan

Harry Potter fever has subsided, and in September we once again saw a mixed selection reach the AbeBooks' bestsellers list. Among the titles was The Age of Turbulence by Alan Greenspan.

See September's Bestsellers!

Scariest Character Results

Big Brother from George Orwell's classic novel 1984 has been voted the scariest character in literature in a worldwide poll conducted by AbeBooks.

Find out more about the results.

Kiran Desai on the Booker

Kiran Desai

Read Kiran Desai's thoughts on the Booker Prize, and how winning it in 2006 for The Inheritance of Loss, felt for her.

Learn more here.

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