Wednesday, December 1, 2010
9780547330778 . $30.00
Ellroy and Penzler mined one hundred years of writing—1910–2010—to find this treasure trove of thirty-nine stories. From noir’s twenties-era infancy come gems like James M. Cain’s “Pastorale,” and its post-war heyday boasts giants like Mickey Spillane and Evan Hunter. Packing an undeniable punch, diverse contemporary incarnations include Elmore Leonard, Patricia Highsmith, Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane, and William Gay, with many page-turners appearing from the past decade.
Monday, November 29, 2010
This fall we published the wonderful and timeless story of The Little Prince in graphic novel format. Adapted and illustrated by Joann Sfar, an award winning French graphic artist, this format is the perfect gift for any comic book/ graphic novel lover or anyone who has been moved by the words of the 1943 classic.
This week the New York Times book review voted The Little Prince graphic novel as one of the top Notable Children's Books of 2010!
Little Prince Graphic Novel by Joann Sfar
9780547338026. $19.99. Hardcover
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Interpreter of Maladies/ The Namesake
Homage to Catalonia/ Down and Out in Paris and London
Mrs. Dalloway/ A Room of One's Own
Everything is Illuminated/ Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Jonathan Safran Foer
Monday, November 8, 2010
The Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
9780618852796. $16.99. Hardcover
Jimi Hendrix was many things: a superstar, a rebel, a hero, an innovator. But first, he was a boy named Jimmy who loved to draw and paint and listen to records. A boy who played air guitar with a broomstick and longed for a real guitar of his own. A boy who asked himself a question: Could someone paint pictures with sound?
This a story of a talented child who learns to see, hear, and interpret the world around him in his own unique way. It is also a story of a determined kid with a vision, who worked hard to become a devoted and masterful artist. Jimi Hendrix- a groundbreaking performer whose music shook the very foundations of rock 'n' roll.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Spicy Tomato Soup with Crispy Grilled Cheese
Spicy and really easy to make, this is a great soup. But it’s what the soup is paired with that makes it exceptional—crisp, full-flavored, croutonlike sandwiches that feel more like cheese that’s been grilled than a traditional grilled cheese. (By the way, I know at least two people who swear they hate caraway yet love these sandwiches.) I make the grilled cheese on a well-buttered baking sheet, weighing the sandwiches down with another baking sheet on top. This ingenious method makes them super-thin, amazingly crispy, and beautifully browned. It also means you can make a lot at one time. Though delicious as a comforting main course, the grilled cheese can also be cut into tiny pieces and served as part of an hors d’oeuvres spread, with the soup in shot glasses; people go wild for it.
FOR THE SOUP
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small onion, sliced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (up to 1/2 teaspoon more if you want it spicy, as I do)
2 28-ounce cans plum tomatoes
1/4 cup fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 tablespoons crème fraîche (optional)
FOR THE GRILLED CHEESE
Good country, French, or Italian bread
1 1/2 tablespoons caraway seeds
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 pound Morbier or other good melting cheese, such as Italian fontina, Gruyère, or Mimolette
TO MAKE THE SOUP: Heat the olive oil in a large heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is tender, about 7 minutes. Add the tomatoes and 1 1/2 cups water and cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Add the basil, season lightly with salt and pepper, and let cool briefly before pureeing the soup in a food processor or a blender, in batches if necessary. Pass the soup through a fine-mesh strainer, pressing on the solids with a ladle. (Save the pulp, if you like; though it has no place in this soup, it’s great on crostini or baked eggplant.) Keep the soup on medium-low heat if you plan to serve it right away.
TO MAKE THE GRILLED CHEESE: For easier slicing, stick the bread in the freezer briefly; it will be easier to slice when cold and firm. With a serrated knife, cut the bread into 12 exceedingly thin slices—as thin as you can without the bread falling apart. (I use a meat slicer and slice it about 1/4 inch thick, and I cut it long enough so I can balance the sandwich across a soup bowl, though you can certainly serve the sandwiches alongside the bowls.)
Heat a small, dry skillet over medium heat. Add the caraway seeds and toast them, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. (It’s easy to burn spices, so stick around during this part.) Transfer the seeds to a bowl. Go ahead and melt the butter in the same skillet. Let it cool a bit and then add 1 tablespoon of the toasted caraway seeds to it.
Heat the oven to 400°F. Have ready two heavy baking sheets of the same size so that one can nestle into the other. Line one with a sheet of parchment paper.
Slice the cheese thinly, too. (How thin is not as crucial here, as the cheese melts so thoroughly that it practically disappears into the bread.) Brush 6 of the bread slices with the melted butter and lay them on the parchment-lined baking sheet. Top each with a single layer of cheese and then top with another slice of buttered bread to make sandwiches. Put the sandwiches on the prepared baking sheet, leaving some space between them. Cover the sandwiches with a piece of parchment and stack the second baking sheet on top of the first; this will cook the sandwiches on both sides without the need to flip them and will also flatten them a bit. Bake until the sandwiches are golden brown and crisp, 15 to 20 minutes. Carefully peel away the top layer of parchment, transfer the sandwiches to a cooling rack, and serve warm or at room temperature. If there are any ragged bits of baked cheese hanging off the sandwiches, just trim them away by hand; you’ll want to eat these, so go ahead.
To serve, divide the hot soup among six bowls. Float a tablespoon of crème fraîche on top of the soup, if you like, and garnish with some of the reserved toasted caraway seeds. Position a grilled cheese sandwich across the top of the bowl, if it fits without falling in, or beside the bowl, and serve.
You can make the soup a few days ahead; refrigerate it, covered with plastic wrap, and then reheat it when ready to serve.
I think it’s easier to make the grilled cheese sandwiches earlier in the day or even a day ahead. Store them, once cooled, in a sealed container at room temperature.
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
A gorgeous picture book about the misadventures of two lizard friends, one of whom is trying to learn how to paint. Executed primarily in gouache--a first for this artist--the illustrations have all the finesse and humor of Wiesner's award-winning work. Animal characters and a very brief text that consists entirely of dialogue make this a particularly lighthearted story, which nonetheless has something to say about friendship . . . and art.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Saturday, October 16th is the 2nd Annual Boston Book Festival. I volunteered at this event last year and it was huge success!
Check out HMH authors Brian Lies, Scott Magoon, Kristin Cashore and many more! As well as bestselling authors Jeff Kinney of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series and Boston crime-drama writer Dennis Lehane. Even our favorite curious monkey George is expected to be in show!
For more information on this great literary experience visit the Boston Book Festival website.
Nothing says it better than cookies!
For this stunning collection, the editors of Gourmet delved deep into their archives and selected the most delicious cookie for each year of the magazine’s sixty-eight-year existence. After marathon testing sessions and winnowing from thousands of recipes—many sent in by readers—they chose an amazing array, from the almond-scented French-style Cajun Macaroons, from the magazine’s beginnings in 1941, through Mocha Toffee Bars (1971), to the contemporary Glittering Lemon Sandwich Cookies.
Monday, September 13, 2010
George and Martha: not, as one might think, the first president and his spouse, but two hippopotamuses created by the singular talent of James Marshall. For the past quarter century, these stories have entertained, intrigued, and delighted readers of all ages. The portly animals have also taught us, in a humorous and lighthearted way, about what it means to be a true friend. A man with a talent for friendship, James Marshall defined its very essence in his stories about the world's two best friends. In this volume, all thirty-five episodes are brought together to celebrate friendship and two of the most lovable book characters ever created.
George & Martha 9780395199725 $6.95
George & Martha: Back in Town 9780395479469 $6.95
George & Martha: Encore 9780395253793 $6.95
George & Martha: One Fine Day 9780395329214 $6.95
George & Martha: Rain and Shine 9780395280065 $6.95
George & Martha: Round and Round 9780395584101
Thursday, August 26, 2010
'Picture Book List' of the New York Times!
Hurry up! Come one—come all!
We’re off to watch the bats play ball!
You’ll never forget your first game: the green so green, the presence of heroes past, and togetherness with family and friends, rooting for the home team.
But you think humans are the only ones who enjoy America’s national pastime? Grab your bat—the other kind—and your mitt, and join these captivating bats as they flutter off to watch their all-stars compete. How about a mothdog? Or some Cricket Jack?
In sweeping compositions that transport fans to the rightside-up and upside-down world of bats at play, Brian Lies treats us to a whole new ballgame.
A couple highlights from the show...
The big seller...
Our new Send-A-Story display! (9780547480046 $199.60)
Includes our 4 new mailable stories. (I Like You, Won't You be my Kissaroo, Everywhere Babies, and No Matter What- only $4.99 each!)
Be sure to check out all of HMH's new fall 2010 titles at www.hmhbooks.com!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt will now be distributing Zest Books! An innovative San Francisco-based company, Zest Books is a line of smart and edgy books for teens ages 12 and up that focus on the color and chaos of teen life.
Hallie Warshaw, founder and publisher of Zest started the company in 2006 to offer "high quality, current, fun, hip nonfiction books" for the booming demographic that was devouring YA fiction. Zest produces 8-10 titles per year on topics important to teens, such as relationships, fashion, beauty, stress, dating, music, and high school and home life. The books are written by industry experts along with teen authors in consultation with Zest's Teen Advisory Board.
I am so excited to start selling these books- Here's a little of what you can expect!
Tuesday, June 8, 2010
9780618118649 ~ $17.00
Through striking black-and-white photographs and first-person accounts, Barbara Collopy O’Halloran and Betty Udesen tenderly document and reveal just some of the extraordinary magic found beneath the worn exteriors of a misshapen sweater, a winking dog, and even an earless rabbit named “Chickey.”
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Friday, May 14, 2010
Click here to check out highlights from the game!
When The Game Was Ours by Jackie MacMullen, Larry Bird, and Earvin "Magic" Johnson. 978-0-547-22547-0 ~ $26.00 An inside look at basketball's greatest rivalry.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
** The first new Lyle book in over 11 years**
Friday, May 7, 2010
New York Times best-seller Graceling by Kristin Cashore. 9780547258300
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer. 9780152061548
The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks. 9780547411668
All the Lovely Bad Ones by Mary Downing Hahn. 9780547248783
Dead is So Last Year by Marlene Perez. 9780152062163
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. 9780156029438
Life of Pi by Yann Martel. 9780156027328
Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. 9780156031660
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer 9780618711659
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. 9780618485222
2009 Best American Short Stories, edited by Alice Sebold. 9780618792252
For more information on these fiction titles and more, visit www.hmhbooks.com
Monday, April 26, 2010
South Congress Street.
The Alamo Draft House Cinema (one of my favorite places!)
Last weekend was the 2010 Museum Store Association Show in, my favorite city, Austin, Texas! The show, like most this year, was a success in the two days that it was open!
Cowgirl Way: Hats Off to America's Women of the West by Holly George-Warren
($18.00 HC, 978-0-618-73738-3)
Monday, April 12, 2010
Great plug for The Quiet Book in today’s PW ShelfTalker blog– the headline says it all...“My Favorite Book of the Spring”
April 12, 2010
Every once in a while, a gem of a book arrives at the store. Last week such a gem was delivered in a Houghton Mifflin box, and the book in question is The Quiet Book. The sign for me that a book is magic is when I hand it to customers and say, “You have to read this.” and they do, and they buy it, even if they came in for a mystery.
This book is deceptively simple. Straightforward sentences that take you through a day are all about moments when you’re quiet. Beautiful art with a muted palate, done by Renata Liwska, is spot on. “First one awake quiet,” gives way to more unique quiet situations: “Jelly side down quiet.” As two little animals stare at the sandwich on the floor, wondering what happened. The art is beautiful and somehow the author, Deborah Underwood, has captured so many authentic quiet moments, that this book will become a treasure to read, again and again.
First haircut quiet gives way to last one picked up at school quiet, which conveys all the worry of the last child sitting on the steps waiting for a parent who’s running late. All the notes struck are solidly true. Nothing seems forced or cloying. Each quiet moment is one that makes you try to emulate it. Can I remember, first snow quiet? Yes, but the book helps, by showing the stillness of the first snow. And it will help young children learn about the quality of quiet moments. I can also see this being a great book to help soothe anxious children who need some gentle calming.
I’m not one for gushing about one book in this blog, but I simply adore this book and know that I’ve horribly under-ordered it, as my display is almost empty. And I’ve quietly made a note to order more this afternoon.
THE QUIET BOOK - 9780547215679
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel Travel Activity Kit (97800547258775)
Curious George Travel Activity Kit (9780547258751)
Five Little Monkeys Travel Activity Kit (9780547258799)
Each $12.99 kit includes:
• A Classic story.
• A 24-page coloring activity book
• Three double-sided crayons (six colors total)
• A CD with half an hour of listening time
• Two sheets of mini-stickers
• A bingo game with cardboard tokens or card game.
Monday, March 29, 2010
In honor of this fresh season, check out these Spring titles...
Spring, an Alphabet Acrostic by Steven Schnur and Leslie Evans.
North Country Spring, by Reeve Lindbergh and Liz Sivertson