<![CDATA[Confederate Books! - Featured Books]]>Wed, 16 Aug 2017 07:53:58 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Featured Publisher: Penguin Classics]]>Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:50:14 GMThttp://confederatebooks.com/2/post/2013/01/featured-publisher-penguin-classics.html     In 1946, Penguin Books launched what is now their most famous imprint, Penguin Classics, with the publication of a translation of Homer's Odyssey. We don't have that one in stock. But we do have a large number of other titles from the Penguin Classics series.
     I chose to feature this publisher on the website because we have students asking about classics every day. I grew up reading Penguin Classics because they covered most things that, as a nerdy bookish young man, I had been told that I ought to read. These books range from Sense and Sensibility to Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde and from the very beginnings of western literature (the Odyssey, Beowulf) to the 20th century. They also contain many non-English works in translation.
     There is something in our Penguin Classics collection for any reader, regardless of your level or interests. Students will especially love them.

We currently have more than one hundren Penguin classics in stock, and more coming in all the time. Stop by and browse through them! If you want something we don't have, ask and we'll try to get it. Multiple copies of the same title for institutional use can be obtained.
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<![CDATA[Featured Author: Roald Dahl]]>Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:32:33 GMThttp://confederatebooks.com/2/post/2013/01/featured-author-roald-dahl.html     Roald Dahl has always been one of my favorite authors, so I'm happy to find that we have quite a few of his books in stock at the Confederate Bookstore. He's most famous as a children's author, having written such classics as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Matilda. Many of his children's books are also now famous as movies, I'm told. (I don't always get out as much as I should.) He is also the author of numerous short stories for children, as well as tales of suspense and terror that aren't very child-friendly at all. He wrote various personal memoirs, on topics ranging from being shot down in the second world war to his own childhood in Britain. His childhood memoir, Boy, is one of the most touching and hysterical books about childhood I have read.
     All of Dahl's books (at least, the ones I've read) are funny and deeply irreverant. He pokes fun at schools, teachers, preachers, parents and librarians. Children understandably love him. So do I, though, and I haven't been a child for a rather long time.
     Roald Dahl's books are fairly easy to read, particularly his children's books. Intermediate level readers and above should have no serious difficulties.
   
     There are various books by Roald Dahl in the shop at the moment. They go fast though, so be sure to ask what we've got.
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<![CDATA[Featured Author: RL Stine]]>Wed, 23 Jan 2013 14:15:46 GMThttp://confederatebooks.com/2/post/2013/01/featured-author-rl-stine.html     I have to admit that I never knew very much about RL Stine, even though his books seem to be everywhere in the US. He is primarily famous as a writer for young people, having written many series of novels for a teenage audience. His most famous novels are thrillers, though he has also written science fiction, fantasy, and romance. He has been called "the Stephen King of children's literature," and the comparison is easy to see. If someone is immensely successful writing hundreds of books of suspense, who else would they be compared to?
     I've chosen to feature RL Stine for a different reason, however. One of the things that has always set the Confederate Bookstore apart from other bookstores in Ecuador is our extensive selection of literature in English. Most Ecuadorians, though, no matter how much they want to learn English, aren't ready to read James Joyce or Isaac Asimov.
     As we begin our time in Confederate books, we're working hard to expand our selection to include good books suitable for non-native English speakers of varying levels of proficiency. RL Stine seems like a good first choice in this category. His lively books use mostly intermediate level vocabulary, and tell stories that will appeal to teens, young adults, and even older readers. (Though most of the characters are teens.) I've been book shopping this week, and read a couple of books from Stine's famous Goosebumps series. They're easy to read, and for a native, manageably short for a single stint in a coffee shop. I wanted to get to the end, though; these are real thrillers, not easy readers or silly textbooks. 

There are more than a hundred titles by RL Stine currently on the shelves in Confederate books, and even more will be arriving soon. If you don't find them, just ask!
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<![CDATA[The Big Thirst, by Charles Fishman]]>Sat, 12 Jan 2013 15:20:38 GMThttp://confederatebooks.com/2/post/2013/01/the-big-thirst-by-charles-fishman.html     The actual title of this book, The Big Thirst, the Secret Life and Turbulent Future of Water didn't actually fit into the title bar. It's a long title for a long book, frankly. This is not one you will stick in your bag to read on the plane.
     The topic is interesting, though. It's about the water we use, where it comes from, how it's manipulated, where it goes when we're done with it, and what happens to it before it comes back again. If you're interested in ecology, or the various water related problems worldwide, from Las Vegas to Australia, from Atlanta to Venice, this book is a great starter. It's one of very few books on this topic that doesn't really require any special background to understand, but that really does answer your not-so-simple questions.
     Have you ever wondered what happens to the water you flush down your toilet or drain? Or how it got there in the first place? I hadn't either. But finding out was still very interesting.

This book will soon be arriving at the Confederate Bookstore.
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<![CDATA[I am a Cat, by Soseki Natsume]]>Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:14:32 GMThttp://confederatebooks.com/2/post/2013/01/i-am-a-cat-by-soseki-natsume.html     I honestly didn't expect to like this book, but it was a gift, so I had to read it. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself having fun. As the title suggests, it's a story told from the point of view of a cat, which I thought would probably get old once the usual cat jokes had been told.
     As it turns out, there aren't very many cat jokes, though the narrator does have a very believable "cat personality." What there is, mostly, is human jokes. A cat makes a very good observer of the ridiculous ways humans act, and isn't shy (or kind) about sharing his thoughts. As a teacher myself, I especially enjoyed the fact that the cat's "owner" is a teacher whose cat sees through his pretence of being a learned man. If you're a teacher, the meetings of colleagues described in the book, seen through feline eyes, will remind you of those endless staff meetings. (Except that few staff meetings I've had to attend were quite this openly funny.)

This book will be arriving shortly at the Confederate Bookstore.

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<![CDATA[Featured Author: William Gibson]]>Sat, 12 Jan 2013 14:13:28 GMThttp://confederatebooks.com/2/post/2013/01/featured-author-william-gibson.html     I read William Gibson's first major novel nearly 30 years ago. That was in the 80s, so all the things he described in Neuromancer, such as cyberspace, "net cowboys," and a world wide web of connected computers had yet to come to pass. It made an impression on me then, as a captivating story of how technology could change the world, and it impresses me even more now to realize how prescient some of it was.
     I've read more of his novels as I've come across them, and have been impressed with the diversity. Some are futuristic, some are set right now. Some are quite realistic, and others strain your capacity to imagine. Some are about computers, technology, and how they interact with humans. One, Pattern Recognition, is set in the cut-throat world of avante gard fashion. All are both imaginative and believable, and all have that same "hanging on the edge of your seat" feeling that hooked me on Neuromancer.

The following William Gibson books will be arriving in the shop shortly: Neuromancer, The Mona Lisa Overdrive, Idoru, Virtual Light, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, and Zero History ]]>