Saturday, September 27, 2008

Scary Stories (for grownups)

Halloween is coming, and with it, all the usual cliches in bookstore displays; same ol' pumpkins, same ol' black cats, same ol' witches' hats... same ol' titles.

This year, along with the pumpkins, etc., we're offering a selection of books to scare the complacency right out of you! That's right -- books that genuinely scare us jaded adults.

Fruitless Fall: The Collapse of the Honey Bee and the Coming Agricultural Crisis by Rowan Jacobsen will make you horde your honey.

A Universal History of the Destruction of Books: From Ancient Sumer to Modern Iraq by Fernando Baez, director of Venezuela's National Library, and an expert in this sad history.

The Trillion Dollar Meltdown: Easy Money, High Rollers, and the Great Credit Crash by Charles R. Morris.

Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency by 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning author Barton Gellman.

The End of Food by Paul Roberts, the bestselling author of The End of Oil.

The Radioactive Boyscout: The Frightening True Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor by Ken Silverstein.

The Fifth Child by Nobel Prize winning novelist Doris Lessing -- a terrifying tale of unhappy parenting.

The Void by Frank Close is the story of... nothingness.

Panic in Level 4: Cannibals, Killer Viruses, and Other Journeys to the Edge of Science by Richard Preston, author of the book The Hot Zone, which our own Jason described as "the most terrifying book I ever read."

And many, many more. So stop by the display in New & Used Books. Look for the poster with the dead bee on it.

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