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Must Read: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
New Releases
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Schwartz Select: Fiction
Schwartz Select: Nonfiction
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October/2008 #1
Must Read: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Elegence of the HedgehogThis season Schwartz booksellers are recommending and raving about The Elegance of the Hedgehog by French author Muriel Barbery. The novel, an international bestseller, is set in elegant Paris apartment building. The concierge, Renée, and Paloma, a twelve-year-old resident of the building, are both adept at hiding their true talents from the rest of the world, until a new resident arrives in their building and discovers their secrets. Here's what our booksellers have to say:

"Barbery's lovely novel of a concierge who comes out of her shell with the help of a Japanese businessman, a Portuguese maid, and a sullen teenage girl should send Stateside booklovers aflutter! What makes the elegant Hedgehog stand out from other novels of this type are the exploding ideas coming out of the characters heads, the exquisite French-Japanese sensibility, the philosophical discussions, and that classic comeuppance of the fake and the pretentious."
--Daniel Goldin General Manager

"What an absolutely wonderful, engaging novel! I couldn't stop thinking about Renée, Paloma and Ozu.  I've covered my book in underlinings and margin notes. This novel goes in a category all its own when I'm recommending it to book clubs. Timeless!"
--Jane Glaser, Mequon

"Renée Michel is a concierge in an upscale apartment building in Paris, a grumpy clerk that takes packages and handles complaints.  In truth, she is something more. Only two tenants know her true nature: a wealthy Japanese businessman, and a twelve-year-old girl who plans to take her own life on her 13th birthday. The bond they form leads them down an interesting path, resulting in a jewel of a story about the extraordinary individual that is inside every ordinary person." --Sharon Nagel, Shorewood

Read Time Magazine's article about The Elegance of the Hedgehog

New Releases

GiadaGiada's Kitchen: New Italian Favorites by Giada De Laurentiis.

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder. Schwartz Bestseller - 30% off!

The Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks. Schwartz Bestseller - 30% off!

21 Nights by Prince.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.

Schwartz News Roundup

Autographed Books Available

Did you know that you can pre-order a copy of a visiting author's book to have it signed? Or, if you missed an author's visit to Schwartz, you can still get a signed copy of their latest book. It's not too early to start thinking about the perfect holiday gift for your family, friends, or even for yourself.

We have signed copies of these titles available now:

Acedia & me signed by Kathleen Norris

The Wrecking Crew signed by Thomas Frank

Pre-order your signed copy of these titles:

Bo Ryan: Another Hill to Climb signed by Bo Ryan
(at Mequon on 10/8)

More Fast Food My Way signed by Jacques Pépin
(at Shorewood on 10/14)

The Lace Reader signed by Brunonia Barry
(at Brookfield on 10/21)

Songs for the Missing signed by Stewart O'Nan
(at Brookfield on 11/11)

The Way We Worksigned by David Macaulay
(at Milwaukee Public Library's Centennial Hall on 11/15)

The Hour I First Believed signed by Wally Lamb
(at Mequon on 11/19)

If you'd like to receive periodic email notification about recent and upcoming autographed books, click  here to update your mailing list preferences and sign up for our Autographed Book email.

Milwaukee Book Festival

Live at Schwartz: Calendar of Events

Here is a list of the authors coming soon to the Schwartz Bookshops. For a complete list of upcoming author appearances or to order books by visiting authors,
visit our events page.

David Leavitt, author of The Indian Clerk, will NOT be appearing at our Shorewood shop tonight, October 1, as scheduled.
We apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

T.A. BarronT.A. Barron
Merlin's Dragon
Wednesday, October 1 · 7:00 p.m. reading · Brookfield

The author of the The Lost Years of Merlin introduces a new character, Basil, in Merlin's Dragon. For middle readers. Read more.

Matt WeilandMatt Weiland, Philip Connor and Saïd Sayrafizadeh, editor and contributors to State by State
Thursday, October 2 · 6:30 p.m. presentation (note special pre-debate time!) · Downer Ave.

Join Matt Weiland, Philip Connor and Saïd Sayrafiezadeh for a screening of the latest Out of the Book film based on State by State. Read more.

Nancy NicholsNancy Nichols
Lake Effect: Two Sisters and a Town's Toxic Legacy
Monday, October 6 · 7:00 p.m. talk · Shorewood

As children growing up near Lake Michigan, Nancy Nichols and her sister, Sue, never thought about the effects pollutants in the lake could have on their health until Sue was diagnosed cancer in 1992. With little family history of the disease, Nichols vowed to find out if industrial pollutants caused her sister's and her own illnesses. The result is Lake Effect. Read more.

Bo RyanBo Ryan
Bo Ryan: Another Hill to Climb

Wednesday, October 8 · 5:30 p.m. · Signature Signing · Mequon

In his book, Ryan, who holds the second highest winning percentage among active coaches, reflects on the hurdles and highlights that accompanied each step up the coaching ladder. Read More.

Your ticket to the signing line is included with your purchase of Another Hill To Climb at any Schwartz bookshop or our website.

Jennifer ChiaveriniJennifer Chiaverini
The Quilter's Kitchen
Wednesday, October 8 · 7:00 p.m. reading · Brookfield

Wisconsin author Jennifer Chiaverini returns to the world of Elm Creek for her latest, The Quilter's Kitchen. Read more.

Brian LiesBrian Lies
Bats at the Library
Wednesday, October 8 · 7:00 p.m. reading · Shorewood

Everyone will want to join in the book fest with these adorable bats created by Brian Lies (who is also the creator of Bats at the Beach.) Milwaukee County Zoo zookeeper Rhonda Crenshaw will also be on hand with a real bat! For kids! Read more.

Jon KatzJon Katz
Izzy & Lenore
Thursday, October 9 · 7:00 p.m. reading · Brookfield

Jon Katz returns to discuss how two dogs-Izzy, a border collie eerily like his "lifetime dog," Orson, and Lenore, a jet-black Labrador retriever puppy-helped lift him from a depression he hadn't realized he was in. Read more.

Dan GedimanDan Gediman
co-editor of This I Believe II
Thursday, October 9 · 7:00 p.m. talk · Shorewood

The executive producer of NPR's This I Believe will discuss the second volume of essays inspired by the program. The seventy-five works in the collection complete the thought that begins with the book's title. Read more.

PepinJacques Pépin
More Fast Food My Way
Tuesday, October 14 · 3:00 p.m. · Schwartz Signature Signing · Shorewood

One of the world's best known chefs and cooking teachers, will sign his newest book, More Fast Food My Way, the companion book to his new 26-part PBS series that offers delicious recipes that are faster, fresher and easier than ever. Read more.

A ticket to the signing line is included with your copy of More Fast Food My Way when you purchase it from any Schwartz bookshop or our website.

Milwaukee Public Television Friends will be hosting Jacques Pépin on the evening of October 14. Chef Pépin will demonstrate some of his Fast Food favorites along with the service of a buffet provided by Bartolotta's. Click here for ticket information.

Angela Iannone
Rehearsing with Aeschylus
Tuesday, October 14 · 7:00 p.m. program · Mequon

Meet acclaimed Milwaukee actress and director Angela Iannone, as she discusses the current Renaissance Theaterworks production, The Persians by Aeschylus, and Rehearsing with Aeschylus, her new book capturing her experience directing the oldest surviving play in western literature. Read more.

PilarzykTom Pilarzyk, Ph.D.
Yoga Beyond Fitness
Tuesday, October 14 · 7:00 p.m. talk · Brookfield

In his book, Tom Pilarzyk, local author and yoga instructor, argues for a return to yoga's roots and offers a bridge to yoga's serious meaning for the millions who practice it for fitness but want something more. Read more.

ZubrenskyLenonard S. Zubrenksy
Let the Hi-Jinks Begin
Tuesday, October 14 · 7:00 p.m. talk · Shorewood

Milwaukee's Len Zubrensky has written a political memoir filled with stories about his political and social relationships with senators Bill Proxmire and Gaylord Nelson, Secretary of Defense Les Aspin, Mayor Frank Zeidler and many others. He'll discuss his experiences as a Democratic activist and lawyer. Labor folk singer Larry Penn will join Zubrensky at this event. Read more.

Council for Wisconsin Writers Award Winners Reading
Tuesday, October 14 · 7:00 p.m. · Downer Ave.

Winners in the 2008 CWW contest for fiction, nonfiction and poetry will read from their award-winning works at this Milwaukee Book Festival event. Scheduled to read are Jean Feraca, Ben Percy, Paul Zimmer, Christi Clancy and Linda Aschbrenner.

HannahSophie Hannah
Little Face
Wednesday, October 15 · 7:00 p.m. reading · Mequon

The first time Alice goes out after her daughter is born, she leaves the infant with her husband, David. When she returns, she insists the baby in the crib isn't her child at all. Great for fans of psychological thrillers. Paperback Read more.

Schwartz Select: Fiction

BallisticsBallistics: Poems
Billy Collins
Former United States Poet Laureate and bestselling author offers a new collection of poetry, some of which have never before appeared in print. Filled with mischief, humor, and irony, quiet observation, intense wonder and empathy, Collins does away with the notion that good poetry has to be difficult.

To SiberiaTo Siberia
Per Petterson
Translated by Anne Born
Following the success of his bestselling novel Out Stealing Horses, comes a translation of another of Per Petterson's novels, To Siberia.
brother and sister are forced to become closer than ever after their grandfather's suicide. Left to wander the Danish streets due to parental neglect, the sister has dreams of escaping to Siberia. But her dream seems increasingly distant as she helplessly watches her brother become more involved in resisting the occupying Nazis.

Company of liarsCompany of Liars
Karen Maitland
The year is 1348. In a world ruled by faith and fear, nine desperate strangers attempt to outrun the Black Death in this innovative retelling of The Canterbury Tales. Brought together by chance, each has a story to tell and each has a secret. None are what they seem, but one among them conceals the darkest secret of all, propelling these lairs to a destiny they never saw coming.

The CatchThe Catch
A Joe Gunther Novel
Archer Mayor
In the latest mystery by Archer Mayor, Joe Gunther gets the call that every law enforcement person hates--a fellow officer has been killed in the line of duty, shot to death during a routine traffic stop on a dark road. Gunther and his team are brought in to find and bring down the killers. In a case that moves them from upstate New York to the coast of Maine, he finds himself facing the most ruthless men in the most dangerous game he's ever played.

Schwartz Select: Nonfiction

The IrregularsThe Irregulars
Roald Dahl and the British
Spy Ring in Wartime Washington
Jennet Conant
In 1942, young RAF pilot Roald Dahl was charged with using his considerable wit and charm to gain accesss to America's political elite. Soon, he is caught up in a web of deception aimed at influencing American policy in favor of England. Using never-before-seen wartime letters, diaries and interviews, Jennet Conant shows how Dahl parlayed his wartime propaganda into a successful career as an author, and how he progressed from mischiecous pilot to sly man-about-town in less than three years.

Where War LivesWhere War Lives
A Journey into the Dark
Heart of Modern War
Paul Watson
War correspondent Paul Watson was one of the last journalists in Somalia when he heard that a Blackhawk had been shot down over Mogadishu. The photo he took on the scene--a soldier's body being dragged through the streets--garnered him the Pulitzer Prize. But as the accolades poured in all he could think of was the damage his photo may have done to the family of the soldier. Watson reflects on the worldwide implications of his photo and and offers an intimate portrayal of war on the frontlines.

Year of Living BiblicallyThe Year of Living Biblically
One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible
A.J. Jacobs
With the Bible and it's literal interpretation remaining a mighty force in American society, author A.J. Jacobs, decided to find out what would it would take to really practice what the Bible preached. Jacobs, who was raised in a secular household, embedded himself in a cross-section of Biblical communities, assembled a group of spiritual advisors, grows a beard, and immerses himself in prayer. His discoveries about himself and the bible are both surprising and profound.

National Geographic: The photosNational Geographic
The Photographs
Leah Bendavid-Val
Now available in a compact format, the classic collection of National Geographic photographs covers wildlife, world cultures, and science through some of the most stunning images ever published. From the stunning Afghan girl who captured the world's interest, to award-winning photography from the Society's vast archives, The Photographs is an exquisite, timeless collection that offers a sharp-eyed view of our world.

Jamie at HomeJamie At Home
Cook Your Way to the Good Life
Jamie Oliver
Using his vegetable patch for inspiration, Jamie Oliver proves when it comes to delicious meals home is where the heart is. This companion to his new Food Network show contains 100 new easy to follow recipes that feature simple, healthy ingredients. Learn more about buying locally and growing-it yourself with the basic planting tips featured in the book.

Blue GenesBlue Genes
A Memoir of Loss and Survival
Christopher Lukas
This candid and courageous memoir explores the complex and shattering effects of a family legacy of depression and suicide on his brother, award-winning author J. Anthony Lukas. Blue Genes portrays the lives of two brothers who found solace in one another,  and captures the devastation of the family legacy of depression. But, it is also an uplifting story as it details the strength and hope that can provide a way to escape depression's grasp.

Blood RiverBlood River
A Journey to Africa's Broken Heart
Tim Butcher
When Daily Telegraph correspondent Tim Butcher was sent to Africa in 2000, he quickly became obsessed with the Congo river and the idea of recreating H. M. Stanley's famous 1874 expedition in which he mapped the river. Despite dire warnings, Butcher set out for the Congo's eastern border with a rucksack and a few thousand dollars hidden in his boots. Blood River tells his unforgettable story of adventure, exploration and survival.

Great Books at Bargain Prices

This is a sampling of the terrific deals we have on great books. Stop in to any of our shops to pick up any of these titles or browse our bargain section.

Charolotte's Web


spoiled sport

The Annotated Charlotte's Web
E.B. White, Garth Williams (illustrator)
Publisher $19.99

Patricia Wood
Publisher $24.95

Spoiled Sports
Garret L. Kolb
Publisher $10.95

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