May 25, 2011
"God Bless the Spectrum," produced by the Daily News , is now available in paperback. The 160-page book, which covers the history of sporting events, concerts and other special nights at the recently leveled building in stories and more than 200 original photographs, can be purchased now for $19.95 at amazon.com or caminobooks.com. It also will be in area bookstores soon.
June 26, 1986 |
Hotter than a Chrysler cruising down the sizzling asphalt on a 90-degree afternoon. Hotter than "Valley of the Dolls," and "Jaws," too. It's "Iacocca," the book, again. The autobiography of business superstar Lee Iacocca - a hard-cover best- seller since late 1984 - is blazing like Fourth of July fireworks over the Statue of Liberty during its first few days of paperback release. How hot? So hot that the Chrysler chairman's words went to a second printing - bringing the soft-cover total to 3 million copies - even before it was officially on sale, said Stuart Applebaum, vice president of publicity for Bantam Books.
January 29, 1990 |
The Viking Penguin publishing house is trying to kill reports that it may kill a paperback version of Salman Rushdie's book The Satanic Verses until Islamic extremists stop threatening to kill its staff. "No such conditions have been conveyed to Mr. Rushdie nor do they exist as part of the company's position," a Viking Penguin spokesman said. London's Observer newspaper had reported that the publisher would not produce the paperback as long as there was a risk of death or injury to its staff, bookshop assistants or the public.
December 27, 1998 |
Because of space limitations in the Dec. 6 Books section, the roundup of the year's best paperback books, originally scheduled for that day, appears below. Here's a shelf's worth of paperback titles, some of 1998's finest. Excellent writers of fiction, like gifted magicians, make you believe in spite of everything you know. That's what Ann Patchett does in her enchanting novel The Magician's Assistant (Harcourt Brace, $13). Sabine Parsifal is the magician's assistant of the title; when her magician-husband, Parsifal, dies, she discovers a crucial part of his life that he concealed even from her. Patchett brings a set of wholly original characters through their own magical transformation.
February 6, 1995 |
Call it Newtonian physics: Print it and they will buy. One of the fastest-selling books in the nation has nothing to do with O.J. Simpson, Garfield or experiences in the afterlife. On Feb. 12, a paperback edition of Newt Gingrich and Co.'s Contract With America will mark its fifth week on the New York Times paperback, nonfiction best-seller list, in a tie for second place with Seinlanguage, by comedian Jerry Seinfeld. Musing about the unexpected blockbuster, House Speaker Gingrich (R., Ga.)
March 27, 1989 |
Except for the awkward moment when we asked Judy Collins if she reads junk, and she said, "Jung? Oh, yes," Collins turned out to be a regular person, less introspective than the anguished autobiography she was promoting, and more fun. "Trust Your Heart" (Fawcett, $4.95 in its new paperback edition) is full of its author's suffering, both specific - polio, tuberculosis, alcoholism and child custody battles - and general, as in, "I ache sometimes, head to foot, inside pulse to eyelids, afraid of opening on the newness, the againness, of the day . . . I feel lost, struggling to pin down some reality, some connection to the source of my life forces.
June 30, 1996 |
Summer's here. Time for kicking back, splashing on the suntan lotion and fishing a good paperback out of the tote bag. Let the reading commence! Here's a sample of what's available in paperback this summer, from cowpokes to pups, from politics to poetry: Southern novelist Clyde Edgerton heads out West in Redeye (Penguin, $10.95), about an evil-eyed, recalcitrant bulldog mix belonging to Cobb Pittman, the archetypal gunman dressed in black. Looking for a killer in 1892 Colorado, Pittman finds his task complicated by religious fanatics, amateur archaeologists, a Southern belle on holiday, entrepreneurs infatuated with the fledgling science of embalming (one corpse is blown up, another nearly fried by an electrical charge)
June 25, 1989 |
Talk paperback books and you talk numbers, big numbers. In 1987, according to an industry research organization, Americans shelled out $1.58 billion for 540 million mass-market paperbacks. By 1992, those figures are expected to hit $2.35 billion for 696 million books. Talk paperback books and you have to talk baby boom. Literally. The largest-selling book in history, with the exception of the Bible, is Baby and Child Care, by Benjamin Spock, pediatrician to the postwar masses, the man Spiro Agnew blamed for the 1960s counterculture movement.
July 8, 1987 |
Max is 27, an up-and-coming ad writer. Nora is 41 years old and blowzy, a waitress at a hamburger stand. The love affair between these unlikely characters - he is as fastidious, well-read and middle-class as she is slatternly, uneducated and lower-class - is the focus of White Palace, an arresting first novel by Glenn Savan. It is one of two debut titles, along with Ann Hood's Somewhere Off the Coast of Maine, starting the Bantam New Fiction series of trade paperbacks this month.
June 18, 1995 |
Ah, summer arrives this week! Time for the beach, time for the mountains, time for hammocks and porch rockers; time to read, read, read! No matter what your plans, whether traveling or staying put, chances are you'll make time for a book or two or 10. What better getaway than a tale well-told? Here is a sampling of the season's best paperback fiction: Gus Lee's Honor and Duty (Ivy Books, $6.99), the sequel to China Boy, sends Lee's alter ego, Kai Ting, to West Point in 1964, where he struggles with emotional tangles and self-doubt born of family dysfunction and ethnic pressures.