Square Books' Annual Top 100 -- Part 1

2014 was a very good year for Square Books, with many strong new books and writers from near and far bringing you to us. Tasmanian Richard Flanagan and his Booker Prize-winning The Narrow Road to the Deep North made # 13 on our list, just behind Let Me Be Frank with You (12) by Richard Ford, who was here December 11. Michael Pollan’s memorable appearance served up Cooked (37), as did Megan Abbott (The Fever93) and Mary Miller (The Last Days of California16), both Grisham writers-in-residence; and John Darnielle (Wolf in White Van20); Paul Finebaum (My Conference Can Beat Your Conference, 17); Elizabeth Spencer (Starting Over35); Greg Iles (Natchez Burning3); Susan Minot (Thirty Girls21); and Josh Weil (The Great Glass Sea, 99). 

Writers right here in Oxford contributed significantly: Ben McClelland (Lifesaving Labradors, 93); Curtis Wilkie (Assassins, Eccentrics, Politicians and Other Persons of Interest, 10), and The Fall of the House of Zeus33); Ace Atkins (The Forsaken15); the King Twins (Our Josephine (61); Inside My Italian Kitchen by Luisa Arico (63); Tom Franklin, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter (51) and, with Beth Ann Fennelly, Tilted World (39), Michael Henry, Finding Ishmael (78); Larry Brown’s timeless first book, Facing the Music (91), Neil White’s In the Sanctuary of Outcasts (41), Flying Shoes by Lisa Howorth (2), and The Search for Good Wine by John Hailman (46). Dean Faulkner Wells’ great Oxford memoir, Every Day by the Sun (64), shines alongside her famouser uncle – As I Lay Dying (44) and Selected Short Stories (43) by William Faulkner.

Not that the author has to be from or come here in order for a book to do well – witness The Boys in the Boat (90), How Not to be a Dick (38), Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See (50), Gone Girl (34), Killing Patton (55), and Rebecca Solnit’s book on New Orleans, The Unfathomable City (42), Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Golden Book (60), Wild (59) and Unbroken (56). And there were signed books we got from publishers whose authors did not come here – those by Jan Karon, George Will, George Bush, Hillary Clinton, Donna Tartt, Haruki Murakami, Lena Dunham, and Amy Poehler all found a place among our top sellers, as did Carsick by John Waters, who did not come here this year but plans to this March immediately following the Oxford Conference for the Book.


2014 Holiday Catalog is Here

Our holiday catalog is now available online and in the store, copies are in the mail as well. Click the image to view the entire catalog in PDF format and have a look. Some titles may not be released yet, but will be in the coming weeks. Begin shopping online or call the store at 662-236-2262 if you have any questions or want to go ahead and order. Thanks y'all and happy holidays! 

John Grisham - GRAY MOUNTAIN - On Sale Now


John Grisham's new novel, Gray Mountain, is now on our shelves as a signed first edition. Gray Mountain is set in the shadow of the recent financial crisis with a corporate lawyer, Samantha Kofer, at its center - Grisham's first female protagonist since The Pelican Brief.  After losing her big-wig job in New York City, Samantha is cast off to small-town Appalachia and finds herself wrapped up in Big Coal. Grisham's new legal thriller, deemed "angry and important," dives deep into Big Coal and promises to enlighten the reader while delivering an imaginative and enthralling story. The Washington Post summarized, "This novel... shows Grisham's work - always superior entertainment - evolving into something more serious, more powerful, more worthy of his exceptional talent." 

Richard Flanagan (NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH) wins Man Booker Prize

     Congratulations to Richard Flanagan and The Narrow Road to the Deep North upon winning the Man Booker Prize today! The author is a long time favorite to the booksellers at Square Books and to a great many readers and friends he has made on the five visits from his native Tasmania to this community, most recently on September 16 this year, when he was proclaimed an honorary citizen of Oxford.    
     Congratulations to Knopf, his publisher, as well as to Grove Atlantic -- Morgan Entrekin in particular -- who published his first five books in the U.S., including the exquisite edition of Gould's Book of Fish.     Flanagan fans around the world will be toasting him tonight, including a happy crowd upstairs at City Grocery.

Read a Rainbow

      Square Books is happy to announce we are now carrying the entirety of the Penguin Drop Caps series for your viewing and reading pleasure. Comprised of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of enduring works of literature, each features a bold and innovative design by award-winning typographer Jessica Hische. While we don't advocate judging books by their covers, the Drop Caps volumes look stunning on or off your bookshelf as decor for dorms, nurseries, and living room mantels (just be sure to crack the spine and enjoy the stories too). Purchasing three or more volumes warrants a 10% discount and readers interested in owning the alphabetical set will enjoy a 20% discount. Please click here for the A-Z list of titles.


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