Wednesday, February 20, 2008

UBC #4 - Elizabeth Gilbert

The Last American Man + Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert
Penguin, Houghton Mifflin Paperbacks

some of you may recognize elizabeth gilbert as the author of the wildly successful "Eat, Pray, Love" which came out of nowhere to become one of our best bestsellers (i'd be more specific but the list eludes me, but trust me, its up there). down here in the basement we've come across a couple of her lesser known books that we feel you should read. published back in 2002, The Last American Man is the story of eustace conway who makes his home in the appalachian mountains where he lives the edward-abbey-lifestyle. this memoir recounts the trials and tribulations of having to hunt for dinner and snacks, making fire, and trying to mend a decent pair of slacks from leaves and animal skins. though not for the faint of heart, this is still a riveting read that nearly won the national book award. likewise, Stern Men is gilbert's foray into the sexy world of novel writing. set off the coast of maine, a lobsterman's daughter seeks to prove herself in the rough and tumble world of, you guessed it, lobster fishing. or lobster trapping. whatever lobstermen do. according to the seattle times, "Stern Men" captures a feisty american spirit through the unforgettable heroine who is destined for greatness despite herself."

update 2/27: Last American Man has been sold.

please call or email to hold or purchase. only one copy, so its first come first serve. please note that we will only keep books on hold at the store for three days (including weekends).

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