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Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Best Books in the New York Times Book Review...

...often aren't among the books reviewed that week.  They're the self- or vanity-press-published books advertised in the Review.  Some of these books, it should be said, go on to enjoy larger fame and have been picked up by major presses for substantial advances.  Still, the descriptions of these books are often priceless.  My favorite this week is the one for a book titled The Adventures of Marshal Gabby Tucker, Volume One: Family Ties in the West, which can be found at this site:

This exciting Western follows the Tucker family as they search for their kidnapped son, Lefty.  The large family joins forces with local native Americans to find the group of lost boys.  Full of humor and adventure, you'll find yourself glued to the last page.

If that last sentence is true, let me offer an advance review, sight unseen: You won't be able to put this book down!

Posted by Paul Horwitz on May 24, 2009 at 04:50 PM in Paul Horwitz | Permalink


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It's well known that all that humor and adventure mix into some pretty sticky glue.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | May 25, 2009 1:44:58 AM

I never noticed those ads before, but at your suggestion I visited the publisher's website. Here is a paragraph from the description of a book about a thirteen year old girl in rural Alabama:

"Her adventures begin the day she arrives, when she helps Alfred, a veterinarian, with a canine Caesarian section. She befriends Alex Parker, deaf from a skiing accident, whose mother, Cynthia, is overprotective as well as lonely."

Posted by: Steven Lubet | May 24, 2009 6:41:03 PM

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