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March 7, 2017 9:30 AM | By Book Lovers | No Comments
As the world turns and the news outlets fulminate, laugh, bemoan, and cringe at what is coming out of Washington or Florida during a dinner in a packed room, while the rest of us average Joes wonder at the wild uncertainty that is gripping society, I’ve been musing on the influence of politics, and particularly Presidents, on the artistic psyche.
I’ve been selling books for a long time, I have seen trends come and go, and I really do think that presidential temperament has a bearing on the books being created. Here’s a quick synopsis and generalizations of what I’ve noticed over the years.
I first started paying attention during the Clinton years when it seemed that every other book published was a diatribe against Clinton. This was news media championing anger as the like of Ann Coulter, Dick Morris and others, rose up the best seller charts and stayed there for weeks at time. Publishers being publishers, jumped on the band wagon and these polemics continue to be published yet without the cachet that the Clinton years brought them. Hopefully, people are tired of talking heads yelling themselves hoarse on paper.
The Bush years brought us war books galore – which isn’t a surprise since that was our preoccupation for most of his presidency. What was a surprise, at least to me, was the sheer volume of novels, memoirs and befuddled analysis that came out. It seemed that almost everyone had something to say and somebody to publish them.
It kind of reminds me of the same fascination with Scandinavian mystery writers where it seemed even newborns were getting book deals. Of course, there were some very good books to come out of the quagmire, like Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain, Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers, and even Karl Marlantes’, Matterhorn, yet the sheer number of books on the subject of war was simply overwhelming for my simple brain.
The last five or six years has brought me more memorable, and enjoyable books, than I have read in the last fifteen years combined. Titles like Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, A Little Life, Salvage The Bones, The Financial Lives of the Poets, the list goes on and on. While many people disagreed with what President Obama said, did and thought, from the day he was elected he allowed the nation a chance to catch it’s collective breath, and it showed in the creativeness of the books published while he was in office. A trend that is continuing deep into this year with new titles I can’t wait to put into people’s hands.
Oh boy, look out world. To give you an idea the direction I think fiction will be going in come by and check out One Second After by William Forstchen. Fiction that can possibly come true. Yikes!
– Pete, Book Buyer & Mystery Guru
Corporate Meetings & Retreats
Whether you are looking to a host a formal dinner party or a casual group luncheon, Fearrington Village has a variety of options available to you! With two distinctly different restaurants on property, The Granary and The Fearrington House Restaurant both offer diverse menus and atmospheres while providing the same high standards of service.
The Granary Restaurant, located in the old Fearrington farm granary, serves a casual yet upscale bar and grill fare for both lunch and dinner service.... Full Post >
Ah spring! As with every new season, opportunities abound to clear out the closet to make room for new and exciting wardrobe additions. Here is our take on 2017’s winners that will replace older, out-of-date styles:
Retire: Chandelier Earrings
Try: Statement earrings that feature larger, sculptural elements in lightweight metals.
Retire: Low Rise Jeans
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In Our Spa
Haven Spa Boutique carries an array of travel items to help you on your journeys in style. Our “Eat. Sleep. Spa. Repeat” Canvas Tote bag ($70) from DewDrop Designs is perfect for traveling back and forth to your spa treatments or even to the beach. We also have this same design in a smaller pouch for your essentials ($35).
Check out these adorable travel pouches for $40 from Elizabeth W. Perfect companions for travel or storage. They are made of organic cotton and embroidered with... Full Post >
Are you planning a retreat for your team? Did you know our Corporate Events & Meetings team offers two overnight package options? These packages include everything your group needs for a successful and relaxing meeting, plus an incredible meal at either The Fearrington House Restaurant or The Granary.
All overnight packages provide complete event planning for your entire stay, meeting rooms for your group, overnight accommodations at The Fearrington House Inn, a three course dinner at... Full Post >
At Fearrington House Restaurant
With the spring season just around the corner, The Fearrington House Restaurant kitchens are busy preparing the gardens and taking advantage of the bounty of spring flavors. Our wine team is offering wines by the glass at The Fearrington House Restaurant bar to accompany the seasonal menu. See more about these selections from Beverage and Service Director, Paula, below.
Pouillon, Brut Réserve, Mareuil-Sur-Aÿ, Champagne, France N.V.
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