Thursday, February 24, 2011

Over the Counter #43

What caught my eye this week as it passed over my library counter and under the scanner? Books iwth big numbers on the covers! First up was 1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die edited by Robert Dimery. I was actually kind of suprised at how many I knew!

From the publisher Universe Publishing - a division of Rizzoli Publishing:
"This latest addition to the best-selling 1001 series offers more than ever— the world’s biggest and best playlist, referencing over 10,000 must-download songs. This book offers more than any previous book in the series. While each main entry profiles and illustrates 1,001 primary songs, it places that song into a contextual web of music history with references to other songs that are musically related. Thus, each entry points to alternate versions, covers, riffs, and influences effectively expanding the total number to 10,000. From the Beatles to BeyoncĂ©, from Elvis to Elvis Costello, from Frank Sinatra to Rufus Wainwright, the full spectrum is covered chronologically and includes additional ancillary lists of "must-hear" songs grouped by subgenre and other special categories. Each song is analyzed by an international team of critics who explain why you must hear it. Included are key details such as lyricist, composer, producer, and label, making this a music treasure trove perfect for anyone into music, addicted to downloading, or those just getting started."

And the next up was 1000 Ultimate Experiences from Lonely Planet.
From the publisher Lonely Planet:

"Want to know where the greatest markets are or the best value destinations? 1000 Ultimate Experiences brings together 1000 ideas, places and activities to inspire and entertain for travellers and lovers of life-lists alike. Get inspired and start ticking off those boxes of places you've always wanted to see and things you've always wanted to do. Who knows where you'll end up!

•Sleep under the stars in a Bedouin tent in Jordan
•Find out the best beaches to swing a hammock
•Jump on board the Ghan for a trip through Australia's remote Red Centre
•Spot Banksy's art in Bristol
•Come on, get happy in Bhutan"

(Over the Counter is a regular feature at A Bookworm's World. I've sadly come the realization that I cannot physically read every book that catches my interest as it crosses over my counter at the library. But... I can mention them and maybe one of them will catch your eye as well. See if your local library has them on their shelves!)

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