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The Best in Books

Book Search and Recommended Reading Lists, with Thumbnail Book Reviews and Links to Discount Books at and other Discount and Online Bookstores.

Thumbnail reviews - Sources of good books - Direct links to order

The Cougar has a keen eye for a good tale or wise power song. Let him do the sorting and searching for you, bringing you only the best in the busy WordWorld, a click away:

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A prefatory note by the reviewer:

Instead of railing against the kinds of writing that leave me cold, I will attempt to follow the dictum of Emerson regarding criticism; which, though he did not exclusively practice criticism himself in this way, is summarized by his biographer as, "Praise what you love." Therefore, everything that has made it to the list below, I highly recommend....

Note: the same restraint does not hold true in the Video Reviews!

See also: The Best in Music (especially for drumming fans)

Where I find good books and listings of good books:

Daedalus Books and Music: new books, used prices--9645 Gerwig Lane, Columbia, MD 21046, USA 20781, phone 1-800-395-2665

Banyen Books and Sound: new age, old wisdom--2671 West Broadway, Vancouver, B.C., Canada V6K 2G2--800-663-8442

Special Feature Light in the Static Attic -- How Banyen's best moved me beyond...

Quality Paperback Book Club--Camp Hill, PA, USA 17012-0002--717-697-6443

The Tattered Cover--any book, anywhere--2955 E. First Ave., Denver, CO, USA 80206--800-833-9327

New Society Publishers: Books for social change

Canada: PO Box 189, Gabriola Island, BC, V0R 1X0--800-567-6772

USA: 4527 Springfield Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19143--800-333-9093

Music Dispatch: Books for Percussionists--PO Box 13920, Milwaukee, WI, USA 53213--800-637-2852

...and of course, online, the venerable Amazon Books home pageAmazon Books.

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