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17 posts from December 2011

December 30, 2011

World War II Limericks


There were three siblings who lived in France

In the days of World War II, they had no chance

To live without strife

So all of their life

Was lived out from a defensive stance. 

This book won a Sidney Taylor Honor for Jewish Literature.  So it is officially very good!

December 28, 2011

Flatiron Snacks: Laut Thai


(photo ganked from here)

Laut Thai is a (relatively) new Thai-Malaysian restaurant down on 18th Street.  The last time I went there it was the middle of a snowstorm and my friend and I both ended up soaked and very grateful for their delicious hot soup.

However!  As we have already established, delicious hot soup does not make a good snack, so instead I will discuss Laut's ginger tea.

You know those chewy ginger candies that you find in NYC corner grocery stores, presumably because they are sweet and spicy and delicious and also some sort of palate cleanser? 

Well.  This tea is like that, except it is a tea.  That makes it excellent. 

December 27, 2011

Book Give-Away: Friends With Boys


While you're catching up with Friends With Boys over the holidays, you can also enter to win a copy of your very own over on GoodReads, where we're doing a give-away.  We just got books in the office, and they look wonderful and lovely and you all should have copies of your very own!

(Probably in February, when the book actually comes out, but until then you can be excited!)

December 26, 2011

Catch Up with Friends With Boys


It is now officially the nondenominational winter holidays, and we have some time off, so hopefully you do, too!

We recommend that you use this time to catch up on one of our favorite webcomics, Faith Erin Hicks' Friends With Boys.  Not only is it a delightful saga of ghosts and siblings and high school, we are going to be publishing it as a book at the end of February!  Which is a thing we are excited about. 

When tor.com, io9, and Wired all agree that something is good, you know it's worth checking out!

December 24, 2011

Ethel & Ernest

You all may remember a picture book (later turned into an animated short) called The Snowman -- written and illustrated by Raymond Briggs.  It's a lovely and wonderful thing, and if you're in your twenties, you probably know it well (and may be re-reading or re-watching it for the holidays).

While thus enjoying yourself, you might also check out one of Briggs' other books: his biography of his parents, Ethel & Ernest.  It's a quiet, lovely story about two people spending their lives together as the twentieth century unrolls itself around them.  We recommend it. 


December 23, 2011

Consequences Limericks


These were some boys who went to war

It was not at all what they were looking for.

They wanted to know

To learn and to grow;

There are fewer choices when you grow up poor. 

This is a really lovely and thought-provoking book; you should check it out. 

December 22, 2011

Happy Holidays!


(photo from the National Archive of Norway.  Thanks, Norway)

As we pack up our office for our non-denominational-winter-holiday-break, I just wanted to take a minute to say happy holidays to all of you who are reading our blog. 

2011 is First Second's fifth anniversary year, and we've had a lovely year, with four New York Times Best-Sellers, a book on The Colbert Report, a book featured on Oprah.com, and a number of our books have received all sorts of year-end recognition -- all signaling that we seem to be publishing pretty great stuff (which, admittedly, we had suspected previously). 

But we couldn't have done any of it without you guys -- our readers.  Publishing can't survive in a vacuum, and it's because all of you read our books and invest in what we publish -- and the authors that we believe in -- that First Second can grow and thrive and exist to celebrate this fifth anniversary with all of you. 

Thank you!  And happy holidays. 

December 20, 2011

Book Give-Away: Mush!


For your wintry reading pleasure, we're giving away Glenn Eichler and Joe Infurnari's sled dogs magnum opus, Mush!, over on GoodReads now. 

Enter to win!

December 19, 2011

Flatiron Snacks: Tablespoon


(picture ganked from here)

Tablespoon is one of my favorite places to go for a snack in the flatiron district.  They have new kinds of quiche and soup every day (always an excellent thing), but what makes the top of my list is that their brownies are out of this world delicious.

Tablespoon is set up with a food-display/ordering counter in the front, and then lots of (farmhouse-style mismatched) tables in the back for you to seat yourself.  It's super-cute, and there's generally lots of room to sit -- though if you're heading in for a snack, lunchtime tends not to be the best time, as the counter in front is typically mobbed, with lines out the door.

It's worth it for the brownies, though.

December 16, 2011

Professorial Limericks


There once was a mummy who was dead

And a girl who fell for him, heels over head.

Their love seemed doomed

All were cast into gloom

But hijinx saved the day instead. 

The art in this book is so lovely I have a copy in the original French, so I can see it at twice the size!  It comes highly recommended. 

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