Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thrilling Thursday - Tomorrow - Independence Day

Tomorrow we will host our second Thrilling Thursday event for young children. 

Ages 3-5 will meet at 10 am and ages 6-10 will meet at 11 am. 

This week's theme is Independence Day.  

Mrs. Kit will lead in singing songs, reading a few books, playing Fourth of July Bingo, and the older children will make a Red White and Blue handwreath to take home as a decoration.  Children will receive their gold coin to receive 20% off any purchase of regularly priced merchandise made on Thursday.  

Call to sign up - 332-2511.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

James Patterson's Private - released today!

Review Quotes:
"The prolific Patterson seems unstoppable." -- USA Today

Review Quotes:
"James Patterson knows how to sell thrills and suspense in clean, unwavering prose." -- People

Review Quotes:
"Patterson's novels are sleek entertainment machines, the Porsches of commercial fiction, expertly engineered and lightning fast." -- Publishers Weekly

Monday, June 28, 2010

Super Shopper Club - BIG SAVINGS !!!

Join our new Super Shopper Club and SAVE BIG !!!!

Receive the following when you join our new Super Shopper Club:
  • 25% discount off the list price of all hardcover books featured on our two bestseller displays - New York Times and Christian Booksellers Association
  • 20% discount off the list price of all regularly priced adult hardcover books
  • 10% discount off the list price of all other regularly priced merchandise
  • Opportunity to shop 4 one-day member sales per year (July, October, January and April) and receive 25% off all regularly priced merchandise
  • For every $100 you spend online, cumulative, at you receive a $5 gift card to redeem in person at Burry Bookstore

Some exclusions apply. Visit our store to read the terms and conditions and to join today!

First Member Only sale date is Wednesday, July 14th!

Friday, June 25, 2010

Thrilling Thursdays with Mrs. Kit

Yesterday was our first Thrilling Thursdays session with Mrs. Kit and Ashley the Magician. We had a great time and look forward to next week when we talk about Independence Day. Ages 3-5 at 10:00 am and ages 6-10 at 11:00 am. Call today 332-2511 to reserve your spot. Sessions limited to 24 children.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Above the Line - Take Four - Karen Kingsbury

In Take Four, the final book in the Above the Line Series by New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury, filmmakers Keith Ellison and Dayne Matthews have finally inked a deal to have the nation's top young actor star in their current film.

But the actor takes a public fall that threatens his reputation.

Now the producers must act as missionaries to save the film, their families, and the young movie star.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Janet Evanovich - Stephanie Plum - Number 16!

Sizzling Sixteen - Janet Evanovich - released yesterday

Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum has inherited a "lucky" bottle from her Uncle Pip. Problem is, Uncle Pip didn't specify if the bottle brought good luck or bad luck. . . .


Vinnie, of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds, has run up a gambling debt of $786,000 with mobster Bobby Sunflower and is being held until the cash can be produced. Nobody else will pay to get Vinnie back, leaving it up to Stephanie, office manager Connie, and file clerk Lula to raise the money if they want to save their jobs.


Being in the business of tracking down people, Stephanie, Lula, and Connie have an advantage in finding Vinnie. If they can rescue him, it will buy them some time to raise the cash.


Finding a safe place to hide Vinnie turns out to be harder than raising $786,000. Vinnie's messing up Mooner's vibe, running up pay-per-view porn charges in Ranger's apartment, and making Stephanie question genetics.


Between a bonds office yard sale that has the entire Burg turning out, Mooner's Hobbit-Con charity event, and Uncle Pip's lucky bottle, they just might raise enough money to save the business, and Vinnie, from ruin.


Saving Vincent Plum Bail Bonds means Stephanie can keep being a bounty hunter. In Trenton, this involves hunting down a man wanted for polygamy, a turnpike toilet paper bandit, and a drug dealer with a pet alligator named Mr. Jingles.


The job of bounty hunter comes with perks in the guise of Trenton's hottest cop, Joe Morelli, and the dark and dangerous security expert, Ranger. With any luck at all, Uncle Pip's lucky bottle will have Stephanie getting lucky---the only question is . . . with whom?"

"Sizzling Sixteen" . . . so hot, the pages might spontaneously combust!"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Polar Bear Polar Bear What Do You Hear?

What will you hear when you read this book to a preschool child?

Lots of noise!

Children will chant the rhythmic words. They'll make the sounds the animals make. And they'll pretend to "be" the zoo animals featured in the book-- look at the last page! Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle are two of the most respected names in children's education and children's illustrations.

This collaboration, their first since the classic "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?" (published more than thirty years ago and still a best-seller) shows two masters at their best.

A "Redbook" Children's Picture Book Award winner
The rollicking companion to "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?"

Monday, June 21, 2010

Miss Hartsville Teen Morgan Holley will be at Burry Bookstore tomorrow

On Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Burry Bookstore is hosting
Miss Hartsville Teen Morgan Holley
from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm

Come out and support Morgan as she prepares to compete for the title of Miss South Carolina Teen at the end of June.

Morgan will be promoting her platform -
"Skin Cancer Awareness - Teens and Tanning"
and signing copies of her photos.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Morgan is a sophomore at McBee High School. She enjoys singing, playing the piano, cheerleading, and has recently learned how to play the guitar.

Morgan attends Greater Heights Baptist Church and is very active in their childrens' and youth ministry. After graduating from high school Morgan plans to pursue a career as a Dermatologist.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Summer Reading Lists from Area Schools

Summer has officially started and students, that means you have to do just a little bit of reading to prepare for the fall when school begins again.

We have reading lists from area schools posted on our website .

What will you be reading?

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Heart to Heart - Lurlene McDaniel

From Lurlene McDaniel, the bestselling author of young adult inspirational fiction, comes Heart to Heart.

This emotionally charged novel explores loss, love, renewal, and the ways in which these complex bonds within families and between friends are tested at life's most challenging moments.
Elowyn Eden and Kassey Messechek are best friends. They share every aspect of their lives. But one thing Elowyn has not yet shared with Kassey is that she checked the organ donor box on her newly acquired driver's license. Kassey only learns of this in a startling and devastating way--when Elowyn's life-giving donor wishes are about to be honored.

Arabeth St. Clair has not had the luck to have a best friend. Due to her diseased heart, she's led a sheltered life. When Arabeth is sixteen, she and her mother receive the call that will change their lives--but they don't know to whom they should be forever grateful.

When the worlds of these three girls and their families intersect, lives are changed in ways never imagined. Most especially, it is Kassey who sees things differently, for she can keep alive the memory of her dear friend by sharing the renewed life of another teenage girl, while helping to ease the pain of the two families involved and coming to terms with her own.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Nelson DeMille's Follow Up to the Lion's Game

Just released - The Lion - Nelson DeMille

In this eagerly awaited follow-up to The Lion's Game, John Corey, former NYPD Homicide detective and special agent for the Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is back. And, unfortunately for Corey, so is Asad Khalil, the notorious Libyan terrorist otherwise known as "The Lion."

Last we heard from him, Khali had claimed to be defecting to the US only to unleash the most horrific reign of terrorism ever to occur on American soil. While Corey and his partner, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, chased him across the country, Khalil methodically eliminated his victims one by one and then disappeared without a trace.

Now, years later, Khalil has returned to America to make good on his threats and take care of unfinished business. "The Lion" is a killing machine once again loose in America with a mission of revenge, and John Corey will stop at nothing to achieve his own goal -- to find and kill Khahil.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Queen of Suspense - Elizabeth Lowell

"New York Times" bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell cuts a new edge in suspense with this thrilling tale of passion, danger, and international intrigue in which a pair of former operatives must stop a deadly plot that threatens a major American city--and ultimately the world

When she joined St. Kilda's, the elite security consulting firm, Emma Cross thought she'd left behind the blood, the guilt, and the tribal wars that defined her life at the CIA. Yet, trading spying for investigating yacht thefts didn't alleviate the danger--or melt away her professional paranoia. Now, the same good instincts that got her into trouble at the agency might be what will help her survive her latest case.

With some arm-twisting, St. Kilda and Emma are tracking a yacht named "Blackbird," a dead ringer for another ship that went missing somewhere between Vladivostok and Portland a year earlier. Emma knows the boat's intended cargo is lethal. What she needs to find out is whether it's biological, chemical, or fissionable. And she's only got seven days to uncover the truth . . . or a major American city will be lost.

Fortunately, she's working with a new partner as menacing and distrustful as the worst enemy she's ever faced--and as deadly. A honed killer, MacKenzie Durand led a special ops team that was deployed to some of the world's nastiest places. But five years ago everything went to hell in Afghanistan, when bad intel hung his team out to dry. The only survivor, Mac walked away and never looked back, preferring to make money sailing high-end boats like "Blackbird."

But Emma and Mac aren't the only eyes watching "Blackbird." Taras Demidov, an expert in extortion and execution in the pay of the oligarchs running the former Soviet Union, is also waiting in the shadows, determined to intercept a fearsomely powerful arms dealer with the money, weaponry, and connections to alter the geopolitical balance.

Thrown together by an organization of enemies with global ties more dangerous than either of them realize, Mac and Emma must put aside their growing attraction for each other to save more than just their own lives. In a deadly game where the rules change without warning and the line between friend and foe is blurred, the pair must find answers fast--or watch as innocent civilians are sacrificed in a cold-blooded grab for power and supremacy. And even Mac and Emma aren't sure just who will get to the finish line alive. . . .

A breathtaking tale of passion and danger, "Death Echo" is superb entertainment from the queen of suspense, "New York Times" bestselling author Elizabeth Lowell.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Bree Tanner from Eclipse is back . . .

Fans of The Twilight Saga will be enthralled by this riveting story of Bree Tanner, a character first introduced in Eclipse. In another irresistible combination of danger, mystery, and romance, Stephenie Meyer tells the devastating story of Bree and the newborn army as they prepare to close in on Bella Swan and the Cullens, following their encounter to its unforgettable conclusion.

The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner - Stephenie Meyer

Friday, June 4, 2010

New York Times Bestselling Author Joshilyn Jackson in Hartsville on June 11th

On Friday, June 11, 2010 Burry Bookstore and Black Creek Arts Council are co-hosting an author luncheon from 12:00 noon until 2:00 pm.
New York Times Bestselling Author Joshilyn Jackson will be speaking, reading, and signing copies of Backseat Saints.
This is a ticketed event, register online at THIS LINK.

Rose Mae Lolley is a fierce girl, long-suppressed under flowery skirts and bow-trimmed ballet flats. As "Mrs. Ro Grandee" she's trapped in a marriage that's thick with love and sick with abuse. Her true self has been bound in the chains of marital bliss in rural Texas, letting "Ro" make eggs, iron shirts, and take her punches. She seems doomed to spend the rest of her life battered outside by her husband and inside by her former self, until fate throws her in the path of an airport gypsy---one who shares her past and knows her future. The tarot cards foretell that Rose's beautiful, abusive husband is going to kill her. Unless she kills him first.

Hot-blooded Rose Mae escapes from under Ro's perky compliance and emerges with a gun and a plan to beat the hand she's been dealt. Following messages that her long-missing mother has left hidden for her in graffiti and behind paintings, Rose and her dog Gretel set out from Amarillo, TX back to her hometown of Fruiton, AL, and then on to California, unearthing a host of family secrets as she goes. Running for her life, she realizes that she must face her past in order to overcome her fate---death by marriage---and become a girl who is strong enough to save herself from the one who loves her best.

Backseat Saints will dazzle readers with a fresh and heartwrenching portrayal of the lengths a mother will go to right the wrongs she's created, and how far a daughter will go to escape the demands of forgiveness. With the seed of a minor character from her popular best-seller, Gods in Alabama, Jackson has built a whole new story full of her trademark sly wit, endearingly off-kilter characters, and utterly riveting plot twists.

Joshilyn Jackson was born in the Deep South. Ms. Jackson dropped out of college to pursue a career as an actor. She worked in regional repertoire, wrote plays, and traveled the southern third of the country with a dinner theatre troupe. She decided both virtue and an education were worth the work, so she went back to college to study English literature, focusing on Modern and Medieval Theater. She graduated with honors from Georgia State, then moved to Chicago and managed to recover from a near-terminal case of culture shock just in time to earn her MA in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ms. Jackson taught English at UIC. In her first year of teaching, she won the Student's Choice Award for Best English Instructor. After graduate school she ran for warmer climes, returning to her hometown and marrying the boy next door. She currently lives just outside of Atlanta with her husband, their two children, a hound dog, and a twenty-three-pound, one-eyed Maine Coon cat named Franz Schubert.

Her short fiction has been published in literary magazines and anthologies including TriQuarterly and Calyx. Her bestselling debut novel, Gods in Alabama won SIBA's 2005 Novel of the year Award and was a #1 BookSense pick. Between Georgia was also a #1 BookSense pick, making Jackson the first author in BookSense history to receive #1 status in back to back years. Jackson read the audio version herself, winning a Listen Up award from Publisher's Weekly and making Audiofile's Best of 2006 list. Jackson also read the audio version of her third novel, The Girl Who Stopped Swimming and was shortlisted for an Audie Award. Please visit Joshilyn's website at

The luncheon will be held in the Gallery at Black Creek Arts Center, 116 West College Avenue, Hartsville. Tickets are $35 and include a copy of Backseat Saints, lunch catered by Bizzell's Food and Spirits, and the opportunity to hear Joshilyn speak, read and have her personalize your book. Tickets may be purchased at Burry Bookstore.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Top Notch Father's Day Gift Idea!

How about a signed copy of Ben McC. Moise's new book -
A Southern Sportsman: The Hunting Memoirs of Henry Edwards Davis ?

Tomorrow Ben will be in the store from 4:30 until 5:30 pm autographing his latest book.

On Friday, June 4, 2010 Burry Bookstore is hosting an
Author Meet and Greet from 4:30 until 5:30 pm.
Ben McC. Moise will be speaking, reading, and signing copies of
A Southern Sportsman: The Hunting Memoirs of Henry Edwards Davis

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Henry Edwards Davis (1879-1966) began his hunting adventures as a boy riding in the saddle with his father on foxhunts and deer drives in the company of Confederate cavalry veterans. Born on Hickory Grove Plantation in Williamsburg County, South Carolina, Davis developed his taste for the hunt at an early age. In later years he became a renowned sportsman and expert on sporting firearms. Published here for this first time after a four-decade-long hiatus, his collection of southern hunting tales describes his many experiences in pursuit of turkeys, deer, ducks, and partridges through the fields, forests, and swamps of South Carolina's Pee Dee region. His memoir offers a lucid firsthand account of a time before paved roads and river-spanning bridges had penetrated the rural stretches of Williamsburg and Florence counties, when hunting was still one of a southerner's chief social activities. With a sportsman's interest and a historian's curiosity, Davis intersperses his hunting narratives with tales of the region's rich history, from before the American Revolution to his times in the first half of the twentieth century.

Davis, a connoisseur of fine sporting firearms, also chronicles his personal experiences with a long line of rifles and shotguns, beginning with his first "Old Betsy," a fourteen-gauge, cap-lock muzzleloader, and later with some of the finest modern American and British shotguns. He describes as well a host of small-bore rifles, many of which he assembled himself, bedding the barrels and actions in hand-carved stocks.

Edited by retired lowcountry game warden Ben McC. Moise and featuring a foreword by outdoor writer Jim Casada, Davis's memoir is a valuable account of hunting lore and historic firearms, as well as a record of evolving cultural attitudes and economic conditions in post-Reconstruction South Carolina and of the practices that gave rise to modern natural conservation efforts.

Henry Edwards Davis was a successful attorney in Florence, South Carolina, and an avid sportsman, horticulturist, furniture maker, and historian best remembered for his 1949 book, The American Wild Turkey, considered to be the definitive work on wild turkeys and turkey hunting. Between 1932 and 1949 he contributed technical articles on sporting guns, ammunition, and turkey hunting to the American Rifleman. Ben McC. Moise was a conservation officer with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources from 1978 to 2002. He is the author of Ramblings of a Lowcountry Game Warden: A Memoir and a frequent contributor to the Charleston Post and Courier, Charleston Mercury, Garden and Gun, and other regional publications. Moise lives in Charleston.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Isaac Bell - The Clues Point to MURDER!!!

Clive Cussler has a new Isaac Bell thriller - The Spy - released this week!

Detective Isaac Bell, hero of "The Chase" and "The Wrecker," returns in this remarkable new adventure from the #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author.

It is 1908, and international tensions are mounting as the world plunges toward war. When a brilliant American battleship gun designer dies in a sensational apparent suicide, the man's grief-stricken daughter turns to the legendary Van Dorn Detective Agency to clear her father's name. Van Dorn puts his chief investigator on the case, and Isaac Bell soon realizes that the clues point not to suicide but to murder. And when more suspicious deaths follow, it becomes clear that someone-an elusive spy-is orchestrating the destruction of America's brightest technological minds... and the murders all connect to a top- secret project called Hull 44.

But that is just the beginning. As the intrigue deepens, Bell will find himself pitted against German, Japanese, and British spies, in a mission that encompasses dreadnought battleships, Teddy Roosevelt's Great White Fleet, Chinatown, Hell's Kitchen, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Isaac Bell has certainly faced perilous situations before, but this time it is more than the future of his country that's at stake- it's the fate of the world.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

How did the author Avi get his name?

Avi has a new book out this week - Crispin: The End of Time .

We started wondering how Avi got his name. Is that his first name? His last name?

So we did a little investigating and here is what we found . . . .

Crispin: The End of Time

As long as I could keep myself out of bondage, I would be true to Bear's teaching. And so it was that beyond all else, I was determined to keep my freedom.

After the death of their beloved mentor, Bear, Crispin and Troth are more desperate than ever, wandering the desolate French countryside, where they don't speak the language and know no one. The only hope they cling to is that somehow they can reach Iceland, where Bear had said there were no kings or lords, and where they can live in freedom. Crispin is determined to fulfill this dream, both for himself and to honor Bear's memory. But the road to liberty is filled with danger, betrayal, and loss. Crispin must decide for himself what freedom really means--and how high a price he is willing to pay for it.