How does Wal-Mart sell a $24 book for nine bucks? By eating at least a $3.72 loss on each copy. Is this a good idea in the long run? We'll see.
While that battle rages, here are some of the latest titles we've received:
Boom Town: How Wal-Mart Transformed an All-American Town into an International Community examines the transformation of Bentonville from a sleepy backwater with a population of 2,900 to a culturally and ethnically diversified community of 30,000. Tyson Foods and J. B. Hunt also are headquartered in the area.
Investors large and small have learned the meaning of the phrase "financial debacle" in '08 and early '09. Jim Cramer's Getting Back to Even suggests how to put the wheels back on the wagon with chapters such as The Next Big Thing, How Your Generation Should Respond to the Crash, and 25 New Rules.
The ever-provocative Barbara Ehrenreich continues her gadfly role with Bright-Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America. Ponder her chapter How Positive Thinking Destroyed the Economy. The book is summarized as "an urgent call for a new commitment to realism, existential clarity and courage."
Obsolete: An Encyclopedia of Once-Common Things Passing Us By is a quirky collection of short essays on more than 100 topics such as Blind Dates, Camera Film, Writing Letters, Privacy, and, yes, Books.
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