Prize-winning history: Annette Gordon-Reed wins the 2009 Frederick Douglass Book Prize for The Hemingses of Monticello, which also won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2008 and was one of our Top 10 Editors' Pick in History last year [via GalleyCat].
A glimpse at The Petting Zoo: The New York Times revisits Jim Carroll's final days in Manhattan--spent in the Inwood building where he grew up (and which figured large in The Basketball Diaries)--and concludes with a brief excerpt from his novel (expected to be released by Viking in the fall of next year).
Full disclosure: not really news, but... I liked this headline a lot. [Thanks to The Millions.] And, as someone who has lifelong petty preferences about how I like my orange juice, I laughed at the comment from @ Scotland about "bits." (I'm dubious about that packaging. Will it be like Capri Sun?)
Moving & shaking: Last night, while I was watching some of Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns's The National Parks on PBS, I had a vision that books by or about John Muir would be driving our Movers & Shakers this morning. And so it came to pass: Lost in the Yellowstone, John Muir: Nature Writings, and The Wilderness World of John Muir hold the top three slots. It's also a great day for new releases, with Amazon favorite The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind appearing at #6 (thanks to an ABC appearance) and Logicomixby Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadimitriou jumping to #7 (driven by a strong review in this weekend's New York Times). Both books release tomorrow. --Anne