Logos Bookstore’s Recommendations
Remember when…? Remember when you had all the time in the world during those long summer vacations as a child to play with your friends, read comics and adventure stories. If you were a boy, that might mean reading several Hardy Boys adventure stories, if you were a girl, reading stories about Nancy Drew. Well, Applewood Books has reissued the original Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew books with their original covers and introductions for the Hardy Boys books by Leslie McFarlane, the ghostwriter of at least the first three books of the series: The Tower Treasure, The House On The Cliff and The Secret Of The Old Mill. The introductions for the Nancy Drew books are by leading woman mystery writers who acknowledge their enjoyment of these novels and the influences Nancy Drew had on their fiction.
Franklin W. Dixon and Caroline Keene, the authors of record for The Hardy Boys and The Nancy Drew Mysteries were pseudonyms for the creator of both series, Edward Stratemeyer and his stable of ghostwriters. Stratemeyer was head of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, which also published Tom Swift, the Bobbsey Twins, the Motor Boys and Don Sturdy books among others.
The Tower Treasure and The House On The Cliff are both filled with action on every page from tracking down Chet Morton’s stolen car and treasure in a tower hidden by a master thief and a master of disguise as well to dealing with smugglers and imprisonment. The Hardy Boys keep you breathless with their daring action.
As for the first two books of the Nancy Drew mysteries, The Secret Of The Old Clock and The Hidden Staircase, they keep you gasping as you read every suspense filled page, as Nancy Drew exposes herself to imminent danger. I had never read any Nancy Drew before, and was suitably impressed. For simple straightforward, exciting adventure and mystery all four of these books are well worth reading this summer.
Meanwhile do come to Logos Bookstore for your summer reading, cards, music and gift items. Our garden in the back of the store is now open, where you can sit, read, have some ice tea, lemonade or good old H2O (water) Upcoming events of interest are a dramatization of the Old Testament character of Miriam as part of a discussion of Exodus. The dramatization is a one woman, one puppet one-act play by Diane Allison to be performed on Monday July 12. Also Chris Meyer will be leading several fellow thespians in dramatizations and staged readings of well-known playwrights, starting Thursday, July 8 and continuing throughout the summer on Thursday nights. And on Wednesday, August 4, KYTV Reading Group will celebrate its 6-year anniversary with a party and a discussion of All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren, starting at 6:30 P.M. Children’s story time continues at 3 P.M. on Mondays. Our summer hours are Mondays through Fridays, 10 A.M. to 9 P.M. and Saturdays, 10 A.M. to 8 P.M. Logos is closed on Sundays in July and August.
Upcoming Events At Logos
Wednesday, July 7, 2004 at 7 P.M., KYTV Reading Group will discuss Reading Lolita In Tehran by Azar Nafisi
Thursday, July 8, 2004 at 7 P.M., Chris Meyer and company will perform dramatizations and staged readings of well-known playwrights. They will do this as well on subsequent Thursdays in the summer
Monday, July 12, 2004 at 7 P.M., Richard Curtis of the Richard Curtis Literary Agency will lead the Sacred Text Group in a discussion of Exodus highlighted by a one woman one puppet one-act play about Miriam by Dianne Allison
Wednesday, August 4, 2004 at 6:30 P.M. KYTV Reading Group will have a party to celebrate its 6 year anniversary At 7 P.M. there will be a discussion of All The King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren.#
Transit: Lexington Avenue Subway, #4, #5, #6 to 86th Street M86 Bus (86th St.), M79 Bus (79th St.), M31 Bus (York Ave), M15 Bus (1st & 2nd Aves.)
The Tower Treasure
The House On The Cliff
by Franklin W. Dixon
The Secret of the Old Clock
The Hidden Staircase
by Caroline Keene