This season’s unexpected hit has to be The Rest is Just Noise by Alex Ross. By New York Times music critic, this book investigates tracks common sounds throughout twentieth century music and how different genres are related to one another. Despite the high level of musical analysis, Ross’s book is ultimately quite readable for music enthusiasts and average readers. This book is one of the NY Times “10 Best Books of 2007” (egregious self-promotion) and number 8 on Amazon.com’s “Best of 2007” list.
Preliminary investigation reveals that this book is already difficult to get. Two B&N locations in the NYC area are out of stock, and Amazon.com sold out, too. More copies will be available on December 20. Same for Borders. Books-a-Million is out of stock with no word on when they will get more. On Powells.com, only the audio version is available. Barnes & Noble seems to be the only place to get this book of the big online retailers. Good luck, intrepid shoppers!