Friday, January 29, 2010
A new publishing imprint? Alison, what's that?
Six months ago, I would not have been able to tell you. Through this strange experience called blogging, I have figured out that the big publishing houses, like Random House, Hachette Book Group, and Penguin, for example, have different subdivisions, called Imprints or Publishing Groups. Usually, each subdivision has a specialty -- childrens books, non-fiction, lifestyles/cooking, or graphic novels. Every once in a while, an editor shows such outstanding talent that she gets her own imprint.
This week, Little, Brown and Hachette Book Group announced their new imprint: Reagan Arthur Books. The imprint celebrated its launch with the new book The Unnamed by Joshua Ferris, which already has created so much buzz around the booking world.
So much buzz that there is now a Reagan Arthur Books Reading Challenge, hosted by Kathy/Bermuda Onion & Julie/Booking Mama. The task is simple. Read books from this new imprint. Once I saw the titles on their roster, this was a no-brainer! Count me IN.
There are currently six available titles (and many more to come):
by Joshua Ferris
During their 20-year marriage, Tim and Jane Farnsworth have savored the fruits of his labor as a high-powered lawyer: they live in a beautiful home, they travel on exotic vacations, they don’t worry about money. Tim has battled a bizarre, inexplicable illness, but those episodes, while not exactly forgotten, have passed. Then it comes back, causing him to behave in a frighteningly new way, driving him out of his life and into a world and a self that he can’t recognize and Jane is helpless to control. How far will he go to fight his body’s incomprehensible desires, and what will they both risk to find the way back to the people they love?
A heartbreaking story of family and marriage, a meditation on the unseen forces of nature and desire, The Unnamed is a deeply felt, luminous novel about modern life, ancient yearnings, and the power of human connection
Marriage and Other Acts of Charity (Link for Review)
by Kate Braestrup
In her award-winning memoir Here If You Need Me, Kate Braestrup inspired readers with her deeply moving and deftly humorous stories of faith, hope, and family. As a minister, she regularly performs weddings. She’s been married twice and widowed once, and accordingly has much to say about life after the ceremony. In Marriage and Other Acts of Charity she turns her attention to the subjects of love and commitment. Part observation of modern marriage, and part meditation on how God and love figure in all our relationships, the book proves yet again why Braestrup’s writing is “inspirational in the best sense” (New York Daily News)
Doors Open (Link for Review)
by Ian Rankin
Three friends, sharing a bond of passion for art and collecting, conspire together to pull off a heist of several paintings from the National Gallery in Edinburgh. With the help of hired muscle and a forger to replace the stolen paintings, they are successful—and then learn that the aftermath is more complicated and treacherous than the crime
by Dan Simmons
Paha Sapa, a young Sioux warrior, first encounters General George Armstrong Custer as Custer lies dying on the battlefield at Little Bighorn. He believes that the legendary general’s ghost entered him at that moment and will remain with him until Sapa convinces him to leave. Weaving the two men’s stories together, Dan Simmons depicts a tumultuous time in American history, culminating in an explosive finale at Mount Rushmore
by Denise Mina
Alex Morrow is not new to the police force—or to crime—but there is nothing familiar about the murder and kidnapping she is investigating. Is this an amateur crime gone horribly wrong or something much more unexpected?