I have not updated you all on the goodness inside my mailbox, because, quite frankly, my office should be declared a disaster area. I have a new bookcase waiting to be put together. (I will post pictures, I'm so excited!!) but in the meantime, there are a few special books that have been placed in a special area outside the mahem. Here they are:
THE SHOEMAKER'S WIFE by Adriana Trigiani
(Harper; April 3, 2012; Hardcover; 496 pgs)
I absolutely adore Adriana! Not only do I love her writing, but she is one of the lovliest human beings I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I have been anxiously anticipating the release of her newest book, only to have an advanced copy (and a very sweet note from Adriana herself!) come to my door. I can't wait to dive into this one! What is it about? It doesn't matter, really, I know I'll enjoy it!
(Hen House Press; January 26, 2012; ppb; 226 pgs)
The first in a new series, Killing Time promises to be a juicy murder mystery with some interesting characters. Author Amy Beth Arkawy is a playwright turned novelist, and this always makes for great characters, visual scenes, and tons of action. I'm looking forward this this one too.
(Crown; May 22, 2012; Hardcover; 256 pgs)
When I read the synopsis, I had to have this book:
Fifty-four-year-old Clover Hobart steps out of the shower one morning, puts on her robe, starts brushing her teeth, and when she looks into the mirror sees the toothbrush floating a few inches above the cuff in her robe. She quickly wipes the steam off the mirror with her sleeve, thinking it was some trick of light or the bathroom fog, but quite definitely she is not there. And thus begins this captivating novel - a quirky allegory of a caring mother and dutiful wife who finds herself to be invisible, literally.
(Henry Holt: March 27, 2012; Hardcover; 320 pgs)
Emma Donoghue loves it, which is great and all, but read this synopsis and tell me this is not going to be a talked-about book this year:
In Grace McCleen's harrowing, powerful debut, she introduces an unforgettable heroine in ten-year-old Judith McPherson, a young believer who sees the world with the clear Eyes of Faith. Persecuted at school for her beliefs and struggling with her distant, devout father at home, young Judith finds solace and connection in a model in miniature of the Promised Land that she has constructed in her room from collected discarded scraps—the Land of Decoration. Where others might see rubbish, Judith sees possibility and divinity in even the strangest traces left behind. As ominous forces disrupt the peace in her and Father's modest lives—a strike threatens her father's factory job, and the taunting at school slips into dangerous territory—Judith makes a miracle in the Land of Decoration that solidifies her blossoming convictions. She is God's chosen instrument. But the heady consequences of her newfound power are difficult to control and may threaten the very foundations of her world.
HIDE ME AMONG THE GRAVES: A Novel by Tim Powers
(William Morrow; March 13, 2012; Hardcover; 528 pgs)
Even though this book is a companion to Powers's other books, I have heard that it can be read as a stand alone. This looked like the kind of book I could get lost in on a rainy day, full of dark history, family secrets, and the supernatural. I hope I get my rainy day to hide under a blanket with this one!
THE EXPATS: A Novel by Chris Pavone
(Crown; March 6, 2012; Hardcover; 336 pgs)
This book has been out for five minutes, but I already feel like the last person to hear about it! Reading the synopsis is like listening to the next wild, edge-of-your-seat, action movie trailer. Woman leaves behind her double life as a spy, only to find herself knee deep in secrets and lies. I smell suspense!
Young Adult/Children's Titles:
(Point; April 1, 2012; Hardcover; 288 pages; ages 12+)
This is all I needed to know before I knew I had to have this book: Performing. Arts. School. I am a sucker for all things Fame, Victorious, and Smash. I have always wanted to read Elizabeth Eulberg's Prom and Prejudice, but TAKE A BOW is going to come first!
WONDER By R.J. Palacio
(Alfred A. Knopf; February 14, 2012; Hardcover; 320 pgs; Ages 8-12)
First Line: I know I'm not an ordinary ten-year-old kid.
And this is no ordinary book. The afternoon Wonder showed up in my mailbox, I was waiting for my kids to get out of school, and I started reading it...and I didn't want to put it down! I had to force myself to put it aside so I could finish the other books I was reading so I could devote my full attention to this story. It looks amazing...
(Knopf Books for Young Readers; January 10, 2012; ppb; 96 pgs; ages 6+)
I could not leave off this new graphic novel series of books, for the simple reason that both my kids gobbled them up as soon as they came into the house. We are big fans of the graphic book format (Babymouse, Lunch Lady, Bone, Squish, etc. etc.). It's a nice break from all-text books, and these books had my 7 year old cracking up. I haven't read them yet, but I might not be able to sneak them away from the kids!