Daily Archives: April 19, 2010

Other Press – An Interesting Source for Books

I love finding new sources for books…and today’s Maximum Shelf Awareness newsletter introduced me to books published by Other Press:

Other Press attracts authors who are guided by a passion to discover the limits of knowledge and imagination. We publish novels, short stories, poetry, and essays from America and around the world that represent literature at its best. Our nonfiction books–should they be history, current events, popular culture or memoir–explore how psychic, cultural, historical, and literary shifts inform our vision of the world and of each other. (Visit THIS PAGE on their site to watch a short video)

I downloaded their Summer and Fall 2010 catalogs and found that many of their books interested me. Here are a few which especially caught my eye:

By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan (to be released May 18, 2010)

Genre: Historical Fiction (15th Century)

Read an excerpt.

From the publisher:

Within the dramatic story lies a subtle, insightful examination of the crisis of faith at the heart of the Spanish Inquisition. Irresolvable conflict rages within the conversos in By Fire, By Water, torn between the religion they left behind and the conversion meant to ensure their safety. In this story of love, God, faith, and torture, fifteenth-century Spain comes to dazzling, engrossing life.

This is Kaplan’s debut novel. Read more about him and his work on the author’s website.

Learning To Lose by David Trueba, Translated from the Spanish by Mara Faye Lethem (to be released June 2010)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Read an excerpt.

From the publisher:

From one of Spain’s most celebrated contemporary writers, Learning to Lose is a lucid and gripping view into the complexities of lives overturned and into the capriciousness of modern life, with its intoxicating highs and devastating lows.

David Trueba was born in Madrid and has published two previous novels. Learning to Lose is his English-language debut. Trueba is also an accomplished screenwriter.

The Quickening by Michelle Hoover (to be released June 29, 2010)

Genre: Historical Fiction (Depression Era), Women’s Fiction

Read an excerpt.

From the publisher:

In this luminous and unforgettable debut, Michelle Hoover explores the polarization of the human soul in times of hardship and the instinctual drive for self-preservation by whatever means necessary.

This is Michelle Hoover’s first novel.She teaches writing at Boston University and Grub Street and has published fiction in numerous literary journals. To learn more about Hoover and her work, visit the author’s website.

The Pages by Murray Bail (to be released August 17, 2010)

Genre: Literary Fiction

Read an excerpt.

From the publisher:

The Pages is a beguiling meditation on friendship and love, on men and women, on landscape and the difficulties of thought itself, by one of Australia’s greatest novelists, the author of the much-loved Eucalyptus.

Murray Bail was born in Adelaide, Australia. He has previously published four novels and two collections of short stories. His novel Eucalyptus was awarded the 1999 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award.

The Witness House by Christiane Kohl, translated from the German by Anthea Bell (to be released October 12, 2010)

Genre: Non Fiction (History)

Read an excerpt.

From the publisher:

The Witness House reveals the social structures that allowed a cruel and unjust regime to flourish and serves as a symbol of the blurred boundaries between accuser and accused that would come to form the basis of postwar Germany.

Christiane Kohl has worked as a correspondent to the Cologne Express, a press officer for the Environment Ministry in Hessen, and, from 1988 to 1998, an editor with Der Spiegel. She is currently Munich’s Süddeutsche Zeitung correspondent for eastern Germany in Rome.

These are all going on my wish list. Now I just need more hours in the day to read!

Mailbox Monday – April 19, 2010

Welcome to this edition of Mailbox Monday hosted each week at Marcia’s blog The Printed Page.

I love this weekly meme which encourages readers to share the books which have arrived at their home over the last 7 days.

Here is what came into my house this week:

Still Missing by Chevy Stevens came to me from St. Martins Press through a Shelf Awareness offer. Have you heard of this book yet? It is getting some amazing early reviews and being called engrossing, terrifying, grim and utterly absorbing. This novel is a thriller which tells the story of ‘an abducted woman, her year held captive, and an escape which is just beginning.‘ Set for release in July 2010, this is the author’s first published novel.

Chevy Stevens grew up on a ranch on Vancouver Island. Her inspiration for Still Missing came from her fears as a Realtor about being abducted. Steven’s bio indicates she enjoys writing thrillers that allow her to blend her interest in family dynamics with her love of the west coast lifestyle. She also likes hiking with her husband and dog in the local mountains (my kind of person!!). Stevens is currently working on her second novel Never Knowing to be released in the summer of 2011.  To learn more about Chevy Stevens and her work, visit the author’s website. You can also follow her blog here.

My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira arrived from Lindsay, Publicity Manager for Viking/Penguin. This debut historical novel is due for release next month, and it looks like a wonderful read. Oliveira’s book is an epic story of a woman who enters the Civil War arena as a midwife,  but ultimately becomes one of the nation’s first female doctors. Although the character of Mary Sutter is fictional, Oliveira apparently put a ton of painstaking research into women’s roles in medicine during the Civil War period. You may read an excerpt from the book here.

Robin Oliveira holds a BA in Russian and studied at the Puskin Language Institute in Moscow. She is also a Registered Nurse with specialization in critical care. In 2007 she received the James Jones First Novel Fellowship for a work in progress for My Name is Mary Sutter. She received her MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Art. Oliveira currently lives in Seattle, Washington. To learn more about Oliveira and her work, please visit the author’s website.

Did any amazing books arrive at YOUR house this week?