Post BEA Book Buzz: Hot Books May 2010

This post marks the first in a series of Post-BEA Book Buzz articles where I will be highlighting some of the hot new titles (as well as the previously released newer titles) which I discovered at the BEA.

There are some great books which are already available as of  last month. The following books came to my attention during the publishing house tours I attended on Monday and Tuesday last week. Thanks very much to Bloomsbury, Picador and Penguin who welcomed bloggers with open arms (and lots of books)!

Picador released the paperback original of Blame by Michelle Huneven which was the finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. When Patsy MacLemoore, a twenty-eight year history professor, wakes ups in jail after an alcoholic blackout her life is forever changed…dead in her driveway are a mother and daughter. What follows is a story about what it takes to rebuild one’s life from the “bottom up.Blame was highly praised for its “eye popping scenes,” flawless prose, intelligence and compassion.

Michelle Huneven has an MFA from the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and has won several awards including A Whiting Writer’s Award. She has two previous published novels to her credit: Round Rock and Jamesland. Read more about Huneven and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Also from Picador, The Collected Stories of Deborah Eisenberg was released in May. This is a chunkster, coming in at just under 1000 pages, but it looks well worth the read. You can sample a story from this collection here. Eisenberg has been lauded as one of the finest American storytellers. She is the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Grant, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship and teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia.

For those who love the art of the short story, this is a collection you should check out. I can’t wait to start reading it!

Sima’s Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stranger-Ross was published in paperback by Penguin Books. Set in Brooklyn, the novel revolves around Sima who sells intimate apparel to women in the basement of her home. Sima is in her sixties and regrets her childless life, but when she meets a young Israeli woman, the subsequent relationship which develops between them offers Sima the possibility of happiness.

Ilana Stanger-Ross grew up in Brooklyn and holds an undergraduate degree from Barnard College and an MFA from Temple University. She has received several prizes for her short fiction. Sima’s Undergarments for Women is her first novel. Read more about Stranger-Ross and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Chef by Jaspreet Singh was published in paperback last month through Bloomsbury. This novel is set in Kashmir and centers around Kirpal Singh –  a young man who finds himself as an apprentice to the chef of a military camp located in the shadow of the Siachen Glacier. Described as brave, compassionate and lyrical, Chef explores the themes of love, hope and memory.

Jasprett Singh was raised in Kashmir, but currently makes his home in Canada. He captured the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, was long listed for the International Impac Dublin Award, and short listed for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in the Region for this debut novel. Learn more about Singh and his work by visiting the author’s blog.

Tarcher, an imprint of Penguin, released the nonfiction book Every Dog Has A Gift by Rachel McPherson. McPherson is the founder and Executive Director of  The Good Dog Foundation, which is the largest dog-assisted therapy organization on the East Coast. In Every Dog Has A Gift she brings the reader stories of dogs who have helped heal and deliver hope to those individuals who are challenged by disability. Portions of the proceeds of this book will be donated to McPherson’s foundation. McPherson has received awards from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and from the American Red Cross for its work helping families of victims of 9/11. She was also honored by the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show for work done for survivors of Hurricane Katrina.

These were just some of the great books I picked up at the BEA last week. Stay tuned for more Post BEA Book Buzz about the sizzling books of summer!

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    • Donna on June 4, 2010 at 13:01

    Both Chef and Sima’s Undergarments for Women look like books I would enjoy. I like that you’re posting about the books you found at BEA. I’m looking forward to your others!

  1. BLAME has been on my wish list for several months – glad to know the paperback is out!

    • EL Fay on June 4, 2010 at 16:14

    The dog book sounds precious.

    • Staci on June 4, 2010 at 16:17

    These all look great!!

  2. Blame sounds like an intense read! I’ll wait for your review. 😉

  3. I read Sima’s Undergarments for Women a while ago and loved it!

    • Bobbie on June 5, 2010 at 11:33

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    Have a great day!

    • Wendy on June 6, 2010 at 07:55
      Author

    Donna: I also think those two books look fantastic…glad you like what I’m doing here 🙂 I’ll be posting another of these soon.

    Florinda: I remember when Blame first got released I wanted to read it…so I was psyched when I saw it in the Picador reading room!

    El Fay: I couldn’t resist the dog therapy book 🙂

    Staci: I agree!

    Les: Stay tuned 🙂

    Kathy: Oh good to know you loved Sima’s Undergarments!

    Bobbie: Thanks!

  4. I heard an interview with Jaspreet Singh on NPR a few month back in which he discussed Chef – it sounds great!

    • jess on June 7, 2010 at 09:17

    I saw Blame on Library Thing — it sounds fantastic.

    • Wendy on June 7, 2010 at 11:30
      Author

    Colleen: Oh, I’ll have to go find that interview. NPR gets a lot of great authors on to interview, don’t they?

    Jess: I am looking forward to that one too 🙂

    • Serena on June 8, 2010 at 07:08

    Thanks for sharing these with us…I had not heard of any of these, but Chef sounds like a really good book

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