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Post BEA Book Buzz: Hot for the Holidays

Welcome to the sixth and final installment of a series of Post-BEA Book Buzz articles where I will be highlighting some of the hot new titles which I discovered at the BEA. Read the previous articles in this series:

This post will introduce you to some great books due for release in November and December 2010, as well as Winter 2011. I was thinking of all my readers at the BEA and scooped up two of these books for giveaway in the coming months…so stay tuned.

November Releases:

The Wolves of Andover by Kathleen Kent (Little Brown and Company) is a prequel to Kent’s bestselling novel The Heretic’s Daughter (which I loved and reviewed here). In her newest novel, Kent explores the life of Martha Carrier beginning when she was Martha Allen – a nineteen year old young woman who begins work as a servant in her cousin’s home. She soon begins courting Thomas Carrier, a hired worker known for his strength, size and mysterious past. The Wolves of Andover is being described as ‘a powerful love story and a pulse-pounding tale of historical adventure and intrigue.‘ I have an extra copy of this much anticipated novel to give away on my blog – watch for details in the coming months!

Kathleen Kent is a tenth-generation descendant of Martha Carrier. She lives in Dallas. Kent is the recipient of  the David J. Langum, Sr. Prize in American Historical Fiction.

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff (Little Brown and Company) is a biography whose film rights have already been purchased despite the fact that the book will not be released until this fall (Angelina Jolie will play the role as Cleopatra … a decision that has received some criticism). Schiff’s biography of Cleopatra is described by the publisher as follows:

In a masterful return to the original sources, Stacy Schiff here boldly separates fact from fiction, to rescue the magnetic queen whose death ushered in a new world order, a generation before the birth of Christ. Rich in detail, epic in scope, Schiff’s is a luminous, deeply original reconstruction of a dazzling life.

I am happy to tell you that I also have an extra copy of this book for giveaway – stay tuned for details!

Stacy Schiff is the 2000 Pulitzer Prize winning author of nonfiction (for her biography of Vera Nabokov) and a guest columnist for the New York Times. She is also the recipient of an Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Schiff lives in New York City.

Pictures of You by Caroline Leavitt (Algonquin) centers around two women who, while fleeing from their marriages, collide on a foggy highway. One of them is killed, and the survivor must not only pick up the pieces of her own shattered life, but also the lives of the surviving spouse and son of the dead woman. Called “riveting,” “hopeful,” and “unsettling,” Pictures of You asks readers to explore the questions: “How well do we really know those we love, and how do we forgive the unforgivable?” The novel is already receiving excellent early praise. Author Jodi Picoult calls the book “magically written,” and ‘”heartbreakingly honest.”

Caroline Leavitt is the author of eight previous novels. Her essays, stories and articles have appeared in numerous publications including Redbook and the San Francisco Chronicle among others. Leavitt lives in Hoboken, New Jersey with her husband (writer Jeff Tamarkin) and their teenaged son Max. To learn more about Leavitt and her work, visit the author’s website.

December Release:

The Things That Need Doing by Sean Manning (Three Rivers Press) is a much anticipated new memoir which recollects a year of the author’s life while his mother was hospitalized. The blurb on the back of the book includes a passage where the author is standing next to a hospital bed where his sick mother lies unconscious: “It’s okay,” I whispered. “I’m here. I’m right here. I’m not going anywhere. We’re in this together. You and me. Same as it ever was. You keep fighting, okay? Keep fighting. Don’t give up. I know you can hear me. I know you can. Keep it up. You’re doing great. I’m right here. I’m not going anywhere. You’re not alone. You hear me? You are not alone.

Sean Manning is the editor of several nonfiction anthologies. He lives in New York.

February 2011 Release:

The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore by Benjamin Hale (Twelve Books/Hachette) is a book which was getting a lot of attention at the BEA. It certainly has an unusual premise: Imprisoned for murdering a man, Bruno is a captivating character because he is a chimp who can speak. He falls under the care of a university primatologist who takes him into her home in order to nurture his education and passion for painting. That’s the “tame” part of the novel. What unfolds is a love affair between the two. Yup, you read that right. Described as loud, abrasive, witty and perverse, The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore is a novel which will undoubtedly be one of the more interesting books of 2011.

Benjamin Hale is a recent graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. He received a University of Iowa Provost’s Fellowship to write The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore, which also went on to win a Michener-Copernicus Award. Hale lives in New York.To learn more about Hale and his work, visit the author’s website.

This wraps up the Post BEA Book Buzz series! Hope you enjoyed it … and I hope I’ll see some blog reviews of all the books in the months to come!