Daily Archives: May 25, 2011

Book Buzz: Summer Reads

As part of the celebration of books and The Armchair BEA, I’m doing a series on the new books due for publication over the next few months.

Previous Book Buzz Posts:

Today’s Book Buzz is about books due for release this summer.

Next To Love by Ellen Feldman (ISBN 9780812992717) is due for release in July 2o11 through Spiegel & Grau. Way back before I began reviewing books on this blog, I read Feldman’s wonderful novel The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank. I’ve never forgotten it. So seeing another novel slated for publication by this talented author got me excited. Described as “a moving multigenerational novel set during and after World War II,”  Next to Love follows the lives of three young women and their men during the years of WWII, beginning with the men going off to war and ending a generation later, when the men’s lives finally return to normal.

Ellen Feldman is a 2009 Guggenheim fellow, and the author of Scottsboro, which was shortlisted last year for the Orange Prize. She has also authored The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank, and Lucy. In addition to writing novels, she contributes to several blogs and has lectured extensively in this country, England, and Germany. Learn more about Feldman and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Other Press is planning to release The Oriental Wife by Evelyn Toynton (ISBN 9781590514412) in July 2011. This novel is about two assimilated Jewish children from Nuremberg who flee Hitler’s Germany and struggle to put down roots elsewhere. The publisher writes: “In its portrait of the immigrant experience, and of the tragic gulf between generations, The Oriental Wife illuminates the collision of American ideals of freedom and happiness with certain sterner old world virtues.” Author Louis Begley writes about the novel: “The Oriental Wife is a clear-eyed but tender, always intelligent, and beautifully observed group portrait of German Jews, their lives shattered by the Third Reich, painfully finding their way in England and the New World. A remarkable and virtuous achievement!

Evelyn Toynton’s last novel, Modern Art, was a NewYork Times Notable Book of the Year and was long-listed for the Ambassador Award of the English-Speaking Union. A frequent contributor to Harper’s, she has also written for The Atlantic, The American Scholar, the Times Literary Supplement, and the New York Times Book Review, and her work has appeared in a number of anthologies, including Rereadings (edited by Anne Fadiman) and Mentors, Muses & Monsters. She lives in Norfolk, England.

Nightfall by Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Cunningham (ISBN 9780312610432) is due for release by Picador at the end of August 2011. The publisher describes the book as a “poetic and compelling masterpiece” and “a heartbreaking look at a marriage and the way we live now.” Set in Manhattan the novel centers around Peter and Rebecca Harris: mid-forties, denizens of Manhattan’s SoHo, nearing the apogee of committee careers in the arts—he a dealer, she an editor. Everything seems to be fine, until Rebecca’s brother comes to visit.

Michael Cunningham’s s novel The Hours won both the Pulitzer Prize and a PEN/Faulkner Award, and became an Academy Award-winning film, starring Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore, and Meryl Streep. His other novels include A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood and Specimen Days. He lives in New York. Read more about Cunningham and his work by visiting the author’s website.

The Lantern by Deborah Lawrenson (ISBN 9780062049698) is due for release in August through Harper Collins. This novel caught my eye when I saw it compared to Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, a novel I loved. The Lantern is set in the countryside of Provence and is described as a “beguiling story of love, scents, secrets, and murder,” and an “evocative and sensuous tale of romantic and psychological suspense set against an exquisite landscape.

Deborah Lawrenson is the daughter of diplomats, and as such spent her formative years moving around the world, living in Kuwait, China, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Singapore. She studied English at Cambridge University, and has worked as a journalist for various publications in England, including the Daily Mail, the Mail on Sunday, and Woman’s Journal magazine. She is married with a daughter, and lives in Kent, England. The Lantern is her first novel to be published in the United States. Read more about Lawrenson and her work by visiting the author’s website.

Armchair BEA Day 3: Sharing the Blogger Love

Day 3 of The Armchair BEA is celebrating our relationships with other bloggers. Today are the interviews (check out all the links to read interviews with some of your favorite bloggers). For those of us who chose not to do an interview, we have been tasked with talking about our favorite blogs and bloggers.

I have got to tell you, this is not an easy post for me to write. I follow LOTS of blogs. I may not always leave comments, but trust me, I am reading what you write! It is a bit of an addiction. I wish I could post my entire Google Reader blogroll…but that is not feasible. So instead, I’ve decided to just throw out some names and links of a sampling of the blogs I like to read.

Author blogs:

Beth Kephart Books – I love Beth’s blog. She not only reviews books there, but she posts beautiful photos, and lovely thoughts about life. I got the chance to meet Beth at last years BEA in NYC, and she is just as wonderful in person as she is on her blog.

Literary Fiction Bloggers:

Ti at Book Chatter – Love her reviews which she infuses with her personality. She reads quite a bit of literary fiction.

Buried In Print – This blogger’s reviews are all about the experience of reading a book. There are lots of thoughts on the prize winners and nominees.

Jackie at Farm Lane Books – I love Jackie’s blog which is heavily weighted toward literary fiction. Her Orange Prize prediction posts, and introduction to new and upcoming books posts are always ones I count on to add to my ever growing wish lists.

Carrie at Nomadreader – Carrie and I share many of the same literary interests. I love her friendly format for book reviews. This is an active blog…and if you trend toward the literary fiction side of reading, you don’t want to miss this blog.

Gavin at Page247 – Here is another blog rich in literary fiction reviews. Gavin is one of those bloggers who makes you feel that you are sitting right there having a discussion with her.

Jill at The Magic Lasso – Jill is the co-owner (along with me) of The Orange Prize Project (and hosts Orange January and Orange July as well as a facebook page for those events)…so, on her blog you will find TONS of content about Orange Prize winners and nominees, but also other wonderful literary fiction books.

Laura at Musings – I could just have easily put Laura’s blog under Classic Literature as she has been reading a lot of that lately … but she also covers a fair amount of Literary Fiction (including Booker and Orange prize winners and nominees…and she hosts the Complete Booker Challenge too). Either way, Laura’s reviews are concise and honest, and I almost always agree with her! Her mid-week musings are must reads…they always provoke some thought and discussion.

Mystery and Suspense Bloggers:

Wendy at Musings of a Bookish Kitty – I have been reading Wendy’s blog for a long time now. She not only has some great posts about her animals, but she writes terrific reviews.

Kerrie at Mysteries in Paradise – If you love mysteries and suspense, you need to subscribe to Kerrie’s wonderful blog. I honestly do not know how she maintains the amount of content she posts…fantastic!

Eclectic Bloggers:

Natalie at Book, Line and Sinker – If you like to read a whole lot of varied content, this is the place to come. Natalie includes interviews, reviews of a wide range of books and tons of book related content.

Lisa at Books on the Brain – I love Lisa’s honesty. She reviews a wide range of books and is one of the co-owners of TLC Book Tours. There is much to like about her blog.

Les at Lesley’s Book Nook – Les feels like an old friend. Her blog not only covers a wide range of books, but there is so much of her in it. I like when bloggers mix the personal into their blogs, and Les has found the perfect balance of personal and professional in her very accessible blog.

Nicole at Linus’s Blanket – Nicole is one of the busiest bloggers out there. She hosts podcasts, does interviews, runs an online Book Club, does reviews…whew, it makes me tired just thinking about it! I love the amount of information on Nicole’s blog, delivered professionally and with a thoughtfulness I appreciate.

Heather at Raging Bibliomania – I love Heather’s blog. She reads just about everything, it seems. Her reviews are very in depth and honest…and I have come to appreciate that if she likes it, so will I.

Aths at Reading on a Rainy Day – Another blog which covers a wide range of books from literary, to historical, to YA. Aths is wonderfully genuine. I love her reviews, but I also love the glimpses into who she is as a person.

Rhapsody in Books – This is a husband and wife team who review lots of nonfiction as well as literary and historical fiction. Jill and Jim are both teachers…and so they share commentary and post content which stimulates discussion.

El Fay at This Book and I Could Be Friends – You will find reviews on books from World Literature to Speculative Fiction to Poetry to Graphic Novels on El Fay’s blog. Well organized, always informative, this is another of my must read blogs.

Avis at She Reads and Reads – This Canadian blogger reads a lot of different types of books. I love her Similar Covers feature. Not only is she a great blogger, but I got to meet Avis at last year’s BEA, and she is just as nice in person as she is on her blog!

Jen at Devourer of Books – I really love Jen’s blog. She reads a lot of the same kinds of books I enjoy – literary, historical fiction, women’s fiction, mystery and thrillers. She also hosts a monthly Book Club (along with Nicole from Linus’s Blanket). Terrific reviews.

Funny Bloggers:

Raych at books i done read – Need a good laugh? Don’t miss Raych’s blog. She uses caterpillars to rate her books…and her Sunday dithers are wonderful.

Jill at Fizzy Thoughts – I have had the pleasure of meeting Jill in person a couple of times – and she is hilarious! Her blog is funny, thoughtful and one of my must reads.

Trish at Love, Laughter and A Touch of Insanity – This 20-something blogger always makes me smile. She reviews literary fiction as well as genre fiction…and shares some great content about food, her life, and crafts (I love her quilting posts!).

As I mentioned, this is just a small sampling of the blogs I read and enjoy. If you have stopped by and left a comment on my posts, you can be almost certain I also read your blog. I decided a few months back to delete my blog roll from my sidebar as it only included a tiny percentage of the blogs I love. I encourage readers of my blog to click through the links in my comment sections of posts to check out the bloggers who come by here regularly.

Do you have some must read blogs in YOUR blog roll? I’d love if you’d share them in the comments of this post!