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Here is what arrived at MY house this week:
Doubleday sent me a beautiful hard cover edition of The Things We Cherished by Pam Jenoff (due for release next month). This novel spans decades and continents and tells the story of Charlotte Gold and Jack Warrington – two attorneys who fall in love while working together to defend a man against WWII war crimes. The key to Roger Dykman’s defense seems to lie within an intricate timepiece last seen in Nazi Germany. Described as “intriguing and intelligent” by author Kate Furnivall, this looks like a compelling piece of literature.
Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims secure their memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, observing recovery efforts at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne and Corregidor. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland. It was during this period that Jenoff developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Jenoff attend law school in 1998 and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania. She worked for several years as a labor and employment attorney both at a firm and in-house in Philadelphia and now teaches law school at Rutgers. Jenoff’s novel The Kommandant’s Girl was an international bestseller and nominated for a Quill award. She lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and three children. Read more about Jenoff and her work by visiting the author’s website.
James Meader sent me an advance readers edition of The Tides Of War by Stella Tillyard (due for release through Henry Holt and Company in November 2011). This looks like a terrific historical novel. Set during the Peninsular War against Napoleon in 1812-15, the book moves between the battlefield in Spain (where the adulterous Duke of Wellington leads men into war) and Regency London. This novel is described as “a war novel as much about women as about men.”
Stella Tillyard was born in Britain and educated at Oxford University, where she studied English Literature. She was a Knox Fellow at Harvard and subsequently taught English literature and art history there and at UCLA. She moved to Florence, Italy, in 1993. Aristocrats, her biography of four eighteenth century sisters was published in 1994, won the History Today Award, the Fawcett Prize and the Meilleur Livre Etranger and was made into a BBC/WGBH Masterpiece Theatre series in 2000. Her subsequent books include Citizen Lord, the life of Lord Edward Fitzgerald (1998, shortlisted for the Whitbread Prize) and A Royal Affair. In 2005 she became visiting scholar at the Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary, University of London, where she taught the history and practice of biography. She has written for many newspapers and magazines and sat on several prize juries, mostly recently the 2010 BBC Johnson prize for non-fiction. Tillyard divides her time between London and Florence. Tides of War is her first novel. Learn more about Tillyard and her work by visiting the author’s website.
An unsolicited copy of Goodie One Shoes by Roz Siegel arrived via Meryl Zegarek Public Relations (published by Hilliard and Harris). This mystery novel centers around Emily Place, a woman of “a certain age” who leaves her wealthy husband to live a life of her own. She opens a designer shoe store on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and everything seems to be going well until a staff member at the store is found murdered “with a red Jimmy Choo stiletto embedded in her head.” Called “fast-paced” and “full of sass and pizzazz,” this is the first book in a projected series.
Roslyn Siegel has been an editor and writer for more than 25 years, holding senior positions at Simon & Schuster, Random House, Consumer Reports, and The Literary Guild Book Club. She has written numerous articles and book reviews for The New York Times, New York Magazine, The Village Voice, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Publisher’s Weekly and other periodicals. Siegel has authored a nonfiction book, Country Floors Decorating With Tiles, and the children’s book Critters A To Z. She has lived with her husband on the Upper West Side of Manhattan for most of her adult life. Goodie One Shoes is her first novel. Read more about Siegel and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Did any wonderful books arrive at YOUR house this week?