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Another excellent week in books:
Gold by Chris Cleave (July 3, 2012) arrived from the good folks over at Simon & Schuster. This novel asks the central question: “What would you sacrifice for the people you love?” Kate and Zoe made the national training program in track cycling at age nineteen. Now at thirty-two, the women are facing their last and biggest race: the 2012 Olympics. Each wants desperately to win gold, and each has more than a medal to lose. Kate’s eight-year-old daughter Sophie is fighting a recurrence of the leukemia that nearly killed her three years ago. Zoe has a compulsive need to win at any cost which has threatened her friendship with Kate. “With great humanity and glorious prose, Chris Cleave examines the values that lie at the heart of our most intimate relationships, and the choices we make when lives are at stake and everything is on the line.”
Chris Cleave is the author of Incendiary and the #1 New York Times bestseller Little Bee. He lives with his wife and three children in Kingston-upon-Thames, England. Learn more about Cleave and his work by visiting the author’s website.
Porch Lights by Dorothea Benton Frank (June 12, 2012) is the May pick from William Morrow Books/Harper Collins. From the publisher: “Porch Lights is a stirring, emotionally rich multigenerational story—a poignant tale of life, love, and transformation—as a nurse, returning to Sullivans Island from the Afghanistan War, finds her life has been irrevocably altered by tragedy…and now must rediscover love and purpose with the help of her son and aging mother.”
Dorothea Benton Frank has been called “the queen of sassy Southern fiction” by The Charlotte Observer. She is the New York Times bestselling author of several novels set in the South. She is a frequent speaker on creative writing and the creative process in private venues, such as the National Arts Club, the Junior League of New York, Friends of the Library, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Before she began her writing career, Ms. Frank was involved extensively in the arts and education, and in raising awareness and funding for various nonprofits in New Jersey and New York. At the present time she serves on the boards of The South Carolina Historical Society and The South Carolina Coastal Conservation League. Born and raised on Sullivan’s Island in South Carolina, she currently divides her time between New Jersey and South Carolina. Learn more about Frank and her work by visiting the author’s website.
Three books arrived from Pantheon/Random House:
Against Wind and Tide: Letters and Journals 1947-1986 by Anne Morrow Lindbergh (April 2012) looks wonderful. It is no secret that I was swept away by Lindbergh’s wonderful collection of essays, Gift from the Sea (read my review), so I was thrilled that Against Wind and Tide arrived at my home unsolicited. This is the sixth and final collection of Lindbergh’s diaries and letters, penned from 1947 to 1986, where she is devoted to finding the essential truth in life’s experiences through a hard-won spirituality and a passion for literature.
From the publisher: “Between the inevitable squalls of life with her beloved but elusive husband, the aviator Charles A. Lindbergh, she shepherded their five children through whooping cough, horned toads, fiancés, the Vietnam War, and their own personal tragedies. She researched and wrote many books and articles on issues ranging from the condition of Europe after World War II to the meaning of marriage to the launch of Apollo 8. She published one of the most beloved books of inspiration of all time, Gift from the Sea. She left penetrating accounts of meetings with such luminaries as John and Jacqueline Kennedy, Thornton Wilder, Enrico Fermi, Leland and Slim Hayward, and the Frank Lloyd Wrights. And she found time to compose extraordinarily insightful and moving letters of consolation to friends and to others whose losses touched her deeply.”
This book is being lauded as “an eloquent and often startling collection of writings from one of the most admired women of our time.”
Summer Lies by Bernhard Schlink and translated from the German by Carol Brown Janeway (August 2012) is a collection of seven short stories “revolving around the emergence of truth, love, and lies.”
Bernhard Schlink was born in Germany. He is the author of The Weekend, as well as the internationally bestselling novels The Reader and Homecoming, as well as the collection of short stories Flights of Love and four prizewinning crime novels—The Gordian Knot, Self’s Deception, Self’s Punishment, and Self’s Murder. He lives in Berlin and New York.
A Conspiracy of Friends by Alexander McCall Smith (June 2012) is the third installment of the Corduroy Mansions series. From the publisher: “It seems the universe itself is conspiring against the residents of Corduroy Mansions, as they all find themselves struggling with their nearest and dearest. Oedipus Snark’s mother, Berthea, is still at work on her scathing biography of her son—the only loathsome Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament; literary agents Rupert Porter and Barbara Ragg are still battling each other for first crack at the manuscript of Autobiography of a Yeti; fine arts graduate Caroline Jarvis is busy exploring the blurry line between friendship and romance; and William French is still worrying that his son, Eddie, may never leave home, even though Eddie’s got a new wealthy girlfriend. But uppermost in everyone’s mind is William’s faithful terrier, Freddie de la Hay—without a doubt the only dog clever enough to have been recruited by MI6—who has disappeared while on a mystery tour around the Suffolk countryside. Will Freddie find his way back to Pimlico? Is Corduroy Mansions starting to crumble?”
Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the beloved bestselling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is also the author of numerous children’s books. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served with many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. Learn more about Smith and his work by visiting the author’s website.
How about YOU? Did any fabulous books arrive at YOUR house this week?