Two new mysteries hit the street today that I'm excited about. No surprise that both come from ace Southern California veterans. And how about the cover on that Jeff Parker? Awesome!
And two others. I don't know Howard Gordon, but Brad Meltzer writes a killer political thriller.
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother is Amy Chua's memoir about raising her children in the Chinese fashion. I think Maureen Corrigan, in her review of Ms. Chua's book on NPR, sums it up nicely,
Amy Chua may well be nuts. What kind of a mother hauls her then-7-year-old daughter's dollhouse out to the car and tells the kid that the dollhouse is going to be donated to the Salvation Army piece by piece if the daughter doesn't master a difficult piano composition by the next day? What kind of a mother informs her daughter that she's "garbage"? And what kind of mother believes, as Chua tells readers she does, that: "an A- is a bad grade; ... the only activities your children should be permitted to do are those in which they can eventually win a medal; and ... that medal must be gold"?
Kind of scary.
Across the Universe is the latest in the recent flood of YA dystopian romances. Early word is that it's good. Bonnie, reviewing the book on the blog A Backwards Story, says, "Overall, Across the Universe promises to be an interesting start to a fresh new series, one poised to open up an influx of teen sci-fi novels to a new generation of readers." An Abundance of Books blog concurs, "Across the Universe had me at page 1, literally."
Finally, another work of what looks to be lovely mainstream literary fiction from Susan Vreeland.
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