This one first in honor of Padric, who loves sharks. I mean, he really loves sharks; to Padric the shark is the sympathetic character in Jaws. Demon Fish (subtitled Travels Through the Hidden World of Sharks) looks like something Padric would be able to sink his teeth into. Author Julie Eilperin travels the globe examining the role the shark plays in cultures from South Africa to the South Pacific, China to Mexico. And look at that cover!
In the world of politics, Glenn Beck makes a case for the constitution in The Original Argument and New Gingrich examines the importance of American exceptionalism in A Nation Like No Other.
Two very different books come out in the biography/memoir category. Tatum O'Neal's second installment of her memoir, Found: A Daughter's Journey Home is all about O'Neal's redemption, as she makes peace with her family (including her famous--and famously estranged--father, Ryan). And John A. Farrell's biography Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned provides, according to Kevin J. Hamilton in the Seattle Times, "a thoughtful overview of Darrow, his life and his many accomplishments," but warns, "Farrell's book all but gushes over in admiration for the great orator." Read Hamilton's review here.
David Baldacci, who is known for his political and legal thrillers, expands his literary horizons with One Summer. Publishers Weekly calls it a "creaky, contrived family drama....so sappy so you'd think Baldacci was earning a commission on each tear jerked." Read PW's review here. And we've got lady lit written by actual ladies from Dorothea Benton Frank and J. Courtney Sullivan. Frank's Folly Beach is another of her Lowcountry novels, set in her native South Carolina. Sullivan's Maine (reviewed here by the Book Frog) is a sprawling multi-generational family saga.
Another doorstop from Tom Clancy, Against All Enemies arrives mere months after Dead or Alive. Steven Pressfield, known largely for his intense historical novels (Tides of War, Gates of Fire), moves his focus from the past to the near future in The Profession. But most exciting of all, Jeffrey Deaver, author of the Lincoln Rhyme novels, is the latest writer--with Carte Blanche--to carry on the James Bond franchise.
Of tangential interest, here's Steven Pressfield on book to film adaptation (from Shelf Awareness).
Ann Brashares' Sisterhood Everlasting is the sixth in the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series, Kate Lauren's Passion the third Fallen novel. We do love our series, don't we?
While we're on the subject of young adult fiction, in case you missed the brouhaha engendered by Meghan Cox Gurdon's article about the abysmal state of young adult literature, here's the article. To help you wash the taste out of your mouth, here's Lisa Von Drasek's wonderful response (replete with numerous examples of great contemporary YA) on EarlyWord.
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