The Chaperone (a June 2012 IndieNext selection) has received a lot of wonderfully positive pre-pub buzz. It's the story of fifteen-year-old Louise Brooks--in 1922, several years before she achieved her fame as a silent film actress--as she's chaperoned from Wichita to New York to attend dance school.
The Green Shore--also an IndieNext selection for June--is a debut novel getting lots of raves. It follows the personal and political travails of a family in Greece during the 1967-1974 Regime of the Colonels.
BookBrowse.com calls Equal of the Sun, set in 16th century Iran "a riveting story of political intrigue and a moving portrait of the unlikely bond between a princess and a eunuch," and its author a "master storyteller."
The Guardian's May 5th review of The Innocents (a June 2012 IndieNext selection) says, "This impressive debut transports Edith Wharton's Age of Innocence to contemporary north-west London." I'm taking it with me to BEA this week, so I'll let you know. Gorgeous cover, huh?
Wallflower in Bloom is "a very funny read that will make you roll your eyes about family!” (bookseller Joann Doggart, blurbing in the June 2012 issue of IndieNext).
About The Watch, a novel of suspense set in Afghanistan, the publisher says, "Following a desperate night-long battle, a group of beleaguered soldiers in an isolated base in Kandahar are faced with a lone woman demanding the return of her brother's body. Is she a spy, a black widow, a lunatic, or is she what she claims to be: a grieving young sister intent on burying her brother according to local rites?"
Why did I do this to myself? I loved Gillian Flynn's last thriller, Dark Places, and have waited eagerly for her latest, Gone Girl. I couldn't resist picking it up as soon as I finished Amped (see below), knowing I wouldn't have time to finish it before I had to leave for New York. Believe me, I will be snatching it back up as soon as I return.
Everybody's talking about The 500, a legal thriller by Matthew Quirk. They say it's as good as super-early John Grisham. Well, all right. I look forward to it.
The Craving is Jason Starr's follow-up to The Pack, about a pack of super-hot urban werewolves. Yes, please.
Amped...ah, Amped. Last summer's Robopocalypse was an awesome novel about, well, the coming robot apocalypse (what, you don't think it can happen? Uh huh. Read this). This summer's offering, while not as fiendishly addictive as that one, is still pretty compelling. "Amps" (people whose minds have been amplified by neurological implants) have been declared non-citizens. Let the wars begin...
Some popular series YA titles, now out in paperback.
Rachael Ray? Burgers? I have just one more word: YUMMO!
How do you know Antony Beevor (Stalingrad) knows whereof he writes on his subject of choice? Click on the link and check out his book tour. Copenhagen. Stockholm. A little shihdig with Andrew Marr, Niall Ferguson, and Max Hastings. The Hague. You should read this book and get some you edducashun.
In The Mansion of Happiness Harvard scholar and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore explores the history of American ideas about l ife and death.
As always, this is just a sampling of the new releases for the week. We don't always get in every single new title, but we're happy to order anything you like. Don't see it here? Ask!