August 5th marks the fiftieth anniversary of the untimely death of Marilyn Monroe, and this week brings the first wave of biographies and novels about the legendary actress.
Keith Badman's Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years closely examines Marilyn's last two years, seeking to dispel rumors and set the record straight. Marilyn: The Passion and the Paradox by Lois Banner examines the many dichotomies of which Marilyn was composed. J.I. Baker's The Empty Glass, the lone fiction title in this week's crop of Monroecentric works, weaves together historical fact and conpiracy theory to create a paranoiac thriller.
It's a great week for thrillers! We, of course, are most excited about the release--finally!--of Timothy Hallinan's The Fear Artist, a Poke Rafferty thriller. If you haven't read Tim you absolutely must--his Bangkok-set series is one of the best around. Featuring ex-pat Poke Rafferty, an American citizen married to a Thai woman with whom he has adopted a former street kid, Miaow (who was, when the series started, an adorable, precocious little kid and is now an entirely-too-believable terrible tween), these novels are gritty and lyrical in equal measure. But this isn't the only reason the Book Frog is excited about this new release. We're thrilled to be welcoming Timothy Hallinan to our store on Saturday, July 21st at 2 p.m. for a book signing! Please join us--Tim's as fascinating as his books.
Daniel Silva is well-known for his series featuring art restorer, spy, and sometime assassin Gabriel Allon; The Fallen Angel, the latest, is set in Vatican City. And then there's James Lee Burke and his glorious Dave Robichaux novels set in the Louisiana bayou. Creole Belle picks up soon after the leave-you-hanging action of Burke's last book, The Glass Rainbow.
Chris Bohjalian's latest, The Sandcastle Girls, moves between contemporary New York and Syria in 1915, as a young woman pursues her Armenian heritage. And Shine, Shine, Shine, by Lydia Netzer, is being called "A debut of singular power and intelligence...a unique love story, an adventure between worlds, and a stunning novel of love, death, and what it means to be human."
MIDDLE GRADE/YOUNG ADULT
The Land of Stories is Glee star Chris Colfer's debut novel. Intended for middle grade readers, it's the story of a set of twins with a magical book of fairy tales that allows them to enter the world of the stories. On a far more serious and mature note, James Preller's YA novel Before You Go follows a 16-year-old who's attempting to have a normal life in the extended wake of an accident that changed his life seven years earlier. And Small Damages, also for young adults and receiving lots of great press already, is about a high school senior thrown off course by pregnancy.
There are many, many more new releases this week, so if you don't see the one you're interested in here ask us. If we don't have it, we'll order it for you. And don't forget you can click on any of the titles in this blog post to purchase from our online store. You can also visit the store anytime by clicking on the frog reading logo on the right hand side of the home page of the blog.
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