Here it is, your go-to gift for every kid on your list this season:Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck. Trust me, I'm a trained professional. But if you don't believe me, check out author Jeff Kinney's teaser here.
History & PoliticsOoh, a couple of good ones this week.
Pulitzer Prize winner Doris Kearns Goodwin (Team of Rivals) turns her sights on that rough rider Theodore Roosevelt's relationship with the press in The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism. It was the first book we sold yesterday...because Pete's been slavering over it since it arrived in the store last week.
In a vein that couldn't possibly be more different and still be considered the same subject, the authors of Game Change--the tell-all that took Double Down: Game Change 2012. Though according to reviews it's not likely to go down as an essential work of political history it is one of the juciest, buzziest books of the year.
FictionIt's been eight years since the publication of Amy Tan's last novel,Saving Fish From Drowning, so to say that this new one from the author of beloved The Joy Luck Club is much-anticipated is not to exaggerate. The Valley of Amazement examines one of Amy Tan's richest subjects, the deep relationship between mother and daughter, this time over a span of forty years, from the end of China's imperial age through World War II.
Can Diane Setterfield follow up the crazy success of her first novel, book club favorite The Thirteenth Tale, with another big success? Bellman & Black, Setterfield's second novel, begins with the impetuous killing of a rook by a young boy, an act which will have repercussions throughout his life. A ghost story, a gothic tale, a mystery; Bellman & Black is sure to please book-clubbers and thriller-readers alike.
And Don't ForgetAll of the amazing books released earlier this fall:
- House of Hades, fourth in the Heroes of Olympus series
- Allegiant, the controversial finale to the Divergent trilogy
- Bleeding Edge, National Book Award finalist from my favorite author, Thomas Pynchon
- One Summer: America, 1927, another feather in Bill Bryson's polymath cap
- The Rosie Project, a romance for non-romance readers...even guys (seriously)!
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