May 30, 2011

Get Out Your TBR List: Big Books at BEA 2011

Posted in Book Talk, Publishing tagged , , , , , at 10:48 am by The Word Jar

Last week Publishers Weekly ran an excellent article highlighting the books getting the most buzz at BEA. They interviewed several booksellers from independent bookstores around the country to see what upcoming titles they can’t wait to recommend to their customers.

Two of the titles I’m most intrigued by from that list are The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante. The Night Circus centers around two magicians in a mysterious circus who are in competition, as well as falling in love, with each other. I was already looking forward to this book after reading the publisher’s description, but then I found this mesmerizing book trailer. I could watch it over and over and over.

Alice LaPlante’s Turn of Mind is actually next up on my reading list. This novel is told in the voice of a retired surgeon, Dr. Jennifer White, who is succumbing to Alzheimer’s. Dr. White turns out to be a person of interest when her best friend is murdered, but she has no memory of the incident. Memory, or lack thereof, must be a trend in books right now, because Turn of Mind is one of four books on my reading list that deals with amnesia or Alzheimer’s (the other books being The Two Deaths of Daniel Hayes by Marcus Sakey, Before I Go To Sleep by S. J. Watson, and What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty).

As if all of these suggestions weren’t enough, to further add to your reading list the New York Times offers their best bets for beach reads in “Books to Bury Yourself In.”

If you can’t find anything worthwhile to read from these suggestions, you need your library card revoked.

(Of course these lists are enough to keep me in books up to my eyeballs all summer, but I’m always on the lookout for other recommendations. So, I get to keep my library card and still ask, “What books are on your list for the summer?”)

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