Sunday, August 30, 2009

New and Notable

Just In Time for the Labor Day Holiday
Here's a quick selection of fiction and non-fiction books due for release this week. Many are by your favorite authors; others have received plenty of pre-publication buzz...

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins (Sequel to the Hunger Games)
Katniss and Peeta have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion. (Young Adult title)

The Spire by Richard North Patterson
When a mentor who enabled his education and career entreats him to accept a college presidency amid an embezzlement scandal, trial lawyer Mark Darrow remembers his discovery of a murdered girl sixteen years earlier that resulted in a classmate's questionable conviction.

Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani
When 14-year-old Viola is sent from her beloved Brooklyn to boarding school in Indiana for ninth grade, she overcomes her initial reservations as she makes friends with her roommates, goes on a real date, and uses the unsettling ghost she keeps seeing as the subject of a short film. (Young Adult title)

A Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore
A coming of age story about Tassie Keljin, a small town girl adjusting to college, a potential job as a part-time nanny, first love, and politics in the shadow of 9/11.

The Death of Conservatism by Sam Tanenhaus
Sure to be a matter of great debate, this compact book summarizes the highs and lows of American conservatism over the decades. Pair this one with any of a number of bestselling books that state otherwise.

Spartan Gold by Clive Cussler
Another adrenaline-charged, high-stakes adventure from the Cussler franchise.

Evil at Heart by Chelsea Cain
Police detective Archie Sheridan again faces down serial killer Gretchen Lowell, or so it seems. If you like a blend of crime, horror, and dark comedy, this one may be for you.