Friday, October 12, 2007

Hot Titles: What's Coming in October

Hot October Titles:
Books you shouldn't leave the store without.

There are a great deal of author interviews in the final steps and almost ready to be published. While we're waiting I thought I would give you a glimpse at what kind of new and exciting titles are coming up in October. As always -- I'll be doing an interview with each of these authors...

Upcoming titles this month cover a variety of different topics. There's the light-hearted approach to living according to the Biblical commandments, two fictional titles that deal with the subtlties of marriage and relationships, and some great history books on a number of subjects.

A Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs
October 9, 2007 - 400 pages - $25.00

A.J. Jacobs isn't particularly religious. But he decides to find out what it would be like to live by all of the commandments of the Bible for one year. The result is a book that is hilarious, ironic, and inevitably insightful. Jacobs travels too, heading out to visit others who live strictly by the rules, visiting Samaritans in Israel, snake handlers in Appalachia, Amish in Lancaster County, Pa., and biblical creationists in Kentucky.

I turns out the the rules of the Bible are kind of hard, if not impossible to live by! There are restriction in clothing, mandatory cricket eating, and the practice of the ten-string harp. Did I just read crickets? Yes -- you did.

Jacobs is a funny guy and I am looking forward to this one.

Matrimony by Joshua Henkin
October 2, 2007 - 304 pages - $23.95

Henkin tackles the word that strikes fear into the hearts of many. Matrimony is a book that follows the lives of four people, two couples, that meet each other in college. The center couple of the novel are Mia and Julian whom the readers follow through college towns, family dramas, failed literary projects and the dot-com boom. Readers of the novel have called the book patient and yet sharp and entertaining. How does love change over the course of fifteen years? Henkin tries to show us how.

Waiting to Surface by Emily Listfield
October 2, 2007 - 320 pages - $24.95

No stranger to publication, this is Listfield's sixth novel. Waiting to Surface follows the life of a woman struggling to live in New York City with all of its complexities. The main character, Sarah Larkin, is a lover of art who is genuinely happy working at a women's magazine. Sarah's husband, however, isn't enjoying life nearly as much as she is. He's an alcoholic who leaves New York for Florida in order to meet up with an old friend.

Sarah's husband, Todd, doesn't come home as expected and is soon part of an investigation in which he, and the woman he has been staying with, have disappeared. What makes this novel so personal is that the novel is loosely based off of Listfield's own relationship in which her husband disappeared.

Poor Sarah is left trying to help find her missing husband, lead her magazine, and raise her daughter alone. The book provides an interesting and truthful look at a life come unraveled

Mozart's Sister by Rita Charbonnier
October 9th, 2007 - 336 pages - $23.95

I have written about this book before and now that I have gotten a chance to beginning reading I have to say that Mozart's Sister is very interesting. I look forward to reporting back soon about the entire book. Maria Anna Mozart, nicknamed Nannerl by her brother Wolfgang Amadeus, was also a very gifted musical child prodigy. However, Nannerl found herself living in the shadow of her brother, Mozart. This is the first novel by Italian TV scriptwriter Charbonnier. The fictional account of Maria Anna Mozart details her difficult childhood at the hands of sometimes tyrannical Leopold Mozart. What follows is a secret love affair and a bond between siblings that is never quite severed.

Stay tuned for more books coming out this month.


Unknown said...

If you'd like to hear A.J. Jacobs talk about his new book, "The Year of Living Biblically," check out this audio interview link.

Unknown said...

Thanks Bob,

AJ and I are going to be sitting down for an interview very soon, which will be available here at Loaded Questions as well.


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