Big Titles; Week of 12/21

The year is winding down, with just a few big titles this week.

12/22 Nonfiction

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right
Atul Gawande
Retail Price: $24.50
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Metropolitan Books – (2009-12-22)
ISBN / EAN: 0805091742 / 9780805091748

Macmillan Audio: UNAB CD; 9781427208989; $29.99

Surgeon and writer Gawande’s 2007 title, Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Perfomance was on the NYT bestseller list for 6 weeks. His first book, Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science, was a finalist for the National Book Award. In The Checklist Manifesto, he argues that a seemingly mundane checklist can go a long way preventing mistakes in the operating room, a subject he wrote about in a 2007 in the New Yorker.  He will appear at ALA Midwinter in the Sunrise Speaker Series on 1/17, 8 to 9 a.m.

12/24 Nonfiction

Your Kids Are Your Own Fault: A Guide For Raising Responsible, Productive Adults
Larry Winget
Retail Price: $26.00
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Gotham – (2009-12-24)
ISBN / EAN: 1592404952 / 9781592404957

Audio and ebook downloadable from OverDrive

Another slap upside the head from Winget, “The Pitbull of Personal Development,” who’s already told you to Shut Up, Stop Whining and Get a Life, that You’re Broke Because You Want to Be and It’s Called Work for a Reason!: Your Success Is Your Own Damn Fault.

12/22 Fiction

Hidden Empire
Orson Scott Card
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Tor Books – (2009-12-22)
ISBN / EAN: 0765320045 / 9780765320049

Macmillan Audio: UNAB CD; 9781427207777; $39.99

Audiobook downloadable from OverDrive

The sequel to Empire

12/22 Childrens

A Whole Nother Story
Dr. Cuthbert Soup
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s Books – (2009-12-22)
ISBN / EAN: 1599904357 / 9781599904351

Vying for a place alongside Lemony Snicket, this is the debut of a new series. Booklist said, “Any story elements that feel derivative will likely only attract the book’s target readers, who will eagerly embrace the entertaining narration of Dr. Cuthbert Soup, Founder of the National Center for Unsolicited Advice.”  Kirkus called it “Great fun.”

12/22 Young Adult

Hearts at Stake: The Drake Chronicles
Alyxandra Harvey
Retail Price: $16.99
Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Walker Books for Young Readers – (2009-12-22)
ISBN / EAN: 0802798403 / 9780802798404

Before you roll your eyes at yet another YA vampire series, consider that  Booklist says it’s “Fun, funny, and a relief from Twilight wannabes, this first installment in the Drake Chronicles has lots to offer for savvy readers and gives vampire addicts a nice twist on their usual fare.”

One Response to “Big Titles; Week of 12/21”

  1. Mamie Anthoine Ney Says:

    Hi Nora!

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday break. Much happiness and lots of good reads in the New Year.