We know how Janus felt; we had barely caught our breath from the multitude of 2012 best books lists (our selected links at right) when the first of 2013 reared their heads.
Huffington Post, “Best Books Of 2013?: Our Picks For The Year’s Biggest Reads”
The Atlantic, “Books to Look Forward to in 2013”
Flavorwire, “Flavorpill’s 30 Most Anticipated Books of 2013“
The Huffington Post gets it right that the title The World’s Strongest Librarian (Penguin/Gotham, May 2) will “win over bookstores and libraries;” it got our attention. Subtitled A Memoir of Tourette’s, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family, it’s by Josh Hanagarne, a librarian at Salt Lake City Public Library who writes a blog about books and weight lifting.
Also on the HuffPo list, as well as Flavorpill’s, is a novelization of a life that is ripe for it, Zelda Fitzgerald’s (but, wait, haven’t dozens of others, including her husband, already done that?); Z, by Therese Anne Fowler (Macmillan/St. Martin’s, March 26). Notes The Atlantic, “we’ll gladly read a hundred novelizations of her life. Especially if they’re all like this one, which lets us into a 17-year-old Zelda’s head.”
Anticipation is already high for Stephen King’s Dr. Sleep, the sequel to The Shining, coming on Sept. 24 (just before the premiere of the new film adaptation of his debut novel, Carrie) as well as Elizabeth Strout’s The Burgess Boys,(Random House) her next novel after her 2009 Pulitzer Prize winner, Olive Kitteridge.