Among the authors that will be welcomed back with open arms next week is Louise Penny, whose next Chief Inspector Gamache title is The Long Way Home, (Macmillan/Minotaur; Macmillan Audio; OverDrive sample). Susan Vreeland continues her art history themed books with Lisette’s List, (Random House; BOT)
There’s also a new James Patterson, but this time, it’s an original trade paperback. The Private series opens offices in Sydney, Australia, with the title Private Down Under, (Hachette/Grand Central; Hachette/Audio; Hachette Large Print), being published for the first time in the U.S. after its U.K. release last year. It is written with Michael White, a British author living in Australia in his first collaboration with Patterson.
All the titles listed here, as well as more notable titles arriving next week, are on our downloadable EarlyWord New Title Radar, Week of 8/25/14, with ordering information and alternative formats.
Heroes Are My Weakness, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, (HarperCollins/Morrow; HarperLuxe; HarperAudio)
“Any Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel is going to make it onto my must-read list, but this one is particularly wonderful, and here’s why: she creates, then cheerfully destroys, the romance cliche of the brooding hero with a dark secret who lives in a crumbling mansion and captivates a plucky heroine. The hero is a horror novelist, and the heroine a failed actress-turned-puppeteer. This warm, witty, comedy-drama is a perfect summer read.” — Donna Matturri, Pickerington Public Library, Pickerington, OH
“There’s been a good run of fantasy and science fiction books this year. Joining the list of great fantastical reads is John Scalzi’s Lock In. Scalzi is best known for his military SF (especially the Old Man’s War series), so his latest is a change of pace. A blending of SF and police procedural that hits every note just right.” — Jane Jorgenson, Madison Public Library, Madison, WI
Tons of Tie-ins
It’s going to be another big fall for book adaptations. This week brings tie-ins to some of the most anticipated, including Gone Girl (check our tie-ins listing for all of the over 40 adaptations coming through December).
This Is Where I Leave You, (Movie Tie-in), Jonathan Tropper (Penguin/Plume) — Movie releases 9/19
An all-star cast includes Jane Fonda (who, based on the trailer, is having a grand time in her role), Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, Adam Driver and Rose Byrne.
A Walk Among the Tombstones (Movie Tie-in Edition), Lawrence Block, (Hard Case Crime) — Movie releases, 9/19
Liam Neeson brings Block’s alcoholic ex-cop, Matthew Scudder to life. And, yes, the part involves some phone time.
Tracks (Movie Tie-in Edition) : A Woman’s Solo Trek Across 1700 Miles of Australian Outback, Robyn Davidson, (RH/Vintage) — Movie releases 9/19
Released early this year in many other countries, this is getting just a limited theatrical release in the U.S., so we weren’t expecting much publicity for it, but it is featured prominently in Entertainment Weekly‘s Fall movie preview. True to her character, Mia Wasikowska is mostly solo in this true story of a woman on a journey to exorcise her demons, with a brief appearance by Adam Driver as a National Geographic photographer
The only thing we have to say about this one is, did they really think they needed to bother with a tie-in?
Before I Go to Sleep tie-in, S. J. Watson, (Harper Pbks) — Movie releases 10/31
Nicole Kidman stars with Colin Firth. Enough said.
Horns Movie Tie-in Edition, Joe Hill, (Harper Pbks) — Movie releases 10/31
Starring Daniel Radcliffe, in a very grown-up role, this was released last year in the U.K., it has been a long time coming to the U.S. The release of the trailer sent the book up Amazon’s sales rankings, so the publicity for the movie is likely to have the same effect.