April Booksense Picks

Girls in Trucks tops the April Book Sense Picks Preview, which has just been posted. The #1 selection is a debut novel from Little, Brown, which the company is enthusiastically backing (tw0-page spread in the catalog, advertising in the NY Times, LA Times, New Yorker and People, among others, 7-city author tour, ARC’s, simultaneous audio).

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Girls in Trucks, Katie Crouch

  • Hardcover: $21.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (April 7, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316002119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316002110
  • Audio CD: $29.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (April 7, 2008)
  • Reader: Author
  • ISBN-10: 1600242723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600242724
  • Large Type Paperback: $21.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown (April 7, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316027618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316027618

San Francisco bookseller, Kevin Hunsanger, describes the book this way:

This first novel by Katie Crouch turns the high-fallutin’ notions of Southern debutante culture on its ear with a dark and frankly sexual tale of awakening. A page-turner by every account, Girls in Trucks blends steamy scenes and heartbreak with an infectious, dreamlike prose, to deliver a graceful work of literature — not to be read while wearing white lace gloves!

An author video is also available:


Crouch is from Charleston and now lives in San Francisco.

Most libraries have ordered modest quantities. This is one to watch.

For those unfamiliar with Book Sense, it’s a program created by the American Booksellers Association to promote independent bookstores. One aspect of the program is the monthly Picks, twenty favorite titles pubbed in that month, selected by ABA members. Each pick is accompanied by a recommendation by a bookseller. The recommendations are not reviews, but models of quick handsells. Stores use the picks in various ways — some display all the titles, some use shelf talkers with the bookseller recommendations, and many promote them on their Web sites. The #1 Picks often become bestsellers.

The full list of the Picks is a great resource for Readers Advisory information. This month’s list includes a “worthy addition to the Scandinavian sleuths created by Henning Mankell and Arnaldur Indridason” (The Fourth Man, by K.O. Dahl), “one of the best short story collections…in years, and possibly, forever (Knockemstiff by Donald Ray Pollock) and “the story of the three most important women in the history of pop music…[that] captures the ’60’s better than any novel” (Girls Like Us by Sheila Weller).

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