The Books of Summer

Hurrah! USA Today‘s Summer Books preview is up, listing 130+ of the season’s top books, with cover images and annotations for each and every one. It even has excerpts for some of the titles. Set up in a fun, interactive format (watch out, it’s addictive), it’s a great tool for readers advisory training.

Good as it is, it doesn’t take chances. The list is dominated by expected hits from authors with track records (no mention of The Art of Racing in the Rain, which just appeared on their Top 150 list at #129, after a few days on sale).

From that large crop, USA Today‘s editors choose “The Authors of Summer,” with quick info. on each of the six, including why they’re hot.


James Bond is back in book form with the ‘Devil’
Devil May Care
By Sebastian Faulks

Why it’s hot: It will be released on what would have been Fleming’s 100th birthday as part of a centennial celebration. Faulks is an acclaimed literary novelist, unlike Fleming, who was known more for his plots than style.”

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Doubleday (May 28, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385524285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385524285
  • Audio CD: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Random House Audio;, $29.95 (May 28, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739366211
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739366219
  • Large Type: $24.95
  • Publisher: Random House Large Print; (May 28, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0739327852
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739327852

E. Lynn Harris proves to be quite ‘Good’

Just Too Good to Be True
by E. Lynn Harris
Why it’s hot: After nine best-selling novels about the lives and loves of black Americans (gay, straight and bisexual), Harris has nailed the winning formula for a sexy, melodramatic beach read.”

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: Doubleday (July 15, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0385492723
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385492720

Stephanie Klein remembers what it was like to be ‘Moose’
Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp
by Stephanie Klein
“Why it’s hot: It combines the classic misery-at-summer-camp story with the lengths we’ll go to get thin.”

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: William Morrow (May 27, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0060843292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060843298


W. Hodding Carter is holding his breath in the ‘Deep End’
Off the Deep End
By W. Hodding Carter

“Why it’s hot: Aimed at aging baby boomers, it’s dedicated ‘To all those aged athletes out there with a burning desire to kick some young butt.’ Publisher is touting it as Father’s Day gift.”

  • Hardcover: 209 pages
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books (June 10, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1565125649
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565125643


The matchless David Sedaris quits smoking in ‘Flames’
When You Are Engulfed in Flames
By David Sedaris
(Little, Brown, $25.99)

Why it’s hot: Sedaris is on a roll after his wildly popular best-sellers Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim.”

  • Hardcover: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown, (June 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316143472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316143479
  • Audio CD: Unabridged, $34.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio; (June 3, 2008)
  • Reader: David Sedaris
  • ISBN-10: 1600241824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600241826
  • Audio Cassette: Unabridged, $34.98
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (June 3, 2008)
  • Reader: David Sedaris
  • ISBN-10: 1600242316
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600242311
  • Large Type: $25.99
  • Publisher: Little, Brown. (June 3, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0316024597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316024594

Emily Giffin is in top chick-lit form
Love the One You’re With

“Why it’s hot: The best-selling chick-lit author (Something Borrowed, Baby Proof) makes her highest debut on USA TODAY’s Best-Selling Books list at No. 8 today with her latest novel.”

  • Hardcover: $24.95
  • Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (May 13, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 0312348673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312348670
  • Audio CD: Abridged, $24.95
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio; (May 13, 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1427204217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427204219


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