Big Titles Landing Next Week

Below are titles that have been featured in the fall previews.


10/19 Paterson, Katherine;  Day of the Pelican

Lisa Von Drasek said here, ” you should be uncharacteristically selfish and grab this one first. It is a story of the Kosovo civil war, a refugee story, and a post-9/11 story. Because it is Paterson, the parts add up to more than the whole. Read it.”

The official pub date is 10/19, but most libraries have received their copies.

The Day of the Pelican
Katherine Paterson
Retail Price: $16.00
Hardcover: 160 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books – (2009-10-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0547181884 / 9780547181882

Audio: Brilliance; 9781441802064; Read by Tavia Gilbert; $24.99
Audio downloadable from OverDrive.

Graphic Books

10/19 Crumb, R. Book of Genesis Illustrated

L.A Times — “An honest, powerful, violent rendering of the Bible’s first book.”

Featured on NPR’s All things Considered — an “Awesome, Affecting Take On Genesis

Many libraries don’t have it on their catalogs — Hennepin shows it on order, with 33 holds.

The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb
R. Crumb
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Co. – (2009-10-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0393061027 / 9780393061024


10/20 Cornwell, Patricia; The Scarpetta Factor

Unsurprisingly, of the titles coming out this week, this one has the highest number of holds. Libraries have also ordered the most copies, so holds are running 2 to 1.

10/20 Klosterman, Chuck; Eating the Dinosaur

While Kirkus found this to be “Klosterman at his best” since his bestselling Sex, Drugs and Coco Puffs, Entertainment Weekly gives it just a B+, saying Klosterman is “stuck a bit too much in his own head” this time out, although he is still “witty and clever.”

10/20 Pamuk, Orhan;  Museum of Innocence

10/20 Kingsbury, Karen; Shades of Blue

10/20 Pearlman, Ann; The Christmas Cookie Club

One of the few big commercial debuts this fall. Variety reported in May that film rights were sold to the two-year-old CBS Films, which has been set up to release “mid-range films” (costing $50 million or less). Wendy Finerman (The Devil Wears Prada; Forrest Gump) is producing.

Entertainment Weekly gives it the first consumer review, rating it a  C+

The Christmas Cookie Club: A Novel
Ann Pearlman
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: Atria – (2009-10-20)
ISBN / EAN: 1439158843 / 9781439158845

Audio: S&S Audio; 9780743598286; $29.99
Large Print: Wheeler Publishing; 9781410420329; $34.95

10/20 Steel, Danielle; Southern Lights

10/20 Mayle, Peter; The Vintage Caper

10/20 Vonnegut, Kurt; Look at the Birdie

A collection of Vonnegut’s early stories, never before published. The Huffington Post reviewer says, “Usually, I’m wary of posthumous collections of an author’s early work, it seems like they’d just be scraping the bottom of the barrel, but this collection is really a work of art.”


10/20 Gladwell, Malcolm; What the Dog Saw

10/20 Keegan, John; American Civil War; Just reviewed in the NYT

10/20 Keller, Timothy; Counterfeit Gods

10/20 Levitt, Steven; SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance

The authors of the bestselling Freakonomics are raising hackles because of their take on global warming; Paul Krugman, in today’s “Conscience of a Liberal”  column, takes them to task, calling their ideas dangerous and “just plain wrong.”

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance
Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner
Retail Price: $29.99
Hardcover: 288 pages
Publisher: William Morrow – (2009-11-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0060889578 / 9780060889579

HarperAudio: 9780060889357; $34.99
HarperLuxe: 9780061927577; $29.99
Audio and eBook downloadable from OverDrive


10/19 Egan, Timothy; The Big Burn:Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America

Most libraries have received this title. Author was winner of the National Book Award for The Worst Hard Time.

Christian Science Monitor — “what makes The Big Burn particularly impressive is Egan’s skill as an equal-opportunity storyteller… he recounts the stories of men and women completely unknown to most of us with the same fervor he uses to report the stories of historic figures.”

Seattle Post Intelligencer also writes about it.

10/19 Gordon, Linda;  Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits

SF Chronicle

10/20 Shawcross, William; The Queen Mother

The British Press desperately tried to find news in this 1,000 page authorized biography, running headlines like “TV Sit-Coms Tickled Queen Mum.” British reviewers found it too full of detail and too short on interest.

Telegraph — “…in [Shawcross’] zeal for comprehensiveness, he has created a text awash with details of menus consumed, clothes embroidered, presents received, places visited, and foundation stones laid that only a reader with a Queen Mother-sized sense of duty is likely to wade through to the finish line.

Guardian — “indulgent and overlong.”

10/21 Mann, William J, How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood

The British press found this Elizabeth much more interesting than the Queen Mum:

The Times of London:…wisely eschews the blow-by-blow approach and many of the time-honoured anecdotes about Taylor and Burton, instead “zooming in on key periods,” drawing on new interviews with the star’s colleagues and friends, and meticulous research in the MGM archives. While hardly earth-shattering, what emerges is a richly enjoyable biography.

How to Be a Movie Star: Elizabeth Taylor in Hollywood
William J. Mann
Retail Price: $28.00
Hardcover: 496 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Trade – (2009-10-21)
ISBN / EAN: 0547134649 / 9780547134642

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