Booksellers’ Picks for the Season

USA Today asks booksellers what new voices they’re most looking forward to in the upcoming season.

Among the fiction picks are several that are just out now, or about to be released.

The Postmistress
Sarah Blake
Retail Price: $25.95
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam – (2010-02-09)
ISBN / EAN: 0399156194 / 9780399156199

Simultaneous Unabridged Audio: 9780143145448; $39.95

Audio and eBook downloadable from OverDrive

Bookseller Elaine Petrocelli from Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA thinks this debut will have “the kind of following that The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society had.” The author will be at MidWinter, signing at the Penguin booth, #1324, on Sunday, 1:30 to 2:30.


Dolen Perkins-valdez
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Amistad – (2010-01-01)
ISBN / EAN: 006170654X / 9780061706547

Unabridged Audio: Book on Tape

Audio and eBook downloadable from OverDrive

This debut novel is about slave owners who vacationed with their black mistresses at a summer resort in Ohio. “Almost every copy we had pre-ordered was spoken for by the time it came in,” says a bookseller from Cincinnati, where the local setting may have particular appeal. All four prepub sources are enthusiastic about it; PW calls it “heart-wrenching, intriguing, original and suspenseful.” People gave it 3.5 of 4 stars, calling it a “devastating beautiful account of a cruel past.”


The Swan Thieves
Elizabeth Kostova
Retail Price: $26.99
Hardcover: 576 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2010-01-12)
ISBN / EAN: 0316065781 / 9780316065788

Audio from Hachette: CD: $39.98; ISBN 9781600247453

Large Print:Little Brown: $28.99; ISBN 9780316043663

Book and audio downloadable from OverDrive

The Swan Thieves is getting considerable attention, largely because of the huge success of the author’s 2005 debut title, The Historian. Borders tells USA Today that they are throwing support behind it. This week, rival B& published Laura Miller’s intriguing review of the book in The Barnes and Noble Review.


One Amazing Thing
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Retail Price: $23.99
Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: Voice – (2010-02-02)
ISBN / EAN: 1401340997 / 9781401340995

Petrocelli is also excited about a book we’ve been hearing advance reader buzz for, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s One Amazing Thing. PW and Kirkus are both lukewarm about this story of seven people trapped in an American consulate after an earthquake, but Booklist calls it a “a suspenseful, astute, and unforgettable survivors tale.”

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