Fall Galleys to Grab at ALA

Our Galley Chat last week turned into a discussion of galleys to grab at ALA. Below are highlights, but for a longer rundown of titles to look for, check out the picks from the Librarians Shout & Share program at BEA as well as the longer list of all the titles that were mentioned.

Several people recommended the following on Galley Chat:

Anne Fortier
Retail Price: $25.00
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books – (2010-08-24)
ISBN / EAN: 0345516109 / 9780345516107

RH Audio; UNABR; 9780739384954; $40

A debut novel that comes with great expectations on the publisher’s part, after pre-empting the book prior to what was shaping up to become a heated auction. This is the story of a young woman who travels to Siena and delves into the story of her ancestors, Romeo and Giuletta (wait; didn’t they die in Verona? Appears there may be a twist here), just received a starred review in PW.


Cleopatra: A Biography
Stacy Schiff
Retail Price: $29.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2010-11-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0316001929 / 9780316001922

Hachette LARGE PRINT; Hdbk; 9780316120449; $31.99
Hachette Audio; UNABR; 9781607887010; 34.98

The bio of the Egytian queen and renowned beauty now has the added interest that the rights have been bought for a movie, with the possibility of Angelina Jolie playing Cleopatra.


One Galley Chatter mentioned that The Room was “all over BEA.” We’ve been hearing great things about it from librarians who have read the galley.

Room: A Novel
Emma Donoghue
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2010-09-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0316098337 / 9780316098335


My own recommendations are on an earlier post, but I want to give special attention to Up From the Blue, a debut by Susan Henderson. Just check out these amazing quotes; I agree with every one of them. Since it’s being published in trade paperback, you can take a risk and buy a few extra copies for your readers advisors.

Up from the Blue: A Novel
Susan Henderson
Retail Price: $13.99
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks – (2010-10-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061984035 / 9780061984037

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