GalleyChat Tomorrow

Please join us at 4 p.m., EDT, tomorrow, to talk about galleys of forthcoming books (if you haven’t joined a GalleyChat before, click here for details).

Many of you have unpacked your ALA boxes, so there will be lots to talk about.

Here’s some titles that may come up:

Stiltsville: A Novel
Susanna Daniel
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-08-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061963070 / 9780061963070

This title has come up at every one of our previous GalleyChats. I read it during the recent NYC heat wave and it was the perfect antidote. There’s plenty of heat because it’s set in South Florida, but there is also plenty of swimming, boating and a community of summer homes built on stilts. No high drama or madness here, thank heaven; just an engrossing story of an “ordinary” woman as she meets the man she will marry, forms lasting friendships, and raises a family. It’s refreshing to read about good, caring people who struggle with many of the same issues we all do, but who bring an extra ounce of wisdom to it.

I’d Know You Anywhere: A Novel
Laura Lippman
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: William Morrow – (2010-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061706558 / 9780061706554

Of course, Laura Lippman already has a following, but this standalone is poised to bring her to a whole new audience.


Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian
Avi Steinberg
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese – (2010-10-19)
ISBN / EAN: 0385529090 / 9780385529099

This book had me at the opening line, “Pimps make the best librarians.” The author knows;  he had to draw on prison inmates to help run his library.


The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction
Rebecca Costa
Retail Price: $26.95
Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Vanguard Press – (2010-10-05)
ISBN / EAN: 1593156057 / 9781593156053

I met author Rebecca Costa during her signing at ALA. She’s a real force and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her on the talk shows this fall.  The book’s scary subtitle addresses her central question; “Why can’t we think our way out of our problems any more?”


Russian Winter: A Novel
Daphne Kalotay
Retail Price: $25.99
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: Harper – (2010-09-01)
ISBN / EAN: 0061962163 / 9780061962165

This debut sounds like a good, old-fashioned saga about a 76-year old former Russian ballerina who reviews her past as she puts together an auction catalog of her jewels.


The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration
Isabel Wilkerson
Retail Price: $30.00
Hardcover: 640 pages
Publisher: Random House – (2010-09-07)
ISBN / EAN: 0679444327 / 9780679444329

Isabel was the last speaker on the First Author panel at ALA and she had us hanging on her every word as she spoke passionately about the migration of African Americans to the North, told through the stories of ordinary people who made the trek.


The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating
Elisabeth Tova Bailey
Retail Price: $18.95
Hardcover: 208 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2010-08-24)
ISBN / EAN: 1565126068 / 9781565126060

The true story of a woman recovering from an illness. Her friend gives her a very strange gift; a snail in a terrarium


Brock Clarke
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Algonquin Books – (2010-10-05)
ISBN / EAN: 1565126084 / 9781565126084

By the author of An Arsonist’s Guide to Writer’s Home in New England; it was a librarians’ Shout & Share pick at BEA and was featured at Algonquin’s booth at ALA.

Comments are closed.