New Title Radar – Week of 5/30

The Memorial Day weekend brings media roundups of the big summer titles (inevitably, with the word “hot” in the headline); the L.A. Times was the first out last week; USA Today‘s and the NYT’s both arrived today).

Meanwhile, here’s the titles to look forward to next week.


To Be Sung Underwater by Tom McNeal (Little, Brown) is the story of a Los Angeles wife and mother reevaluating her marriage and the carpenter she left in her Nebraska past. The Wall St. Journal praises its prose and plot, and it’s an Indie Next #4 Pick for June.



Dreams of Joy by Lisa See (Random House) revisits Shanghai Girls sisters Pearl and May in this story of life in Communist China. Library Journal says, “Readers of historical fiction will appreciate the authentic details that See weaves into her novel. You don’t have to read Shanghai Girls to love this book, but if you have, this sequel will make you want to reread its predecessor.”

Movie Tie-ins

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (Random House) ties in to the movie directed by Wayne Wang (The Joy Luck ClubMaid in Manhattan and Because of Winn-Dixie) coming July 15. Check out the trailer here.


Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty by Andrew Bolton (Metropolitan Museum of Art) is a look at the highlights of the fashion designer’s career, tying into a current exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum. The book is currently at #174 on the B& bestseller list.

The Seed by Jon Gordon (Wiley) is a business fable by the bestselling author of The Energy Bus and Soup, which explains how to embark on a quest for meaning and passion behind work.

Through My Eyes by Tim Tebow (HarperCollins) is a memoir by the college football quarterback and NFL top prospect about his faith and family values.

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