New Title Radar, Week of Sept. 9

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Leading the pack in holds next week is Sue Grafton’s 23nd title, W is for Wasted (Penguin/Putnam/Marian Wood; RH/BOT Audio; Thorndike), reminding us that she has only three letters left for this series. It’s always fun to see what dog-related pun Spencer Quinn will come up with for the next in his Chet and Bernie series; the new one is The Sound and the Furry (S&S/Atria). Tom Perrotta uses an attention-getting title for his new collection of short stories, Nine Inches, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s; Macmillan Audio).

But this week is less about recognizable names than a wide range of intriguing debuts and narrative nonfiction vying for attention; check our downloadable spreadsheet New Title Radar, Week of Sept 9, with notes on why they caught our interest and ordering information. Below are some highlights:

FangirlFangirl, Rainbow Rowell, (Macmillan/St. Martin’s Griffin; Listening Library)

This has been THE top favorite on both our adult and YA Galleyhats, so we weren’t surprised when it was chosen as the #1 LibraryReads pick for the inaugural, September LibraryReads list. It gets a two-page centerfold ad, highlighting the selection, in the upcoming 9/8 NYT Book Review. Published as a YA title, it was chosen for it’s strong crossover appeal:

“At turns funny, sweet, smart, and sad, Fangirl traces Cath’s journey to independence as she begins college, struggles to have an identity separate from her twin sister, find her voice and passion as a writer and fall in love, maybe, for the first time. As sharp and emotionally resonant as Rowell’s previous novel, Eleanor & Park.” — Stephanie Chase, Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA

9780307718969-1Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, Sheri Fink, (RH/Crown; RH Audio/BOT)

About the heart-wrenching decisions that had to be made after Hurricane Katrina devastated Memorial Hospital in New Orleans, this is another LibraryReads pick and is connecting with the media. It’s reviewed in the 9/8 New York Times Book Review, and will be featured next week on Comedy Central’s Daily Show as well as NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

9780465031016Cat Sense: How the New Feline Science Can Make You a Better Friend to Your Pet, John Bradshaw, (Basic Books)

The author of the best-selling Dog Sense now turns to the world’s most popular pets. This was already featured yesterday on NPR’s Fresh Air.


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