New Title Radar, Week of Jan. 6

The Invention of Wings - Oprah   Standup Guy  Your Life Calling

Arriving next week, Sue Monk Kidd’s new book, The Invention of Wings, (Penguin/Viking; Penguin Audio; Thorndike) already has a powerful endorsement as the first pick of the year for Oprah’s Book Club 2.0Entertainment Weekly, adds its endorsement, saying The Invention of Wings, “isn’t just the story of a friendship that defies an oppressive society; it’s a much more satisfying story of two people discovering together that their lives are worth the fight.” (for those attending Midwinter, Kidd is one of the speakers appearing at United for Libraries’ Gala Author Tea on Mon., Jan 27).

It is second in terms of holds for the week to Stuart Woods’ 28th title in the Stone Barrington series, Standup Guy,  (Penguin/Putnam; Penguin Audio; Thorndike).

Jane Pauley was in the news last week for simply making an appearance on her old Today Show stage. Her new book, Your Life Calling: Reimagining the Rest of Your Life, (S&S; S&S Audio, read by Pauley) is also likely to get media attention.

Several LibraryReads picks arrive next week:

Little FailureLittle Failure, Gary Shteyngart, (Random House)

“Little Failure is the marvelous tale of the Shteyngart family’s journey from Leningrad to Queens in the 1970s. Gary Shteyngart captures an amazing snapshot of that time in history, and this engaging memoir is suffused with conflict, love, and a lot of hilarity.” — Laura Scott, Park Ridge Public Library, Park Ridge, IL

Also, it gets a strong review from Entertainment Weekly.

The wind is not a riverThe Wind Is Not a River, Brian Payton, (Harper)

“A tender love story about a reporter stranded during World War II on one of the Aleutian Islands, and his feisty wife, who travels to find him. The geographical and historical setting of American warfare in the North Pacific, little known to most, is very intriguing. Readers will fall in love with the main characters’ fierce determination to survive and love against all odds.” –Paulette Brooks, Elm Grove Public Library, Elm Grove, WI

And in movie tie-ins:

Winter's Tale MTI  Flowers in the Attic

Winter’s Tale (Movie Tie-In Edition), Mark Helprin, (HMH/Mariner Books) — starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, Russell Crowe, the adaptation opens on Velentine’s Day.

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Flowers in the Attic, V.C.  Andrews, (S&S/Gallery Books and Pocket Books; AudioGo) — Lifetime explores new territory with this remake of a cult classic, set to debut on Jan 18.

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All the above titles, and more coming next week, are listed on our downloadable spreadsheet, New Title Radar, Week of Jan 6

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