Winter Books Preview

Frog Music Under the Wide and Starry

Janus has officially turned his head. USA Today switches from picking the “10 Best Books Of 2013” to asking”What 10 Books Should You Read This Winter?” Among the books by celebrities and established authors, are two by writers whose earlier books were surprise hits.

Emma Donoghue moves from a the contemporary setting of  her hit The Room (2010) to 1870s San Francisco in Frog Music, (Hachette/Little,Brown; Hachette Audio; April). The common thread is crimes against women; this one is about a grizzly unsolved murder.

Nancy Horan explored the “sandulous” (for the time) relationship between Frank Lloyd Wright and a convention-defying woman who became his mistress, in her best selling debut novel, Loving Frank, (2007). She  stays on familiar territory in her new book, Under the Wide and Starry Sky, (RH/Ballantine;RH Audio; RH Large Print; BOT; Jan. 21), based on the relationship between Robert Louis Stevenson and an aspiring American artist, who had moved to France with her three children to escape her husband.

3 Responses to “Winter Books Preview”

  1. Karen Kleckner Keefe Says:

    You keep starting posts with things like, “Janus has officially turned his head…” and you will never lose me as a devoted reader.

  2. Nora Rawlinson Says:

    Thanks for the laugh!

    I was afraid the image was a bit off — since Janus has two sides to his head, does it matter if he turns it?

    But then decided it is better not to overthink things!

  3. Wendy Bartlett Says:

    Be interested to see how Wide and Starry Skies does. My CCPL galley readers were not impressed…….