Titles to Know and Recommend, Week of Dec. 21, 2015

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Dominating the books arriving next week are titles aimed at the concerns of the new year, weight loss and self improvement.

It’s odd, but not surprising to find that no titles from big-name authors arrive next week, when stores are occupied with selling, rather than unpacking boxes and stocking shelves. That leaves room for a some under-the-radar picks.

The titles covered here, and a few other notables arriving next week, are listed with ordering information and alternate formats, on our downloadable spreadsheet, EarlyWord-New-Title-Radar-Week-of-12/21/15

Consumer Media Picks

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Paradise City, Elizabeth Day, (Macmillan/Bloomsbury USA; 12/9) — People magazine’ s Book of the Week is set in London,  “four desperate lives intersect in this moving novel about love and identity.”  It is also an Indie Next pick

People picks for the week also came out earlier this month, James Lee Burke’s House of the Rising Sun  (S&S, Dec. 1) and Ametora by W. David Marx (Perseus/Basic Books, Dec. 1) . The latter title is the Japenese word for “American traditional style.” ,The book is “a fascinating cultural history ]that] explores japan’s revival of classic styles in the U.S. (think Uniqlo) and evolution into a global fashion force”

9780544534292_f8b48This Raging Light, Estele Laure, *HMH Books for Young Readers)

On Entertainment Weekly‘s Must List at #9; “a 17-year-old’sfather goes crazy, her mother abandons her, ad she’s left to care for her young sister. The author explores the teen emotions, from loneliness to first love, with poetic insight.

Peer Picks

9781939419514_de4e9Year of the Goose by Carly J. Hallman (The Unnamed Press)

Indie Next Pick:

“Sometimes too much pineapple turns your tongue into a caterpillar, all that acid seeping through. Between detailing a government-sanctioned fat camp meant to ‘rehabilitate’ China’s morbidly obese children and the brutal assassination of China’s richest man — Papa Hui, CEO of Bashful Goose Snack Company, China’s most profitable corporation — Hallman’s Year of the Goose contains that same tartness. Snarky and sinister, this debut novel will make you both cackle and cringe.” —Annalia Linnan, Brazos Bookstore, Houston, TX


The Choice
by Nicholas Sparks (Hachette/Grand Central Publishing; Hachette Audio).

An earlier Sparks novel (first published in 2007) makes it way to theaters on Feb. 2, 2016. The film stars Teresa Palmer and Tom Welling.

9781481470308_e6451City of Bones: TV Tie-in by Cassandra Clare (S&S/Margaret K. McElderry Books; Simon & Schuster Audio).

The TV series Shadowhunters will premiere on basic cable channel Freeform (formerly ABC Family) on Jan. 12, 2016.

It is based on Cassandra Clare’s popular YA series beginning with The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, (S&S/M.K. McElderry Books, 2007), which was made into a movie in 2013. After it flopped at the box office, the producers changed their plans of creating a film franchise and turned to TV, with a new cast of actors, all of whom are fairly new to the screen.

(for our full list of upcoming adaptations, download our Books to Movies and TV and link to our

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