Archive for the ‘2009 – Spring’ Category

Not Another HUNGER GAMES Post. Really.

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

We must be suffering from Hunger Games fatigue, a phenomenon identified by the L.A. Times. We didn’t post the admittedly cool flaming movie poster that appeared on the Web yesterday or the countdown widget (as of now, just 245 more days until the movie’s release on March 23).

Nevertheless, we were interested to learn that Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence may have another book-related project in the works. Deadline reports she is the leading contender for a coveted role in The Silver Linings Playbook, opposite Mark Wahlberg. The movie is based on the debut novel by Matthew Quick (one of Nancy Pearl’s picks for summer reading, 2009).

Production is set to begin this fall.

ROOM a Best Seller

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Making its debut on the USA Today best seller list at #43 after a week on sale is Booker shortlisted title Room by Emma Donoghue. It’s the 9th best-selling hardcover fiction title on the list, which means it should hit the NYT Hardcover Fiction somewhere around #9 this week; no mean feat in a season crowded with big name authors.

Of the titles on the Booker shortlist, it is currently selling the most in the US. The same is true in the UK, according to an analysis by The Bookseller.

The book has received many strong reviews in the U.S., including the cover of the NYT Book Review and a People pick. Library holds are growing quickly.

Room: A Novel
Emma Donoghue
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company – (2010-09-13)
ISBN / EAN: 0316098337 / 9780316098335

Hachette Audio; UNABR; 9781607886273; $29.98
Hachette Large Print; 9780316120579; Trade Pbk; $24.99

TheBookseller notes that in the UK, sales of all the shortlist titles are outstripped by a title that didn’t make it from longlist to short,  The Slap by Australian Christos Tsiolkas. The book has not had the same level of success in the U.S. However, a strong review in the Washington Post, indicates that it is a candidate for both reading groups and readers advisory (and, it’s in trade paperback).

The Slap
Christos Tsiolkas
Retail Price: $15.00
Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) – (2010-04-27)
ISBN / EAN: 0143117149 / 9780143117148

Edwards Faces More Criticism in Upcoming Book — UPDATE: Audio Info

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Gossipmongers have been riveted all week by revelations from the book Game Change, keeping it at #1 on Amazon sales rankings. Sarah Palin, the Clintons, the McCains and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have all various amounts of dirty laundry aired. But some of the most eyebrow-raising sections are about John Edwards and his wife Elizabeth, excerpted in this week’s New York magazine; far from being the humble man of the people, John Edwards developed into a megalomaniac, Elizabeth was an “abusive, intrusive, paranoid, condescending, crazy woman”, and campaign workers agonized over Edwards’ affair with Rielle Hunter.

And, John Edwards’ $400 haircut? It really cost $1,250.

There’s more to come.  Andrew Young, the Edwards’ aide, who pretended to be the father of Rielle Hunter’s baby to protect his boss, is publishing his own tell-all, The Politician. He is scheduled to get some serious air time:

1/29 — 20/20 begins a multiple-part interview with Bob Woodruff
2/1 — Book will be featured on World News with Diane Sawyer
2/2 — Interview with George Stephanopolous on Good Morning, America
2/2 — Nightline appearance

Few libraries have ordered The Politician; it was not reviewed prepub.

UPDATE: Unabridged audio will be available from Tantor:

Publisher: Tantor
Read by: Kevin Foley
Trade: 9781400116508; 10 CD’s; $34.99
Library: 9781400146505; 10  CD’s; $69.99
MP3: 9781400166503; 1 MP3-CD; $24.99

The Politician: An Insider’s Account of John Edwards’s Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down
Andrew Young
Retail Price: $24.99
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books – (2010-02-02)
ISBN / EAN: 031264065X / 9780312640651

Stephen King’s Top Ten

Friday, December 18th, 2009

Number one on Stephen King’s Top Ten Books of the year is Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger, which has appeared on several other lists and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize this year.

King’s list appears in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly. Since King draws from the books he read during the year, it includes older titles, like Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road (#2), Salman Rushdie’s Midnights Children (#4) and last year’s literary superstar, 2666 by Roberto Bolano (#5).

At #6 is a title that hasn’t appeared on other lists, a book that King says is “The most suspenseful book I read all year,” Michael Robotham’s Shatter.

Kirkus said of the Australian author’s fourth thriller, “Robotham sharpens the conventional horrors with his unerring eye for psychological detail, his mastery of pace and his spooky villain, a manipulator as monstrous as Hannibal Lecter.”

Michael Robotham
Retail Price: $24.95
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Doubleday – (2009-03-17)
ISBN / EAN: 0385517912 / 9780385517911

Audio; Recorded Books

  • UNABR CD; 9781436174541; $123.75
  • UNABR Cass; 9781436192651; $64.75

Book downloadable from OverDrive.

Doubleday; 9780739498996
Audio CD: Recorded Books; 9781436174541Doubleday; 9780739498996