BEA 2012: The Books
Since this was my fourth Book Expo America, I tried to be selective when it came to books, turning down those that were outside of my comfort zone or didn’t appeal to me for one reason or another. Because of that, I’m excited about all of the books I picked up but thought I would highlight the titles that I’m the most giddy about. I tried to narrow it down to five books but found that to be an impossible task and came up with six, plus four runners-up. Here they are, in no particular order:
TIGERS IN RED WEATHER by Liza Klaussmann
This story of two women whose lives haven’t turned out the way they expected was highly recommended by the folks at Hachette. The book is set around World War II and the late 1950s – both time periods I love. Throw in the discovery of a dead body and I’m totally hooked.
Release date: July 17, 2012
LAURA LAMONT’S LIFE IN PICTURES by Emma Straub
The people at Penguin were really enthusiastic about this book and I was lucky enough to meet Emma Straub and chat with her about it. Young Elsa loves to act in plays and escapes to Hollywood when tragedy strikes her family. She’s remade into Laura Lamont and strives to stay true to herself once she becomes overwhelmed with fame.
Release date: September 4, 2012
THE LIGHTHOUSE ROAD by Peter Geye
I’ve heard such wonderful things about Geye’s first novel, Safe From the Sea, I was really excited to see he has a new book coming out soon. This is the story of a first generation American and the woman he loves trying to escape their past. Set in Minnesota in the 1920′s, this book promises to be full of emotion.
Release date: October 2, 2012
ONE LAST THING BEFORE I GO by Jonathan Tropper
The washed up drummer of a one-hit wonder rock band refuses lifesaving heart surgery so he can spend time trying to repair his relationship with his teenaged daughter. Since it’s written by Tropper, it’s sure to be heartbreaking and humorous all at the same time.
Release date: August 21, 2012
IN THE SHADOW OF THE BANYAN by Vaddey Ratner
Since this book was featured in the Editor’s Buzz panel, I heard about it weeks before BEA and was thrilled to get a copy. Raami is a young Cambodian girl used to a life of privilege when the Khmer Rouge take over the country. As she fights for survival, Raami clings to the only thing the Khmer Rouge can’t take from her – the stories her father shared with her.
Release date: August 7, 2012
FLIGHT BEHAVIOR by Barbara Kingsolver
Kingsolver is a favorite author of mine so I’m excited about just about anything she writes. In this novel she weaves environmental issues (notably global warming) into the story of a young girl trapped in Appalachia.
Release date: November 6, 2012
THE PROPHET by Michael Koryta
GOLD by Chris Cleave
THE MIDWIFE OF HOPE RIVER by Patricia Harman
WHERE’D YOU GO, BERNADETTE by Maria Semple
What upcoming books are you excited about?