SIBA 2016: The Books
I was lucky enough to attend the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) Trade Show in Savannah this year. It was a wonderful event and an awesome time to learn about upcoming releases. At times, my head was swimming with all the information I gathered. These are some of the books I’m particularly excited about.
- INHERITING EDITH by Zoe Fishman (William Morrow | Oct. 18, 2016) is the story of single mother Maggie Sheets. Maggie cleans houses for a living and one of her clients leaves her a beautiful home, but the client’s 82 year old mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s comes with the deal.
- ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman (Penguin Random House | May 9, 2017) When socially awkward Eleanor and her co-worker Raymond save an older man who has fallen, their lives change forever. I had to have a copy of this when I saw it was Pamela Dorman book.
- I’LL TAKE YOU THERE by Wally Lamb (Harper | Nov. 22, 2016) It’s Wally Lamb, need I say more? Seriously, this is the story of Felix Funicello who is visited by Lois, the ghost of a Hollywood director from the silent picture era. Through Lois, Felix revisits some scenes from his childhood and reconnects with the women who are the most important in his life. (Felix is the character from an older Lamb book, WISHIN’ AND HOPIN’.)
- NO ONE IS COMING TO SAVE US by Stephanie Powell Watts (Ecco | April 4, 2017) I couldn’t resist this book that is described as “The Great Gatsby brilliantly recast in the contemporary south: a powerful first novel about an extended African-American family and their colliding visions of the American dream.”
- EVERYTHING YOU WANT ME TO BE by Mindy Mejia (Atria | Jan. 3, 2017) is the story of a young woman who tries to please everyone. When she’s murdered and her life is reconstructed, the town’s darkest secrets are revealed.
- THE GUINEVERES by Sarah Domet (Flatiron Books | Oct. 4, 2016) is the story of four girls, all named Guinevere) who are left in a convent home by their families.
- YOU’RE BACON ME CRAZY by Suzanne Nelson (Scholastic | March 28, 2017) I’ll be honest here and tell you that I was initially interested in this book because of its title but the plot sold me. It’s the story of Tessa, who works in her aunt’s food truck. When dreamy Asher starts working there and doesn’t pull his weight, the troubles begin.
- A BOY CALLED BAT by Elana K. Arnold (Walden Pond Press | March 14, 2017) Autistic Bat’s veterinarian mom brings home a baby skunk for him to care for until she can take it to a wild animal shelter. Bat knows he and the skunk belong together and must figure out a way to convince his mom to let him keep it.
- SHORT by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Dial Books for Young Readers | Jan. 31, 2017) is the story of Julia, a short girl who’s cast as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz and befriends an adult with dwarfism.
- GERTIE’S LEAP TO GREATNESS by Kate Beasley (Farrar Straus Giroux | Oct. 4, 2016) Gertie is confused by her mother’s plan to leave her father and great aunt but Gertie has a plan to rectify things.
I’d like to thank SIBA for allowing me to attend their trade show this year. I had an awesome time!