Books in the News - 6/9/13

Call Me ZeldaSummer arrives!  And with it, the need to fill up your Summer Reading List!  As always, your local papers have lots of excellent suggestions for you!

At the Pioneer Press, they reviewed two novels about Zelda Fitzgerald:

Call Me Zelda by Erika Robuck - From New York to Paris, Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald reigned as king and queen of the Jazz Age. But when Zelda is committed to a psychiatric clinic in 1932, she finds a sympathetic friend in her nurse, Anna. Anna is increasingly drawn into the Fitzgeralds' tumultuous relationship and becomes privy to Zelda's most intimate confessions.

Beautiful Fools: The Last Affair of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald by R. Clifton Spargo - In this evocative and meticulously detailed novel about the last romance of one of America's greatest literary couples, R. Clifton Spargo crafts an exhilarating portrait of the passionate yet tragically dysfunctional relationship between F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

And at the Star Tribune Books section, check out the first installment of Mary Logue's serialized novel, Giving Up the Ghost--a new installment will be posted every day!We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves

Also featured:

We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler - Coming of age in middle America, eighteen-year-old Rosemary evaluates how her entire youth was defined by the presence and forced removal of an endearing chimpanzee who was secretly regarded as a family member and who Rosemary loved as a sister.

Names for the Sea: Strangers in Iceland by Sarah Moss - Sarah Moss had a childhood dream of moving to Iceland, sustained by a wild summer there when she was nineteen. In 2009, she saw an advertisement for a job at the University of Iceland and applied on a whim, despite having two young children and a comfortable life in Kent. The resulting adventure was shaped by Iceland’s economic collapse and by a collection of new friends.The Silver Star

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls - Two motherless sisters--Bean and Liz--are shuttled to Virginia, where their Uncle Tinsley lives in the decaying mansion that's been in their family for generations. When school starts in the fall, Bean easily adjusts and makes friends, and Liz becomes increasingly withdrawn. Then something happens to Liz and Bean is left to challenge the injustice of the adult world.

The More You Ignore Me by Travis Nichols - A habitual interloper crashes a wedding blog in this darkly comic novel of Internet obsession, unrequited love, and isolation.

Kerrigan in Copenhagen by Thomas E. Kennedy - Kerrigan is writing a guide book to his adopted city of Copenhagen. Specifically, a guide to the city's drinking establishments-of which there are more than 1,500.Thus, it is a project potentially without end, and one with a certain amount of numbness built into it, through countless drinks imbibed.And that is part of the point: for Kerrigan, an American expat fleeing a brutal family tragedy, has plenty he wants to numb.The only problem with his project is his research associate, a voluptuous, green eyed gal who makes him tremble with forgotten desire.

Big Brother by Lionel Shriver - From the acclaimed author of the National Book Award finalist So Much for That and the international bestseller We Need to Talk About Kevin comes a striking new novel about siblings, marriage, and obesity.Sparta

In Times of Fading Light by Eugen Ruge - With wisdom, humor, and great empathy, Eugen Ruge draws on his own family history as he masterfully brings to life the tragic intertwining of politics, love, and family under the East German regime.

Sparta by Roxana Robinson - Suspenseful, compassionate, and perceptive, Sparta captures the nuances of the unique estrangement that modern soldiers face as they attempt to rejoin the society they've fought for.

Happy reading!

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