Books in the News - 9/15/13

The LowlandHere's the scoop on the books reviewed in our local papers this weekend! 

In the Pioneer Press Books section, Mary Ann Grossmann offered a comprehensive list of Minnesota authors coming out with new books this fall, from "mysteries to Jesse James, a superhero squirrel to James J. Hill."

Also, Duplex by Kathryn Davis - Time, place, and mind all bend in extraordinary ways in this new novel.

The Star Tribune Books featured a Fall Arts Preview, including:

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri - An extraordinary new novel, set in both India and America: a tale of two brothers bound by tragedy, a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past, a country torn by revolution, and a love that lasts long past death.

Someone by Alice McDermott - The story of a Brooklyn-born woman's life - her family, her neighborhood, her daily trials and triumphs - from childhood to old age.

Stealing Sugar from the Castle: Selected and New Poems 1950-2013 by Robert BlyBleeding Edge

Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon - With occasional excursions into the DeepWeb and out to Long Island, Thomas Pynchon, channeling his inner Jewish mother, brings us a historical romance of New York in the early days of the internet, not that distant in calendar time but galactically remote from where we’ve journeyed to since.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King - Stephen King returns to the character and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance and the very special twelve-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert - A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge.

Quiet Dell by Jayne Anne Phillips - A chilling, spectacularly riveting novel based on a real life multiple murder by a con man who preyed on widows—a story that has haunted Jayne Anne Phillips for more than four decades.Quiet Dell

The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan - A sweeping, evocative epic of two women’s intertwined fates and their search for identity, that moves from the lavish parlors of Shanghai courtesans to the fog-shrouded mountains of a remote Chinese village.

And a list of Minnesota Books Publishing this Autumn, heavy on nonfiction and poetry.

And also:

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford - With his friend Charlotte, twelve-year-old William Eng, a Chinese-American boy, escapes from a Seattle orphanage determined to find his mother Willow and discover his connection to the exotic film star.Men We Reaped

Men We Reaped: A Memoir by Jesmyn Ward - In five years, Jesmyn Ward lost five young men in her life—to drugs, accidents, suicide, and the bad luck that can follow people who live in poverty, particularly black men. Dealing with these losses, one after another, made Jesmyn ask the question: Why? 

The Facades by Eric Lundgren - Written with boundless intelligence and razor-sharp wit, The Facades is a comic and existential mystery that unfolds at the urgent pace of a thriller.

Wilson by A. Scott Berg - A personal and penetrating biography of our 28th president by Pulitzer Prize-winning author A. Scott Berg.

The Consolations of the Forest by Sylvain Tesson

Happy reading!


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