Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Great New Paperbacks Out Now

Need some more ideas for summer reading before you take off for the Fourth or for the season? Check out these awesome new paperbacks perfect for the literary beach bag. (Links go to our website; these books are all currently out in paperback and many have electronic editions as well.)

Michael Ondaatje's brilliant The Cat's Table is out in a beautiful paperback edition. I loved this book and if you like thoughtful literary fiction, you will too.

David Abbott's accomplished fiction debut The Upright Piano Player is a haunting, Ian McEwan-esque thriller about a retired executive who attracts some unsavory attention.

Tayari Jones' Silver Sparrow also got a great cover in its paperback release. But then again, it's a great book. I loved this book too, about a young girl whose father is a bigamist.

Margot Livesey's engaging Jane Eyre retelling, The Flight of Gemma Hardy, is also out now and is something I recommend. (The link is to the hardcover edition but we have many paperbacks in-store).

What You See in the Dark, by Manuel Munoz, is a wonderfully atmospheric and heartbreaking read about young love, hope and disappointment.

A darkly comedic Western and one of my favorite books this year, The Sisters Brothers is an unabashed delight, with just a smidge of darkness and violence.

I'm only halfway through Jan-Philipp Sendker's delightful The Art of Hearing Heartbeats but I just know it's a great sweet book for summer. Set in Burma, it's a love story and mystery, and it's super.

Simonetta Agnello Hornby's The Nun is one of my favorite historical fiction reads this year, about a young girl sentenced to life in a nunnery in 19th century Italy. If you like Sarah Dunant, you'll like this more.

Some others that have been popular in-store and might be great for you are:
 The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach
IQ84, by Haruki Murakami
State of Wonder, by Ann Patchett
Maine, by J. Courtney Sullivan
Ready Player One, by Ernest Cline
The Leftovers, by Tom Perrotta
The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes

You should be able to find plenty of these in-stock on our paperback tables, fiction shelves and bestseller areas. If not, just ask a bookseller to find them for you!

Happy reading!

1 comment:

Peter D. Shapiro said...

Another paperback you might consider is GHOSTS ON THE RED LINE, by Peter David Shapiro (me), which describes what happens when commuters report seeing their departed (and others less beloved) on Boston's Red Line trains. Readers reviews: "Wonderful unlike anything I've read before" "An imaginative strange account" The PSB website says the store has one copy left. If it's gone when you get there, the store can order more.

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