The Social Network may be heating up movie screens and generating lots of ink, but guess what? Books are big news as well! Glancing through The New York Times and USA Today this morning, I was struck by how many stories they carried about books that are just being released — and by the incredible scope of the offerings on tap for book lovers. There’s something for everyone, from politicos and cat people to candy lovers and crime buffs. What a cornucopia!
Here’s a quick peek: Extraordinary, Ordinary People by Condoleeza Rice provides a nostalgic look at her childhood and the roots of the passion for history that catapulted her into the highest-profile position ever held by an African-American woman in the executive branch. Then there’s Dewey’s Nine Lives, a follow-up to Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, which sold more than one million copies and was written by a Vicki Myron, a librarian in Spencer, Iowa. If you have a serious sweet tooth, you can metaphorically munch on Dylan’s Candy Bar: Unwrap Your Sweet Life by Dylan Lauren, Ralph Lauren’s daughter. And if you’re in the mood for mayhem, you can plunge into Our Kind of Traitor by John le Carre’ — a much-loved master of the crime genre game.
Still to come: more terrific titles that publishers have high hopes for. According to Jenn Risko, co-founder of Shelf Awareness — the wonderful online publishing resource — Mark Twain’s new autobiography heads the list and it’s receiving huge amounts of press. Twain made sure his spicy brew of wit, irreverence, and nostalgia wasn’t released until 100 years after he blazed out with Haley’s comet. Just imagine dipping into juicy chunks of mischievous Mark’s colorful, uncensored prose — what a treat!