What's just out or coming soon that's got you excited? v. 2.0

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What's just out or coming soon that's got you excited? v. 2.0

Jul 26, 2020, 9:11am

Same topic, new thread—what are you wish listing or pre-ordering or just interested in?

Editado: Jul 26, 2020, 9:12am

Double post... I'll think of something better to say later.

Jul 26, 2020, 11:00am

Jul 26, 2020, 11:08am

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Editado: Jul 26, 2020, 10:56pm

Donahue’s play version of Room was expected to open in March. Covid hit our shores quite a bit before it hit New York and.. the play never went on but the poster indicated the the mother and son would be played by actors of colour. As the book is so beloved,I’m sure it will get produced one day. They were already well on their way in rehearsals. Poor young child actor-he’ll probably be too big to play it next time around.

Jul 27, 2020, 5:13pm

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke is going to be my escape from reality book in September.

Jul 29, 2020, 8:22pm

Just found out about the imminent release of What Happens at Night by Peter Cameron.

Sorry about the clumsy link. Although it's nice to post bookstores that you love.

Editado: Jul 30, 2020, 6:16pm

I've had the Peter Cameron preordered FOR MONTHS -- it won't ship until the 4th though because Bookshop doesn't quiiiiite get it right with that delivery-on-the-release-date thing. I think it sounds like it's in the Andorra vein.

There's a terrific wave of short story collections happening now.
No Presents Please: Mumbai Stories / Jayant Kaikini
Why I Don't Write and Other Stories / Susan Minot
Cool for America / Andrew Martin

Jul 30, 2020, 7:34pm

Fantastic! Thanks for the list!

Jul 30, 2020, 7:49pm

I first found out about Susan Minot in the early eighties when she had a great story published in Grand Street about her family. She turned this into a collection of linked stories that was a disaster,hugely boring. Grand Street was a great literary journal and one of the editors was Deborah Treisman before she became Deborah Treisman.

Editado: Jul 31, 2020, 6:41pm

I love Monkeys (which is what I assume the linked collection was); it's the reason I've stayed a Minot fan over the years -- but I don't think she's a novelist, so sometimes it's been trying.

Jul 31, 2020, 9:37pm

Yes it was Monkeys,maybe it was the time I read it and I should try it again.

Ago 1, 2020, 9:23am

I went to high school with one of Susan Minot's brothers, so the one time I met her I was mostly interested in getting her to promise that she'd say hi to him for me (I bet she didn't). I remember Monkeys being a mid-80s darling but I never read it. I do have a galley of her newest, Why I Don't Write: And Other Stories, so we'll see.

Ago 1, 2020, 2:03pm

Do you know which of the monkeys was the brother?

Ago 8, 2020, 8:23pm

I don't really follow new books much at all, but I'm really becoming a Jeff VanderMeer fanboy, and wanna read his new book that came out last month, "A Peculiar Peril."

Editado: Ago 8, 2020, 10:50pm

>14 alans: No idea... I haven't read the book, nor am I quite sure where he is in the birth lineup. Someday I'll read it just to see if I can figure that out.

>15 cloudshipsinger: The only book I've read of VanderMeer's is Borne, which may be everyone's starter Jeff V. I'd read more—I'm not a huge fantastical-type sf person, so for that one to keep me engrossed all the way through is a respectable achievement.

Ago 12, 2020, 9:37am

oh yes......THE BOY IN THE FIELD
By Margot Livesey

Is this the first from her in a while?

Ago 12, 2020, 10:11am

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Ago 12, 2020, 11:44am

I just read that for review. She is such a fabulous writer and I won't discourage anyone from reading her but it feels very slight, esp for right now. It felt very...……..unengaged.


Ago 12, 2020, 10:46pm

liked your review of it; still interested but might wait till it appears at my indie so I can read a bit of it, see what I think. Thanks

Editado: Ago 21, 2020, 4:11pm

I can’t say I’m excited about this but a university press is coming out with a collection of scholarly essays on the history of MAD magazine. I doubt anyone here would not agree that MAD was a cultural phenomena in its day but an academic study? I tried to read a recent academic study of The New Yorker and I couldn’t make it past the first page.
It’s good to know that university professors have something new to write about. Do we need another study about Shakespeare or Dickens?

Ago 21, 2020, 4:17pm

I'd read at least a little bit of that, alan, just to see what people chose to focus on. I mean, there's a lot happening in MAD Magazine, and it was absolutely formative for several generations of smartass kids and young adults. Who knows, maybe there are some interesting takes. That said, academic writing style bores the living crap out of me, so I probably wouldn't make it very far.

Sep 27, 2020, 9:37am

I just checked my list to see what I had marked for Sept/Oct and lots and lots coming --

new David Leavitt, the of-the-moment titled Shelter in Place
the new Robinson, Jack
The Talented Miss Farwell, which has been on my radar for a while for some reason
The Look of the Book: Jackets, Covers, and Art at the Edges of Literature by Peter Mendelsund

but the one that has me the most excited is Zola's Doctor Pascal, which Oxford World Classics is finally putting out -- it's the only one of the 20-book Rougon/Macquart cycle they didn't have out in a new or recent translation and I was very worried I was going to have to - gasp - read one with a mismatched cover when I got to it.

Oct 2, 2020, 6:21pm

1A new Ursula Hegi! THE PATRON SAINT OF PREGNANT GIRLS I havent read anything from her in a while, looking forward to this

Oct 3, 2020, 9:48am

New Jane Smiley coming in December: Perestroika in Paris. It's told by a horse -- a trick she pulled off quite successfully for part of Horse Heaven.

Editado: Oct 3, 2020, 10:21am

>25 DG_Strong: Huh. On paper that sounds like it would be so... awful. But I might bite.

I get a lot of e-galleys, which is both good in that I'm able to read stuff early (if and when I actually get to it), but also takes a little of that new-book excitement out of the equation. But now I'm sorely missing our LJ offices and the opportunity to sift through the giveaway shelves or walk by review editors' desk and longingly finger some pretty book and ask, "Ohhhh... is anyone reviewing this yet?" (The two good answers being, "No, do you want to?" or "Yes, but I think I have an extra copy somewhere—let me check."

Because I'm dying to get my hands on the NYRB Trots and Bonnie compilation. I grew up on National Lampoon (it was the '70s—no one paid attention to what I was reading) and absolutely loved this strip by Shary Flenniken, and used to shamelessly rip off her style in my own drawings as a kid. It's out April 2021... I guess that gives me some time to do my shameless "Is anyone reviewing this" bit by email.

Editado: Oct 3, 2020, 1:26pm

>26 lisapeet: I thiiiink it's told by a horse anyway. I know the horse is the main character. But there are chapters in Horse Heaven where she does it and it's my favorite of her books. Also, I think a dog and a crow talk. It IS a fairy tale sort of thing, I think.

Oct 4, 2020, 3:40pm

"a dog and a crow talk" -- I'm sold.

Oct 7, 2020, 5:08pm

Oct 8, 2020, 7:05pm

Ready Player Two by Ernest Cline. Definitely not for everyone. I loved Ready Player One but was disappointed by his second book, Armada.

Oct 8, 2020, 7:25pm

!!!!!!! I heard he was going to try this, didn't realize its coming out! I liked RP1, tho I didn't get a lot of his references/ Interested how he does with this.

Ene 19, 10:43am

a new garganus!!!

am I the only one here?

Ene 19, 10:43am


Ene 23, 10:22am

My library already has the new Garganus. Never read him.

Ene 23, 10:49am

First got hooked with him in The oldest living confederate widow tells all Fantastic writing, plot and so much history one of my all time fav historical fiction novels. Then moved on to his short story collections

Ene 24, 3:44pm

>34 alans: , >35 cindydavid4: I've attended/produced A LOT of author interviews over the past year (over 50!) and the one we just did a couple of weeks ago with Wiley Cash interviewing Allan Gurganus was my favorite. I kept scribbling down quotes, thinking, oh I want to remember that!.


Ene 24, 4:05pm

thanks niki, I'll be sure to watch that!

Ene 24, 5:14pm

Great want to watch that, both Wiley and Gurganus interest me. Wasn’t Gurganas Cheever’s secret lover?

Ene 24, 6:05pm

Just read my first Gurganus story from last spring about a country dr. During a plague. Great introduction to his work.

Ene 24, 11:38pm

>39 alans: yup that was in the new yorker, I think just at the start where people were becoming more aware. I can't remember, was that based on a true story? regardless an excellent read.

Ene 25, 12:01am

I tried listening to this and just too painful - first the interviewer with over use of uh and um, and repeating the same word in one sentence three times and then repeating the sentence. Then when garganus started speaking I realized it was the same . I tried the captioning but it didn't help. Neither were able to get to the point. I am interested in his work so maybe I'll just read some about his books.

I think my fav story, way back in his first collection, about a guy who's friend has died and he is trying to clean out his house when he finds a large collection of dildoes. Hilarious, yet really sad

BTW I was trying to find the title of the story when suddenly Im seeing ads all over the place for dildoes. Um.......sometimes I really do hate Google

Ene 25, 1:30pm

>41 cindydavid4: The last time I saw Gurganus speak it was in person at a writers conference four or five years ago. He had a lot of good things to say about writing, but he pissed off half the crowd because towards the end of his talk he segued into politics and harangued everyone for not doing enough to oppose the agenda of the Republican-led state legislature. I found it sort of funny but people walked out.

I was a little concerned about a repeat, but Gurganus kept all that to the backstage. His health is clearly failing, and I thought there was an aura of looking towards his legacy in what he chose to speak about. There were a bunch of writing program students from UNC Asheville attending who really loved what he had to say.

I keep trying to find the time to turn the transcript into an "interview" for print -- without the ums and uhs! -- because it was just so interesting.

Editado: Ene 25, 9:06pm

I secretly love Plays Well with Others the best of all the Gurganus stuff. But it could not be more of a hairpin from Oldest Living Confederate Widow if it tried.

He taught Ann Patchett and she does not shy away from crediting him with almost everything.

Editado: Ene 25, 10:09pm

>42 southernbooklady: His health is clearly failing

I wondered if he had parkinsons, but yes he's not well. Id love to see a transcript of that.

>43 DG_Strong: I did not realize that; love her books

Ene 29, 4:34pm

I really liked that story too, alan.

Ene 29, 8:34pm

I got the sense he might have Parkinson’s.

Feb 1, 2:44pm

I saw Gurganus do the keynote at an Outwrite Gay and Lesbian Writers's Conf in the mid-90s. He was ribald, hilarious, and very political. Everyone loved him.

Editado: Feb 6, 12:12pm

I can't recall the details, but I think it was here, in the early Elizabeth & Gary Book Balloon Days, that I finally gave the YA Books genre a try. I still maintain that genre can be very hit or miss, but when it's as good as Patrick Ness' Chaos Walking, it's as good as anything out there. I freakin' *loved* those books. Never would've guessed a talking dog would become one of the most unforgettable literary voices ever.

They've adapted the first volume into a film with Mads Mikkelsen, David Oyelowo, Demián Bichir, Ray McKinnon, Daisy Ridley (as Viola), and Tom Holland (as Todd). I don't know who's been cast as the voice of Manchee (Todd's *awesome* dog), but I'm hoping they pull it off because he's one of the best characters created in any genre.

Anyway. That's what's coming out soon that's got me excited.

Chaos Walking 1

Chaos Walking 2

Mar 3, 3:04pm

New Russell Banks novel just released! Foregone

Mar 4, 11:00am

Oh, jeez, Nancy. That's so up my alley. Anything about memory fascinates me, plus I was a kid living in SE Asia during the VietNam conflict. So there's that, too. I'm going to put that on hold at the library. Thanks.

Mar 4, 2:56pm

Russell Banks is great.

Editado: Mar 4, 4:06pm

You're welcome, Pat. Yes, Russell Banks is great. My favorite of his is The Darling.

Abr 13, 11:34am

Did anyone else read the NYT book review of The Ravine?

The review itself is beautifully written, I think, and the story of how the author came to write it is fascinating. I don't usually seek out Holocaust literature, but this one is calling to me. It is, mercifully, only 272 pages.

Abr 13, 11:14pm

Will check it out. Thanks!
I read The Painted Bird in my late teens and it freaked me out.

Abr 14, 4:24am

Well-written, thoughtful reviews are becoming an endangered species. I'm off to read it now.

Abr 14, 6:42pm

I couldn’t find the review of The Ravine nor an Amazon entry. Will try again.

Abr 14, 7:50pm

Alan, I linked them in my original post. Click on “book review”

Abr 15, 9:22am

Thanks,I finally found it.