Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday: Forthcoming Titles from Penguin Random House


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature of the Breaking the Spine blog.  It's a great way to share information about forthcoming books with other readers.  This post is a deviation from the usual focus on one eagerly anticipated book.  Today I'm showcasing some of the titles I learned about last week at Penguin Random House's Librarian Luncheon. Readers are in for a real treat, with many offerings in a variety of genres.  Read on for a small sampling . . .

Note:  Book descriptions supplied by publisher.

Featured Debut

City on Fire: A novel   City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg.  A big-hearted, boundary-vaulting novel that heralds a remarkable new talent: set in 1970s New York, a story outsized in its generosity, warmth, and ambition, its deep feeling for its characters, its exuberant imagination.
From Knopf, available 10/13/15


M Train   M Train by Patti Smith.  An unforgettable odyssey into the mind of a legendary artist, told through the prism of cafes and haunts she has visited and worked in around the world.  
From Knopf, available 10/6/15

Life is Good: The Book   Life is Good: The Book by Bert Jacobs and John Jacobs.  An inspiring book outlining the ten key "superpowers" readers need to live their best lives, from the founders and brothers of the successful apparel company.
From National Geographic, available 9/1/15

Also on the horizon:
  • My Kitchen Year by Ruth Reichl:  Part cookbook, part memoir, revealing a refreshingly vulnerable side of the world's most famous food editor as she shares stories and recipes.  (Random House, 9/29/15)
  • My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem:  An all-new memoir of a lifetime of listening and learning from people, traveling America and the world.  (Random House, 11/3/15)


Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights   Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie.  A lush, modern fairytale that blends history, mythology, and a timeless love story.
From Random House, available 9/8/15

Circling the Sun   Circling the Sun by Paula McLain, author of The Paris Wife.  A new historical novel set in 1920s colonial Kenya that brings to life the fearless Beryl Markham and her love triangle with safari hunter Denys Finch Hatton and Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa
From Ballantine, available 7/28/15

We Never Asked for Wings    We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.  From the author of The Language of Flowers comes a new novel about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds.
From Ballantine, available 8/18/15
Note:  Cover not final

The Night Sister: A Novel  The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon.  The author of The Winter People returns with an atmospheric, gripping, and suspenseful tale that probes the bond between sisters and the peril of keeping secrets.
From Doubleday, available 8/4/15

The Secret Chord   The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks.  A rich and utterly absorbing novel about the life of King David, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of People of the Book and March.
From Viking, available 9/22/15

Ana of California  Ana of California by Andi Teran, a modern take on the classic coming-of-age novel, inspired by Anne of Green Gables.
From Penguin Books, available 6/30/15

Armada   Armada by Ernest Cline.  The author of Ready Player One returns with a fantastic nerd wish-fulfillment tale.
From Crown, available 7/14/15

Also on the horizon:
  • Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs: The third installment in the bestselling Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series of YA novels.  (Quirk Books, 9/22/15)
  • Slade House by David Mitchell:  A taut, intricately woven, spine-chilling, reality-warping novel set across five decades from the author of Cloud Atlas and The Bone Clocks.  (Random House, 10/27/15)

Which book are you waiting for?
...Will you add any of these to your list of must-reads?

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