Sunday, June 7, 2015

Weekly Book Recap #106

I hope that June is off to a good start for all of you, and that you've got some fun summer things to look forward to. 

It's been a mostly uneventful week for me, as I recover from Book Expo, get used to my summer work schedule, and read as much as I can (you'll see why below).  In the last weekly recap I shared the books I got from two pre-BEA events.  This post recaps new titles received at two more events:  Library Journal's Day of Dialog on May 27 and Library Reads/Association of American Publishers BEA Authors Librarian Luncheon on May 28.  Next week I'll recap the books I came across at BEA itself.

On now to this week's book recap, which is being shared on these blogs:
            Showcase Sunday banner                                            
           Sunday Post hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer  
           Showcase Sunday hosted by Vicky at  Books, Biscuits, and Tea
The Authors Librarian Luncheon was an oasis within the larger BEA event, and an opportunity to listen to a panel of authors while sitting down for ninety minutes over sandwiches and refreshments.  Authors on hand were Annie Barrows (The Truth According to Us), Stephanie Clifford (Everybody Rise), Tama Janowitz (Scream), Barry Moser (We Were Brothers), actress Mary-Louise Parker (Dear Mr. You), and Vu Tran (Dragonfish).  Their works are a nice mix of fiction (3 titles) and memoir (3 titles).

I walked away with these titles:
                 Dear Mr. You   The Truth According to Us   Everybody Rise: A Novel 

Day of Dialog was a full day of programming with panels, author signings, and a lunch with key note speaker Gretchen Rubin, author of Better than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives:
Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives

More on the panels . . . 
Editors' Picks: Top Titles from Top Publishers 
Lots of information and ARCs from many publishers.
I walked away with these titles . . .
Kitchens of the Great MidwestImage result for no baggage clara bensenTwo Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight NightsThe Book of Speculation
                Little Black LiesBest BoyThe Witch of Lime Street: Seance, Seduction, and Houdini in the Spirit World
                Mothers, Tell Your Daughters: StoriesAlly Hughes Has Sex Sometimes: A NovelThe Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend 
Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal, No Baggage by Clara Bensen, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights by Salman Rushdie, The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler, Little Black Lies by Sharon Bolton, Best Boy by Eli Gottlieb, The Witch of Lime Street by David Jaher, Mothers, Tell Your Daughters by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Ally Hughes Has Sex Sometimes by Jules Moulin, and The Readers of the Broken Wheel Recommend by Katarina Bivald.


First Novels
Comments from debut authors Ron Childress (And West is West), Sloan Crosley (The Clasp), Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor (Welcome to Night Vale), Paige McKenzie (The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One), and Claire Vaye Watkins (Gold, Fame, Citrus).

I walked away with these titles . . .
                                          And West Is West Gold, Fame, Citrus 


The Immigrant Experience
Remarks from Nadia Hashimi (When the Moon is Low), Vanessa Diffenbaugh (We Never Asked for Wings), Patricia Park (Re Jane), and Dan-El Padilla Peralta (Undocumented: A Dominican Boy's Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League).

I walked away with these titles . . .
                    When the Moon is Low  We Never Asked for Wings  Re Jane 


Historical Fiction
Thoughts from Charles Belfoure (House of Thieves), Geraldine Brooks (The Secret Chord), Dolen Perkins-Valdez (Balm), Gregory Maguire (After Alice), and Adriana Trigiani (All the Stars in the Heavens).

I walked away with these titles . . .
                                    After Alice: A Novel     House of Thieves: A Novel 


Top Thrills 
Words from Jennifer McMahon (The Night Sister), Lori Roy (Let Me Die in His Footsteps), the writing team Charles Todd (A Pattern of Lies), Kathy Reichs (Speaking in Bones), and Kate White (The Wrong Man).

I walked away with these titles . . .

                                    The Night Sister: A Novel     The Wrong Man
                                    A Pattern of Lies (Bess Crawford, #7)     Let Me Die in His Footsteps

I enjoyed all of the speakers and programs.  Now I'm looking forward to reading each of these books in the months ahead.

What did you read this week?  
. . . What did you add to your shelves or wish list?  
. . . . . . What are you reading next?

Enjoy life with books . . .

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