News in July 2014
News in July 2014
After 178 weeks on the New York Times’s bestseller list, Lauren Hillenbrand’s UNBROKEN is back at number one for the second week in a row. An account of Louis Zamperini’s experience of World War II, UNBROKEN will soon be in theatres this winter in a film directed by Angelina Jolie and with a screenplay written by the Coen brothers. Random House originally published UNBROKEN in November, 2010. For more information, please check the book’s website:
Booklist pronounces A PERFECT LIFE “another sudsy glitz-and-glamour love story from the inimitable Steel; her fans will love it.” Blaise McCarthy must face the truths of her life when her blind daughter comes home to life with her. Her new caretaker, a young man named Simon, challenges both women to face their fears and move forward. Delacorte Press published the book on July 22, 2014.
For years, Sarah Farber and her best friend, Jennifer, kept what they called the Never List: a list of actions to be avoided at all costs, for safety’s sake. But one night, against their best instincts, they accept a cab ride—one with grave, everlasting consequences. Jeffrey Deaver, author of the Lincoln Rhyme series, warns and entices readers of THE NEVER LIST by Koethi Zan by saying, “Psychological thriller writing at its best. Cancel appointments and give up on sleep. It’s that kind of book.” Plenty of people have taken his advice, as the book is now the 7th bestselling debut novel in the United Kingdom for 2014. Penguin Books published the paperback edition on June 24th, 2014.
Josh Weil’s THE GREAT GLASS SEA was reviewed in the New York Times Book Review, calling it “a fascinating debut novel … magnificent … hauntingly beautiful … gorgeous … a fantastical vision inspired by bits and piece of Russian language, history and culture … beautifully baffled by the mysterious Russian soul.” Brothers Yarik and Dima find themselves on opposite sides of a cultural revolution, set in a fantastical version of post-Soviet Russia. Grove Atlantic published the book on July 2, 2014.
MTV has announced the series pick-up for SHANNARA, based on the international best-selling fantasy novels from author Terry Brooks. Additionally, Jonathan Liebesman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) has signed on to direct the first two episodes. MTV and producing partner Sonar Entertainment announced the development deal in December. Al Gough and Miles Millar (“Smallville) will write and executive produce the series, which is greenlit for 10 episodes.
As part of the Kindle First program, David’s pulse-quickening military thriller leapt to become #2 in the Kindle Store as of July 21st. Thomas & Mercer’s release date is August 1, 2014.
Mr. Harris’s book is #16 on the Los Angeles Times Bestseller list for the week of July 20, 2014 and is featured in a piece on the New Yorker's blog. IT books published the book in hardcover March 11, 2014.
Dinaw Mengestu’s THE BEAUTIFUL THINGS THAT HEAVEN BEARS has been voted the winner of Washington, D.C.’s annual one city, one book program: DC Reads. Thousands of votes were cast to the public. He is congratulated by the DC Public Library, the Washington Humanities Council, the DC Public Library Foundation, and the Federation of Friends of the DC Public Library.
Library Journal says of Charles Cumming’s book, “This fast-paced thriller is full of twists, turns, and surprises. With well-developed, complex characters and plenty of details about spycraft, it's a perfect summer read for fans of Stella Rimington and John le Carré” St. Martin’s Press publishes the hardcover August 5, 2014.
Dinaw Mengestu was featured in a front page New York Times article, “A New Wave of Internationalist Writers,” in which he was quoted saying, “There’s this investigation of what happens to the dislocated soul,” said Mr. Mengestu, 36, the author of “All Our Names” and a MacArthur “genius” award winner, who was born in Ethiopia but left at age 2 and grew up in Illinois.”
Laura Kipnis’ MEN received a starred, boxed review in Publishers Weekly. “Kipnis’ gifts are on full display in this irresistible collection of essays, in which she weaves together complex and penetrating insights about gender into provocative treatises…Kipnis has given us a necessary, and often witty, book that shows a brilliant, agile mind at work.” Metropolitan Books will publish the book on November 18, 2014.
Josh Weil’s THE GREAT GLASS SEA has been longlisted for 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize, awarded to the best debut novel of the year by the Center For Fiction. Grove Atlantic published the book on July 2, 2014.