Saturday, June 04, 2005

The Sound of Hundreds of Booksellers Talking

Reporters from the Book Standard, the on-line book magazine, have been doing a lot of eavesdropping at BEA, trying to decipher the buzz on forthcoming books. Here is their list of the books that are already exciting those in the book business:


Wickett’s Remedy, by Myla Goldberg
Christ the Lord, by Anne Rice
Lunar Park, by Bret Easton Ellis
In Perfect Light, by Benjamin Alire Salenz
Everyone Worth Knowing, by Lauren Weisberger
Third Girl from the Left, by Martha Southgate
Ordinary Heroes, by Scott Turow
Consent to Kill, by Vince Flynn
Lipstick Jungle, by Candace Bushnell
The Diviners, by Rick Moody
700 Sundays, by Billy Crystal
The Zahir, by Paulo Coelho
A Private Hotel for Gentle Ladies, by Ellen Cooney
The Last Days of Dogtown, by Anita Diamant
Memories of My Melancholy Whores, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Washington Story by Adam Langer
Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie
Son of a Witch, by Gregory Maguire
On Beauty, by Zadie Smith
The Painted Drum, by Louise Erdrich
A Wedding in December, by Anita Shreve

Debut Fiction:
The Dream Life of Sukhanov, by Olga Grushin
Waterloo, by Karen Olsson
Rust and Bone, by Craig Davidson
The Widow of the South, by Robert Hicks
The Town that Forgot How to Breathe, by Kenneth J. Harvey

General nonfiction:

Spook, by Mary Roach
Bait and Switch, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Mark Twain: A Life, by Ron Powers
It’s Called a Breakup because it’s Broken: The Smart Girl’s Breakup Buddy, by Greg Behrendt and Amira Ruotola-Behrendt
Are Men Necessary?, by Maureen Dowd
Incendiary, by Chris Cleave
Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion
A Time to Run, by Barbara Boxer
The Heart of the Home (tentative title), by Robin McGraw, Dr. Phil’s wife
Al Franken’s new book (as yet untitled)
Rereading, by Anne Fadiman
The Assassin’s Gate, by George Packer
Politics the Wellstone Way: How to Elect Progressive Candidates and Win on Issues
The Leadership Secrets of Billy Graham,
by Billy Graham
Teacher Man, by Frank McCourt
The Tender Bar, by J.R. Moehringer
Julie & Julia, by Julie Powell
Our Endangered Values, by Jimmy Carter
The Smart Money, by Anonymous (so far)
The Bob Dylan Scrapbook, 1956-1966
Generation Rx, by Greg Crister

Incoming UC Berkeley freshman have their own summer reading list. It includes Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe; Pompeii: A Novel, by Robert Harris, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, Jared Diamond; Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers, Mary Roach, River Town: Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler

No comments: