This year Book Expo America was quite a different experience for me. Last year I lacked contacts, so I really
thought I needed ARCs. Also, I think I placed more importance on ARCs than necessary at this time last year. Now I have contacts, so I really just wanted to give my PR reps lots of hugs and hear about what books each publisher thought I might enjoy. I stood in exactly two and a half lines to get books signed. I am not even going to get into the “and a half” part other than to say “Two And A Half Lines” sounds like a bad BEA or possibly drug related sitcom. Over the next week or two, I will be posting about the books that caught my eye at BEA Bloggers, Book Expo America, and at the bookish events I attended. Consider this part two of three posts containing books that caught my eye during the festivities. Some of the books are upcoming releases for this Fall and others have been out for a while. The following are books that grabbed my attention at Book Expo America:
The first two books are the ones I was most excited about getting my grubby, little hands on, and I stood in line to get them signed by the authors. Both of the books are published by Da Capo. I’m not quite sure what is in the water over at Da Capo. I imagine it’s maybe crushed up ecstasy or cherry flavored Kool Aid, because they are producing some awesome books. And by awesome books I mean the two I stood in line for. The other books in this list are in no particular order of how excited I am to read them or anything like that. I am much too lazy right now to rank my excitement in any way other than giving a really worn out thumbs up to all of them. Don’t forget! I’ll be posting about even more books that caught my attention in a third post based on book buzz at parties I attended hosted by HarperCollins, Random House, and Penguin.
America, You Sexy Bitch by Michael Ian Black and Meghan McCain If you are a regular reader it will come as no surprise that I was looking forward to snagging a copy of this book. I recently hosted Michael Ian Black Week here on the blog, and I am a huge fan of his. Click here to see the posts from MIB Week. Also, America, You Sexy Bitch: A Love Letter to Freedom (352 pages, Available June 12, 2012 from Da Capo Press) is the inaugural selection for Mandy’s Blogger Book Club. America, You Sexy Bitch is a humorous memoir written by Michael Ian Black (A democrat) and Meghan McCain (a republican) that documents their travels across America in an RV for a month. During their road trip they address lots of issues that are increasingly important to a country that is becoming more politically divided by the day. I believe I am going to enjoy this book so much I ordered 50 copies of it for the blogger book club.
Fifty Shames of Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin (AKA Andrew Shaffer) Fifty Shames of Earl Grey (224 pages, Available July 31st from Da Capo Press) was the other book I was looking forward to getting a copy of at BEA, and it did not disappoint. I devoured this book on the plane ride home and have read multiple parts of it over and over again. I’ve even pre-ordered copies for all of my friends who just finished the Fifty Shades trilogy. There will probably be a Fifty Shames book club night at my house sometime in August. There would be a picture of Nate (my husband), Andrew and I at the signing to the left instead of the cover art, but Nate and Andrew both blinked in the picture. (Maybe I should put it up anyway? haha) I have already reviewed Fifty Shames of Earl Grey. Click here to read the review. Warning: There is a picture of me dressed like Snookie in it.
Other Books I learned About At BEA And Am Looking Forward To Reading:
When It Happens To You: A Novel In Stories by Molly Ringwald I was really excited to hear one of my favorite actresses has a book coming out this September. When It Happens to You: A Novel in Stories (256 pages, Available in September from It Books) is a collection of interlinked stories that follow a community of friends and family in Los Angeles. The subject matter of each of the stories sounds fascinating. Especially the story titled “Ursa Minor” about “a former children’s television star who tries to rebuild his life after being hospitalized for exhaustion.”
This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz I had the pleasure of seeing Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz speak at the Adult Book and Author Breakfast on day one of BEA. I can’t put into words how wonderful it was to hear him speak. I was basically nodding my head in agreement and elbowing my husband during his entire speech. Listening to Diaz contemplate love and passion and how it affects men who have been taught not to show they care with regards to the plot of his latest novel This Is How You Lose Her (224 pages, Available in September from Riverhead) was enough to melt the heart of every female in the room. I quickly read the sample chapter and have already pre-ordered a copy of This Is How You Lose Her. I am quite literally waiting by my mailbox for this one! (Pictured at left: Me with Junot Diaz.)
The Art Of Procrastination: A Guide To Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging and Postponing By John Perry The Art of Procrastination appeals to me for one very big reason: I am the QUEEN of procrastination! Also, I have been in the mood for some quirky nonfiction, so this was exactly the kind of thing I am looking to read lately. John Perry is an Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Stanford University. According to the back of the book, he actually wrote The Art of Procrastination: A Guide to Effective Dawdling, Lollygagging, and Postponing, Including an Ingenious Program for Getting Things Done by Putting Them Off (112 pages, Available in September from Workman) when he should have been grading papers. I think I’ll start this one now! Or maybe I’ll put it off til later…
The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters I loved Ben H. Winters’s last book Bedbugs. It was one of my favorite books of 2011. So, I am thrilled that he has a new book coming out! The Last Policeman: A Novel (288 pages, Avaiable July 10th from Quirk Books) is the first book in a trilogy about a detective who is one of the few people still working in the face of an oncoming disaster: an asteroid is on a collision course with Earth. In the midst of chaos he is trying to solve a mystery surrounding a suicide he believes is murder.
The Girl Who Fell From The Sky by Heidi W. Durrow This book actually came out in 2010, but I learned about it from Debra, Algonquin’s fabulous online marketing manager. I was told The Girl Who Fell from the Sky (272 pages, Published by Algonquin Books) deals with “society’s ideas of race and class” and would appeal to readers who enjoyed When She Woke by Hilary Jordan. The Girl Who Fell From The Sky is also a Bellwether Prize winner. This is why I love BEA. I not only discover new releases, but I also find out about older releases that I was unfamiliar with prior to the expo.
BEA attendees, what books caught your eye on the expo floor? Leave a comment and let me know!
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