I do monthly book chats featuring books from Penguin's Berkley Prime Crime and Obsidian. And, I've covered books from Macmillan before. Today, it's time to talk about forthcoming books from Random House because I received a terrific box containing ten of their publications. It's a nice looking group, but there's one I'm really excited about. I'll tell you which one when I get there.
Chris Beckett's Dark Eden won the 2013 Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year. Part parable, part coming-of-age novel, it's set on the alien, sunless planet called Eden, where 532 members of the Family wait for boats to return from the stars. But, young John Redlantern will abandon the old ways, venture into the Dark, and discover the truth about their world. (Release date is April 1)
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird brings us The Good Spy, the compelling portrait of Robert Ames. It's the story of the life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history - "a man who had he lived, might have helped heal the rift between Arabs and the West". But, the April 18, 1983 bomb that exploded outside the American embassy in Beirut killed 63 people, including Ames. (Release date is May 20)
Well, the title of the next book really says it's all. Jane Fonda's book is Being a Teen: Everything Teen Girls & Boys Should Know About Relationships, Sex, Love, Health, Identity & More. (Release date is March 4)
There's no cover image available for Elizabeth McCracken's Thunderstruck & Other Stories. The author of The Giant's House has her first story collection in twenty years. There are nine stories centered on "a jagged space left by loss. (Release date is April 22)
Here's the book I'm most excited about, Ruth Reichl's fiction debut, Delicious! Yes, that Ruth Reichl, author of the memoirs Tender at the Bone and Comfort Me with Apples. First, I love the cover. And, there's a conversation with Ruth Reichl and Ann Patchett included at the end of the book. It's a food novel. What's not to anticipate? When Billie Breslin left California, she took a job at Delicious!, the most iconic food magazine in New York. When it abruptly closed, she accepted an interim job in the magazine's library, a job that led to a magical discovery. Billie finds the letters from a twelve-year-old to legendary chef James Beard written during World War II. The letters provide Billie with a deeper understanding of history, the history of food, and her own life. (Release date is May 6)
And, the last novel is a sultry summer release, The Lemon Grove by Helen
Walsh. Called a "steamy pageturner", it's the story of a May-December affair from the woman's point of view. Jenn and Greg are enjoying the last days of their summer holiday in Majorca when their teenage daughter arrives with her boyfriend in tow. And, Jenn finds herself attracted to the reckless, mesmerizing Nathan. (Release date is July 8)
It's an interesting selection of books, too good to not share. Thanks to Random House for a tantalizing selection of books.