Saturday, January 02, 2016

February Treasures in My Closet - Part 2

OK, I'm revealing a secret here. When I first started Treasures in My Closet, they really were in my closet. Not anymore. Over the years, I've received more and more books. Now, they're actually on the floor in my middle room. I'm not changing the title to Treasures in My Middle Room, though. But, this is what it looks like at the moment. They had been in nice piles until I had to move all the books. Then, a few of the piles collapsed. But, I can still find the piles with forthcoming books.

So here's the second part of the February releases.

After yesterday's post, it seems appropriate to kick off today's list with another fiction debut, Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson. Reclusive literary legend Mimi Banning lost all her money in a Ponzi scheme, and is now forced to write a new book, the first in decades. Her publisher sends her an assistant who ends up as a companion to Mimi's son, Frank. He's an eccentric nine-year-old with "the wit of Noel Coward, the wardrobe of a 1930s movie star, and very little in common with his fellow fourth graders". (Release date is Feb. 2.)

The Photographer's Wife by Suzanne Joinson is a novel of betrayal. In 1920s Jerusalem, eleven-year-old Prudence watches her architect father launch an ambitious plan to redesign the Holy City. He employs a British pilot, William Harrington, to take aerial photographs, and Prue soon becomes aware of the attraction between Harrington and Eleanora, the young wife of a famous photographer. Years later, Harrington visits Prue, revealing a story that unravels her world. (Release date is Feb. 2.)

Han Kang's novel, The Vegetarian, is translated from Korean. It's the story of a woman who has a dream that changes her life, and that of her husband. She renounces eating meat in a country where societal mores are strictly obeyed. Her decision is an act of subversion, that leads to scandal, abuse and estrangement. (Release date is Feb. 2.)

I don't want to reveal too much about Caroline Kepnes' Hidden Bodies because there are spoilers for people who haven't yet read her earlier novel, You. I'll just say bookstore manager Joe Goldberg is upset when his current girlfriend, Amy, disappears. Tracing her computer searches, he follows her to Hollywood, determined to make her pay for deserting him. (Release date is Feb. 23.)

Maylis de Kerangal's The Heart covers the twenty-four hours surrounding a fatal accident and the resulting heart transplant, as life is taken from a teenage boy and given to a woman close to death. (Release date is Feb. 9.)

Ausma Zehanat Khan's The Language of Secrets takes readers into the investigation of a local Muslim terrorist cell in Canada. INSET, Canada's federal intelligence agency has been investigating it for months, but one of their informants is killed at the cell's training camp. Detective Esa Khattack's police department is called to investigate the murder, and his partner, Rachel Getty, goes undercover into the ultra-conservative mosque. (Release date is Feb. 2.)

Almost Everything Very Fast is German author Christopher Kloeble's U.S. debut. Set in a small Bavarian village, it's Albert's story of a search for answers. At nineteen, he never knew his mother, and, all his life, had been a father to his father, Fred. When Fred is given only five months to live, Albert senses he may be the only one who can help him learn more about his background. Together they set out on an adventure that will take them back to the distant past, and a story of forbidden love. (Release date is Feb. 2.)

Everyone knows what happened to the Hindenburg in 1937. But, Ariel Lawhon's novel, Flight of Dreams, introduces readers to the people on board. Emilie Imhoff boards the ship as the only female crew member, with access to the entire airship. She hears everything, including the rumors. And, everyone seems to be hiding something. (Release date is Feb. 23.)

Stephen Le's 100 Million Years of Food is one of the few nonfiction titles on the February pile. Le, a biological anthropologist, explains how the foods of different regions developed through centuries, showing how our diets and lifestyles have transformed over millions of of years of history, and how we can return to a sustainable, healthier way of eating and living. (Release date is Feb. 2.)

The Quality of Silence is the latest thriller from Rosamund Lupton. It's the story of a mother and daughter's quest to uncover a dark secret in the Alaskan wilderness. Yasmin, an astrophysicist, and her precocious deaf daughter, Ruby, arrive in a remote part of Alaska to be told that Ruby's father, Matt, has been the victim of a catastrophic accident. But, they don't accept his death as the truth, and head out into the hostile winter of the Alaskan tundra to find the truth. As a storm closes in, Yasmin realizes they face another danger as well, a human one that is following. (Release date is Feb. 16.)

Yann Martel, the author of Life of Pi, brings us The High Mountains of Portugal. It's part quest, part ghost story, part contemporary fable, as it covers 100 years of searches for answers in Portugal, beginning with the discovery of an old journal in 1904. (Release date is Feb. 2.)

What Lies Between Us is Naomi Munaweera's latest novel. It begins in the idyllic hill country of Sri Lanka, where a young girl grows up with her loving family. But, terror lurks, and she and her mother are forced to immigrate to America. Love and loss fill her life, but she's haunted by the scars of the past. (Release date is Feb. 16.)

Iain Pears really does weave together three different worlds in Arcadia. How do you bring together an Oxford don who dabbles in espionage and fiction writing in 1960, the quick-witted fifteen-year-old girl who feeds his cat, a psychomathematician who lives several hundred years in the future in a dystopian island society, and a scholar's apprentice who lives somewhere, sometime? It's Pears' latest puzzle. (Release date is Feb. 9.)

Shawna Yang Ryan's Green Island sweeps across two continents and six decades, as the narrator tells the story of her family and Taiwan. That story covers Taiwan's history from the end of Japanese colonial rule to years of martial law to its transformation into a democracy. (Release date is Feb. 23.)

Try Not to Breathe is Holly Seddon's fiction debut, a thriller with twists and turns. Alex Dale's destructive habits cost her a marriage and a journalism career. Only her routine of running and forgettable work keeps her going. And, then she discovers Amy Stevenson, the survivor of a brutal attack, who has been in a coma for fifteen years. What starts as Alex' story as a reporter turns into a personal obsession. How do you solve a crime when the only witness is locked in silence? (Release date is Feb. 23.)

In her latest novel, Salt to the Sea, Ruta Sepetys takes readers back to 1945, as thousands of refugees from East Prussia try to reach freedom. Four of them are teenagers, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff. It's a story inspired by the single greatest tragedy in maritime history, but a little-known story. (Release date is Feb. 2.)

Hannah Tennant-Moore's debut novel, Wreck and Order, is the story of a young woman who feels lost. Elsie is aimless, self-destructive, and in and out of love. She decides she needs a dramatic change in her life, and heads to Paris and Sri Lanka. Even then, she has to come face-to-face with herself. (Release date is Feb. 9.)

If you like inventive novels about time travel, you might want to try John Wray's The Lost Time Accidents. Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest family secret, Waldemar "Waldy" Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he's been exiled from the flow of time. The world continues to turn as Waldy tries desperately to get back. Now, he has to deal with the legacy of his great-grandfather's fatal pursuit of the hidden nature of time. (Release date is Feb. 9.)

There are a number of literary novels here, a number of debuts. Where are the mysteries? The cozy ones won't arrive until mid-January. I guess that leaves novels about the mysteries of life. I have to be honest and say some of these won't even make my "hope to read" calendar. But, there certainly are books for every taste in the two days of Treasures in My Closet. Is there a book or two that excites you?


Kay said...

There are several here that I've made note of. Not sure when I'll get to them as my 'read your own books' quest is in effect, but I've given myself permission to acquire new books now and then. Always so many fun ones coming out. We'll never catch up, will we? LOL

Diane said...

Looking at the first picture... How in the world do you choose what book to start with? So many choices...

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Wow, that is some pile of books. Fortunately, I have enough bookcases that I no longer have to have boxes of books in the closet. Granted, a couple of the shelves have books in front of books, but for the most part that isn't the case.

SandyG265 said...

Ne t time my boyfriend complains about my book stack I'll have to show him yours. Mine nowhere near that large.

TFJ said...

I've enjoyed all of Rosamund Lupton's books so am eager to read her latest, The Quality of Silence, especially as it takes place in Alaska. I've only visited Alaska once, but it felt like home.

Yann Martel's newest is also intriguing. I've put both on hold at my library. Yippee!

Thanks, as always, Lesa for these treasures.


Nancy said...

There are a few books here that I am interested in and one that I should tell my daughter about as she likes time-travel stories. Thanks, Lesa!

Charlotte said...

Wonder how many books you will be adding to this stack by the end of 2016? Does it ever over whelm you when you see so many books that you need to read and know there is no way you can read them all?
There are always new books out each day and you just can't read them all, don't care how hard you try.

Lesa said...

You're all right. That pile is overwhelming. When it gets a couple months past release date, and I know I'm not going to get to them, I do try to give some away. With ARCs, it isn't easy because we can't sell them at the booksale. We do have a "Good Neighbor Collection" at one of our branches, and during tax season, it's particularly busy, so I do try to give some there. There can't take that whole pile, though.

Kaye Barley said...

What an interesting selection this is! I'm intrigued by The Photographer's Wife.

Reine said...

Thanks for posting this great-sounding list, Lesa!

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Reine.

Lesa said...

Interesting sounding, isn't it, Kaye?