Friday, October 4, 2013

New Books

There are several new books worth checking out!

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert sounds fascinating but at 512 pages it may be too long for a book club read.  Elizabeth Gilbert of Eat, Pray, Love fame turns out to be a great writer, at least according to the rave reviews she's getting for her new historical novel.  Many readers loved Eat, Pray, Love but the 19th century female botanist of this new book sounds much more interesting to me.

Pulitzer Prize winning author of The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri's new novel, The Lowland is short-listed for The Man Booker Prize.  
Set in India and America it's "the tale of two brothers bound by tragedy and a fiercely brilliant woman haunted by her past".  

Malcolm Gladwell of Outlier fame has written another thought-provoking book this time about his observations of David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and The Art of Battling Giants.  

Doctor Sleep:  A Novel is Stephen King's sequel to The Shining.  He said this will be his only sequel (not counting one he did with a co-author).  Prepare to be scared according to the reviews.

Bill O'Reilly is keeping up with his "killing" books with Killing Jesus.  Although the reviews say that there is no new information explored he does write with a fast-paced, thriller type style that makes these books interesting.

For readers who prefer to cry their way through a book, Nicholas Sparks has a new one entitled The Longest Ride. It's a tale of two love stories (two for the price of one!).

John Grisham has a new book coming out October 22nd entitled Sycamore Row which revisits the Ford County lawyer from his blockbuster A Time to Kill.

Publishers Weekly says "Thriller Award winner John Sandford ventures into DaVinci Code territory in his clever, quirky 7th Virgil Flowers novel".  The title is Storm Front and will be released October 8th.

We Are Water by Wally Lamb is coming out October 22nd. A friend recently mentioned that one of her favorite books of all time is his I Know This Much is True.  Mr. Lamb does not publish often and his books always become bestsellers.  The cover says with humor and compassion he "digs deep into the complexities of the human heart to explore the ways in which we search for love and meaning in our lives."

With the early darkness of autumn now is the time to skip TV and check out a new book at your  local library.  Hope this has given you a few good ideas.


  1. You have listed some good reads here...512 is a little long for me but I really loved Eat, Pray, Love so Gilbert's book while long might be a great read. I am really into thrillers at the moment, must be the season maybe. I would recommend Don Grippo, he has a medical based thriller To Sleep...Perchance to Die. Wasn't sure I was gonna like it but it turns out I really enjoyed it. is his site with the book info, might be worth a look if a good thriller is what is after.

  2. Thank you for the recommendation!