New Book Releases – Week of 20 August 2012

August 20, 2012 — Leave a comment


Here are a few new book releases this week that are worth checking out:

New Book Releases - Week of 20 August 2012Topping our list of new releases this new is the debut novel by Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist.  In a starred review, Publishers Weekly describes the novel: “Talmedge tends his fruit orchards in the Pacific Northwest during the early years of the 20th century, but his quiet occupation is disrupted when two sisters flee their brothel, seeking refuge. Coplin relates the story with appropriate restraint, given Talmadge’s reserved personality, and yet manages to evoke a world where the effects of two dramatic losses play out within a strikingly beautiful natural landscape.”

Watch for our review in the near future!

Hardback, Harper.
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“In his quietly transfixing new memoir, Winter Journal, Paul Auster meditates on what it means for his mind, body, and creativity to experience the unforgiving passage of time. This should be–and is–an intensely personal chronicle, but Auster makes the journey equally ours by inviting us into its unfolding. “No doubt you are a flawed and wounded person,” he cautions, and suddenly you are. You are the player in this story: running away from your pregnant mother in a department store; learning to wrangle your adolescent hormones; taking an “inventory of your scars, in particular the ones on your face”; marveling at the beauty of your wife as she sleeps; moving in and out of 21 homes, recalling their addresses and aesthetics in astonishing detail. “Writing begins in the body, it is the music of the body,” Auster notes. With Winter Journal, he reminds us that it is also the joyful, then melancholy, then reluctantly accepting soundtrack of our full and finite lives.”  (
Hardback: Holt.
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The long-awaited Diaries of George Orwell are being released for the first time this week in the U.S.  Written as individual books throughout his career, the eleven surviving diaries collected here record Orwell’s youthful travels among miners and itinerant laborers, the fearsome rise of totalitarianism, the horrific drama of World War II, and the feverish composition of his great masterpieces Animal Farm and 1984 (which have now sold more copies than any two books by any other twentieth-century author). Personal entries cover the tragic death of his first wife and Orwell’s own decline as he battled tuberculosis. Exhibiting great brilliance of prose and composition, these treasured dispatches, were edited by the world’s leading Orwell scholar.

Hardback: Liveright.
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One of of the quirkiest books to be released this week will undoubtedly be Nick Hornby‘s More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself. Publishers Weekly notes: “This collection of Hornby’s “Stuff I’ve Been Reading” columns from May 2010 to December 2011 encompasses a broad range of topics, both literary and not. It’s amazing how Hornby’s enthusiasm for an obscure book (such as Andrew Brown’s Fishing in Utopia) on an even more obscure topic (fishing in Sweden doesn’t have obvious broad spectrum appeal) can segue so smoothly into musings on the artistic experience and the genius of Patti Smith’s Just Kids. … Hornby reminds everyone how important it is to revel in the written word.”Paperback: McSweeneys.
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And finally, a book that will surely stir up a good bit of controversy, Joe Posnanski‘s Paterno.  The publisher describes the book: “Joe Posnanski, who in 2012 was named the Best Sportswriter in America by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame, was with Paterno and his family as a horrific national scandal unfolded and Paterno was fired. Within three months, Paterno died of lung cancer, a tragic end to a life that was epic, influential, and operatic. Paterno is the fullest description we will ever have of the man’s character and career. In this honest and surprising portrait, Joe Posnanski brings new insight and understanding to one of the most controversial figures in America.”

Hardback, Simon and Schuster.
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Stay tuned every Monday as we plan to make this new book releases column a weekly feature!