Everywhere the media is full of vampires, witches, horror, comics, erotica, apocalyptic and dystopian tales. Book columns, must-see TV and even the movies seem drawn to these genres. Mostly they leave me just-not-interested. I’ll keep my toe in the futuristic waters by watching for the opening of the movie Mockingjay from the Hunger Games Series. But there is so much more out there, it seems there is something for everybody.
What books are calling you? Check out these recent titles receiving media attention. Which ones might interest you? There is more available than blood and futuristic sagas.
“Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands” by Chris Bojalian (Doubleday, July, 2014) : This new novel from the best selling author of “Light In the Ruins” will be released in early July and is receiving high praise. It is the story of a teen, a nuclear accident and her subsequent adventures as she searches for a new life.
“Redeployment” by Phil Klay (Penguin Press, 2014): A debut short story collection described as painting a picture of war in Iraq and the psychological effects of veterans returning home. A best book of the month for Amazon.
“In Paradise: A Novel” by Peter Matthiessen (Riverhead, 2014): Also an Amazon book of the month this novel is set in a 1990’s spiritual retreat at Auschwitz. Matthiessen is a three time National Book Award Winner. This is his final book as he died in April at age 86.
“Written In My Own Heart’s Blood: A Novel (Outlander)” by Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte Press, June, 2014): Jamie and Claire are reunited in Revolutionary Times. Tangled relationships and adventures await Gabaldon’s many readers.
“The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicolas and Alexandra” by Helen Rappenport (St. Martin’s Press, June, 2014): This is an absorbing history of a time and people holding fascination for many. The book has received mixed reviews, but the relationship of Alexandra and her daughters is an interesting one; and the book cover, an arresting photograph.