Shelving Books: Swapna’s Picks is a series profiling books that have been released in the past two weeks, posting every other Monday. These are books that I am excited about, but will not get the opportunity to review for a few months.
The South Asian Author
I absolutely loved Roopa Farooki’s previous book Half Life, so I was very excited to learn she had a new book coming out. The Way Things Look To Me by Roopa Farooki (St. Martin’s Press, April 12, 2011) is about three adult siblings, the youngest of which has Asperger’s. It looks like it will be an amazing novel about the relationship between brothers and sisters, and I’m looking forward to it.
Series Books Out of Order
Once again, there are two books being released this week which I really want to read, but I haven’t yet read the preceding books in their respective series. One Was a Soldier by Julia Spencer-Fleming (Minotaur, April 12, 2011) is the seventh book in the Reverend Clare Fergusson mystery series. I currently just finished the fourth book, To Darkness and to Death, so I’m getting close. A Hard Death by Jonathan Hayes (Harper, April 12, 2011) is the second book in the series about forensic pathologist Dr. Edward Jenner.
All I know about Lisa Scottoline’s newest book is that it’s set in the aftermath of an explosion in a school cafeteria. I think the premise sounds interesting, so I’m looking forward to Save Me by Lisa Scottoline (St. Martin’s Press, April 12, 2011). I also think Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore (Hyperion, April 19, 2011) sounds very interesting. It’s about a law student who returns home to her grandmother’s farm in rural Mississippi and stumbles onto an unsolved murder from the civil rights era.
I’m an Alien, You’re an Alien, It’s a Beautiful Rain, Beautiful Rain
(10 points to anyone who knows what song those lyrics are from WITHOUT Googling)
The subject of The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence by Paul Davies (Mariner Books, April 13, 2011) is pretty self-explanatory. Davies tackles the current search for alien intelligence program, SETI, and discusses its weaknesses. This was originally released in hardcover last year, but somehow I missed it, so I’m excited for the paperback release!