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.
South Asian Fiction to Look Forward To
Miss New India by Bharati Mukherjee (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, May 17, 2011) is a novel about the transformation of modern India, seen through the eyes of one woman, Anjali Bose. Anjali is a woman growing up in India, caught between her parents’ traditions and the new world out there. I find the juxtaposition of traditional and modern values in India completely fascinating, so I’m really hoping I can get to this book soon.
Missed it in Hardcover? Try it in Paperback!
Though I follow release schedules of many publishing houses pretty closely, it seems that it’s impossible to keep up with with every book that comes out. That’s why I was so thrilled to receive a review copy of Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls by Stephen G. Bloom (St. Martin’s Griffin, May 10, 2011) for its paperback release. This non-fiction discusses the history of pearls and their trade and it sounds completely fascinating.
Insightful Women’s Fiction
I love women’s fiction that makes me realize something about myself, and it sounds like The Ninth Wife by Amy Stolls (Harper Paperbacks, May 10, 2011) is another great novel for that. When thirty-five year old Bess discovers the man she has fallen in love with and wants to marry has been married eight previous times, she is in disbelief. She decides to make a cross country trip to meet these ex-wives; I think it will be a great novel and love and happiness.
Adult Dystopian? Whaaa??
Dystopian novels seem to be firmly rooted in Teen/YA these days, but there’s an intriguing new adult novel in this beloved genre. America Pacifica by Anna North (Reagan Arthur Books, May 18, 2011) is about an eighteen year old girl named Darcy who lives on an island after an ice age has destroyed most of the North American continent. When Darcy’s mother goes missing, she goes on a quest to find her and uncovers some surprising secrets along the way.
First in a Series – Grab It Before There’s Another One!
These Dark Things by Jan Weiss (Soho Crime, May 10, 2011) is a novel that introduces Captain Natalia Monte of the Carabinieri and is set in Naples, Italy. Most of you know I’m a sucker for a good mystery and a series, but an Italian setting on top of that? I am very eager to read this book.