It's another big release day in the publishing world. All kinds of exciting new books arriving in the store today. Here's just a sampling of what's just arrived:
Mockingjay, by Suzanne Collins, is the final book in the Hunger Games trilogy. You know the author has something good going on when you have a quote from Stephen King on the back along these lines: "...a novel that generates nearly constant suspense....I couldn't stop reading." Technically a young adult novel, but the series is being enjoyed by all ages and all genders. [If you blew through Book Three this morning and are looking for another YA dystopic novel, try the series by James Dashner. Book One, The Maze Runner, just came out in paperback.]
A Gate at the Stairs, by one of my all-time favorite short story writers, Lorrie Moore, just came out in paperback today. A finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and shortlisted for the Orange Prize, the novel was also named one of the Best Books of the Year by several major publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and The Christian Science Monitor. Set in the shadow on 9/11 on a midwestern college campus.
The Tiger: A True Story of Vengeance and Survival, by John Vaillant, just came out in hardcover today. In this gripping true tale of man and nature, Vaillant tells the story of a man-eating tiger on the prowl in Russia's Far East in 1997, and the team of men and dogs hunting for the tiger. Vaillant wrote another great book, The Golden Spruce, that is available in paperback. The Tiger is going on my to-be-read stack today! [We also have an audio version of the book -- perfect for your end-of-summer road trip.]
The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, by Richard Dawkins, has just been released in paperback. After transforming our view of God in The God Delusion, Dawkins takes on the proponents of "intelligent design," clearly and beautifully delineating the evidence behind evolutionary theory, from living examples of natural selection to clues in the fossil record.