The administrators of Read This! were thrilled to sit in on a presentation given by Virginia Stanley from HarperCollins. We found out about a ton of fantastic books that will be coming out this Fall. Here is a small sample…
Under This Unbroken Sky – Shandi Mitchell (September)
Spring 1938. After nearly two years in prison for stealing his own grain, Ukrainian immigrant Theo Mykolayenko is a free man. Losing the farm Theo built with his own hands, his wife Maria and their five children have struggled to survive with Theo’s sister, Anna, on the harsh northern Canadian prairie. But now that he is back, Theo–a man who has overcome drought, starvation, war, and Stalin’s purges–is determined to make a better life for them.
Manhood for Amateurs – Michael Chabon (October)
A shy manifesto, an impractical handbook, the true story of a fabulist, an entire life in parts and pieces, Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers presents his autobiography and his vision of life in the way so many of us experience our own: as a series of reflections, regrets and re-examinations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past.
Labor Day – Joyce Maynard (July)
In a manner evoking Ian McEwan’s Atonement and Nick Hornby’s About a Boy, Joyce Maynard tells a story of love, sexual passion, painful adolescence, and devastating betrayal as seen through the eyes of a thirteen-year-old boy—and the man he later becomes—looking back on the events of a single long, hot, and life-altering weekend.
Barbara Kingsolver – The Lacuna.
In her first novel in nine years, Barbara Kingsolver, the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Poisonwood Bible and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, tells the story of Harrison William Shepherd, a man caught between two worlds—an unforgettable protagonist whose search for identity will take readers to the heart of the twentieth century’s most tumultuous events The Lacuna is the story of a man’s search for safety in the grinding jaws of two nations, at a moment when the entire world seemed bent on reinventing itself at any cost.
Also coming this Fall from HarperCollins:
Come Back, Como by Steven Winn
Anne Frank by Francine Prose
Lit by Mary Karr
My Prison, My Home by Haleh Esfandiari
Evidence of Murder by Lisa Black
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
Look forward to posts on upcoming books from Macmillan and Random House – coming soon!