Hot Book Club Titles for Fall: Part 1

Friday, June 18, 2010

One of the panels I attended at BEA this year was the Hot Book Club Titles for Fall. So I know everyone is talking about their books for summer, but I'm going to focus on what your book club can look forward to for the months after that. (Although, really, some of these come out in summer...) This will be broken up into multiple parts; the panel had 6 representatives and each was permitted to feature 5 books. They also had time at the end for each person to feature one more, so I'll post those too if I wrote notes down for them. =) Many, though not all, of the books discussed have already been released but have upcoming paperback release dates which works well for those who truly are looking for book club reads and whose book clubs can't necessarily afford to buy a new hardcover every month!

The first speaker was Michael Croy who is the Field Sales Director with Simon & Schuster. I took very limited notes, so I don't have a whole lot to say about each book! He highlighted the following books.

Half Broken Horses by Jeannette Wells
Original Release: October 26, 2009
Paperback Release: September 7, 2010

This memoir is by the author of the well-known memoir, The Glass Castle, which I have actually not yet read!! I know, I need to... everyone tells me I absolutely must read it. Half Broke Horses is another memoir about her grandmother.

A Happy Marriage by Rafael Yglesias
Release Date: July 7, 2010 (according to
August according to the power point @ the panel)

I didn't take notes on this one, but it's a marriage over time. According to, "what it means for two people to spend a lifetime together". It sounded really good when he talked about it.

Day After Night by Anita Diamant
Original Release: September 8, 2009
Paperback Release: August 10, 2010

Four women who escape from Nazi Germany. A novel about friendships.

Learning to Die in Miami by Carlos Eire
Release Date: November 2, 2010

Apparently this one doesn't have a cover anywhere online even though I know one's been designed! It was on the power point!!! LOL. Anyway, this is the follow up to the book, Waiting
for Snow in Havana. I don't know much about that one either, but I know my sister has it so I may need to borrow it. Both are memoirs about a boy's life. Learning to Die in Miami is, of course, after he is in the United States. LOL... I guess that was obvious.

Blue Nude by Elizabeth Rosner
Original Release: April 25, 2006
Paperback Release: September 14, 2010

This is obviously a reprint. The only notes I wrote for this were "WW II legacy".

Forest Gate by Peter Akinti
Release Date: February 2, 2010

I'm pretty sure this was the extra book Mr. Croy mentioned. These weren't on the power point so I could have it mixed up. But regardless, this was also recommended. It was described as similar to Little Bee in that it tells about the immigrant experience in England. However, whereas Little Bee is from the point of view from an author who is white, this book tells the immigration story from the point of view of an author who is black. For a great review of this book, check out Heather's review at Raging Bibliomania.


bermudaonion said...

I meant to go to that panel and totally forgot it. It looks like I missed a good one.

Trisha said...

Don't feel bad! I haven't read The Glass Castle yet either - even though it's been sitting on my shelf for quite some time. I'll have to get on that soon...

Zibilee said...

Oh a new one from Diamant!! I am excited about that! Blue Nude also looks good. I do have The Glass Castle on my shelf, but haven't read it. I have heard great things though. I will also be interested in this new installment focusing on her grandmother's life. Thanks so much for sharing these, they all look amazing for different reasons!

Tina said...

thankd for the post...Im looking forward to Diamant book

Melissa said...

I actually tried to read Day after Night, but I couldn't get into it. I am usually devour historical books about the Holocaust but this one seemed disjointed, and the story moved from person to person that i couldn't really form a connection with any of the women.

I'm interested in reading Half Broken Horses. Haven't really heard much about it, but it seems promising.

Michelle said...

Anita Diamant has another book coming out? About Nazi Germany? I am SO there!! Thanks for sharing this list!!

Michelle (Red Headed Book Child) said...

I really enjoyed A Happy Marriage. Not a happy read but very packed with emotion. I have the Jeanette Walls and Anita Diamant and also Blue Nude. I haven't read those yet. They all sound marvelous. !!
I wish I would have gone to the ol' panels. Alas I was overwhelmed. said...

i have The Glass Castle sitting on my bookshelf and keep meaning to pick it up! sounds like that's the case with many of us...

Melissa (Betty and Boo's Mommy) said...

I'm reading Half Broke Horses now, and I must say, it is quite a story. What a life Jeannette Walls' grandmother had! I think you'd like this one, Jenny.

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