On The Shelves: New Book Releases – May 2011

Can we say better late than never? May got away from me, but I had a few things on my shelves that are not to be missed, so I wanted to still share them with you.

How Shakespeare Changed Everything by Stephen Marche
Half A Life by Darin Strauss – Picked this one up at the Random House Tea during BEA week.
Prophecy by S.J. Parris
Faith by Jennifer Haigh – I haven’t read any of Jennifer Haigh’s previous novels, but Gayle really enjoys her books, and I know that we have similar taste in literary fiction so I am ready to read this. My book club is also discussing it in October.

  • The White Devil by Justin Evans – Jen and I will be chatting with the author for our What’s Old Is New podcast later this week. I loved it! Very smart literary thriller/ghost story. Totally creepy and haunting.
  • The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson – Very fun book. Informative and fascinating, it covers the criteria for psychopaths while pointing out the pitfalls of making such a diagnosis.
  • Dreams of Joy by Lisa See – Picked this up at the Random House Tea during the week of BEA where Lisa See signed it for me.
  • Tiny Sunbirds Far Away by Christie Watson – This was almost pick for BOOK CLUB. I think length might have been the determining factor in going with something else, but I have heard nothing but good things about it and I got a copy signed by the author at BEA. And a TSFA tote bag!

Vlad: The Last Confession – The Epic Novel of the Real Dracula by C.C. Humphries – The author chatted about his book on an episode of What’s Old Is New. Fascinating background on the real Dracula, Vlad Tepes. I also learned how to say his name on that show.

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  1. Good-looking books! I’m especially interested to try Faith since I’m seeing it everywhere. If I’m gonna judge a book by its cover, I TOOOTALLY want The Ninth Wife!

  2. Lots of amazing looking books there. I am also interested in Faith after hearing so many good things about it and reading mostly positive reviews. The White Devil also looks interesting.

  3. I can’t wait to read Tiny Sunbirds! Its sounds so good! Great list you have here! I’m curious about Psychopath Test.

  4. We’ve got some books in common that I am looking forward to. I’ll be interested to compare notes in the coming weeks (or months as the case may be for me as I am always running behind!).