Sadie Jones, author of the award-winning The Outcasts, heads into new, weird territory with her third novel, The Uninvited Guests.
The story takes place over a single day in the crumbling Sterne estate, somewhere in the pre-WWI English countryside. A train derailment disrupts the day's party, and what follows is "a kind of prickly menace and biting wit . . . [that] builds to a horrible crescendo in a scene with echoes of the war to come."
Check out our Q&A with Jones, where she chats about The Uninvited Guests and its pre-war English setting:
I simply needed a time we perceive as beautiful and romantic and yet trembles on the brink of the unknown. Western civilization was at a peak, both culturally and scientifically; to me that generation sits like white icing on the dark slag heap of the century before it, looking blindly toward the new century, the mass suicide of the Great War.
Is Sadie Jones' newest on your list?
Grace McCleen's debut novel, The Land of Decoration, looks at the world through a unique set of eyes—those of a 10-year-old girl who has created a model of the Promised Land in her bedroom. It's one of our most buzzed-about debuts of 2012 and one of our 30 most anticipated books of 2012.
In our interview with the author, McCleen touches on childhood, everyday miracles and spirituality:
"And there are people these days who believe that miracles still happen. I’m not sure. . . . I could see how something could appear to be a miracle, but also make scientific sense. Now I’m open to many things which I wasn’t when I believed in a single God.”
The Land of Decoration is out now! Fans of Emma Donoghue's Room should check it out – will you?
Listen up, nail-biters, smokers and refrigerator grazers! With the help of award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg and his book The Power of Habit, it's time to re-think our habits and how they can be changed.
Duhigg's discoveries promise to help you transform your life by using the same breakthrough science that was crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Martin Luther King Jr. and Febreeze.
Duhigg answered some of our habit questions in a Q&A! Find out what he means when he says, "The brain is incredibly plastic."
In the book trailer for The Power of Habit, Duhigg shows how he experimented with and conquered one of his own habits:
As it turns out, you can teach old dogs new tricks.
Readers: What habit do you want to change? Are you interested in Duhigg's book?
Catherine Chung's debut novel, Forgotten Country, has captured our attention this month. Its startlingly beautiful exploration of generational tension within a Korean family made it an easy choice for the March Top Pick in Fiction.
The story spans two continents as the young protagonist searches for her sister, who has vanished without a trace. Surrounding this haunting story is Korea's tumultuous history, including the aftereffects of the Japanese occupation and the Korean War.
Be sure to check out our Q&A with Chung, who shares insight into her personal connection to this remarkable story.
The book trailer, which comes from Riverhead and was made by Tomiko Jones, introduces the Korean folklore prevalent throughout the novel:
Forgotten Country is out now! Will you check out our Top Pick in Fiction?
It's been a big year for fans of Maggie Stiefvater. The final book in her Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, Forever, came out in July . . . and just last week she released a new stand-alone book, The Scorpio Races. This novel is about a couple of teens who risk their lives in dangerous horse races on cliffs.
Trisha and I had the opportunity to meet Maggie at the American Library Association conference in New Orleans this year. Trisha talked to her about leaving her characters from the world of Shiver behind, and Maggie told us a bit about her research for The Scorpio Races.
Best part of the interview: When Maggie tells us how she had the opportunity to have a romantic day of sightseeing with her husband while she was on tour in Paris—and instead she whisked him off to go look at cliffs as research for the new book.
I linked to this video back in July, but I wanted to share it again in case any of you need reminding about The Scorpio Races. Other news: Today on Publishers Marketplace it was announced that Warner Brothers has bought the film rights to the novel.
Here's the interview from ALA:
Just for fun, check out this awesome stop-motion trailer that Maggie created for The Scorpio Races:
Have you read, or will you read, The Scorpio Races? We'll let you know if we hear any more details about the movie . . .
The Language of Flowers is "a story that needs to be told"—that of one of the 20,000 teens who grow too old for the foster care system and find themselves suddenly alone at age 18. Debut author Vanessa Diffenbaugh couples her passion for foster care with the Victorian symbolism of flowers in a story that is, according to our reviewer, "visceral and deeply touching."
The story is told in flashback by a former foster child who found a way to express her deepest emotions through the secret meanings of flowers. Read more in our interview with Vanessa Diffenbaugh.
The book trailer from Pan Macmillan is so pretty, and while it may not capture the intensity of Diffenbaugh's novel, it certainly embraces its heart:
Will you be picking up a copy?
Creative maven Grace Bonney, the heart and mind behind Design*Sponge (one of the most popular design blogs ever), has released her first book! Design*Sponge at Home is packed with blog favorites as well as brand-new DIY projects, before-and-afters, flower arranging ideas and plenty of how-to's.
In an interview with Bonney, we chatted about moving from blog to book, her favorite elements of a room and much more. Read our Q&A with Bonney.
The blog has oodles of sneak-peeks, plus info on her upcoming book tour. The following pictures are snippets from Genifer Sohr and Rosie O’Neil's homes (see more here). They are featured in the first chapter, Home Tours, which captures the most gorgeous elements of 65 different homes.
Check out the book trailer from Artisan:
Design*Sponge at Home is out now! Are you picking up a copy?
Peter Spiegelman's fourth and newest thriller, Thick as Thieves, is one of our Whodunit picks for August, and reviewer Bruce Tierney called it "genre-defining" and "twisty as a corkscrew." No surprise there, as Spiegelman's book is not only the story of a "dream crime," but it is also one of the most exciting thrillers to hit shelves this summer.
Check out our Q&A with Spiegelman for his take on crime thrillers, great books and great writing.
And if you needed any more convincing about Thick as Thieves, here's the trailer:
Spiegelman's newest is already on shelves. Will you make room for it on your TBR list?
Our interview with Geraldine Brooks about Caleb's Crossing is BookPage's May cover story. The novel is about a Wampanoag boy who graduated from Harvard in 1665—and the Puritan woman he befriends, and who longs for an education.
In the interview, Brooks explains some of the history behind her fiction, like how some women in the 17th century were literate and longed for a better lot in life.
For some fantastic visuals to go along with the interview, watch this trailer from Viking, which takes us from Martha's Vineyard to Harvard, the settings of the novel:
Do you want to read Caleb's Crossing?
What's your favorite novel by Geraldine Brooks?