This novel is the final installment of Mankell's Kurt Wallander series, and Whodunit columnist Bruce Tierney says it will one day "be required reading in mystery writing classes, a genre novel that indisputably transcends the genre." That alone made me want to mark this one for my TBR.
Get more details in this atmospheric trailer:
For more on Mankell, read an interview about The Man from Beijing.
Have you seen any good book trailers lately?
I blogged about Ashley Judd's "memoir with purpose" more than a year ago, and the book is finally on sale a week from today.
Though I usually feel a bit ho-hum about celebrity memoirs, the book trailer for Judd's All That is Bitter and Sweet is actually quite inspiring:
What do you think, readers? Were you touched by Judd's decision to make her life "an act of worship"? Will you read All That is Bitter and Sweet?
Have you seen any good book trailers lately?
Most of you probably know that BookPage sends out an e-newsletter every weekday called Book of the Day. We highlight a favorite book (fiction, nonfiction, romance or mystery/suspense) that's recently been released.
I can often predict which authors are going to be the most popular with readers—usually beloved bestsellers like Jodi Picoult or Maeve Binchy. Sometimes, though, I'm surprised by what captures your attention—especially when it's a debut or more obscure author. This week, Summer Wood's Wrecker was one such title.
Here's the opening paragraph from BookPage's review:
In 1996, then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton published her iconic book on child-rearing, It Takes a Village, which emphasized the necessity not only of good parenting, but also of unconventional families, of communities coming together to support children and of the many kinds of people that can make all the difference in a child’s life. Rarely has there been a better example of that message than Wrecker, a big-hearted novel about a boy who finds love and acceptance in an unlikely home. [Continue reading . . .]
Do you want to read Wrecker?
Hooked you with that headline, didn't I?
For today's Trailer Tuesday post, I thought I'd share a couple of short book trailers that are not related in any way (ha).
First up: a preview for Sarah Addison Allen's The Peach Keepers, a book that feels "like a vacation between two covers."
The Peach Keepers is on sale today. Are you a fan of Allen's magical stories filled with charming Southern eccentrics?
Second—and you can file this one in your "wackiest book titles" list—is a video about Molly Harper's Naked Werewolf series. The second book in the series, The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf, will be out on March 29. Take a look:
Hey, nothing like a hunky werewolf to brighten your day.
Have you seen any good book trailers lately? Will you check out either of these novels?
The first book on our list has been published: T.C. Boyle's When the Killing's Done. The novel is about a National Park Service biologist who is trying to keep invasive, non-native species from killing off endangered native creatures off the coast of Santa Barbara. Her task is complicated by a couple of characters who have other ideas.
Get a preview in this dramatic book trailer (fire! pregnancy tests! a rogue animal protector!):
BookPage reviewer Dan Barrett calls When the Killing's Done "a ripped-from-the-headlines page-turner" as well as "a careful study of two memorable antagonists." The book will appeal to fans of the topical, provocative novels of Jodi Picoult.
Are you going to read this one? (Doesn't that trailer make you want to go to California's Channel Islands?)
This week, my favorite book trailer highlights Susan Conley's memoir of moving her family to China—where besides the expected struggles of adapting to cultural differences, she finds out she has breast cancer. (I'm sensing a trend here in my memoir preferences; Alan Paul's Big in China is also about a family moving to Beijing.)
Learn more about The Foremost Good Fortune in the video:
In BookPage, reviewer Henry L. Carrigan Jr. writes that this lovely memoir "powerfully reminds us that we draw our strength from the many little wonders of our everyday lives." Are you inspired to pick up this book?
In this story—about a Pulitzer-nominated author who turns to Twitter for promotion, then finds romance—Medeiros "demonstrates the ways in which courting via computer can expedite seduction—but also trick the heart and muddle the mind." Learn more about Medeiros' inspiration in this book trailer from Simon & Schuster:
Are you reading anything in particular in honor of Valentine's Day, or have you seen any good book trailers lately?
Most importantly: Is it possible to fall in love on Twitter?
John T. Slania writes of overcoming his skepticism about The Memory Palace, which has been compared to The Glass Castle and The Liar's Club, in our January issue. ("Bartók’s story overcame my memoir phobia with a page-turning plot, sophisticated writing and, as a bonus, vivid illustrations from the author.")
Another memoir we're digging this month is Claire Dederer's wonderful Poser: My Life in Twenty-three Yoga Poses (our nonfiction top pick for January). Chant an Om and have a laugh over this trailer:
Both of these memoirs are on sale now . . . do either (or both) look like candidates for your TBR?
It might seem a little unusual to feature a cookbook in a Trailer Tuesday post, but I think anyone interested in food, history or the New York Times will find this video interesting.
The Essential New York Times Cookbook is covered in December's cooking column. Columnist Sybil Pratt calls the book the "fascinating, fabulous result" of Amanda Hesser's decision to "[cook] her way through the Times’ recipe archive, which begins in the 1850s, when the paper first started to cover food, and goes up to treasures from the more current Dining Out sections."
In this trailer from Norton, Hesser*—who is a food editor and writer for the NYT—discusses the evolution and details of this massive project:
Come back to The Book Case on Thursday for a sample recipe for the cookbook (hint: it includes bacon)!
*Fun fact for all the nosy chefs: Amanda Hesser is married to New Yorker contributor Tad Friend, whose memoir, Cheerful Money, I reviewed last year. Her book Cooking for Mr. Latte is a chronicle of their courtship, including the meals they shared.
Julie Klam's You Had Me at Woof: How Dogs Taught Me the Secrets of Happiness comes out next week, and we're highlighting it (along with three other dog-themed books) in our November issue.
If you've ever loved a dog, you'll enjoy this story about Klam's adventures in rescuing Boston terriers. (BookPage's Deanna Larson writes: "These little one-act adventures in the sacrifices and rewards of dog guardianship have humanity, occasional tragedy and sadness, and plenty of hilarity.")
Even if you're not a dog person, I think you'll get a kick out the trailer, which includes hilarious guest appearances by Susan Orlean (author of The Orchid Thief) and comedian Denis Leary:
Dog lovers: Will you look for You Had Me at Woof? Also, seen any good book trailers lately?
Also in BookPage: Editor Lynn Green highlights the book Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats. (Feel free to leave a comment if you disagree!)