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!)
In a recent blog post about his book trailer, Steven Johnson wrote: "I have to admit when the good folks at Riverhead mentioned that they were working on an animated video promoting Where Good Ideas Come From, I wasn't fully convinced it was going to be worth the effort."
I bet many authors have this same thought, particularly when the average book trailer on YouTube might have a couple hundred views. Occasionally a trailer will have a couple thousand views, but that is not the norm.
So imagine my surprise when I saw that the trailer for Where Good Ideas Come From has been viewed more than 261,000 times. (The print run for the book was 75,000.) You'll have to watch for yourself to see what the fuss is about.
BookPage reviewer Martin Brady writes that Johnson's book is about "the critical factors that are almost always present when human innovation occurs." According to Johnson, "Eureka" moments are overrated, and “environments that build walls around good ideas tend to be less innovative in the long run than more open-ended environments. . . . Good ideas may not want to be free, but they do want to connect, fuse, recombine.”
The popular trailer illustrates that process:
When do you get your best ideas? Will you check out this book? Do you like the trailer?
Also in BookPage: Read an interview with Johnson about his book Everything Bad is Good For You.
Memoirs about addiction—whether to alcohol, shopping or anything else—will likely never go out of style. Case in point? Bill Clegg's Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man, published yesterday, sold to Little Brown for a reported $350,000 and is already generating considerable buzz (including a lengthy profile in the New York Times).
Some brief background: Clegg led a double life as a successful literary agent and a crack addict until 2005, when he stopped showing up at the office and eventually checked into rehab. Five years later, Clegg is back to work at William Morris Endeavor Entertainment.
Abby, our Fiction Editor, worked in publishing in New York before coming to BookPage, and she says Clegg’s descent into drug addiction—and triumphant return to the publishing world—is something everyone in New York was talking about, long before the memoir was published. She devoured our galley copy of Portrait of an Addict as a Young Man the minute it arrived, and she said it’s a "heart-wrenching, shocking and powerful" memoir—but it’s not for the faint of heart.
Take a preview in the book trailer below . . . will you check out Portrait of an Addict?
Have you seen any great book trailers this week?
In her review, Becky Ohlsen described it as "no ordinary coming-of-age novel. Or rather, it is ordinary, in the sense of being universal, even though the story’s primary setting will strike most readers as exotic and unfamiliar."
To learn more about the story, which follows Kimberly Chang through 20 years of her life, watch Kwok describe it in her own words in the book trailer below. Here's an excerpt: "It's basically a story about loss of innocence, it's about overcoming hardships. . . but at its core, it's a love story."
If you're interested in the behind-the-scenes life of an author, Kwok keeps a funny and informative blog. ("And hotels will give you stuff, like bottles of wine and extra flowers and chocolates. At one hotel, I found a copy of my book. ‘That’s a strange gift,’ I thought, ‘I already have a copy of my book.’")
Abby, our fiction editor, has expressed a lot of excitement for this novel, and I personally can't wait to read it. To give you an idea of the buzz it's already built up, consider this: I'm #9 out of 21 holds at the Nashville Public Library.
Have you read Girl in Translation? Is it worth the hype?
Ice Cold is Tess Gerritsen's eighth book in the Rizzoli & Isles crime series, and if the trailer is any indication, this book will be creepy, adrenaline-pumping and a page-turner.
The novel follows Boston ME Maura Isles to the seemingly abandoned town of Kingdom Come, where she and some friends are stranded in a blizzard. Abandoned houses—with food still on the tables—are suspicious, and the group gets the feeling that someone is lurking in the darkness. After Maura's body is found in a ravine, homicide detective Jane Rizzoli comes to investigate the town's "twisted history". . .
Will you read Ice Cold, out June 29 from Ballantine? An icy thriller sounds about perfect for the heat of summer. . . and just in time for TNT's new Rizzoli & Isles series.
Also in BookPage: Browse our Tess Gerritsen archives.