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Stock Your Shelves: April Book Releases

Happy April! Here’s hoping this is the last time I write one of these posts with my fingers crossed in the hopes that the cold weather is finally gone. J.K. Rowling has a new book out this month, it’s non-fiction, it’s been pre-ordered, and nothing else matters. Goodnight and good luck. Okay and yeah, some other things are coming out, too!

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The Folded Clock: A Diary by Heidi Julavits: Like many young girls, Heidi Julavits wrote in her diary every day. Years later, she found her old diaries, hoping to find proof that she was always destined to be a writer. The entries are daily chronicles of anxieties about grades, looks, boys, and popularity. “I want to good-naturedly laugh at this person. I want to but I can’t. What she wanted then is scarcely different from what I want today.” Thus was born a desire to try again, to chronicle her daily life as a forty-something woman, wife, mother, and writer. (April 7)

Inside the O’Brien’s by Lisa Genova: Joe O’Brien is a forty-four-year-old police officer from the Irish Catholic neighborhood of Charlestown, Massachusetts. A devoted husband, proud father of four children in their twenties, and respected officer, Joe begins experiencing bouts of disorganized thinking, uncharacteristic temper outbursts, and strange, involuntary movements. He initially attributes these episodes to the stress of his job, but as these symptoms worsen, he agrees to see a neurologist and is handed a diagnosis that will change his and his family’s lives forever: Huntington’s Disease. (April 7)

The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer: Bill Blair and Penny Greenway marry and have a family of four. Yet Penny is a mercurial housewife, at a time when women chafed at the conventions imposed on them. She finds salvation in art, but the cost is high. Thirty years later, the three oldest Blair children, adults now and still living near the family home, are disrupted by the return of the youngest, whose sudden presence and all-too-familiar troubles force a reckoning with who they are, separately and together, and set off a struggle over the family’s future. (April 7)

God Help the Child by Toni Morrison. At the center: a young woman who calls herself Bride, whose stunning blue-black skin is only one element of her beauty, her boldness and confidence, her success in life, but which caused her light-skinned mother to deny her even the simplest forms of love. There is Booker, the man Bride loves, and loses to anger. Rain, the mysterious white child with whom she crosses paths. And finally, Bride’s mother herself, Sweetness, who takes a lifetime to come to understand that “what you do to children matters. And they might never forget. (April 21)

Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling: Drawing from stories of her own post-graduate years, the world famous author addresses some of life’s most important questions with acuity and emotional force. (April 21)

What are you excited for this month? NEW J.K ROWLING? Something else?

Stock Your Shelves: March 2015 Releases

Goodbye February, and all the snow you brought, hello March, and some great books and (hopefully) nicer weather. I feel like I was just saying I couldn’t believe 2014 was ending, and here we are already in the THIRD MONTH of 2015. Day by day, time seems to move so slowly, but it’s actually flying, now that I’m looking back on it. This semester is already halfway over, too! At this rate, summer will be here before we know it. Until then…PicMonkey Collage

The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro: The Buried Giant begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years.(March 3)

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver: Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late. (March 10)

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara:  When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever. (March 10)

Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum  Anna Benz, an American in her late thirties, lives with her Swiss husband, Bruno—a banker—and their three young children in a postcard-perfect suburb of Zürich. Though she leads a comfortable, well-appointed life, Anna is falling apart inside. Adrift and increasingly unable to connect with the emotionally unavailable Bruno or even with her own thoughts and feelings, Anna tries to rouse herself with new experiences: German language classes, Jungian analysis, and a series of sexual affairs she enters with an ease that surprises even her (March 17)

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen: After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis’s father, a former army Colonel.To Maddie’s horror, Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father’s favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and restore his father’s name and return to his father’s good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. And Maddie, now alone in a foreign country, must begin to figure out who she is and what she wants.(March 31)

Two quick things:

1. I had NO IDEA Sara Gruen had a new book coming out so soon, and after loving Water for Elephants, I’m pretty excited, even though the premise seems a little strange.

2. The cover of A Little Life looks to me like Joseph Gordon Levitt crying, and I can’t unsee it!

What are you looking forward to this March, aside from WARM WEATHER, which I think no one can wait for much longer!