Spring 2010 Preview: Fic and Non Fic for Chicks (Plus a Treatise on North Korea)


  • Arcadia Falls(HC, March): Carol Goodman: New popular cover motif: women running away (see The Outlander, Ice Land etc.). Then again, getting the hell away from everything is an inspiring concept, full stop. After the death of her husband, Meg escapes with her daughter to Arcadia Falls, a small New York state hamlet, to teach at a prestigious boarding school. Her bad luck follows her and she finds herself once again threatened by the shadows of her past. Da Daa DAAAA.
  • I Am an Emotional Creature(HC, February): Eve Ensler is best known as the author of the play the The Vagina Monologues. This new work contains fictional monologues from girls around the world (an anorexic blogger, a 15 year old Bulgarian sex slave, a young Chinese factory worker) in an attempt to detail the inner (and often suppressed) lives of women all over the globe.
  • Never Tell Our Business to Strangers(HC, March): This memoir was indubitably given the green light due to the five alarm fire that was The Glass Castle. Jennifer Masci, now a writer at The New York Times, had a wildly unpredictable childhood - her father had two names and was incarcerated for a time, her family moved constantly and lived alternatively in poverty and relative wealth. Not until the death of both her parents was she able to pry the powerful truth from them about their collective past. Scandalous!
  • Alice I Have Been(HC, January): I'm beginning to feel like a sucker here - blue cover with swirly gold type and an Alice in Wonderland theme? Seriously, who is producing these books, an algorithm?? Actually, this article in Wired made me think everything should be produced by an algorithm (please don't hurt me). This is a fictional account of the real Alice who inspired the character in Lewis Carroll's fantastical tales.
  • The Imperfectionists(HC, January): Oh the typeface on this cover, I loves it! This novel follows the employees of an English language newspaper in Rome (indubitably inspired by author Tom Rachman's own experiences as a journalist in Rome and Paris). This debut is getting a lot of buzz and the subject of print journalism's future in a digital era couldn't be more timely. I was paid to write that. Just kidding. I wish. The door to my secret PayPal bribe account is somewhere in this blog.
  • Nothing to Envy(HC,January): One of my top obsessions (after ice blue covers, frozen wastelands, roasted garlic and Say Yes to the Dress marathons) is closed societies. After all, we're all so global these days, what happens when a society closes its eyes and ears to the outside world? Nothing to Envy details the lives of six North Koreans and provides an exact count of its nuclear arsenal. Again, couldn't be more kidding.


9 comments:

Diane said...

Arcadia Falls looks good doesn't it. I have been looking forward to it.

jennifermascia said...

Thanks for the shout-out! To be included in such esteemed company (Eve Ensler, etc.) is an honor. Hope you like the book!

jennifermascia said...

And, oy, now that I see my comment, I really need to change that Obama picture...

B.Kienapple said...

Diane - I have a weakness for boarding school stories gone bad! This one is a must read.
Jennifer - thanks for stopping by! Can't wait to get my grubby hands on a copy. Congrats!

Julie said...

Alice I Have Been has caught my eye too!

avisannschild said...

Ooh, these all sound good to me!

B.Kienapple said...

I've been waiting to see some reviews up in the blogs for Alice but nothing yet..I'm keen to know whether it lives up to the hype.

avisannschild said...

Here's one: http://lilly-readingextravaganza.blogspot.com/2009/12/alice-i-have-been-by-melanie-benjamin.html

JK said...

I'm excited Eve Ensler has another book and will have to check it out. Not that Vag Mons is the be all and end all (it's got many problems too), but I was in a production, and it was a pretty incredible experience. I'm very curious about the new collection. Thanks for bringing it to my attention, B!

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