Twice a week it’s like Christmas morning around here — fresh boxes filled with new books arrive on our doorstep. We have lust and covetousness in our hearts! Here are some of the brand-new ones we’re most excited about: (click on the covers for more info)
The Family Fang, by Kevin Wilson
Donna is “seriously dying to read The Family Fang. It seems off-beat but compelling. I’m always interested in how kids turn out when they have looney birds for parents. Of course there are plenty of memoirs which fit that description so it will be interesting to read a novel of that genre.”
(This is also already one of my favorites of the season. If you like The Royal Tenenbaums, you’ll love The Family Fang)
How to Keep Your Volkswagon Alive, by Christopher Bucher
The title! And it’s about a single father raising a son — who happens to be a 1971 Volkswagon Beetle. It’s already brilliant and heartbreaking. Oooh, I can’t wait!
The Wizard of Oz – in Scanimation!
BJ says: “Fun and entertaining! No matter how many different incarnations one has read, the story never loses its punch- and in the end it is all about the story.”
Wildwood, by Colin Meloy, illustrated by Carson Ellis
Calling all Decemberists fans! Lead guitarist and songwriter Colin Meloy has penned one of the most anticipated books for young readers coming out this year. Will it be good? Will it be great? Apparently Lemony Snicket and Michael Chabon want to live inside Meloy’s wild world forever:
This book is like the wild, strange forest it describes. It is full of suspense and danger and frightening things the world has never seen, and once I stepped inside I never wanted to leave.
“Dark and whimsical, with a true and uncanny sense of otherworldliness, WILDWOOD is the heir to a great tradition of stories of wild childhood adventure. It snatched me up and carried me off into a world I didn’t want
Who Am I? And If So, How Many? by Richard David Precht
This international bestseller, apparently one of the most talked-about books in the world, has just made it to our fair city. Will we be talking about it, too?