Monday, May 14, 2007

Another List!

Hot Books for Summer!
Just some of the ones from the review above.

1. Kite Runner author Khaled Hosseini returns to Afghanistan in his much-anticipated second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns (Riverhead, May 22). It's the story of two women who are both married to a man hardened by his culture's misogyny. "I haven't witnessed such unanimous inhouse enthusiasm since Life of Pi," says Parsons. "It reminds me of how Jeffrey Eugenides exceeded sophomore expectations with Middlesex. The film version of The Kite Runner in late 2007 will also help make this the year of Hosseini."

I would like to read this one, I enjoyed the Kite Runner.

2. With 1000 Places to See Before You Die, which has 2.2 million copies in print, Patricia Schultz hit on a golden formula. Now, North America is the focus, in 1000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die (Workman, July). "Whether planning an actual trip or just dreaming of someday, this is a great way to spend a summer day," says Halley.

Hey, even if I find a few fun ideas this one might be worth glancing through at B&N.

3. For stressed-out parents, actress Christie Mellor calmly explains how to harness the energy of toddlers-gone-wild in Three-Martini Family Vacation: A Field Guide to Intrepid Parenting (Chronicle, June). "Her first book [The Three-Martini Playdate] was hilarious, in an 'I know I shouldn't be laughing at this, but heee!' kind of way," says Halley, "and we did very well with it."

Oooh Three Martini Playdate is FUN STUFF. This should be a good read (and present for my mommy friends!)

4. Hipster alert: Dishwasher by Pete Jordan (HarperPerennial, May), creator of the eponymous zine, tells of his 12-year mission to wash dishes in all 50 states and how he abandoned it for love. "I think it'll do well with the McSweeneys/Found/Postsecret crowd," says Donaghy.

Well, hipster alert indeed. WASH DISHES in 50 states? Um, yeah.

5. Barbara Kingsolver's Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: A Year of Food Life (HarperCollins, May) is the bestselling novelist's memoir of a year spent procuring and cooking local food (HarperCollins, May).

Already out and wishing away on my wish list...

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