Thursday, August 23, 2012

Back to School Days

I know, I know, I can't believe it either, but the fact remains that Trumbull schools are back in session next Monday.  Where did the summer go?  Hope you all made the most of it, and got some great reading done, too.  I know I have!  And of course I'm looking forward to all the new titles that are coming this fall.  In the spirit of that back-to-school rush and all the learning that comes with it, here are a few sneak peeks at a few of the big titles coming up in the next few months...

A Dangerous Inheritance, by Alison Weir, coming in October.  A tale of two Kates, Lady Katherine Grey (sister to the Nine Days Queen, Lady Jane Grey) in 1554 and Kate Plantagenet (bastard daughter to Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet kings) in 1483 share many things, despite the gap of history.  Forbidden love, brushes with treason, and strong connections to the looming bulk that is the Tower of London.  If you're a fan of British history, Weir is an absolute master, and you should make sure to add this, as well as her other work, to your list. 

Astray: Stories, by Emma Donoghue, coming in October.  Your eyes do not deceive you.  Best-selling author of last year's break-away hit, Room, (and by the way, if you haven't read it, please do yourself a favor and remedy that, okay?) Emma Donoghue is back with a collection of stories scattered throughout place and time, all centered upon the wayward soul.  Those who cross boundaries both real and imagined, those who do so for love or in fear or for gain.  I, for one, am very much looking forward to this one.

Flight Behavior, by Barbara Kingsolver, coming in November.  Best-selling Kingsolver has gone back to her roots in her latest work, set in her native Appalachia.  A restless farm wife, resigned to a life of disappointment brought on by a mistake in her youth, finds herself traveling toward a brief diversion.  Before she can arrive at her illicit destination, she happens upon an unexplainable phenomenon, a lake of fire in the valley near her home.  What she takes to be a warning against her actions then draws media, scientists, and religious leaders with theories of their own.  The influx of strangers makes a stark contrast to the norm for the small rural community, and then things really get interesting.  I'm really intrigued by the reviews, and can't wait to read it for myself!

Happy back-to-school, and as ever, happy reading!

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