Books to Keep Your Eyes Out For, Part 2

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Books to Keep Your Eyes Out For, Part 2

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Out 23, 2008, 12:29pm

Hey everyone, we've got a new round of books out these days. Many of them have been out for a month or so, but some have just come out this month. Also, because you're all such active readers, some of you have already discussed some of these titles.

An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England by Brock Clarke, fiction now in paperback: Welcome to the modern-day Ignatius J. Reilly...only this guy has a bit more magnetism for fire. It's not his fault. He's a self-proclaimed "bumbler" who just can't get a break in this world. To learn more, visit the site:

Boone: A Biography by Robert Morgan, nonfiction now in paperback: I've written about this book in a different post (who knows which one that is now!) Perhaps disappointing to some, this is not a biography of Debbie Boone, but rather that frontiersman, Daniel Boone. Sales of the book have been fantastic (thank you!) and people are buying it for themselves, fathers, grandfathers, anyone! With the holidays around the corner, we're anticipating another surge of sales since this makes a great gift.

Greasy Rider by Greg Melville, nonfiction paperback original: Welcome to On the Road for the green generation. Greg chronicles the cross country trek he and his college buddy, Iggy, made in Greg's '85 veggie-oil-burnin' Mercedes. Vermont to California without one stop at a gas pump, now that's travelin' in style. With plugs from Audubon magazine and Newsweek and soon a weekly column for Outside Online, Greg is feeling pretty good about traveling that road less taken. Catch a glimpse at

Doctor Olaf van Schuler's Brain by Kirsten Menger-Anderson, fiction hardback: Twelve generations in a family of doctors, spanning phrenology to genetic research, this book will leave you wondering what modern medical practices will be outdated and unbelievable in another 50 years. Ask Dr. Olaf a question at

Between Here and April by Deborah Copaken Kogan, fiction hardback: I've written quite a bit about this book, as have some of you, but I'm just so thrilled with the praise that Deborah has received for a job well done. When Elizabeth Burns suddenly remembers the disappearance of a childhood friend thirty years ago, she begins to investigate what really happened. Horrified to learn the little girl and her sister were killed by their mother, who then killed herself, Elizabeth finds herself in an uncomfortable self-examination of her own roles as mother and wife. What has truly struck me about reactions to this book is the number of mothers I've spoken with who are thankful that Deborah has written such a candid portrayal of a mother struggling with parenthood. One woman told me that after reading the book, she and her female co-workers shared some of their own experiences of reaching the edge with their children and were relieved to hear other women have felt the same way. Isn't it amazing that books can have such an effect?! You can watch Deborah Copaken Kogan give her own insights during her Today Show appearance:

Phew, now that's a long post! Hope something here tickles your fancy.

Out 24, 2008, 11:28am

Thanks for the list of books!

I just added Between Here and April to my wishlist.

Out 24, 2008, 5:54pm

Out 24, 2008, 8:24pm

Is there any way to get a copy of Between Here and April?

Jan 3, 2009, 6:16pm

A Reliable Wife easily made its way to my fairly short list of five star reads.
I was enveloped within this story. I loved, hated and loved again, the characters who were rich and full and somehow broken. I will now put this on my Re-Read shelves and buy the hardbound copy when it comes out. This one is most delfinitely a keeper.

Have I mentioned I loved this book?

Jan 3, 2009, 6:22pm

#4, I got maybe 50 pages into The Arsonist's Guide before I gave up on it. *sympathy*

Jan 3, 2009, 6:27pm

I did not like that Arsonist's either. I bought it, read it, hated it, mooched it out... and they hated it too, if I remember correctly.

I sounded so promising!

Jan 3, 2011, 12:41pm

I received an Early Reviwer's copy of Between Here and April and thought it was pretty fantastic