Monday, January 4, 2010

New Year, New Books

So, with the holiday season behind us, Accent on Books must be kicking back and relaxing, since there aren't any more new books coming out in the foreseeable future, right?

Wrong! January is turning out to be a month with a number of major new releases. Here is just a sample of some titles we're expecting to arrive over the next couple of weeks:

Unfinished Desires, by Gail Godwin. Gail Godwin's long-awaited new novel is based on her years growing up in Asheville, in particular her experiences at St. Genevieve's Academy.

The Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova. Asheville resident Kostova won national praise for her first novel, The Historian. Like that book, her new novel combines past and present, this time dealing with a mystery at the heart of French Impressionism.

Committed, by Elizabeth Gilbert. This sequel to Gilbert's wildly popular Eat, Pray, Love deals with the challenges and complications of the relationship in which she is involved in the latter stages of the earlier book.

Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier. Acclaimed writer Chevalier (The Girl with the Pearl Earring) specializes in historical novels dealing with accomplished women trying to succeed in a world dominated by men. Her latest tale is based on the life of the nineteenth-century paleontologist Mary Anning.

Rediscovering Values, by Jim Wallis. The author of God's Politics suggests that the current economic crisis provides an ideal occasion for redirecting our priorities towards sharing more with others.

Noah's Compass, by Anne Tyler. A new book from this wise, gentle, humorous novelist is always a treat. This one centers on a recently retired, 61-year-old schoolteacher coming to terms with his life.

Hopefully these and other new releases will give you the motivation you need to venture out into the (admittedly bitter) cold, and visit Accent on Books for a cup of hot tea and a world of exciting new reading.

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