Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Reading Month of May

Is the warm weather here to stay? Is it safe to look back at the wackiest winter in many a year as a thing now past? Will we soon start whining about how hot it is? (For myself, I can answer that last question with a definite "yes.")

Life may in general be slowing down to summer speed but the new titles continue to roll into Accent on Books. May is a busy month in that regard with a number of new books going on sale today. Here are some of them:

Innocent, by Scott Turow. More that twenty years after his classic, Presumed Innocent, Turow returns to the world of Rusty Sabich, who faces new threats and challenges after his wife is found dead. (By the way, we have signed copies of this book in stock.)

The Last Stand, by Nathaniel Philbrick. Through chronicles such as Mayflower and In the Heart of the Sea Philbrick has shown himself to be an historian who combines strong scholarship with vivid storytelling. Here, his subject is the Battle of the Little Bighorn, and its effects not only on its direct participants, but on the country as a whole.

This Body of Death, by Elizabeth George. A newly widowed Inspector Lynley returns to Scotland Yard to investigate a London murder that may be connected to a strange area of southern England known as New Forest. Vintage Elizabeth George.

I'll Mature When I'm Dead, by Dave Barry. One of America's foremost humorists is still remarkably childish and, really, would we have him any other way? Topics here include being a dad, being a (relatively minor) celebrity, and a certain medical procedure beginning with a "c" and sharing part of its name with the next punctuation mark in this sentence: yeah, that one.

And a few of the titles due to be published later on this month:

The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, by Stieg Larsson. The final volume in Larsson's remarkable trilogy finds Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomqvist trying to clear Lisbeth from triple murder charges.

Nomad, by Ayaan Hirsi Ali. The author of the bestselling Infidel here continues her story as she begins a new life in the United States after her time underground, and reconnects with her family back home.

War, by Sebastian Junger. With the spellbinding style that made The Perfect Storm so compelling, Junger here recounts his experiences with a combat platoon in Afghanistan during their 15-month tour of duty.

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer, by John Grisham. The king of the legal thrillers writes his first novel for young people, about a 13-year-old who finds himself dangerously involved in a high stakes murder trial.

And June promises new offerings from, among others, Sharyn McCrumb, Christopher Hitchens and Janet Evanovich. Never a dull moment here at Your Favorite Bookstore.

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