Well it is definitely July out there. When the space between blue sky and clouds has dissolved into a whitish, grayish, hazy something-or-other you know that the hot temperatures will accompanied by an unwelcome mugginess.
What better time to look forward to fall, and the cool weather -- and new books -- it will bring? I'll leave it to the Farmer's Almanac and the wooly worms to make specific predictions about the weather, but we can be pretty specific about some of the major books due out over the coming months. One of the first major listings of forthcoming books has arrived via this posting from the invaluable website, "The Millions." The novel with the most buzz is probably Jonathan Franzen's new one, his first since The Corrections almost a decade ago. And there will be anticipation here in Asheville for Ape House, the new offering from our local literary celebrity, Sara Gruen. The upcoming nonfiction includes travel writing from V. S. Naipaul (Africa) and Ian Frazier (Siberia, which almost sounds appealing about now).
But again, that just the tip of the iceberg. (Ice! I think I need a glass of sweet tea.) Check out The Millions' full list here.