I can’t believe I’m writing about fall already, but I also can’t wait for it to get here because there are so many great writers putting out books. Here are the ones I am most excited for!
My favorite author!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m ignoring all reviews until I have this book in my hands. It’s a big one and he can be dense, so it will probably be a couple of months before I’m ready to write a review of my own. I can’t wait, though!
Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle, Release: Sept. 19, 2014
John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats, one of my all-time favorite bands, has written his first ever novel. Eee! Here’s a nice little write-up by his editor.
“John Darnielle’s novel moves through the mind like a dark-windowed car through a sleepy neighborhood: quiet, mysterious, menacing, taking you places you will never, never get out of your head.” —Daniel Handler
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King, Release: Oct. 14, 2014
The incredible A.S. King’s latest has garnered a starred review from Kirkus, which describes it as “An indictment of our times with a soupçon of magical realism,” and School Library Journal describes it as “Handmaid’s Tale-esque” and “beautifully strange.” I’ll read anything King writes and suggest you do, too. Just a note: Reality Boy sees its paperback release Sept. 23, 2014.
500 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Smith is fast-gaining a reputation as an amazing and original writer of YA, though he remains slightly under the radar of the reading public at large. Author of titles such as The Marbury Lens, Winger, and Grasshopper Jungle, Smith is sure to create a story you’ve never read the likes of before.
In the meantime
I’m finishing up the new Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage. I’m enjoying it so far. My mood of late has been a bit sullen, so this book has complemented it perfectly. It’s a quiet and reflective story of a man searching for answers about an event in his past. He travels and talks to people along the way, hearing their stories as he pursues his own. It hasn’t taken a bizarre turn yet, but you never can tell where Murakami will take things.
And if you aren’t quite ready to embrace fall, one of the best books I read this summer was John Waters’ Carsick. It’s fast, fun, funny, and occasionally crude; in short, a perfect summer read. Part fiction, part personal essay, Carsick is the story of Waters’ endeavor to hitchhike across the country from his home in Baltimore to his apartment in San Francisco. The book is divided into three sections that are essentially novellas: the first, his imagined best case scenario for this trip; the second, the worst case scenario; and the third, the trip as it actually happened. You don’t have to be a die-hard Waters fan to enjoy this book, though fans of his films will pounce on the myriad references throughout. He even provides readers with a soundtrack, because what road trip would be complete without a mix tape? I followed up Carsick with the I Am Divine documentary on Netflix, which was great and a pairing I wholeheartedly recommend.