2014 Book Preview

Flavorwire and the Independent have already come out with their most anticipated books of 2014, and I'm sure other lists will start popping up now that it's officially the new year; And of course there are the tons of lists for upcoming YA titles already out there saturating the Interwebs, but I thought I'd share a few other noteworthy titles getting some buzz:

The Trip to Echo Springs: On Writers and Drinking by Olivia Laing. Published 12/31/13. [Nonfiction]

I'm including this one because everyone and their mother has given it a starred review [Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Booklist], plus it's an IndieNext pick for January.

Overview: In The Trip to Echo Spring, Olivia Laing examines the link between creativity and alcohol through the work and lives of six extraordinary men: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, John Berryman, John Cheever, and Raymond Carver.

Alan Bradley's 6th Flavia de Luce book, The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches, comes out Jan. 14, 2014.

(I'm including this title because I just like this series.)

Overview: On a spring morning in 1951, eleven-year-old chemist and aspiring detective Flavia de Luce gathers with her family at the railway station, awaiting the return of her long-lost mother, Harriet. Yet upon the train’s arrival in the English village of Bishop’s Lacey, Flavia is approached by a tall stranger who whispers a cryptic message into her ear. Moments later, he is dead, mysteriously pushed under the train by someone in the crowd. Who was this man, what did his words mean, and why were they intended for Flavia?

Hollow City: The Second Novel of Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs, also comes out January 14, 2014.

Overview: This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

A Highly Unlikely Scenario: or, A Neetsa Pizza Employee's Guide to Saving the World. This is Rachel Cantor's debut novel, to be released January 14, 2014

This has garnered a starred review from Publishers Weekly

Overview: In the not-too-distant future, competing giant fast food factions rule the world. Leonard works for Neetsa Pizza, the Pythagorean pizza chain, in a lonely but highly surveilled home office, answering calls on his complaints hotline. It’s a boring job, but he likes it—there’s a set answer for every scenario, and he never has to leave the house. Except then he starts getting calls from Marco, who claims to be a thirteenth-century explorer just returned from Cathay. And what do you say to a caller like that? Plus, Neetsa Pizza doesn’t like it when you go off script.
Meanwhile, Leonard’s sister keeps disappearing on secret missions with her “book club,” leaving him to take care of his nephew, which means Leonard has to go outside. And outside is where the trouble starts.
A dazzling debut novel wherein medieval Kabbalists, rare book librarians, and Latter-Day Baconians skirmish for control over secret mystical knowledge, and one Neetsa Pizza employee discovers that you can’t save the world with pizza coupons.

The Enchanted, a debut novel by Rene Denfeld, to be released March 4, 2014.
This has already gotten a starred review from Library Journal.
Overview: Beautiful and transcendent, The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld is told from the point of view of a convict whose magical interpretations of prison life allow him to find absolute joy while isolated from the rest of humanity and a female investigator who experiences her own personal salvation in her work. 

[According to PW, the first print run is 40,000]

Young God by Katherine Faw Morris. To be released May 2014.

From Library Journal: ...this is a book to watch, and in style and content it has the ring of Daniel Woodrell’s taut and fabulous Winter’s Bone. The strong-willed Nikki doesn’t want anyone to tell her what to do. In fact, she’s going to tell them. She’s making sure that her family stays on top of the local drug trade, even without her parents around. And she’s only 13 years old.

The Bees by Laline Paull. To be released May 2014.

From Library JournalBoth fantasy and fable, this book has one of the more intriguing settings of any novel around: an orchard beehive. Heroine Flora 717 is a lowly sanitation worker in the hive’s strict hierarchy, but her intrepid spirit lets her advance to feeding the newborns and then foraging outside the hive. But when Flora 717 dares to question the queen’s fertility, she puts herself on a dangerous path. British playwright and screenwriter Paull’s debut was preempted within 24 hours, which suggests that something good is going on here, as does the 100,000-copy first printing.

[first print run: 100,000]

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, to be released June 2014.

From Library Journal: Since Ng won the Hopwood Award from the University of Michigan’s writing program, whose honorees range from Arthur Miller and Mary Gaitskill to Laura Kasischke and Jesmyn Ward, I’m pretty excited about this debut. The story opens, “Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.” In 1970s Ohio, blue-eyed Marilyn wants daughter Lydia to become a doctor, as she herself never could, while Lydia’s father, Chinese American James Lee, wants her to be popular. Now she’s at the bottom of a lake, her older brother suspects the local bad boy, and her little sister understands more about what happened than anyone.

Untitled (Cormoran Strike #2) by Robert Galbraith (JK Rowling)
Expected Release Date: August 1, 2014

Overview: [This as-of-yet] UNTITLED ROBERT GALBRAITH NOVEL will feature Cormoran Strike, ex-soldier and protagonist from Galbraith's debut novel THE CUCKOO'S CALLING, in a new mystery set in the streets of London.

Untitled (All Our Yesterdays #2) by Cristin Terrill
Expected Release Date: August 14, 2014

Overview: A continuation of All Our Yesterdays with "More Marina, James and Finn! The future didn't turn out quite the way they'd planned.'"

Rooms by Lauren Oliver
Expected Release Date: Fall, 2014

From Goodreads: Lauren Oliver, bestselling author of the young adult "Delirium" series, will publish a book for adults in the fall of 2014.“As instantly gripping as it was elegantly written,” the book’s editor, Lee Boudreaux, told the New York Times of reading “Rooms” for the first time.

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