Friday, June 01, 2012

June 2012 Highlights

Novels
1. Equal of the Sun (Scribner, 2012) / Anita Amirrezvani
2. Lionel Asbo (Jonathan Cape, 2012) / Martin Amis
3. The Forever Marriage (Overlook, 2012) / Ann Bauer
4. The Adoption (Ebury Press, 2012) / Anne Berry
5. Beautiful Lies (Harvill Secker, 2012) / Clare Clark
6. Gold (Sceptre, 2012) / Chris Cleave
7. Across a Bridge of Dreams (Bantam Press, 2012) / Lesley Downer
8. Talulla Rising (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012) / Glen Duncan
9. A Hologram for the King (McSweeney’s, 2012) / Dave Eggers
10. Gone Girl (Crown, 2012) / Gillian Flynn

11. Canada (Bloomsbury, 2012) / Richard Ford
12. Skios (Metropolitan Books, 2012) / Michael Frayn
13. Mission to Paris (Random House, 2012) / Alan Furst
14. Heading Out to Wonderful (Algonquin Books, 2012) / Robert Goolrick
15. A Humble Companion (Quercus, 2012) / Laurie Graham
16. The World Without You (Pantheon, 2012) / Joshua Henkin
17. Not Dead Yet (Macmillan, 2012) / Peter James
18. Another Country (Fourth Estate, 2012) / Anjali Joseph
19. Some Kind of Fairy Tale (Gollancz, 2012) / Graham Joyce
20. The Reckoning (Century/Gallery Books, 2012) / Alma Katsu

21. The Village (Viking, 2012) / Nikita Lalwani
22. Capital (W.W. Norton, 2012) / John Lanchester
23. Joy (William Heinemann, 2012) / Jonathan Lee
24. The Dream of the Celt (trans. from the Spanish by Edith Grossman) (Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Faber & Faber, 2012) / Mario Vargas Llosa
25. All Men Are Liars (Riverhead, 2012) / Alberto Manguel
26. The Guardians (Granta Books, 2012) / Sarah Manguso
27. The Virgin Cure (Harper, 2012) / Ami McKay
28. The Chaperone (Riverhead, 2012) / Laura Moriarty
29. The Queen’s Lover (Penguin Press, 2012) / Francine du Plessix Gray
30. Inside (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012) / Alix Ohlin
31. Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul (Sandstone Press, 2012) / David Adam Richards

31. The Watch (Hogarth, June 2012) / Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya
32. The Prisoner of Heaven (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012) / Carlos Ruiz Zafón
33. This Bright River (Reagan Arthur Books, 2012) / Patrick Somerville
34. The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) / Elizabeth Speller
35. Mateship with Birds (Picador, 2012) / Carrie Tiffany
36. Dirt (William Heinemann, 2012) / David Vann
37. Dublinesque (trans. from the Spanish by Rosalind Harvey & Anne McLean) (Harvill Secker, 2012) / Enrique Vila-Matas
38. Beautiful Ruins (Harper, 2012) / Jess Walter
39. A Dangerous Inheritance (Hutchinson, 2012) / Alison Weir
40. Alif the Unseen (Grove Press, 2012) / G. Willow Wilson

First Novels
1. The Green Shore (Simon & Schuster, 2012) / Natalie Bakopoulos
2. What Happened to Sophie Wilder (Jonathan Cape, 2012) / Christopher R. Beha
3. So It Is (Myriad Editions, 2012) / Liam Murray Bell
4. You Came Back (Grand Central Publishing, 2012) / Christopher Coake
5. We Only Know So Much (HarperPerennial, 2012) / Elizabeth Crane
6. Breathing on Glass (Little, Brown, 2012) / Jennifer Cryer
7. Into the Darkest Corner (Harper, 2012) / Elizabeth Haynes
8. Can I Get An Amen? (New American Library, 2012) / Sarah Healy
9. Wonder Girls (Simon & Schuster, 2012) / Catherine Jones
10. Little Century (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012) / Anna Keesey

11. The Infinite Tides (Bloomsbury USA, 2012) / Christian Kiefer
12. The Headmaster’s Wager (Fourth Estate, 2012) / Vincent Lam
13. Alys, Always (Scribner, 2012) / Harriet Lane
14. Beyond the Ties of Blood (Pegasus, 2012) / Florencia Mallon
15. The Wicked Girls (Sphere, 2012) / Alex Marwood
16. Park Lane (Virago, 2012) / Frances Osborne
17. Tell the Wolves I’m Home (The Dial Press/Macmillan, 2012) / Carol Rifka Brunt
18. The Innocents (Voice/Hyperion, 2012) / Francesca Segal
19. Seating Arrangements (Alfred A. Knopf, 2012) / Maggie Shipstead
20. The Age of Miracles (Random House/Simon & Schuster, 2012) / Karen Thompson Walker

21. Ashenden (Fig Tree, 2012) / Elizabeth Wilhide
22. The Girl Below (William Morrow, 2012) / Bianca Zander
23. The Orphanmaster (Viking, 2012) / Jean Zimmerman

Stories
1. Mother America (New Island Books, 2012) / Nuala Ni Chonchuir
2. Art in Nature (trans. from the Swedish by Thomas Teal) (Sort Of Books, 2012) / Tove Jansson
3. Signs and Wonders (Vintage, 2012) / Alix Ohlin
4. Interventions: A Novella & Three Stories (Down East Books, 2012) / Richard Russo
5. Shout Her Lovely Name (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) / Natalie Serber
6. Complete Short Stories (with an introduction by Joanna Kingham) (Virago, 2012) / Elizabeth Taylor

Poetry
1. White Sheets (CB Editions, 2012) / Beverley Bie Brahic
2. The Malarkey (Bloodaxe Books, 2012) / Helen Dunmore
3. Yellow Tulips: Poems 1968-2011 (Faber & Faber, 2012) / James Fenton
4. Cradle of the American Circus: Poems from Somers, New York (The History Press, 2012) / Jo Pitkin
5. Orphan Hours (W.W. Norton, 2012) / Stanley Plumly

Nonfiction
1. A Year of Writing Dangerously: 365 Days of Inspiration and Encouragement (New World Library, 2012) / Barbara Abercrombie
2. The Second World War (Weidenfeld & Nicolson/Little, Brown, 2012) / Antony Beevor
3. Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum (Portobello Books, 2012) / Katherine Boo
4. James Joyce: A New Biography (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2012) / Gordon Bowker
5. Farther Away: A Collection (Fourth Estate, 2012) / Jonathan Franzen
6. Edmund Spenser: A Life (Oxford University Press, 2012) / Andrew Hadfield
7. Living, Thinking, Looking: Essays (Picador/Sceptre, 2012) / Siri Hustvedt
8. Life Between the Lines: A Memoir (Umbria Press, 2012) / John Izbicki
9. The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot (Hamish Hamilton, 2012) / Robert Macfarlane
10. The Good Life: The Moral Individual in an Antimoral World (Bloomsbury USA, 2012) / Cheryl Mendelson

11. Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life (Hamish Hamilton, 2012) / Adam Phillips
12. The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess, and the Analysts (Oxford University Press, 2012) / Daniel Pick
13. Meander: East to West, Indirectly, Along a Turkish River (Bloomsbury USA, 2012) / Jeremy Seal
14. Sugar in the Blood: A Family’s Story of Slavery and Empire (Portobello Books, 2012) / Andrea Stuart

1 Comments:

Anonymous Belgie said...

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn is a mobius strip, a maze and a deeply troubling novel about the inner workings of a marriage made in hell. It is about Amy Elliott Dunne and her husband Nick, married five years. On their fifth anniversary Amy disappears and it looks like she was kidnapped. However, the police don't really buy the outer appearances of what looks like a simple crime.

For their five years together, Nick finds himself asking, "What are you thinking, Amy? The question I've asked most often during our marriage, if not out loud, if not to the person who could answer. I suppose these questions stormcloud over every marriage: What are you thinking? How are you feeling? Who are you? What have we done to each other? What will we do?" Nick wants to see what's inside Amy's skull, the shape of which he loves, to get to the heart of her but, as this book will show you, that's a very difficult and dangerous proposition.

It is difficult to say much about this book without giving spoilers so I'll give you my general impressions. It's a book about a twisted and dysfunctional marriage, a thriller and a mystery, all rolled into one. Gillian Flynn has gotten her writing act together and this is SO MUCH BETTER than her previous two books that it isn't even comparable. The book is a page-turner, a wonderful character study of the people involved and filled with twists and turns that will boggle your mind.

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