Happy Tuesday, Armchair BEA friends! Today our task is to highlight those books that we're most looking forward to from BEA. But ... well ... I'm finding that difficult to do because I'm kind of not exactly there and I haven't been keeping up on the pre-BEA buzz of the new titles.
I did hear that there's a new Barbara Kingsolver novel (Flight Behavior) and that Louise Erdrich has a new book (The Round House) and that Chris Bohjalian's The Sandcastle Girls is coming out in July.
(OK, so maybe I will take a quick peek at the BEA catalog after all. Oh, look at that. There's a new collection of short stories by Alice Munro, too.)
Never mind me. What I had intended to post about today was my picks for Best Books of 2012 ... so far. As is the case when I do this list at the end of the year, this includes those books that I read this year but that may have been published in earlier years. In some cases, they may have been published in many earlier years. I think I've only read one book published in 2012, come to think of it.
Here are 7 books that are certain to be among my favorites read in 2012:
A Slant of Sun: One Child's Courage, by Beth Kephart
Father's Day: A Journey Into the Mind and Heart of My Extraordinary Son
by Buzz Bissinger
The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
The Snow Child, by Eowyn Ivey
The Storm at the Door, by Stefan Merrill Block
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
(because I am the last person in the world to read this.)
And now, for the surprise giveaway. Caught up in the spirit of Armchair BEA, I just decided to do this today, so this probably goes against all Armchair BEA rules and whatnot. I also don't know the first thing about that Rafflecopter thingamabob that's on other people's giveaways, so we're just going to have to do this the old-fashioned, boring way: by leaving a comment on this post, on this blog, by telling me you'd like my one very gently used paperback copy of This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman.
From the publisher's description: When the Bergamots move from a comfortable upstate college town to New York City, they’re not quite sure how they’ll adapt—or what to make of the strange new world of well-to-do Manhattan. Soon, though, Richard is consumed by his executive role at a large New York university, and Liz, who has traded in her academic career to oversee the lives of their children, is hectically ferrying young Coco around town. Fifteen-year-old Jake is gratefully taken into the fold by a group of friends at Wildwood, an elite private school.
But the upper-class cocoon in which they have enveloped themselves is ripped apart when Jake wakes up one morning after an unchaperoned party and finds an email in his in-box from an eighth-grade admirer. Attached is an explicit video she has made for him. Shocked, stunned, maybe a little proud, and scared—a jumble of adolescent emotion—he forwards the video to a friend, who then forwards it to a friend. Within hours, it’s gone viral, all over the school, the city, the world.
The ensuing scandal threatens to shatter the Bergamots’ sense of security and identity, and, ultimately, their happiness. They are a good family faced with bad choices, and how they choose to react, individually and at one another’s behest, places everything they hold dear in jeopardy.
(If you want to leave a comment but don't want to be entered in the giveaway, that's fine ... just say so.) Also, make sure I know how to contact you (i.e., leave me an email address).
I'll confess that this wasn't my favorite book that I read this year - but that doesn't mean it won't work for you instead.
I'll pick a winner this Saturday, June 9.
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