A luxury of this job is seeing books months before they're published--combing through the mail and the stacks on our desks for the best books to pass along to readers. Here are a few things that we'll be taking a look at over the weekend. Happy Friday!
Bad Paperby Jake Halpern
Jon Foro: Everyone knows about collections agencies, but how they actually operate is much more interesting than you probably think. Jake Halpern introduces us to the billionaires at the top and the hard men at the bottom of an economy spanning many shades of gray. Falling somewhere between Glengarry Glen Ross and Mean Streets, this book is unexpected, and unexpectedly fun.
Bad Paper will be available October 14.
Prince Lestatby Anne Rice
Seira Wilson: I'm going to spend as much of the weekend as possible in my hammock with a pile of books that includes, Prince Lestat (October 28)"“ off to a good start so far, Anne Rice did a nice job bringing me back into the world of the Vampire Chronicles - and Glory O'Brien's History of the Future (October 14) by one of my favorite young adult authors, A.S. King. I'm also going to try the zucchini lasagna recipe from The Skinnytaste Cookbook (September 30) since a friend just brought me a zucchini the size of a newborn"¦
The Remedy for Loveby Bill Roorbach
Neal Thompson: Roorbach's last book, Life Among Giants, was an Amazon Best of the Month "spotlight" pick and one of my favorite books of 2012. In his new one, he again creates believably damaged, oddball characters: a buttoned-up, cuckolded small-town stud and a bruised, half-starved mystery girl. They end up locked in cabin during a brutal snowstorm, and you kinda know where things might be headed. But how Roorbach gets us there is pretty unexpected, sexy, and intense. The story stuck with me for days.
The Remedy for Love will be available October 14.
The Assassination of Margaret Thatcherby Hilary Mantel
Chris Schluep: The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher, Hilary Mantel's new collection of short stories. I discovered her later than many, but my admiration runs deep. Jodi Picoult has grabbed me this week as well. Maybe I shouldn't have been surprised. And I'll be setting aside some time for Harold Holzer's Lincoln and the Power of the Press. It's a doorstop by the author of Lincoln at Cooper Union.
Without You, There Is No Usby Suki Kim
Erin Kodicek: I'm about halfway through Without You, There Is No Us by Suki Kim. It's about a Korean American journalist posing as a Christian missionary posing as a teacher for the sons of North Korea's ruling class. It was a surprising concept to me, that the North Korean government would actually enlist Westerners for the purpose of educating their children, but you soon see how it's made possible by a series of rules and regulations so severe they seem straight out of a speculative fiction novel. So far a fascinating, chilling and very moving peek inside this enigmatic country.
Without You, There Is No Us will be available October 14