Buzz Books 2014: Spring/Summer: Exclusive Excerpts from 40 Top Titles

Buzz Books 2014: Spring/Summer: Exclusive Excerpts from 40 Top Titles

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There’s nothing like the excitement of being one of the first people to discover a great new read. Now in its fourth edition, Buzz Books has proven itself as the place where book publishing insiders and passionate book lovers alike can get their first taste of some of the year’s most extraordinary new books. The overwhelming majority of our selections go on to win awards and appear on booksellers’ monthly lists of “best books” as well as “best books of the year” from many sources—while topping bestseller lists and reading group selections as well. Some people think of the spring and summer publishing seasons as a quieter time, but last year’s Buzz Books collection provided early looks at such books as Philipp Meyer’s The Son, Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, and Anthony Marra’s debut A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, all hailed as among the year’s very best novels. Inside the book business, this volume also coincides with one of the most important industry events, the American Booksellers Association’s “Winter Institute.” This is an annual gathering of 500 independent booksellers, now a major launch pad for the spring and summer seasons, where dozens of authors—including ten of those whose work is included here—sign pre-publication galleys and discuss their forthcoming books informally with bookstore owners. Instead of keeping that industry “buzz” closed off in the room with that small group of lucky booksellers, we’re giving everyone the same kind of access to checking out the newest voices the publishing industry is building for the next season. Samples of novelists you may already know and love include new books from British authors Jojo Moyes (One Plus One) and Edward St. Aubyn (Lost for Words), alongside bestselling writers Robyn Carr (Four Friends) and Greg Iles, now with a new publisher for his latest thriller Natchez Burning. We preview Giller Prize winner Joseph Boyden’s The Orenda, already lavishly honored in Canada, plus praised novelists Jean Kwok (known for Girl in Translation) and Maggie Shipstead (author of Seating Arrangements) return with their anticipated second novels. This edition’s collection of highly-anticipated debuts includes everything from screenwriter Laline Paull’s The Bees and Marie-Helene Bertino’s 2 A.M. at The Cat’s Pajamas to a posthumous roman-à-clef from magazine journalist Michael Hastings to bestselling narrative nonfiction author of Burning Down the House (the basis for the movie The Social Network) Ben Mezrich’s Seven Wonders. Our selection of nonfiction is modest in quantity but broad in range, from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to author of bestselling Nickel and Dimed Barbara Ehrenreich’s memoir. We also include memoir with recipes (from Leah Eskin) and in letters (from Nina Stibbe), plus the latest from bestselling science journalist Sam Kean. Our biggest-ever section of young adult literature mirrors the growing popularity of these works among readers young and not-so-young. Sally Green’s Half Bad is already an international publishing sensation ahead of its release, with sales in dozens of territories. We sample new works from well-known authors such as Ann Brashares and Lemony Snicket alongside Twilight: New Moon director Chris Weitz’s The Young World—the first in a new series—and Scholastic editor Amanda Maciel’s Tease. There is something here for every reader’s taste, and the selections are roughly organized by genre and then publication date. For a broader picture of new books on the horizon, fill your to-be-read lists with the extensive preview of the publishing seasons that starts off Buzz Books. We love providing these exciting excerpts ahead of publication, and you can share this free ebook with friends and spread your enthusiasm for any of these selections online. Buzz Books can be downloaded for free from any major ebookstore, and we have included direct links to pre-order the full book after each excerpt.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780989321310
Publisher: Publishers Lunch
Publication date: 01/08/2014
Series: Buzz Books , #4
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 638
Sales rank: 1,098,811
File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

The Spring/Summer 2014 Publishing Season: A Preview
Buzz Books Authors Appearing at Winter Institute
Excerpts By Author
Excerpts By Publisher
About NetGalley

Part One: Fiction
Jojo Moyes
One Plus One (Viking)
Isla Morley
Above (Gallery Books)
Robyn Carr
Four Friends (Mira)
Maggie Shipstead
Astonish Me (Knopf)
Evie Wyld
All the Birds, Singing (Pantheon)
Greg Iles
Natchez Burning (William Morrow)
Stacey D’Erasmo
Wonderland (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Joseph Boyden
The Orenda (Knopf)
Edward St. Aubyn
Lost for Words (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Susan Wiggs
The Beekeeper’s Ball (Mira)
Cathie Pelletier
A Year After Henry (Sourcebooks)
Lily King
Euphoria (Atlantic Monthly Press)
Jean Kwok
Mambo in Chinatown (Riverhead)
Ben Mezrich
Seven Wonders (Running Press)

Part Two: Debut Fiction
Laline Paull
The Bees (Ecco)
Katherine Faw Morris
Young God (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Courtney Collins
The Untold (Amy Einhorn Books)
Michael Hastings
The Last Magazine (Blue Rider Press)
Rebecca Rotert
Last Night at the Blue Angel (William Morrow)
Marie-Helene Bertino
2 a. m. at The Cat’s Pajamas (Crown)
Malcolm Brooks
Painted Horses (Grove Press)

Part Three: Nonfiction
Mark Harris
Five Came Back: A Story of Hollywood and the Second World War (Penguin Press)
Leah Eskin
Slices of Life (Running Press)
Biz Stone
Things A Little Bird Told Me (Grand Central)
Barbara Ehrenreich
Living with a Wild God (Grand Central)
Nina Stibbe
Love, Nina (Little, Brown)
Sam Kean
The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons (Little, Brown)

Part Four: Young Adult
Carol Weston
Ava and Pip (Jabberwocky)
Makiia Lucier
A Death-Struck Year (HMH Books for Young Readers)
Sally Green
Half Bad (Penguin Young Readers)
Lemony Snicket
File Under: Suspicious Incidents (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
Danielle Paige
Dorothy Must Die (HarperTeen)
Ann Brashares
The Here and Now (Delacorte)
John Rocco and Jay Primiano
Swim That Rock (Candlewick)
Ken Baker
How I Got Skinny, Famous, and Fell Madly in Love (Running Press Kids)
Amanda Maciel
Tease (Balzer + Bray)
J. A. White
The Thickety (Katherine Tegen Books)
Beth Fantaskey
Buzz Kills (HMH Books for Young Readers)
E. Lockhart
We Were Liars (Delacorte)
Chris Weitz
The Young World (Little Brown Books for Young Readers)


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