A Random Night

The Barnes & Noble were my mystery group meets hosted an event tonight with a representative from Random House. It was so much fun I’m so glad I had the chance to go.

Book group members were invited to hear about books that would be great for discussion, books that will be released soon and there were even lots of freebies.

I took notes and what amazed me is that out of the 25 or so books that were mentioned I’ve only read one! I’d heard of most of them but after hearing about them this evening they’ve all have definitely landed on my wish list. Do you want to know what those recommendations were? Let me share some:

  • Lying Awake by Mark Salzman. A book you won’t be able to stop thinking about.
  • The Painter of Battles by Arturo Perez-Reverte. A bit of a mystery but also a philosophical study.
  • Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. A fictional account of the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
  • The Eight by Katherine Neville. 20 years ago this was the DaVinci Code of its time.
  • Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo. I know I’ve heard a lot about this one via the blogosphere.
  • Company of Liars by Karen Maitland. A sort of contemporary version of the Canterbury Tales.
  • Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt. Suggested as the perfect gift for that horrible driver on your list.
  • America, America by Ethan Canin. A stunning novel.
  • The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff. Yep, this one was already on my list.
  • Kissing in Manhattan by David Schickler. A book of interconnected short stories.
  • Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates. An unforgetable portrait of lost hopes in the suburbs of America.
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson. The thriller of the year.

Early next year two books to look forward to are: Hands of My Father and Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.

And, I was a lucky Bookgirl because I got a copy of Michelle Richmond’s novel, The Year of Fog, which I remember hearing lots of good things about earlier this year.

So that was my fun evening. I’m off to catch up on my current reads.

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