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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can highlight upcoming books they’re excited to read. My choice for this week is:

 

The Revenant of Thraxton Hall: The Paranormal Casebooks of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle by Vaughn Entwistle
Revenant

Arthur Conan Doyle has just killed off Sherlock Holmes in “The Final Problem,” and he immediately becomes one of the most hated men in London. So when he is contacted by a medium “of some renown” and asked to investigate a murder, he jumps at the chance to get out of the city. The only thing is that the murder hasn’t happened yet—the medium, one Hope Thraxton, has foreseen that her death will occur at the third séance of a meeting of the Society for Psychical Research at her manor house in the English countryside. 

Along for the ride is Conan Doyle’s good friend Oscar Wilde, and together they work to narrow down the list of suspects, which includes a mysterious foreign Count, a levitating magician, and an irritable old woman with a “familiar.” Meanwhile, Conan Doyle is enchanted by the plight of the capricious Hope Thraxton, who may or may not have a more complicated back-story than it first appears. As Conan Doyle and Wilde participate in séances and consider the possible motives of the assembled group, the clock ticks ever closer to Hope’s murder, in The Revenant of Thraxton Hall by Vaughn Entwistle.

Expected publication: March 25th 2014 by Minotaur Books

Why I’m Waiting

There is something about this set up that just seems completely hilarious to me, but in the best possible way.  Thanks to Sherlock and Elementary, I’ve rediscovered my childhood enjoyment of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.  Combining him in a fan-fictiony situation with Oscar Wilde, mediums, and seances?   How can this not be delightful.

Waiting on Wednesday: Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can highlight upcoming books they’re excited to read. My choice for this week is:

 

Boy, Snow, Bird by Helen Oyeyemi
Boy, Snow, Bird

In the winter of 1953, Boy Novak arrives by chance in a small town in Massachusetts, looking, she believes, for beauty—the opposite of the life she’s left behind in New York. She marries a local widower and becomes stepmother to his winsome daughter, Snow Whitman.

A wicked stepmother is a creature Boy never imagined she’d become, but elements of the familiar tale of aesthetic obsession begin to play themselves out when the birth of Boy’s daughter, Bird, who is dark-skinned, exposes the Whitmans as light-skinned African Americans passing for white. Among them, Boy, Snow, and Bird confront the tyranny of the mirror to ask how much power surfaces really hold.

Dazzlingly inventive and powerfully moving, Boy, Snow, Bird is an astonishing and enchanting novel. With breathtaking feats of imagination, Helen Oyeyemi confirms her place as one of the most original and dynamic literary voices of our time.

Expected publication: March 6th 2014 by Riverhead Hardcover

Why I’m Waiting

As I’ve mentioned before, I love retellings, especially when they twist the story in a unique way.  This retelling of Snow White includes a new setting, narrator, and the reality of race relations in 1950s America.

Waiting on Wednesday: Panic by Lauren Oliver

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can highlight upcoming books they’re excited to read. My choice for this week is:

 

Panic by Lauren Oliver

Panic

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

Expected publication: March 4th 2014 by HarperCollins

Why I’m Waiting

I really enjoyed Lauren Oliver’s Delirium series and I’m excited to see what she comes up with next.   I like the ambiguity around this title.  Most people seem to assume that this is going to be a dystopian Hunger Games-esque, but Oliver’s claim that this is her return to standalone realism makes me think otherwise.  I want to know what Panic is, whether it’s dystopian sci fi or teenage games.

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can highlight upcoming books they’re excited to read. My choice for this week is:

 

Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers by Janet Malcolm

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Janet Malcolm’s In the Freud Archives and The Journalist and the Murderer, as well as her biographies of Sylvia Plath and Gertrude Stein, are canonical in the realm of nonfiction. As is the title essay of this collection, with its forty-one “false starts,” or serial attempts to capture the essence of the painter David Salle, which become a dazzling portrait of an artist. “She is among the most intellectually provocative of authors,” writes David Lehman in The Boston Globe, “able to turn epiphanies of perception into explosions of insight.”
Forty-one False Starts brings together for the first time essays published over the course of several decades (many from The New Yorker and The New York Review of Books) that reflect Malcolm’s preoccupation with artists and their work. Her subjects are painters, photographers, writers, and critics. She explores the “dominating passion” of Bloomsbury to create things visual and literary, the “passionate collaborations” behind Edward Weston’s nudes, and the psyche of the German photographer Thomas Struth. She delves beneath the “onyx surface” of Edith Wharton’s fiction, appreciates the black comedy of the Gossip Girl novels, and confronts the false starts of her own autobiography. As Ian Frazier writes in the introduction, “Over and over Malcolm has demonstrated that an article in a magazine—something we see every day—can rise to the highest level of literature.”

Expected publication: May 7th 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Why I’m Waiting

Janet Malcolm has written some truly beautiful  pieces about artists and writers.  She’s covered some fascinating people, across genres and mediums.  This collection sounds like an really neat portrait of her and those about whom she’s written.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine where bloggers can highlight upcoming books they’re excited to read.  My choice for this week is:

 

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton DiSclafani

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1930s America, southern high society: Part love story, part coming-of-age novel, this is the moving, raw and exquisitely vivid story of an uncommon girl navigating a treacherous road to womanhood.

Thea Atwell is fifteen years old in 1930, when, following a scandal for which she has been held responsible, she is ‘exiled’ from her wealthy and isolated Florida family to a debutante boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. As Thea grapples with the truth about her role in the tragic events of 1929, she finds herself enmeshed in the world of the Yonahlossee Riding Camp, with its complex social strata ordered by money, beauty and equestrienne prowess; where young women are indoctrinated in the importance of ‘female education’ yet expected to be married by twenty-one; a world so rarified as to be rendered immune (at least on the surface) to the Depression looming at the periphery, all overseen by a young headmaster who has paid a high price for abandoning his own privileged roots…

Expected publication: June 6th 2013 by Tinder Press

Why I’m Waiting

This book contains so many elements I love: the south, boarding school, a tragic scandal, Depression-era narrative.    I’ve also seen it compared to Tigers in Red Weather, which I absolutely loved.   I’m trying to get back into reading more adult fiction and this seems like a great addition.