16 June 2010

BEA Books 4: Fiction

Time for the third set of wonderful books I picked up while in NYC for BEA and BBC. The first pile I offered up for your viewing pleasure included all of the signed copies; the second set was non-fiction.  Here we have about half of the fiction I picked up.  For the most part, these are contemporary adult fiction novels.

The Great Lover by Jill Dawson (not pictured)
Nemesis by Philip Roth
How the Hula Girl Sings by Joe Meno
Sima's Undergarments for Women by Ilana Stanger-Ross
The Slap by Christos Tsiolkas
Mr. Toppit by Charles Elton
Panopticon by David Bajo
Obabakoak by Bernardo Atxaga
The Accordionist's Son by Bernardo Atxaga
The Memory Closet by Ninie Hammon
Karma by Nancy Deville
The Monkey Bible by Mark Laxer
Think of a Number by John Verdon

Unformed Landscape by Peter Stamm
Up from the Blue by Susan Henderson
Summer at Tiffany by Marjorie Hart
The Report by Jessica Francis Kane
Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives by Josie Brown
How to Escape from a Leper Colony by Tiphanie Yanique
The Gendarme by Mark T. Mustian
The Wake of Forgiveness by Bruce Machart
Our Tragic Universe by Scarlett Thomas
The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
Last Night in Montreal by Emily St. John Mandel
Satori by Don Winslow
The King's Mistress by Emma Campion

Instead of telling you what I'm looking forward to, I thought I would ask you guys your opinion. Any of these books really stand out as something I should read?


  1. Looks like you have enough to read for a couple of years at least with your BEA piles. ;)

    I don't know much about any of these, so I can't offer a recommendation. I have Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives, but haven't started reading it yet.


  2. Wow I love seeing them all ranged out like that!

  3. I just finished Emily St. John Mandel's "The Singer's Gun" and loved it, so her other book there really caught my eye. I've also heard interesting things about "The Slap".

  4. I am really looking forward to reading The Slap and Panopticon along with everything else. I am overwhelmed with choices now.

  5. I read Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives and really liked it. I got The Sherlockian at BEA too and can't wait to get started on it.

  6. Wow, you got heaps of books I never even saw! I've read Last Night in Montreal and recommend it, although you have to promise not to believe everything Emily says about Montreal!

    How to Escape from a Leper Colony is an intriguing title! (I know nothing about this book.)

    Enjoy all your BEA loot!

  7. I've been hearing some great things about the Scarlett Thomas book. Enjoy your books, Trisha!

  8. Wow, you have been busy haven't you.

  9. The Gendarme looks good judging by the spine! I am not familiar with any of these though so I guess I would just close my eyes and pick one out at random.

  10. I haven't read any of these, but I'm intrigued by many of the titles. I keep hearing about The Slap.

  11. Anna - I definitely do have enough to read for years!

    Amanda - I did love looking at them, but now I'm just trying to figure out where to put those piles and piles of books.

    Sandy - The Slap just sounds like a great read.

    Nicole - Those are two of the best titles up there!

    Jennifer - I'm excited for The Sherlockian too!

    Avis - That's my favorite title!

    Ana - It's definitely the prettiest book out of all of them.

    Serena - Busy blogging about them and staring at them; it's probably time to read them!

    Stephanie - There are definitely great titles among the books.

  12. If you have Room in any of those piles, start with that! It was fantastic!

  13. Wow, that's quite a list! I hope you enjoy Last Night in Montreal. I haven't read any of these, but I'd really like to read Panopticon. It looks interesting.

  14. I've heard of NONE of them except "Think of a Number."

  15. I heard a lot of buzz about THE SHERLOCKIAN. A couple of those I've read and didn't like- I won't tell you which, LOL :-)

  16. Jill - That's one I didn't get! Dagnabit.

    Emily - Thanks for stopping by my blog! I'm excited to read LN in M.

    Jenners - I can't decide if I'm going to read that one or not; it's not my typical read.

    Marie - Hey now! You should email me the ones you didn't like, so I can at least move them to the bottom of the to read pile!

  17. My goodness that's a pile of books! I'm intrigued by this Monkey Bible. I've been following them on Facebook through a friend and they have some really interesting conversation going. Wonder how the book will be!

    Also think the Secret Lives of Husbands and Wives sounds interesting even if I'm not married!

  18. Sarah - The Monkey Bible is definitely a catchy title. I don't know much else about it right now, but I'll have to check out this Facebook conversation...intriguing.

  19. I'm actually kind of excited for The Monkey Bible -- I think it'll be thought provoking.

  20. Kim - I haven't given it much thought. Honestly, I got so many it's hard to really remember any of them right now. :)

  21. Dear Eclectic / Eccentric,

    Thanks for the mention of the Monkey Bible which is now available at bookstores / www.monkeybible.com / amazon. We still have interesting (controversial?) discussions on our facebook page and we have a national story project, a free iPhone app, and a staged theatrical production described on our website--all this is tied to the novel and its companion musical CD. We're on goodreads, too...would love to talk with you!



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