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I'm at the top of my library's reserve list for Jon Krakauer's latest, Under the Banner of Heaven. Apparently, he's branching out from his usual reportage on extreme sportsmen (Into Thin Air, Into the Wild, etc.), and writing about extreme Mormon fundamentalists instead. It sounded like an interesting topic to me, but Krakauer's such an evocative writer, I'd read just about anything by him.

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I'm thrilled that Stephen King is finally getting back to his Dark Tower series. The fifth book, Wolves of the Calla, is coming out this November. I'm third in line at the library for when it arrives. ohmy.gif

For those of you who aren't familiar with the series, it's a terrific fantasy series that King has been slowly writing--and I mean slowly. The most recent book came out in 1997. This series is more fantasy than horror, though there are horrific elements in it. It, more than anything else, is what's made me a King fan. In fact, I'm embassassed to admit that when he was hit by a car a few years ago, one of my first thoughts was that he can't die--he has to finish the Dark Tower series. (Yes, I'm a terrible person :oops: ) Supposedly, he's going to write the last books more quickly than he's written the others, with the last three books coming out in the next few years.

--Teresa

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I'm thrilled that Stephen King is finally getting back to his Dark Tower series. The fifth book, Wolves of the Calla, is coming out this November. I'm third in line at the library for when it arrives. ohmy.gif

For those of you who aren't familiar with the series, it's a terrific fantasy series that King has been slowly writing--and I mean slowly. The most recent book came out in 1997. This series is more fantasy than horror, though there are horrific elements in it. It, more than anything else, is what's made me a King fan. In fact, I'm embassassed to admit that when he was hit by a car a few years ago, one of my first thoughts was that he can't die--he has to finish the Dark Tower series. (Yes, I'm a terrible person  embarassed.gif ) Supposedly, he's going to write the last books more quickly than he's written the others, with the last three books coming out in the next few years.

--Teresa

So Teresa, it's a year and a half later, and the series is finished. I noticed in one of you jounal entries that you were reading Wolves of the Calla. Did you finish it? Have you finished reading the the series? What do you think? I am almost finished with book seven "The Dark Tower". I really liked Wolves and Song of Sussanah, and Dark Tower is good too though I think he could have trimmed some stuff out of it. These last three books are alot better than the third and the fourth in the series, but my favorite was Drawing of the Three by far.

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2011 - So, you can use a list like this garbage, or you can try and make your own like I do. These are the year's books that I know of so far & am interested in reading. Because there's so much I haven't read, I wouldn't be surprised if I've only actually read 6-7 of these by the year's end. But keeping a list each year is still useful because you can keep working on it with time.

January 4 - Destiny and Desire - by Carlos Fuentes

January 10 - The Challenge of Jesus - by N.T. Wright

January 11 - How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance - by Parag Khanna

January 15 - The Conservative Foundations of the Liberal Order - by Daniel J. Mahoney

January 18 - Caribou Island - by David Vann

February 1 - Solo - by Rana Dasqupta (hearing good things about this from sources I trust)

February 1 - Tough Without a Gun - by Stefan Kanfer

February 1 - Endgame: Bobby Fischer's Remarkable Rise and Fall from America's Brightest Prodigy to the Edge of Madness - by Frank Brady

February 1 - If God, Why Evil? - by Norman Geisler

February 8 - Known and Unknown: A Memoir - by Donald Rumsfeld

February 8 - Open City: A Novel - by Teju Cole

February 15 - How the West Was Lost - by Dambisa Moyo

February 22 - The Wrong War: Grit, Strategy, and the Way Out of Afghanistan - by Bing West

February 22 - King's Cross: The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus - by Timothy J. Keller

March 8 - The Tiger's Wife - by Tea Obreht

March 8 - The Terrible Privacy of Maxwell Sim - by Jonathan Coe

March 15 - The Ale Boy's Feast - by Jeffrey Overstreet (looking forward to it)

March 15 - Darwinism and the Divine: Evolutionary Thought and Natural Theology - by Alister McGrath

March 15 - The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt - by Toby Wilkinson

March 29 - The First Clash: The Miraculous Greek Victory at Marathon And Its Impact on Western Civilization - by Jim Lacey

April 12 - The Origins of Political Order: From Prehuman Times to the French Revolution - by Francis Fukuyama

April 12 - The Next Story: Life and Faith After the Digital Explosion - by Tim Challies

April 15 - The Pale King - by David Foster Wallace (his last & unfinished novel)

April 22 - Someday This Will Be Funny - by Lynne Tillman

April 26 - The Great Night: A Novel - by Chris Adrian (shouldn't we be philosophically opposed to this? It still sounds fascinating though.)

April 30 - A Meal With Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table - by Tim Chester (I was very impressed by Total Church)

May 2 - The Enchanter: Nabokov and Happiness - by Lila Azam Zanganeh

May 5 - Write On: Occasional Essays - by David Lodge

May 10 - Does the Noise Bother You?: A Rock 'n' Roll Memoir - by Steven Tyler

May 17 - On China - by Henry Kissinger

May 23 - The Land at the End of the World - by Antonio Lobo Lunes (translated by Margaret Jull Costa)

May 30 - Between Parentheses: Essays, Articles and Speeches, 1998-2003 - by Roberto Bolano

July 25 - The Night Train: A Novel - by Clyde Edgerton (one of the few books on this list that I'll probably go buy and finish reading on the day it hits the bookstore)

August 9 - Machine Man - by Max Barry (author of Syrup and Jennifer Government)

August 18 - Impressions of Africa - by Raymond Russell

September 13 - Grand Pursuit: The History of Economic Genius - by Sylvia Nasar

September 13 - Cosmos: A Novel - by Witold Gombrowicz

September 30 - The Letters of Samuel Beckett: Volume 2, 1941-1956 - by Samuel Beckett

October 18 - Damned - by Chuck Palahniuk (I hated his last 4, but the description of this one looks interesting)

November 8 - The Prague Cemetery - by Umberto Eco

Others?

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I'm pumped for THE PALE KING and THE PRAGUE CEMETERY.

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Out of curiosity, how does one find all this info on upcoming books? I subscribe to a couple of lit blogs, but they only tend to post "what's new this month" type stuff. Compared to the ease with which one finds info on upcoming movies and albums, this is a bit of a bummer, and results in me discovering "new" authors a couple of years too late. (Related: Tom Franklin just came out with a new book, and of course I found out about it by accident. It's called Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Since my reaction to Smonk was a mixture of admiration and revulsion, I'm curious to check this one out. Of course, perhaps I should read Hell at the Breach first).

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Out of curiosity, how does one find all this info on upcoming books? I subscribe to a couple of lit blogs, but they only tend to post "what's new this month" type stuff.

Goodness there's lots of places.

Here's a few aimed at the general reader that I refer to in my work.

Library Journal Pre-Pub Alerts

The Millions occasionally does big lists of more "literary" books.

Media Bistro's Galley Cat

Early Word: The Publisher/Librarian Connection

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Thanks! I'm adding these to my feed. Hopefully I can manage to be more on-the-ball this year.

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As a die-hard Stanley Kubrick fan, this 10-lb beast will definitely be one my "splurge" purchases next month.

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And it's about gold farming in China. This is amazing.

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Doctorow's recent "juvenile fiction" work (For The Win) on the subject is interesting. It suffers from Doctorow's frequent inability to end a story very neatly, but it is well worth a read if you have any interest in the subject. In addition, being as awesome as Doctorow is, that link takes you directly to the book in its entirety.

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April 27 - Race and Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? - by Walter E. Williams

June 21 - Ladies' Man - by Richard Price (reprint edition since it's been out of print for a while)

June 29 - A Firing Offense - by George Pelecanos (reprint edition)

September 15 - The Collapse of American Criminal Justice - by William J. Stuntz

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June 14 - A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion - by Ron Hansen

August 29 - The Cut - by George Pelecanos

September 13 - The Night Circus - by Erin Morgenstern

September 26 - The Swerve: How the World Became Modern - by Stephen Greenblatt

September 27 - James Madison - by Richard Brookhiser

September 30 - Tres (Bilingual Edition) - by Roberto Bolano

October 1 - Systematic Theology: In One Volume - by Norman L. Geisler

October 11 - The Marriage Plot - by Jeffrey Eugenides

October 11 - The End of Sparta: A Novel - by Victor Davis Hanson

October 18 - Zone One: A Novel - by Colson Whitehead

October 25 - Thinking, Fast and Slow - by Daniel Kahneman

November 8 - The Prague Cemetery - by Umberto Eco

November 8 - Catherine the Great - by Robert K. Massie

November 15 - Who's in Charge?: Free Will and the Science of the Brain - by Michael S. Gazzaniga

November 29 - Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World - by Richard Rhodes

December 13 - A Radical Idea - by David Platt

January 1, 2012 - Mere Apologetics - by Alister McGrath

January 1, 2012 - Defending Inerrancy: Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation - by Norman L. Geisler

March 27, 2012 - When I Was a Child I Read Books: Essays - by Marilynne Robinson

April 3, 2012 - Sacre Bleu: A Comedy d'Art - by Christopher Moore

May 8, 2012 - They Eat Puppies, Don't They? - by Christopher Buckley

May 31, 2012 - Sacred and Profane: God, Man and World - by Roger Scruton

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The Marriage Plot- by Jeffrey Eugenides

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The Prague Cemetery - by Umberto Eco

Those are two I'm interested in; I've not read nearly enough Eco (Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana and half of Baudolino) but he interests me enough that I own several of his books. Eugenides is a stranger to me, but he gave an interview on NPR the other day that certainly made my ears perk up.

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Those are two I'm interested in; I've not read nearly enough Eco (Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana and half of Baudolino) but he interests me enough that I own several of his books.

I dig Eco, but I couldn't make it all the way through MYSTERIOUS FLAME (I've got BAUDOLINO sitting in the reading pile). Try THE NAME OF THE ROSE or FOUCAULT'S PENDULUM.

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Those are two I'm interested in; I've not read nearly enough Eco (Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana and half of Baudolino) but he interests me enough that I own several of his books. Eugenides is a stranger to me, but he gave an interview on NPR the other day that certainly made my ears perk up.

I really liked Eugenides's Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides when I read them (around 2005 or 2006?). His Fresh Air interview was quite good, so I'm looking forward to the new novel.

As for Eco, I'm honestly shocked that he wrote something new. He had said that Mysterious Flame would be his final novel. Guess not.

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I dig Eco, but I couldn't make it all the way through MYSTERIOUS FLAME (I've got BAUDOLINO sitting in the reading pile). Try THE NAME OF THE ROSE or FOUCAULT'S PENDULUM.

I have copies of both those floating around somewhere. I'll have to pull 'em out.

FWIW, I really liked Queen Loana; Baudolino was interesting, but it just went on far too long for my taste and felt pretty baggy and shapeless.

I really liked Eugenides's Middlesex and The Virgin Suicides when I read them (around 2005 or 2006?). His Fresh Air interview was quite good, so I'm looking forward to the new novel.

I had a copy of Middlesex at some point, but I think I eventually sold it back. Bad idea, but I get them sometimes. I did the same thing with Franzen's The Corrections.

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FWIW, I really liked Queen Loana; Baudolino was interesting, but it just went on far too long for my taste and felt pretty baggy and shapeless.

"Far too long" sums up my feelings about QUEEN LOANA. I loved it at first, but then it just began to drag. I suppose I should finish it one of these days. I don't know anything about BAUDOLINO, really, and just picked it up at a used book sale because Eco's name was on the cover.

I had a copy of Middlesex at some point, but I think I eventually sold it back. Bad idea, but I get them sometimes.

I dunno. I didn't think MIDDLESEX was all that great.

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So I wrote Green Integer asking (among other things, but I wager this bit will most likely interest some posters here) "[do you] have plans on reprinting Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson? If so, is there an estimated release date?"

The reply from a publisher there was, "Yes, it is currently at the printers and should be available before the end of this month."

I am mega excited. My nerdometer just broke a needle.

My copy ran away from me at some point a while back, and was fairly worn used loved already. I'm hoping for a really nice shiny new edition in time for my birthday, since this one has been unavailable for too long now.

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January 1, 2012 - Mere Apologetics - by Alister McGrath

January 1, 2012 - Defending Inerrancy: Affirming the Accuracy of Scripture for a New Generation - by Norman L. Geisler

January 1, 2012 - The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say About Human Origins - by Peter Enns

January 3, 2012 - The Man Within My Head - by Pico Iyer

January 3, 2012 - Pity the Billionaire - by Thomas Frank

January 3, 2012 - Perlmann's Silence - by Pascal Mercier

January 3, 2012 - Distrust That Particular Flavor - by William Gibson

January 3, 2012 - The Map and the Territory - Michel Houellebecq

January 5, 2012 - All Is Song - by Samantha Harvey

January 5, 2012 - The Last Nude - by Ellis Avery

January 5, 2012 - The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan - by Michael Hastings

January 11, 2012 - The Neoconservative Persuasion: Selected Essays, 1942-2009 - by Irving Kristol

January 12, 2012 - Hope: A Tragedy - by Shalom Auslander

January 17, 2012 - God's Jury: The Inquisition and the Making of the Modern World - by Cullen Murphy

January 17, 2012 - Revolution 2.0: A Memoir - by Wael Ghonim

January 17, 2012 - The End of Illness - by David B. Agus

January 17, 2012 - The Flame Alphabet - by Ben Marcus

January 23, 2012 - What It Was - by George Pelecanos

January 24, 2012 - All In: The Education of General David Petraeus - by Paula Broadwell & Vernon Loeb

January 31, 2012 - Evangellyfish - by Douglas Wilson

January 31, 2012 - At Last: A Novel - by Edward St. Aubyn

January 31, 2012 - The Fear Index - by Robert Harris

February 6, 2012 - This Isn't the Sort of Thing That Happens to Someone Like You - by Jon McGregor

February 7, 2012 - Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, death and hope in a Mumbai undercity - by Katherine Boo

February 7, 2012 - The Encyclopedia of War - by Gordon Martel

February 20, 2012 - The Mara Crossing - by Ruth Padel

February 21, 2012 - Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room - by Geoff Dyer

February 21, 2012 - Bringing Up Bebe: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting - by Pamela Druckerman

February 21, 2012 - Watergate: A Novel - by Thomas Mallon

February 27, 2012 - Wired for Culture: Origins of the Human Social Mind - by Mark Pagel

February 28, 2012 - Half-Blood Blues - by Esi Edugyan

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I realize, of course, that this list is incomplete. There are fantastic authors that I always forget to keep track of. So, when anyone realizes that I've missed one that's important, please let me know.

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October 2, 2012 - In Sunlight and In Shadow - by Mark Helprin

I'm standing up in my office, looking around for someone with whom I can celebrate this news. Alas, no one else within reach is a Helprin reader. Sigh.

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