In between reading books today, I’ve been poking around a bit in publisher catalogs. Here are several books by authors I love that I just discovered are coming in 2016!
Barkskins by Annie Proulx (June 14, 2016)
I was recently rewatching an episode of Black Books where Fran listens to the radio to hear the guy with the sexy voice read the shipping news, and I thought, “The Shipping News… I should read that again. I wonder when she’ll write another book?”
AND HERE IT IS.
Basically, what I’m telling you is that I willed this into existence.
Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach (June 7)
A NEW MARY ROACH!!!! I love her. If you’ve never read her, she does for science what Sarah Vowell does for history: takes fascinating topics and injects them with humor and hands-on research.
I have to say, of all her books I’ve read, I still love Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers the best.
I don’t know what that says about me.
Hogs Wild: Selected Reporting Pieces by Ian Frazier (June 7)
Ian Frazier is hilarious! You’ve probably seen his stuff in the New Yorker. I first read his book of humor essays Dating Your Mom, and he captured my heart with his story about the Bloomsbury Group being famous like a rock band, and Lytton Strachey getting hot grits thrown on him.
(If you don’t know the Al Green grits story, you’ll just have to trust me that it’s funny.)
This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell (July 19)
If you’ve never read Maggie O’Farrell, go do so right now! I’ll wait here.
Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler (June 21)
Hogarth has a new series in which awesome authors write their own version of a Shakespeare story. This is Anne Tyler’s take on The Taming of the Shrew. It’s going to be hard to beat Moonlighting’s version, but I’m betting she can do it. I heart her so much.
Now and Again by Charlotte Rogan (April 5)
I am a big fan of Charlotte Rogan’s novel The Lifeboat, about a woman on trial for her actions in a lifeboat. I think it would make a great movie. (If it isn’t already. Is it? Nope, just Googled it. Not yet. What do I know – I just keep my head down and read.)
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (September 13)
This novel doesn’t even have a cover or a description yet, but I don’t care – I’M SO EXCITED!!!!
If you’ve never read him, you have lots of time to do so before this comes out.
Those are my book thoughts for today. Are you excited about any of these? What other books are you excited for?