This month is another exciting month for new releases – one of the most anticipated is And the Mountains Echoed, the latest release from Khaled Hosseini, author of the modern classic The Kite Runner and best-selling A Thousand Splendid Suns. It’s been 6 years, so Hosseini fans are sure to enjoy And the Mountains Echoed as much as Megan, our Product Manager.
It’s now been years since Andy Sachs met the ‘devil in Prada’ Miranda Priestly, and in those years Any has found love and is now BFF’s with her former arch-nemesis Emily. Together, Andy and Emily have set up a new magazine and all is going swimmingly until the gloss wears off and Andy is back in the path of the devil. This time it’s revenge that is wearing Prada (that is Revenge Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger).
The Son is the latest American epic from Phillip Meyer, a story that brings to life the struggle and power plays of Texas – from Comanche raids to the oil boom. If you love historical fiction on a grand scale The Son won’t disappoint.
Nikki Gemmell’s first novel was a success beyond expectations – the ‘anonymously’ published Bride Stripped Bare. In I Take You, Gemmel has brought D.H. Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover to the modern era. It’s unlikely that I Take You will cause the stir Bride Stripped Bare or Lady Chatterley’s Lover managed; Lady Chatterley’s Lover caused such a stir on publication that it ended up on many a banned book list, including Australia’s where it remained until 1965! The mainstream acceptance of erotica brought about by 50 Shades of Grey will no doubt mean this chapter in Gemmel’s erotic trilogy will find a big audience.
The YA (that’s young adult) market has been experiencing a crossover that has even inspired a new label from some in the industry, known as ‘new adult’. Fairytales for Wilde Girls fits into this category but can’t be contained by it. Written by debut Australian author Allyse Near, Fairytales for Wilde Girls is solid fiction with an element of magic that manages to blend the two, without giving into the trend that’s been seen in YA to add a vampire or werewolf here, or a zombie there. This is one that adults shouldn’t be ashamed to read on public transport (not that you should ever be ashamed of what you read).
If you are into zombies you won’t be disappointed – the film tie in edition of World War Z by Max Brooks is out (the only drawback is the film’s star, Brad Pitt isn’t on the cover). You’ve got time to read it before you see it as the movie won’t be seen on screens until 20 June (if you’re not likely to read the book and just see the movie, don’t worry, we won’t judge).
If you’re looking for a gift for a toddler then the pick this month is Whose Bottom by Jeannette Rowe. It’s an interactive lift the flap book, and you guessed it: you have to lift the flap to find out who the bottom belongs to. Toddlers love books like this as much as kids love fart jokes and teenage boys love drawing male anatomy.
June wouldn’t be June without noting the upcoming EOFY (that’s End of Financial Year for those who don’t generally speak in acronyms) and for the regular tax payer the 2013 release of Adrian “Mr Taxman” Rafferty’s 101 Ways to Save Tax Legally is a great start to get organised for the end of this year and to get a jump on next (and it is tax deductible).
Finally (as if that wasn’t enough), with Masterchef back on the small screen and the onset of winter, cookbooks will again be popular with folks staying in rather than eating out. One to look out for this month is The Small Kitchen by Sally Wise. It’s not a book for those with physically small kitchens – it’s the book with recipes especially written for those who cook for one or two. For those cooks it will mean the difference between cooking a meal that will do for that night, rather than cooking a meal and then having it for the rest of the week.