Prepub Alert, March 21, 2011

This issue, continuing September coverage, Prepub Alert features stunning new works of family drama (Diana Abu-Jaber’s Birds of Paradise and Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones), anticipated thrillers (Sandra Brown’s Lethal and Raymond Khoury’s The Devil’s Elixir), remade classics (The Annotated Peter Pan and Seymour Chwast adaptation of The Canterbury Tales), significant history (Stephen Greenblatt’s The Swerve: How the World Became Modern and Ian Kershaw’s The End: The Defiance and Destruction of Hitler’s Germany, 1944‚ 1945), and memoir both funny and touching (Valerie Frankel’s It’s Hard Not To Hate You and Theresa Weir’s The Orchard. See also, under “This Week’s Book Buzz,” a story on Téa Obreht’s attention-getting new novel, The Tiger’s Wife.

Barbara Hoffert About Barbara Hoffert

Barbara Hoffert (, @BarbaraHoffert on Twitter) is Editor, LJ Prepub Alert; past chair of the Materials Selection Committee of the RUSA (Reference and User Services Assn.) division of the American Library Association; and past president, treasurer, and awards chair of the National Book Critics Circle.