Wyatt’s World: Book Buzz from the Booths at PLA 2012

A great deal of the buzz of PLA was about books‚ be it Nancy Pearl’s sold-out lunch to launch her new “Booklust Rediscoveries” series, Joyce Saricks’s book-networking challenge, or programs on what happens in libraries when leaders are readers. The power behind all three, and the bevy of other book-related programming at PLA, is, of course, the thrill of what one’s next book might be.

To that end, I asked some of the bigger publishing houses to share what was hot in their booths‚ what they were talking about and what readers were asking about. They could pick only four books each, no easy task. A few are out now or will be shortly, but the rest will be published during late spring and early summer. Happy reading!

Hachette Book Group
  • Albert of Adelaide by Howard Anderson (Twelve)
  • So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Moore (Regan Arthur Bks.)
  • An Unexpected Guest by Anne Korkeakivi (Little, Brown)
  • You Came Back by Christopher Coake (Grand Central)
  • Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter (Harper)
  • Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes (Harper)
  • One Shot at Forever: A Small Town, an Unlikely Coach, and a Magical Baseball Season by Chris Ballard (Hyperion)
  • An Uncommon Education by Elizabeth Percer (Harper)
  • Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster (Minotaur)
  • Dead Scared by S. J. Bolton (Minotaur)
  • Kill You Twice by Chelsea Cain (Minotaur)
  • The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen (Holt)
  • The Darlings by Cristina Alger (Pamela Dorman Bks.)
  • The Lion is In by Delia Ephron (Blue Rider Pr.)
  • The Queen’s Lover by Francine du Plessix Gray (Penguin)
  • The Rules of Inheritance by Claire Bidwell Smith (Hudson Street)
Perseus Books Group
  • How To Teach Relativity to Your Dog by Chad Orzel (Basic)
  • Memoirs of an Addicted Brain: A Neuroscientist Examines His Former Life on Drugs by Marc Lewis (PublicAffairs)
  • The Real Mad Men: The Renegades of Madison Avenue and the Golden Age of Advertising by Andrew Cracknell (Running Pr.)
  • Swim: Why We Love the Water by Lynn Sherr (PublicAffairs)
Random House
  • Absolutist by John Boyne (Other Pr.)
  • Afterwards by Rosamund Lupton (Crown)
  • Criminal by Karin Slaughter (Delacorte)
  • Seating Arrangements by Maggie Shipstead (Knopf)
S. & S.
  • Gold by Chris Cleave (S. & S.)
  • In One Person by John Irving (S. & S.)
  • In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner (S. & S.)
  • Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult (Atria/Emily Bestler Bks.)
W.W. Norton
  • Capital by John Lanchester (Norton)
  • End This Depression Now! by Paul Krugman (Norton)
  • The Social Conquest of Earth by Edward O. Wilson (Liveright)
  • What They Do in the Dark by Amanda Coe (Norton)
  • Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick (Algonquin)
  • My Bookstore: Writers Celebrate Their Favorite Places To Browse, Read & Shop, edited by Ronald Rice (Black Dog & Leventhal)
  • The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison (Algonquin)
  • To Marry an English Lord by Gail MacColl and Carol McD. Wallace (Workman)


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Neal Wyatt About Neal Wyatt

Neal Wyatt compiles LJ's online feature Wyatt's World and is the author of The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction (ALA Editions, 2007). She is a collection development and readers' advisory librarian from Virginia. Those interested in contributing to The Reader's Shelf should contact her directly at Readers_Shelf@comcast.net