Barbara’s Picks: January 2013, Pt. 2: Memoirs from Knox and Sotomayor; a Debut Thriller from Law and Order’s Wolf

Knox, Amanda. Untitled Memoir. Harper: HarperCollins. Apr. 2013. 384p. ISBN 9780062217202. $28.99. MEMOIR
In November 2007, 20-year-old Knox, an American studying in Perugia, Italy, was arrested for the gruesome murder of her British roommate, Meredith Kercher, resulting in sensationalist news coverage worldwide. Convicted and jailed (with her Italian boyfriend) after a deeply polarizing trial, Knox served until 2011, when an appeals court overturned the conviction and freed her. Here, she draws on journals she kept throughout her ordeal to give us her side of the story: her trial, her unreasonable treatment by the Italian police, her time in jail, and the relentless media scrutiny. An undoubtedly unsettling and personal book that will attract many readers; with a one-day laydown on January 8 and a 750,000-copy first printing. And, yes, this book has recently been pushed up to April 2013.

Sotomayor, Sonia. My Beloved World: A Memoir. Knopf. Jan. 2012. 320p. ISBN 9780307594884. $27.95; eISBN 9780307962164. CD: Random Audio. Spanish. Mi Mundo Querido: Memoria. Vintage. Feb. 2012. 384p. ISBN 9780345804099. pap. $16. MEMOIR
Signed in July 2010, 13 months after Sotomayor was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, this memoir is billed as the coming-of-age story of a daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, tracking her rise from a South Bronx housing project to Princeton, Yale Law School, and finally the highest court in the land. There’s not too much more I can say, as the book is embargoed, though a flurry of headlines last year did announce that Sotomayor had earned a $1.175 million advance for the memoir. The Spanish-language edition is a real plus.

Wolf, Dick. The Intercept: A Jeremy Fisk Novel. Morrow. Jan. 2013. 400p. ISBN 9780062064837. $26.99; eISBN 9780062064844. lrg prnt. THRILLER
Since Wolf is the creator and executive producer of the four Law and Order series (Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Law & Order: Los Angeles), you can bet that anticipation for his first-ever thriller is running high. The start of a new series starring NYPD detective Jeremy Fisk, the book opens with a foiled hijacking just a few days before the new Freedom Tower built at ground zero is set to be dedicated. Everyone’s cheering, but Fisk, part of an antiterrorist unit modeled on the CIA, suspects that there’s more afoot and goes after a Saudi Arabian on board who mysteriously disappeared when the plane landed. With a one-day laydown on January 2 and a 250,000-copy first printing, so big, big.



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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.