ALA 2014 Galley Guide Discoveries

Typically, my newsletter during the American Library Association conference features ALA coverage, but this year—no dice! Alas, a personal emergency kept me from Las Vegas, though I was able to scallysubmit all my introductions for the United for Libraries panels I was fortunate to have been asked to present. Those introductions, for some really interesting books, are included in this newsletter. Meanwhile, below I’ve made note of some important or intriguing titles featured in the galley guide that I haven’t been able to feature in Prepub Alert, including a few 2015 titles. Full coverage of 2015 titles starts next week.

Anton, Maggie. Enchantress: A Novel of Rav Hisda’s Daughter. Plume. Sept. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780452298224. $17, featuring dark magic and Talmudic lore in fourth-century Babylonia; the first book in this series was an LJ Best Historical Fiction pick.

Baxter, Greg. Munich Airport. Twelve: Hachette. Jan. 2014. 256p. ISBN 9781455557950. $25, a second novel, after the haunting The Apartment, about a man contemplating his sister’s mysterious death while stuck with the coffin at a fog-bound airport.

Bear, Greg. War Dogs. Orbit. Oct. 2014. 304p. ISBN 9780316072830. $25, which launches a new military space adventure.

Bomb magazine, ed. Bomb: The Author Interviews. Nov. Soho. Nov. 2014. 480p. 9781616953799. $40, 30 years of interviews from that on-the-edge creative publication.

Gander, Forrest. The Trace. New Directions. Nov. 2014. 240p. ISBN 9780811223713. $22.95, a novel by a distinguished poet tracing an American couple’s journey through Mexico in the footsteps of writer Ambrose Bierce.

Hearst, Dorothy. Spirit of the Wolves. S. & S. Dec. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9781416570028. $26, wrapping up a trilogy on Kaala, the wolf responsible for keeping peace between her kind and humankind.

Johnston. Tim. Descent. Algonquin. Jan. 2015. 384p. ISBN 9781616203047. $25.95, Rocky Mountain–set suspense about a daughter’s disappearance, from an award-winning short story writer.

Mott, Jason. The Wonder of All Things. Harlequin. Sept. 2014. 400p. ISBN 9780778316527. $24.95, aout a girl’s gift of healing, from the author who started out big with The Returned;

Ottaway, Susan. A Cool and Lonely Courage: The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France. Little, Brown. Sept. 2014. 336p. ISBN 9780316326988, real-life heroism better than any thriller.

Parsons, Tony. The Murder Man. St. Martin’s. Oct. 2014. 448p. ISBN 9781250052322. $25.99, an internationally best-selling British novelist’s foray into crime fiction, with widowed police officer Max Wolfe chasing a relentless throat slasher.

Treadway, Jessica. Lacy Eye. Grand Central. Mar 2015. 352p. ISBN 9781455554072. $26, a Flannery O’Connor Award winner bout a couple’s savage beating (leading to the father’s death), reputedly

Walsh, M.O. My Sunshine Away. Amy Einhorn: Putnam. Feb. 2014. 320p. ISBN 9780399169526. $26.95, a BookExpo America Buzz Book about a sweet Louisiana childhood shattered by family troubles, a terrible crime, and the fallout from first love.

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.