Pub Day Shout-Outs! for September 8, 2020, featuring Backman, Philippe, and Winters
by Sara Voigt (@meaningmadness)
Here are three books coming out today that I am excited to read!
Frederik Backman's Anxious People
Description from the publisher:
"Looking at real estate isn’t usually a life-or-death situation, but an apartment open house becomes just that when a failed bank robber bursts in and takes a group of strangers hostage. The captives include a recently retired couple who relentlessly hunt down fixer-uppers to avoid the painful truth that they can’t fix their own marriage. There’s a wealthy bank director who has been too busy to care about anyone else and a young couple who are about to have their first child but can’t seem to agree on anything, from where they want to live to how they met in the first place. Add to the mix an eighty-seven-year-old woman who has lived long enough not to be afraid of someone waving a gun in her face, a flustered but still-ready-to-make-a-deal real estate agent, and a mystery man who has locked himself in the apartment’s only bathroom, and you’ve got the worst group of hostages in the world.
"Each of them carries a lifetime of grievances, hurts, secrets, and passions that are ready to boil over. None of them is entirely who they appear to be. And all of them—the bank robber included—desperately crave some sort of rescue. As the authorities and the media surround the premises these reluctant allies will reveal surprising truths about themselves and set in motion a chain of events so unexpected that even they can hardly explain what happens next.
Rich with Fredrik Backman’s “pitch-perfect dialogue and an unparalleled understanding of human nature” (Shelf Awareness), Anxious People is an ingeniously constructed story about the enduring power of friendship, forgiveness, and hope—the things that save us, even in the most anxious times."
Why I want to read it: I love Backman's work. I think his writing is beautiful and his storytelling is majestic. I will read anything he writes. I have loved all his books and I cannot wait to dig in to this one.
Ben Philippe's Charming As a Verb
Description from publisher:
"Henri “Halti” Haltiwanger can charm just about anyone. He is a star debater and popular student at the prestigious FATE academy, the dutiful first-generation Haitian son, and the trusted dog walker for his wealthy New York City neighbors. But his easy smiles mask a burning ambition to attend his dream college, Columbia University.
"There is only one person who seems immune to Henri’s charms: his “intense” classmate and neighbor Corinne Troy. When she uncovers Henri’s less-than-honest dog-walking scheme, she blackmails him into helping her change her image at school. Henri agrees, seeing a potential upside for himself.
"Soon what started as a mutual hustle turns into something more surprising than either of them ever bargained for. . . .
"This is a sharply funny and insightful novel about the countless hustles we have to keep from doing the hardest thing: being ourselves."
Why I want to read it: I am always here for a YA new release. I love the premise of this one, and I am super interested in Ben Philippe's work. The Field Guide to the North American Teenager has been on my TBR for ages. I want to read that one and this newest one. I have heard great things about Philippe's work!
Julian Winter's The Summer of Everything
Description from publisher:
"An avid comic book geek, Wes excels at two things: slacking off and pining after his best friend, Nico. Advice from his friends, ‘90s alt-rock songs, and online dating articles aren’t helping much with his secret crush. And his dream job at Once Upon a Page, the local indie bookstore, is threatened when a coffeeshop franchise wants to buy the property. To top it off, his family won’t stop pestering him about picking a college major.
"When all three problems converge, Wes must face with the one thing he’s been avoiding—adulthood."
Why I want to read it: You had me at '90s alt-rock and working at an indie bookstore. I think this sounds right up my alley, and I cannot wait to read it!
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