Wednesday, April 2, 2014

BEA 2014 News: Adult Editor Buzz Panel Announced

Book Expo America is right around the corner, Steph's Stackers!! If you haven't registered yet, hurry on over to the BEA website to get your passes for May 29th - May 31st. If you are unable to attend, be sure to stay tuned to Steph's Stack for all of the BEA coverage. If you have already registered and are frantically getting prepared, don't forget to check out our BEA 2014 page for some great links and helpful hints.

So, the BEA 2014 Buzz Panel books have been announced. The Buzz Books have been selected by booksellers, librarians and other book professionals as the titles to watch out for during the coming year. The publishers give attendees a little more insight into each title and sometimes, they are even handing out copies for you to check out.

The first of these three Buzz Panels is the Adult Editor Buzz Panel. As an attendee, you can catch this panel either during BEA Blogger Con (if you are attending) on Wednesday, May 28th or on the first day of the Expo, Thursday May 29th on the Downtown Stage from 10 - 11am.

Here are the books being featured this year at the BEA Adult Editor Buzz Panel:
(Book covers are linked to Goodreads for more info on each title)


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17830123-we-are-not-ourselves?ac=1
 
Destined to be a classic, this "powerfully moving" (Chad Harbach, The Art of Fielding), multigenerational debut novel of an Irish-American family is nothing short of a “masterwork” (Joshua Ferris, Then We Came to the End).

Through the Learys, novelist Matthew Thomas charts the story of the American Century, particularly the promise of domestic bliss and economic prosperity that captured hearts and minds after WWII. The result is a riveting and affecting work of art; one that reminds us that life is more than a tally of victories and defeats, that we live to love and be loved, and that we should tell each other so before the moment slips away.

Epic in scope, heroic in character, masterful in prose, We Are Not Ourselves heralds the arrival of a major new talent in contemporary fiction.


https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18047651-the-miniaturist?ac=1
 
 
 On a brisk autumn day in 1686, eighteen-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office-leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

But Nella's world changes when Johannes presents her with an extraordinary wedding gift: a cabinet-sized replica of their home. To furnish her gift, Nella engages the services of a miniaturist-an elusive and enigmatic artist whose tiny creations mirror their real-life counterparts in eerie and unexpected ways . . .

Enchanting, beautiful, and exquisitely suspenseful, The Miniaturist is a magnificent story of love and obsession, betrayal and retribution, appearance and truth.





https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/20262706-station-eleven?ac=1
 
 
An audacious, darkly glittering novel about art, fame, and ambition set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, from the author of three highly acclaimed previous novels.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains-this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the crosshairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet. Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.




An extraordinary novel about a wife who disguises herself as a man and goes off to fight in the Civil War.

She calls herself Ash, but that's not her real name. She is a farmer's faithful wife, but she has left her husband to don the uniform of a Union soldier in the Civil War. NEVERHOME tells the harrowing story of Ash Thompson during the battle for the South. Through bloodshed and hysteria and heartbreak, she becomes a hero, a folk legend, a madwoman and a traitor to the American cause.


Laird Hunt's dazzling new novel throws a light on the adventurous women who chose to fight instead of stay behind. It is also a mystery story: why did Ash leave and her husband stay? Why can she not return? What will she have to go through to make it back home?









Why do we fear vaccines? A provocative examination by Eula Biss, the author of Notes from No Man’s Land, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

Upon becoming a new mother, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear—fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what is in your child’s air, food, mattress, medicine, and vaccines. She finds that you cannot immunize your child, or yourself, from the world.











Titles not yet added to Goodreads or lacking cover art:

My Sunshine Away by M.O. Walsh

The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace: A Brilliant Young Man Who Left Newark for the Ivy League But Did Not Survive by Jeff Hobbs

For more BEA 2014 scoop, be sure to check out the Middle Grade Editors' Buzz Panel and the Young Adult Editors' Buzz Panel lineups!

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