Coming Up: 2011 and early 2012
Posted by: Neil Hollands
The Millions has an excellent write-up of 66 of the most interesting titles coming between this July and April 2012. While most book groups prefer to wait for the possibility of paperbacks, these are titles worth putting on your radar and tracking in the upcoming year. Many of the titles have connections to past works or to concepts would be interesting for groups to explore.
I’m curious about Lev Grossman’s The Magician King, a sequel to The Magicians, which is in paperback and would make an excellent pick for groups willing to take a look at a literary fantasy. Curiosity is high about George R. R. Martin’s fantasy series now, and the publication of the fifth book, A Dance with Dragons, would be a good occasion to read the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire, A Game of Thrones, or to debate the merits of the HBO series adaptation. One of our great short story writers, Steven Millhauser, has We Others: New and Selected Stories coming, and book groups might choose its publication as a chance to review his oeuvre of stories and short novels . Christopher Hitchens’ essay collection, Arguably: Essays, would make a great book group companion read for his memoir Hitch-22, which is out in paperback now. The Library of America will issue Philip Roth’s American Trilogy in omnibus, and a meeting about American Pastoral, I Married a Communist, and The Human Stain sounds like a fine discussion to me.
Arvind Adiga’s new Last Man in Tower would make a fine companion for his Booker Prize-winning The White Tiger, which is now out in paper. Or discuss the work of Philip Hensher, whose publication of King of the Badgers invites a look at his award winning 2008 novel, The Northern Clemency. William Kennedy is publishing his first novel in a decade, Chango’s Beads and Two-Tone Shoes, but you can use it as an excuse to explore his magnificent Albany Cycle. Jeffrey Eugenides’ first novel in nine years, The Marriage Plot might send book groups looking back at Middlesex or The Virgin Suicides. Michael Lewis’s Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World takes a look at the effects of economic collapse on several European economies and would make a fine companion read for The Big Short which chronicled the greed that led to America’s ongoing problems. Jose Saramago’s last novel Cain should encourage book groups to explore the career of the deceased Portuguese master.
These are just a few of the titles worth your notice in this exciting preview. Give it a look!