Our publisher rep, Wendy Pearl, has been recommending her favorite new Penguin books to us for over twenty years! We always love her choices; for example: before the books were published, she raved about such gems as The Help, The Kite Runner, City of Thieves, Rules of Civility, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened, Shadow of the Wind, and The Unchangeable Spots of Leopards.
We’re happy to share a few of her favorite new Penguin books for the summer.
One of the best, most incomparable novels I've read in ages. The story is about a smart, young Cuban stripper and the man she meets: a wealthy Russian emigrant/orphan. But wait: there's someone else involved, and how their worlds collide is wonderful--and often paintful--to watch. Friendship, loyalty, pride, and unconditional love are all themes here. If you liked <em>City of Thieves</em>, <em>Me Before You</em>, and books by Gary Shteyngart, you'll love this book.
Based on a true story, this is the tale of a young, gritty female horse thief who traverses the Australian outback in circa 1920, in her quest for freedom...and the two men trying to capture her. This is a cross between <em>True Grit </em>and a Cormac McCarthy novel. Much love for this one. Dark, quirky and beautifully written.
Trust me when I say that this is the perfect summer read! A typical American family deals with marital/friend/relationship angst while on a two week "make it or break it" vacation in Mallorca. Great writing, great characters, great ending. If you liked <em>Where'd You Go Bernadette</em> or <em>Beaufitul Ruins</em>, then this is the book for you.
Another slam dunk by the exceptional British author of <em>Me Before You</em>.This book includes one of the longest, most enjoyable road trips in litearary history, featuring an unusual family (feisty single mom, math nerd daughter, moody teenaged stepson and large, loveable dog) and an unlikely gentleman who comes to the rescue. Jojo is a master storyteller with fantastic endings and this is no exception.
I had never read Joseph Finder before and I am thrilled to discover him now. Suspicion is the quintessential thriller: a desparate father gets way more than he bargains for when he takes a loan from a wealthy "friend," in order to keep his daughter in an upscale school. I couldn't put this down and stayed up way to late finishing it. Fans of writers like Harlan Coben, Robert Crais, and Gillian Flynn will rejoice to read this.
Now out in paperback, this was one of our bestselling non fiction books of 2013...and for good reason. Here's the the true story of the underdog, ragtag crew team at University of Washington and their hard-won shot at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book: the best kind of narrative non-ficiton that reads like a novel. Not interested in rowing? 1930s depression era? Berlin Olympics? Doesn't matter: this story will suck you in until the very last page!
A 15 year old girl disappears in a small New England town and 30+ years later a famous author is charged with her murder. His protege (another up and coming author) tries to unravel the mystery, while discovering the unsettling and shocking connection between the murder and a bestselling book. The editor of this trade paperback original says that it's the most exciting book submission he's ever received. And he's not alone: already a major international bestseller, reviewers are comparing this to<em> The Shadow of the Wind</em> by Carlos Ruiz Zafron.
Final volume in the bestselling trilogy, which included<em> A Discovery of Witches</em> and <em>Shadow of Night</em>. The reviews and reads have been excellent; everyone agrees: this may be Harkness' best book yet!
I loved this even more than the author's prior, <em>The Husband's Secret</em>. The book opens after a normally benign Trivia night fundraiser at a local elementary school turns ugly and there's a shocking death. Flashbacks reaveal rampant and surprising deception among the parents and their kids in this quaint seaside community. A fun and rollicking read, even whle tackling some hard issues. A compelling narrative...all the way to the supremely satisfying conlusion.