Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures: Stories
By Vincent Lam
Weinstein Books, September, $24
It's Grey's Anatomy for the literary set.
Lam's debut work, which won Canada's prestigious Giller Prize for
fiction, goes inside the world of what it takes to become a doctor.
It's a world Lam knows well - he's an emergency physician at East
General Hospital in Toronto. His characters deal with trauma and
drama as they wend their way through the early years of their life
in medicine. Folks with a fear of needles, be forewarned: This may
not be the one for you.
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England: A Novel
By Brock Clarke
Algonquin Books, September, $24
Brock Clarke's latest novel has been getting some dandy reviews.
And, though it's a mystery, lit lovers of all stripes will find
something in it that they'll love - after all, the mystery is about
figuring out who's burning down the homes of some of America's most
famous writers, from Edith Wharton's to Herman Melville's. And the
writing? Darn good stuff.
Signed, Mata Hari: A Novel
By Yannick Murphy
Little, Brown and Company, November, $24
This one will certainly deserve a wider audience than it will get -
at first. But there's something about the elegance of the writing
that makes me believe that it will slowly but surely end up with a
big fan base. A fictional telling of the life of Mata Hari,
Murphy's rather sexy novel takes readers deep into the life of a
very intriguing character.
I Am America (And So Can You!)
By Stephen Colbert
Grand Central Publishing, October, $26
If you don't find Comedy Central's The Colbert
Report funny, don't buy the book. If you do find it funny,
buy the book. It's that simple. This is the TV show brought to dead
trees. And the snippet I read of it? Darn funny. And now you know
what I watch on TV too.
Backyard Giants: The Passionate, Heartbreaking, and Glorious Quest to Grow the Biggest Pumpkin Ever
By Susan Warren
Bloomsbury USA, September, $25
Who doesn't love a good giant-vegetable story? No, really. I mean,
giant vegetables are funny. But for some truly dedicated growers,
they're serious business. Every year, authors offer us a look into
a variety of quirky subcultures - I'm still hooked on Stefan
Fatsis's competitive-Scrabble book, Word
Freak - and this season, Susan Warren gives us one of the
most interesting peeks with this book about her journey into the
world of competitive veggie growing. It'll be fun to see how
Warren, a Wall Street Journal editor,
builds the narrative; after all, it's not the easiest task in the
world to turn a tale of watching a pumpkin grow into high