New Release Alert

Not to reinvent the wheel since many other book bloggers do a great job of sharing upcoming releases, but there are few I’ve had my lusty eyes on that I haven’t seem mentioned by anyone else in my google reader. For more visit KB’s Pimpin Cookie Book Covers, what’s on the Book Smugglers’ radar, and KMont’s cover spotlight.

Two new releases that caught my attention actually came from People Magazine’s book review section. My mother in law is awesome and got me a People subscription for Christmas. HER mother in law (hubby’s grandma) gifted my MIL with her own People subscription. This way we can claim “it’s not like I bought it for myself,” while we totally enjoy this guilty pleasure. I adore my in-laws btw ;)

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Anywhoosit, the first is Girl in Translation, by Jean Kwok. I love Amy Tan’s books and it sounded similar in some ways…and any stories that have a different cultural feel really interest me as they give me insights into ways of living I know nothing about!

Blurb and pretty cover:

When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life—the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family’s future resting on her shoulders, her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition—Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself, back and forth, between the worlds she straddles.
 
Through Kimberly’s story, author Jean Kwok, who also emigrated from Hong Kong as a young girl, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires, exposing a world we rarely hear about. Written in an indelible voice that dramatizes the tensions of an immigrant girl growing up between two cultures, surrounded by a language and a world only half understood, Girl in Translation is an unforgettable and classic novel of an American immigrant—a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.

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Second is the debut novel from Regis Philbin’s daughter – The Daughters by Joanna Philbin (Released May 1, 2010). I’m not sure how “good” this book will be, I’ve seen mixed reviews, but I am a Regis fan and I’m interested in the subject matter: fictional (but based on obvious experience!) behind the scenes look at what it’s like growing up with a famous parent! As you can tell about the blurb the book follows three girls, but focuses on one, so I believe this is the first of three books about these girls.

Kind of m’eh cover and blurb:

The only daughter of supermodel Katia Summers, witty and thoughtful Lizzie Summers likes to stick to the sidelines.

The sole heir to Metronome Media and daughter of billionaire Karl Jurgensen, outspoken Carina Jurgensen would rather climb mountains than social ladders.

Daughter of chart-topping pop icon Holla Jones, stylish and sensitive Hudson Jones is on the brink of her own music breakthrough.

By the time freshman year begins, unconventional-looking Lizzie Summers has come to expect fawning photographers and adoring fans to surround her gorgeous supermodel mother. But when Lizzie is approached by a fashion photographer that believes she’s “the new face of beauty,” Lizzie surprises herself and her family by becoming the newest Summers woman to capture the media’s spotlight.

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Now this next book I found out about through watching Chelsea Lately. Dear God do I love her show! So she had this old guy on, I had no idea who he was, but he was a spitfire! Seriously hilarious and very very cool – Jerry Weintraub? I get the feeling I should really know who he is.

So anyhow his appearance on the show was the best marketing/advertising for me personally! So I’m excited to read When I Stop Talking, You’ll Know I’m Dead by Jerry Weintraub (released April 7, 2010).

Old man cover and blurb:

Here is the story of Jerry Weintraub: the self-made, Brooklyn-born, Bronx-raised impresario, Hollywood producer, legendary deal maker, and friend of politicians and stars. No matter where nature has placed him–the club rooms of Brooklyn, the Mafia dives of New York’s Lower East Side, the wilds of Alaska, or the hills of Hollywood–he has found a way to put on a show and sell tickets at the door. “All life was a theater and I wanted to put it up on a stage,” he writes. “I wanted to set the world under a marquee that read: ‘Jerry Weintraub Presents.'”

In WHEN I STOP TALKING, YOU’LL KNOW I’M DEAD, we follow Weintraub from his first great success at age twenty-six with Elvis Presley, whom he took on the road with the help of Colonel Tom Parker; to the immortal days with Sinatra and Rat Pack glory; to his crowning hits as a movie producer, starting with Robert Altman and Nashville, continuing with Oh, God!, The Karate Kid movies, and Diner, among others, and summiting with Steven Soderbergh and Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve, and Thirteen.

Along the way, we’ll watch as Jerry moves from the poker tables of Palm Springs (the games went on for days), to the power rooms of Hollywood, to the halls of the White House, to Red Square in Moscow and the Great Palace in Beijing-all the while counseling potentates, poets, and kings, with clients and confidants like George Clooney, Bruce Willis, George H. W. Bush, Armand Hammer, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, John Denver, Bobby Fischer . . .well, the list goes on forever.

And of course, the story is not yet over . . .as the old-timers say, “The best is yet to come.”

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And last but not least The Carrie Dairies by Candace Bushnell (released April 27, 2010). I don’t know where I first saw this, and I’ve NEVER read anything by Candace Bushnell, but am obvi a huge SATC fan! And I’ve often wondered, what was Carrie like when she was younger? On the show they never talk about their parents, we only saw Miranda’s when her mom died, and Charlotte’s was a faceless nameless man in a tuxedo who walked her down the aisle, but no other scenes or references were made to their “before” lives.

Trompe l’oeil sort of trying too hard cover and blurb:

Before Sex and the City, Carrie Bradshaw was a small-town girl who knew she wanted more. She’s ready for real life to start, but first she must navigate her senior year of high school. Up until now, Carrie and her friends have been inseparable. Then Sebastian Kydd comes into the picture, and a friend’s betrayal makes her question everything.

With an unforgettable cast of characters, The Carrie Diaries is the story of how a regular girl learns to think for herself and evolves into a sharp, insightful writer. Readers will learn about her family background, how she found her writing voice, and the indelible impression her early friendships and relationships left on her. Through adventures both audacious and poignant, we’ll see what brings Carrie to her beloved New York City, where her new life begins.

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12 Responses

  1. I can’t wait to read Jerry Weintraub’s book! Thanks for this great list. I am also eagerly anticipating a new non-fiction read coming out called, “Fast Track Networking.” As a writer I really need to get more well versed on making connections and learning how to network, and this book looks like an easy to understand method on how to do just that.

  2. Thanks for visiting, Audrey!

  3. The Daughters looks like an interesting read. Haven’t heard of these until now.

  4. KB: clearly you need a subscription to People ;)

  5. Thanks for putting Girl In Translation on my radar-I love books like this one. There are so many good books coming out this summer.

  6. Although none of these intrigue me personally, I’m excited that YOU’RE excited about them:) It’s fun to have new books to look forward to reading.

  7. Colette: hope you enjoy! and agreed, my wish list is getting out of control

    Jessica: good feelings all around ;)

  8. The first two sound incredible. Thanks for writing about them! If you read ’em first, let me know. :)

  9. oooh that first one looks really excellent… thanks for the heads up!!

  10. Did you read the Carrie Diaries yet??

  11. […] Daughters, Joanna Philbin: I posted about this one as a new release last month, and have had it on hold at the library since […]

  12. […] in Translation, Jean Kwok: I featured this one on my New Release Alert back in MAY and have had it on hold ever since! Phew that was a long wait. I’m super excited to start […]

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