Waiting on Wednesday #16

Posted February 27, 2013 by Kara in Waiting on Wednesday / 16 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This is where we post upcoming releases we are looking forward to.

This week I am focusing on adult literature. I like to do a mix of genres around here and since I focus on YA more often, I thought for the next couple of weeks I might spotlight some upcoming adult titles that I am excited about. I am MUCH picker with my adult reading choices, so these books are completely of interest to me. Hopefully you will find something you like here.

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Release Date: July 16th, 2013
Genre: Non-Fiction

Description from GoodreadsOne of our greatest living writers completes an epic journey across America, Airstream in tow, and reflects on what unites and divides a country as endlessly diverse as it is large.

September 1996 found Philip Caputo on Barter Island, a wind-scoured rock in the Beaufort Sea populated by two hundred Inupiat and a handful of whites. As he gazed upon an American flag above the only school for a hundred and fifty miles, he marveled that the children in that school pledged allegiance to the same flag as the children of Cuban immigrants on Key West, almost six thousand miles away. Awed by America’s vastness and diversity and filled with a renewed appreciation for its cohesiveness, an idea began to form. With enough time, gas money, and nerve he could drive from the southernmost point to the northernmost point of the United States that is reachable by road, talking to people as he went and trying to better understand what holds our great country together. And then, cicada-like, the idea went dormant, not to be reawakened for fourteen years.

In 2011, in an America struggling through the greatest economic downturn since the Depression and more divided than it has been in living memory, Caputo, who had just turned seventy, his wife, and their two English setters took off in a truck hauling an Airstream camper from Key West, Florida, to Deadhorse, Alaska. The journey, which traveled back roads and state routes, took four months and covered seventeen thousand miles. Caputo interviewed more than eighty Americans from all walks of life to get a picture of what their lives and the life of the nation are like in the twenty-first century and created a book that informs as much as it entertains.

Publisher: Pegasus
Release Date: July 1st 2013
Genre: Literary Fiction

Description from GoodreadsIn silken prose and with subtle suspense, Nina Schuyler brings us a mesmerizing novel of language and translation, memory loss and heartbreak, and the search for answers in a foreign country. When renowned translator Hanne Schubert falls down a flight of stairs, her injury is an unusual but real condition — the loss of her native language. She is left speaking only Japanese, a language learned later in life. With her personal life at a crossroad, Hanne leaves for Japan. There, the Japanese novelist whose work she translated stunningly confronts her publicly for sabotaging his work. Reeling, Hanne struggles for meaning and seeks out the inspiration for the author’s novel — a tortured, chimerical actor, once a master in the art of Noh theater. Through their passionate and intriguing relationship, Hanne begins to understand the masks she has worn in her life, just as the actor dons the masks that have made him a legend of Noh. The demons from her past and present begin to unfold and Hanne sets out to make amends in this searing and engrossing novel.

Publisher: Sarah Chrichton Books
Release Date: July 9th, 2013
Genre: Historical

Description from GoodreadsIt’s 1964. Eleven-year-old Fin and his glamorous, worldly, older half sister, Lady, have just been orphaned, and Lady, whom Fin hasn’t seen in six years, is now his legal guardian and his only hope. That means Fin is uprooted from a small dairy farm in rural Connecticut to Greenwich Village, smack in the middle of the swinging ’60s. He soon learns that Lady—giddy, careless, urgent, and obsessed with being free—is as much his responsibility as he is hers.

So begins Fin & Lady, the lively, spirited new novel by Cathleen Schine, the author of the bestselling The Three Weissmanns of Westport. Fin and Lady lead their lives against the background of the ’60s, the civil rights movement, and the Vietnam War—Lady pursued by ardent, dogged suitors, Fin determined to protect his impulsive sister from them and from herself.

From a writer The New York Times has praised as “sparkling, crisp, clever, deft, hilarious, and deeply affecting,” Fin & Lady is a comic, romantic love story: the story of a brother and sister who must form their own unconventional family in increasingly unconventional times.

I love a good travel memoir/road trip. Japanes Noh Theatre? Count me in! And holy crap does Fin & Lady sound awesome. That one sounds like an automatic buy for me. What do you guys think of my picks this week. Anything there that interest you? Link me up and I will come visit your posts!

16 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday #16

  1. All three of these sound so good. I hardly ever read non-fiction, but I have to admit The Longest Road might be something I’d read. And I love anything about Japan, since I lived there for a year. Great choices!

    Here’s my WOW.

  2. Sam

    I’m not a huge non-fiction reader, but something about The Longest Road there has my attention. Fin & Lady definitely sounds more like my kind of book, though. I haven’t come across it before! Brilliant picks, Kara. 🙂

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