Book News: December 28, 2009

books3Did you miss our regular book news chats? I know I did. So let’s jump right back into it!

Some new releases in fiction you should keep an eye on (all Borders links):

- Pirate Latitudes (Michael Crichton): This irresistible tale of swashbuckling pirates in the New World offers a classic story of treasure and betrayal. “Pirate Latitudes” was discovered as a complete manuscript in Crichton’s files after his death in 2008.

- Breathless (Dan Koontz): “New York Times”-bestselling author Koontz delivers a thrilling novel of suspense and adventure, in this story of a world where good itself is an endangered species and one man will risk his life–and more–to save it from extinction.

And some goodies in the non-fiction genre:

- Comeback 2.0: Up Close and Personal (Lance Armstrong): “Comeback 2.0″ is Armstrong’s first-person photo-journal of his 2009 comeback season. Heavily illustrated with color photos, this work features journal-like entries that describe the cyclist’s training and racing regimen.

It’s Your Time: Activate Your Faith, Achieve Your Dreams, and Increase in God’s Favor (Joel Osteen): The “New York Times”-bestselling author of “Become a Better You” shares a much-needed message of hope with readers: By using faith as a cornerstone, it’s possible for people to find a new place in their lives where they are happy, secure, and fulfilled.

There have been some great books released in 2009 and here are the current top sellers according to the New York Times for Hardcover Fiction:

  1. THE LOST SYMBOL, by Dan Brown. Robert Langdon among the Masons.
  2. I, ALEX CROSS, by James Patterson. Tracking the murderer of a relative, Alex Cross discovers a wild Washington scene with explosive secrets.
  3. UNDER THE DOME, by Stephen King. When a Maine town is trapped by an invisible force field, a sanctimonious and hypocritical politician takes over.
  4. THE HELP, by Kathryn Stockett. A young white woman and two black maids in 1960s ­Mississippi.
  5. U IS FOR UNDERTOW, by Sue Grafton. Kinsey Millhone investigates the case of a 4-year-old girl who disappeared 21 years earlier.
  6. PIRATE LATITUDES, by Michael Crichton. In the 17th-century Caribbean, a British pirate attacks a Spanish galleon; this manuscript was found in Crichton’s files after his death in 2008.
  7. FORD COUNTY, by John Grisham. Stories set in rural Mississippi.
  8. THE LAST SONG, by Nicholas Sparks. A 17-year-old girl spends the summer with her divorced father in North Carolina and finds many kinds of love.
  9. THE CHRISTMAS SWEATER, by Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe and Jason Wright. A boy learns from his disappointment with his mother’s gift.
  10. THE LACUNA, by Barbara Kingsolver. A young American growing up in Mexico becomes friends with artists and radicals; later, in the United States, he is menaced by ­McCarthyism.

And for the top sellers in Hardcover Non-Fiction:

  1. GOING ROGUE, by Sarah Palin. A memoir by the former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate.
  2. HAVE A LITTLE FAITH, by Mitch Albom. A suburban rabbi and a Detroit pastor teach lessons about the comfort of belief.
  3. ARGUING WITH IDIOTS, written and edited by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe and others. The case against big government.
  4. STONES INTO SCHOOLS, by Greg Mortenson. Building schools, many of them for girls, in northeast Afghanistan; takes up where “Three Cups of Tea” left off.
  5. OPEN, by Andre Agassi. The tennis champion’s autobiography.
  6. SUPERFREAKONOMICS, by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. A scholar and a journalist apply economic thinking to everything: the sequel.
  7. TRUE COMPASS, by Edward M. Kennedy. The late senator’s autobiography.
  8. WHAT THE DOG SAW, by Malcolm Gladwell. A decade of New Yorker essays.
  9. A BOLD FRESH PIECE OF HUMANITY, by Bill O’Reilly. The Fox News commentator on his upbringing and career.
  10. OUTLIERS, by Malcolm Gladwell. Why some people succeed, from the author of “Blink.”

I hope you enjoy this little tidbit of news from the book world. But I have a question for you – What was your favorite book of 2009?

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