Summer 2012: Random House Highlights

Yesterday I went to an event at a local independent bookstore to hear two Random House representatives talk about forthcoming summer releases.

Here are some of the ones that stood out:

Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson: The story of a young man’s journey from Ethiopia to the kitchens of New York City. It’s being hailed as a great read for anyone who enjoyed Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential or Gabrielle Hamilton’s Blood, Bones & Butter.

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce: A letter arrives and a man’s memories compel him to hand-deliver his reply–even though he has to walk 500 miles to do it. A good bet for readers who enjoyed Helen Simonson’s breakout debut Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.

Twilight of the Elites by Christopher Hayes: American institutions have let us down and Hayes delves into the many facets of how this has affected us all.

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn: This former Entertainment Weekly television critic is becoming a rising star in the world of riveting, dark suspense. In her latest, you can’t trust anything you think you know in this unpredictable thriller.

The Watch by Joydeep Roy-Bhattacharya: In this political thriller set in Kandahar, an Afghan woman who has lost her legs posts herself outside a military base demanding the body of her brother. But does she want more than that?

I also picked up Inside by Alix Ohlin and The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by Jan-Phillip Sendker.

While it’s a Houghton Mifflin title, I have to say that I can’t wait to get my hands on Alison Bechdel’s new graphic novel memoir, Are You My Mother?

What spring and summer releases are you dying to read or think might be smash hits?

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Misha Stone is a readers' advisory librarian with The Seattle Public Library. Follow her on Twitter at @ahsimlibrarian.

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