Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Whats New Wednesday: A Look at Next Weeks New Releases

-For the Week of January 11th-

 Pub. Date: January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 576pp

Synopsis: (From the Publisher)

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe, devoted to his profession and the painting hobby he loves, has a solitary but ordered life. When renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient, Marlow finds that order destroyed. Desperate to understand the secret that torments the genius, he embarks on a journey that leads him into the lives of the women closest to Oliver and a tragedy at the heart of French Impressionism.

Kostova's masterful new novel travels from American cities to the coast of Normandy, from the late 19th century to the late 20th, from young love to last love. THE SWAN THIEVES is a story of obsession, history's losses, and the power of art to preserve human hope.

Pub. Date: January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 368pp

Synopsis: (From the Publisher)

Few works of literature are as universally beloved as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Now, in this spellbinding historical novel, we meet the young girl whose bright spirit sent her on an unforgettable trip down the rabbit hole–and the grown woman whose story is no less enthralling.

But oh my dear, I am tired of being Alice in Wonderland. Does it sound ungrateful?

Alice Liddell Hargreaves’s life has been a richly woven tapestry: As a young woman, wife, mother, and widow, she’s experienced intense passion, great privilege, and greater tragedy. But as she nears her eighty-first birthday, she knows that, to the world around her, she is and will always be only “Alice.” Her life was permanently dog-eared at one fateful moment in her tenth year–the golden summer day she urged a grown-up friend to write down one of his fanciful stories.

That story, a wild tale of rabbits, queens, and a precocious young child, becomes a sensation the world over. Its author, a shy, stuttering Oxford professor, does more than immortalize Alice–he changes her life forever. But even he cannot stop time, as much as he might like to. And as Alice’s childhood slips away, a peacetime of glittering balls and royal romances gives way to the urgent tide of war. 

For Alice, the stakes could not be higher, for she is the mother of three grown sons, soldiers all. Yet even as she stands to lose everything she treasures, one part of her will always be the determined, undaunted Alice of the story, who discovered that life beyond the rabbit hole was an astonishing journey.

A love story and a literary mystery,Alice I Have Been brilliantly blends fact and fiction to capture the passionate spirit of a woman who was truly worthy of her fictional alter ego, in a world as captivating as the Wonderland only she could inspire.

Pub. Date: January 12, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 416pp

Synopsis: (From the Publisher)
The heroines of Lauren Willig's bestselling Pink Carnation series have engaged in espionage all over nineteenth-century Europe. In the sixth stand-alone volume, our fair English heroine travels to India, where she finds freedom-and risk-more exciting than she ever imagined.

Everyone warned Miss Penelope Deveraux that her unruly behavior would land her in disgrace someday. She never imagined she's be whisked off to India to give the scandal of her hasty marriage time to die down. AS Lady Frederick Staines, Penelope plunges into the treacherous waters of the court of the Nizam of Hyderabad, where no one is quite what they seem-even her husband. In a strange country, where elaborate court dress masks even more elaborate intrigues and a dangerous spy called the Marigold leaves venomous cobras as his calling card, there is only one person Penelope can trust...

Captain Alex Reid has better things to do than play nursemaid to a pair of aristocrats. Or so he thinks-until Lady Frederick Staines out- shoots, out-rides, and out-swims every man in the camp. She also has an uncanny ability to draw out the deadly plans of the Marigold and put herself in harm's way. With danger looming from local warlords, treacherous court officials, and French spies, Alex realizes that an alliance with Lady Staines just might be the only thing standing in the way of a plot designed to rock the very foundations of the British Empire...


Passages to the Past said...

Alice, I Have Been is AMAZING!!!!!! I highly recommend everyone reading it!

I want the Swan Thieves so badly I can taste it! I loved The Historian and have been waiting for her next one!

Thaks for the heads up!

Joanne said...

These look great....Kostova's Historian is one of my favorites. Oh, so many books, so little time (big sigh).....

Katy said...

Alice, I Have Been is really good! :) I'm looking forward to reading the Swan Thieves, and the first book in the Pink Carnation series is on my wishlist. LOL

Shweta said...

The Historian is my all time fav book. Can't wait to read Swan Thieves.

Ash said...

I am dieng to read Alice, I Have Been! I just posted a review of The Swan Thieves, it is quite good.

Jennifer said...

I have Alice I Have Been and shall be reading it shortly and posting a review. I really want to read The Swan Thieves.

Miss Eliza said...

I can't wait for Alice Have I Been. Swan Thieves was one of the biggest dissappointments I've faced from a writer I loved.

Blodeuedd said...

Dying to read Kostovas new book since I really enjoyed the Historian.
Like your blog, a lot of good historicals

Susan O'Bryant said...

These all sound like they will be lovely reads. I especially look forward to the one by Lauren Willig. Her novels are just great romps!

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I LOVED Alice I Have Been and look forward to Swan Thieves as well.

BTW -Thanks for stopping by my blog this week :)

Bekah said...

Alice I have been sounds fascinating. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I toolook forward to your reviews.

Toni said...

These books some amazing. I so want to read them. Thanks for posting.

Michelle Santiago said...

i didn't know elizabeth kostova has a new book out. i've been wanting to read the historian but haven't the chance.

i haven't read lauren willig yet but i've seen her books around. maybe i'll pick it up next time. thanks for this.

Jenny Girl said...

I haven't even gotten my hands on the first in Willig's series. I am so behind!