Reprinted excerpt The Columbus Dispatch by Nancy Gilson 05/12/13
Regardless of whether you plan to enjoy the summer’s hottest reads through your iPod, iPad, e-reader, smartphone or — gasp — a plain old paper book, the selection in fiction and nonfiction promises to be plentiful.
With help from Columbus Metropolitan Library staff members, led by technical-services director Robin Nesbitt, and Dispatch freelance writer Margaret Quamme, we have assembled month-by-month highlights of new titles through August.
Except for Stephen King’s Joyland (see June fiction), avid readers should be able to find these titles in any form they want.
• Inferno (Doubleday, 480 pages, $29.95) by Dan Brown: The Da Vinci Code’s Robert Langdon, a professor of symbology, returns to unravel the mystery of Dante’s Inferno. (Tuesday)
• And the Mountains Echoed (Riverhead, 416 pages, $28.95) by Khaled Hosseini: The latest by the author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns travels from Kabul, Afghanistan, to Paris, San Francisco and the Greek island of Tinos. (May 21)
• Sacred Games (Soho Crime, 350 pages, $25.95) by Gary Corby: In the third installment in the humorous Athenian Mysteries series, detective Nicolaos must solve a murder at the Olympics. (May 21)
• Diners, Drive-ins, Dives: The Funky Finds in Flavortown — America’s Classic Joints and Killer Comfort Food (Morrow, 320 pages, $21.99) by Guy Fieri with Ann Volkwein: The series continues with more stories, recipes, photos and a map of the restaurants. (Tuesday)
• Share: The Cookbook That Celebrates Our Common Humanity by Women for Women International (Kyle, 256 pages, $40): Actress Meryl Streep wrote the foreword for the collection of recipes from international humanitarians. (Thursday)
• The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 448 pages, $27) by George Packer: The political journalist examines our nation — and its democracy — in crisis. (May 21)
• Straight Flush (Morrow, 304 pages, $27.99) by Ben Mezrich: The subtitle explains it : The True Story of Six College Friends Who Dealt Their Way to a Billion-Dollar Online Poker Empire — and How It All Came Crashing Down. (May 28)
• Joyland (Hard Case Crime, 288 pages, $12.95) by Stephen King: King will release his latest murder/ghost mystery, set in 1973 in a North Carolina amusement park, in paperback but not on e-reader. “Folks who want to read it will have to buy the actual book,” he said. (June 4)
• The Kill Room (Grand Central, 496 pages, $28) by Jeffery Deaver: The psychological thriller is the eighth installment featuring quadriplegic forensic expert Lincoln Rhyme. (June 4)
• The Silver Star (Scribner, 288 pages, $26) by Jeanette Walls: The novel by Walls (The Glass Castle) is about an optimistic but unfortunate 12-year-old girl in the 1970s in California. (June 11)
• The Heist (Bantam, 320 pages, $28) by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg: The author of the Stephanie Plum detective series and a writer for television’s Monk team up on a new series featuring an FBI agent and the international crook she is chasing. (June 18)
• The Ocean at the End of the Lane (Morrow, 192 pages, $25.99) by Neil Gaimon: The modern master produces a new adult fairy tale. (June 18)
• Outlaw: Waylon, Willie, Kris, and the Renegades of Nashville (It, 304 pages, $26.99) by Michael Streissguth: The volume tells the stories of three legends of country music. (June 4)
• Superboys: The Amazing Adventures of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster — The Creators of Superman (St. Martin’s, 448 pages, $27.99) by Brad Ricca: The biography looks at the pair who invented the superhero and inspired Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay. (June 4)
• The Astronaut Wives Club: A True Story (Grand Central, 288 pages, $28) by Lily Koppel: A behind-the-scenes story of the women whose men had the right stuff. (June 11)
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