The Big Kids’ Table: Fiction Picks (February 2013)

Why, hello there! Is it just about time for you to swap out your next young adult read for something a bit more grown up? Well, it seems like you are in the right place today!

This month, instead of searching through the pages of Publishers Weekly for some intriguing new titles, I snooped in the bookstore. Yes, I did. I ran to the new releases section and picked through many books to bring you a list of the books I’d be most interested in buying. I think you are really going to like these.

But first, our blogger recommendation…

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Hannah from So Obsessed Blog sings the praises of The Opposite of Love by Julie Buxbaum

Big Kids Table Blogger Choice So Obsessed With

Why she picked it up? The cover and the most intriguing first five pages I’ve ever read.
What’s it about: Emily Haxby is a twenty-nine-year-old Manhattan attorney who begins to unravel. It starts when she ends her relationship with her boyfriend for reasons she can’t even explain, and then everything else starts falling apart. And so begins Emily’s journey to find her place in life and her sense of self. I read this pre-blogging, so it’s an older book, but I often pull it off my shelves to re-read my favorite parts. I want more people to discover Julie Buxbaum’s writing!
Three words to describe: Honest, touching and clever.
Last few awesome reads: Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi; Unearthly & Hallowed by Cynthia Hand; Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple.

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My bookstore snoops…

The Death Bees by Lisa O'DonnellThe Death Bees by Lisa O’Donnell | Release Date: January 2, 2013 from Harper (Add to Goodreads)
Goodreads description: Today is Christmas Eve. Today is my birthday. Today I am fifteen. Today I buried my parents in the backyard. Neither of them were beloved. Marnie and her little sister Nelly are on their own now. Only they know what happened to their parents, Izzy and Gene, and they aren’t telling. While life in Glasgow’s Hazlehurst housing estate isn’t grand, they do have each other. Besides, it’s only one year until Marnie will be considered an adult and can legally take care of them both. As the new year comes and goes, Lennie, the old man next door, realizes that his young neighbors are alone and need his help. Or does he need theirs? But he’s not the only one who suspects something isn’t right. Soon, the sisters’ friends, their other neighbors, the authorities, and even Gene’s nosy drug dealer begin to ask questions. As one lie leads to another, dark secrets about the girls’ family surface, creating complications that threaten to tear them apart.

Love is a Canoe by Ben Schrank

Love is a Canoe by Ben Schrank | Release Date: January 8, 2013 from Sarah Critchon Books (Add to Goodreads)
Goodreads description: Peter Herman is something of a folk hero. Marriage Is a Canoe, his decades-old book on love and relationships, has won the hearts of hopeful romantics and desperate cynics alike. Peter and his wife lived a peaceful life, but now it’s 2010, and his wife has just died. He passes time with a woman he admires but doesn’t love—and he begins to question the advice he’s famously doled out for decades. Then he receives a call from Stella Petrovic, an ambitious young editor who wants to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of Marriage Is a Canoe with a contest for struggling couples. The prize? An afternoon with Peter and a chance to save their relationship. The contest ensnares Stella in the opaque politics of her publishing house, while it introduces the reader to couples in varied states of distress: a shy thirtysomething Brooklynite whose husband may be just a bit too charismatic for his own good; a middle-aged publisher whose imposing manner has imposed loneliness on her for longer than she cares to admit. Then there’s Peter, who must discover what he meant when he wrote Marriage Is a Canoe if he is going to help the contest’s winners and find a way to love again.

Ignorance by Michele Roberts

Ignorance by Michele Roberts | Release Date: January 22, 2013 from Bloomsbury (Add to Goodreads)
Goodreads description: Jeanne Nerin and Marie-Angèle Baudry grow up side by side in the Catholic village of Ste. Madeleine, but their worlds could not be more different. Marie-Angèle is the grocer’s daughter, inflated with ideas of her own piety and rightful place in society. Jeanne’s mother washes clothes for a living. She used to be a Jew until this became too dangerous. Jeanne does not think twice about stealing food when she is hungry, nor about grasping the slender chances life throws at her. Marie-Angèle does not grasp; she aspires to a life of comfort and influence. When war falls out of the sky, the forces that divide the two girls threaten to overwhelm those that bind them together. In this dizzying new order, the truth can be buried under a pyramid of recriminations.

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Star Crossed by Jennifer Echols

And a huge reminder that Jennifer Echols’ adult fiction debut comes out on February 26! Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? Be sure to check out my review of Star Crossed to refresh your memory! Vegas! College rivals! Celebrities! The past! Such a fantastic read for those who love romance and easy breezy contemps!

Thanks for stopping in today! I would love to hear what you’re reading in the comments!