“The Lowland” by Jhumpa Lahiri: Release date: 9/24
Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri returns with another transatlantic story that bridges the cultures of India and the United States. Lahiri’s unique family background enables her to paint vivid pictures of each country and to draw readers into an elegantly written story. Follow brothers Subhash and Udayan Mitra as they grow older and separate. One chooses a science career in America while the other immerses himself in Indian politics. After tragedy strikes, the remaining brother must salvage his family’s remains. “The Lowland” is already shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker Prize.
“One Summer, America 1927” by Bill Bryson: Release date: 10/1
From the best-selling author of “A Walk in the Woods” and “A Short History of Nearly Everything” comes a sweeping story of big and small events throughout the summer of 1927. Bryson writes of Charles Lindbergh’s nonstop flight, Mississippi flooding, and Calvin Coolidge’s three month vacation in South Dakota, in order to illustrate that a dull moment never exists. Readers of nonfiction will fall in love with Bryson’s style and narrative voice, as well as his meticulous eye for detail and thorough research.
“Doomed” by Chuck Palahniuk: Release date 10/7
From the off-beat writer of “Fight Club” and “Choke” comes a new book that picks up where “Damned” left off. After fleeing hell, protagonist Maddy Spencer roams earth, the purgatory, as a ghost. Her guide, Crescent City, is addicted to Ketamine and works as a paranormal investigator when he is not faded out of his mind. Follow Spencer as she dupes her mother into founding a new religion based upon disgusting behavior, breaks rules in hell and on earth and watches her father’s sexual encounters. Fans of John Waters’ films will find Palahniuk’s new work to be a treat.
“The Rejected Stone” by Reverend Al Sharpton: Release date: 10/7
Television presenter, 2004 Presidential candidate, ordained minister and professional provocateur Al Sharpton releases a book filled with celebrity sightings, thoughtful political musings and a biting wit that only the Rev. Sharpton can deliver. Sharpton describes how he came to progressive positions on issues like gay marriage and immigration reform by weaving hard facts with religious knowledge and adding his own personal experiences. Whether you agree with him or not, this one is worth a read.
“Headwaters” by Ellen Bryant Voigt: Release date 10/21
A new collection of poetry featuring strong natural and animal based themes from the Vermont Poet Laureate: Ellen Bryant Voigt, a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize, throws punctuation to the wind and ignores form, unless it suits her. It is truly a wonderful collection from a writer who has read at Shepherd in the past.