vampires are very popular. Readers looking
for another Edward Cullen or Bill Compton
should stay away. But those who are looking
for a genuine scare have hit the jackpot. The
Strain is dark. It’s ugly. It’s scary.
The novel begins with a mystery—an airplane lands at JFK, goes black and later all of
the passengers are found dead with no physical evidence of the cause. From there readers
are taken on a wild ride that leads through
Europe, Manhattan and the depths of the New
York subway system.
The storyline reminds me of a zombie
film in which the threat of a global pandemic
is always present. There’s a lot of action and
plenty of tense moments to keep you on the
edge of your seat.
One of the best things about The Strain is
that the story isn’t over: The second installment of the trilogy is due out in 2010. It’s
worth mentioning that del Toro is the director of the films Pan’s Labyrinth and Hellboy.
—Scott Losse, inventory control specialist, books
Book buyers’ picks
Shogun, by James Clavell. If you’re like me,
you remember when Shogun was first published (in two volumes) in 1975. You might
also remember the 1980 TV miniseries starring Richard Chamberlain. Now the book is
being released with an updated cover. The
novel is set in the year 1600 in feudal Japan,
where Englishman John Blackthorne is shipwrecked along the coast. The local samurai
take Blackthorne and the crew captive, but he’s
released after four days. Over time his language skills grow, along with his respect for
Japanese culture—taking him to a place where
he feels disgust for the European way of life.
While the outside may look different,
inside the novel remains nothing shy of an
iconic story that begs to be revisited.
—Pennie Clark Ianiciello, book buyer
The Strain, by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck
Hogan. One of the great things about this
vampire story is that it’s coming out at a time
when novels about beautiful and debonair
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak. If this
title sounds familiar to you, it’s because it was
one of Pennie’s Picks in August 2006. Since its
publication, this book has seen continued
success, spending more than 70 weeks on the
New York Times children’s bestseller list.
Set during World War II, this young-adult
novel is about Liesel, who lives with a foster
family. At her brother’s gravesite, she finds a
book that ignites in her a passion for reading—one that results in her stealing as many
books as she can. She shares them with everyone, including the Jewish man who is hiding
in the basement.
Once you read it, you’ll see why The Book
Thief remains so popular. Zusak’s writing is so
rich and vivid that the images will remain
with you for years to come.
—Melissa McMeekin, assistant book buyer
Connie Goodwin’s grandmother has died,
leaving behind an old house just outside
Salem, a city with a dark and eerie past.
In this old homestead, Connie finds a
mysterious key that will tie her
directly and inevitably to the witch
trials of long ago. The Physick Book
of Deliverance Dane (Voice) is the
stunning debut of author Katherine Katherine Howe
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WHO IS DELIVERANCE DANE?
Howe and a first-rate blending of
historical fiction and bewitching chills.
Behind Connie’s quest for the story
of Deliverance Dane lies the shocking
revelation that Connie has deeper ties
to Salem than she ever imagined …
and the past is not far away at all.
on sale June 9
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you buy from
6/9 to 6/23
A Riveting Debut from a Bright New Talent
Katherine Howe’s family roots in Essex County, Massachusetts, reach back nearly
400 years. Two family members endured the Salem witch trials in the 17th century
(only one of them survived). Currently completing her Ph. D. in American and New
England studies at Boston University, Howe is closely tied to the events of her
debut novel in more ways than one. She brings this expert knowledge to bear in
one of the most hotly anticipated and highly praised works of the year.
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In The Scarecrow (Little, Brown), journalist
Jack McEvoy sets his sights on the biggest
story of his career: a
committed by a
teenage drug dealer.
His investigative skills
quickly prove the boy
is innocent, but what
he doesn’t know is that
the killer is close by …
on sale now
Jason Bourne begins to question his
tattered identity and what it means to
carry the name in the whirlwind thriller
The Bourne Deception
(Grand Central Publishing).
As a professional hitman
tracks him through the
streets of Indonesia,
Bourne struggles with
his past—and also must
prevent a plot that
threatens to lead the
world into war. on sale June 9