G o b ehind t he s cenes
a nd m eet t he a uthors o f t he b iggest b ooks
of the s ummer!
Dear Costco Members,
Every month my job as the Costco Book Buyer is to select a title I have enjoyed—some new
and some not so new—that I want our members to discover. Marked with a Buyer’s Pick
sticker, they’re easily identified in the warehouse.
William Lashner is a former Philadelphia lawyer. He graduated from New York
University Law School and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He came up
with the idea for his popular protagonist, Victor Carl, while he was struggling to
get published. Feeling very bitter, he decided to write a book about a lawyer
who was equally embittered, and he came up with Victor. Six Victor Carl novels
later, Lashner finds himself published all over the world and translated into more
than a dozen languages. This time around, Victor Carl wakes up with the name
Chantal Adair tattooed in a heart on his chest, and he knows he’s got a real
dilemma, in Marked Man.
This month, in addition to my pick, I asked six major publishing houses to select one author
they love and want you to discover! Here are their choices and some background about the
authors. I hope you enjoy these selections and maybe even discover a favorite new writer.
—Pennie Clark Ianniciello
WILLIAM MORROW / Hardcover
Brad Thor was born and raised in Chicago, but he headed west for college. He
studied creative writing at the University of Southern California under the
celebrated author T.C. Boyle. He is the award-winning creator, producer, writer
and host for the public-television series Traveling Lite. While he was filming
his show in Lucerne, Switzerland, he came up with the idea of his first novel,
The Lions of Lucerne. Thor admits that he has an obsessive habit of looking
at things and asking, “What if?” He’ll watch a story on the evening news and
entertain different scenarios to see what kind of alternative outcomes he can
dream up. His new thriller, Takedown, is a result of such thinking.
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ATRIA / Hardcover
Available m id-June
Lori Lansens was a successful screenwriter before she hit the literary scene in
2002 with her highly acclaimed first novel, Rush Home Road. Critically acclaimed,
it was nominated for the 2003 Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the 2003
Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book. Lansens was born and raised
in Chatham, Ontario, the setting for both Rush Home Road and her new novel,
The Girls. Her latest is a heartwarming novel about two sisters known simply as
“the girls.” What makes these two independent, funny and courageous women so
extraordinary is their status as conjoined twins. Though they have never had the
ability to look into each other’s eyes, these two women have been blessed in
many other ways. The Girls is their story.
LITTLE, BRO WN / Hardcover
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