Heidi’s Spring Picks 2013

One of the best things about having Patricia on my team is that the woman is so obsessed with reading new fiction that she hoards Advanced Reading Copies from Netgalley on her various eReaders. (Seriously — if there were a segment on that Hoarders TV show for eBook lovers, Patricia would be on it).

Last week, she bestowed upon me her much-loved, and much-used, first Kindle, which she tenderly refers to as Kindiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. (Her newer, more high-tech Kindle is named Kindiana Jones and the Temple of Doom — how’s that for Super Nerd Status?) To my delight, Kindiana was chock full of books on my Spring Picks list! So I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Patricia for graciously sharing Kindiana. It made me feel so special, as I know she treats her Kindy as if it were her fourth child, and doesn’t loan it out to any old reader.

Here are my spring picks:



ZZ: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Anne Therese Fowler * and Call Me Zelda, by Erika Robuck: Yes, I have happily jumped on board the Roaring 20s/F. Scott Fitzgerald bandwagon. This spring, in addition to The Great Gatsby film release in May, come not one but two (!) novels about Mrs. Fitzgerald. Zelda was known for her neurotic and beguiling ways, and I can’t wait to immerse myself in her story. Twice!

Z Pub Date: March 26, Call Me Zelda Pub Date: May 7th



All That IsAll That Is, by James Salter: In a recent Slate article entitled “The Greatest Novelist You Haven’t Read,” Katie Roiphe says that Salter’s books are “as good as those of post-war novelists like John Updike, Philip Roth, Richard Ford, and critics have often said so, and yet he is nowhere near as beloved or popularly read.” I’m actually not a major fan of any of those writers, but I’m still intrigued enough to pick up this war-torn love story.

Pub Date: April 2


FlamethrowersThe Flamethrowers, by Rachel Kushner *: Even if I knew nothing about this novel, I would still read it because of its awesome cover. The fact that it’s about a young female motorcyclist and artist in 1970s New York and Rome, and is written by the National Book Award finalist for Telex from Cuba, doesn’t hurt either.

Pub Date: April 2


Pink HotelThe Pink Hotel, by Anna Stothard: The serious curb appeal applies here too. Who could resist this flamingo-coloured cover? A 17-year-old girl discovers a trove of her deceased mother’s love letters in a Venice Beach hotel and attempts to return them to their writers. Revelations ensue.

Pub Date: April 23



Dual InheritanceA Dual Inheritance, by Joanna Hershon*: Described on Goodreads as “for readers of Rules of Civility and The Marriage Plot,” both of which were on my favourites list in 2011.

Pub Date: May 7



Wonder Bread SummerThe Wonder Bread Summer, by Anya Jessica Blau: One of the other nice things about having Patricia on my team is that she tends to read much more eclectically than I do. I’ve already admitted my shortcomings as a diverse reader. And I’m afraid this list, chock-full of WASPY coming-of-age stories, is further proof of my limited tastes. The Wonder Bread Summer, for example, is a coming-of-age story about a 20-year-old girl in 1980s Los Angeles. At least some many of these titles are set in the recent past? There. I’m broadening.

Pub Date: May 28




*We were lucky enough to receive e-copies of these books thanks to NetGalley.


One comment

  1. Next time I see you, remind me to show you were The Pink Hotel lives on Kindy. It was longlisted for last year’s Orange Prize, so I read it back then. It’s very well done — I think you’ll like it.

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