Patricia’s Spring Picks 2014

SpringSpring can take you anywhere… The weather can be perfect for huddling under a blanket and watching the rain fall, and then it can be warm enough to bask in the sun.  On great days you can sit out under the cherry blossoms.  Spring has room for all your moods, and for all your reading tastes.  This spring’s new releases don’t have much in common with each other except that they are all perfect for the many moods of the season.

March New Releases

Empress of the Night* by Eva Stachniak

This sequel to the Winter Palace tells of Catherine the Great’s rise to power from her own perspective.

Blood Will Out* by Walter Kirnblood

This non-fiction memoir about Kirn’s longtime friendship with a man claiming to be Clark Rockefeller and the friendship’s inevitable dissolution, is both memorable and moving.  There’s a strong sense of frustration that comes from realizing someone you care about isn’t someone you’ll ever really know.


April New Releases

punyAll My Puny Sorrows* by Miriam Toews

A tale of two sisters:  one a suicidal world-reknowned pianist, the other is complete mess who tries to hold her sister together. From the author of A Complicated Kindness.



The Confabulist* by Steven Gallowayconfabulist

Confession:  I’ve never read Galloway’s The Cellist of Sarajevo, which received rave reviews (and has been recommended to me by many many people).  I started The Confabulist last night and was hooked from the first page; it tells the story of Harry Houdini and the man who killed him… twice.

serpentOther highlights from April include No Book But the World* by Leah Hager Cohen — about a sister struggling to prove her brother is innocent of murder, Christopher Moore’s witty take on Shakespeare The Serpent of Venice*, Raise Some Shell* — a book that addresses the enduring popularity of the TMNT, and (finally!) The fifth book in the Night Watch series, The New Watch* by Sergei Lukyanenko — for those of us who can’t get enough of the supernatural side of Moscow.


May New Releases

In May, I finally plan to delve into my first Jo Nesbo mystery and find out what all the fuss is about.  The book is The Son*, and it’s the stand alone tale of a son who escapes prison to find out the truth about his father’s death. Also in my pile are: Alexei Zentner’s The Lobster Kings*, which I would read no matter what it was about because of how enchanting his first novel, Touch was (and this book looks even better), the Kseniya Melnik’s short story collection Snow in May* (set in Siberia), and these two books:

Goodnight June* by Sarah Jiojune

June is called upon to settle her late great-aunt Ruby’s estate and uncovers a series of letters between her aunt and Margaret Wise Brown, author of the children’s classic, Goodnight Moon. 

beesThe Bees* by Laline Paull

Why?  Because the world simply doesn’t have enough books narrated by bees.  And I’m a sucker for a good animal narrator.


*HUGE thanks to NetGalley and Edelweiss for providing advanced readers’ copies of these titles.


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