Books, much like movies and toys, have two seasons. First is the summer season when many books may be released as part of movie tie-ins or just because people have time off during the summer to read on vacation. The second is the Christmas gift giving season that starts in November and runs until Christmas Eve when many publishers make their money like any other retail store. May of 2010 will see a good deal of popular authors bringing out some heavy books that will be sure to light up the bestseller’s list.
Laura Bush’s memoir of her life and time as First Lady for eight years was released May 4. Spoken from the Heart is an honest appraisal of what happened during the Bush Jr. Era as Laura tried to come to terms with September 11th, the economic crisis, and raising two teenage girls. She regales readers of a glimpse into the man who got the United States involved in two wars.
Stieg Larrsson’s The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest comes out May 25. The Swede died in 2004 and the book was published posthumously in 2007 with a United States release in May. The end of a trilogy revolving around Lisbeth Salander as she tries to come to terms with her violent past and troubled yet powerful family. Salander’s motive in this novel is revenge against those who tried to kill her and clearing her name of another murder she has been accused of in this last installment of the Millennium Trilogy.
Bestseller Sebastian Junger is known for The Perfect Storm but in his newest work of non-fiction he has literally gone into battle with combat troops to get his story. Junger proves yet again that truth is a more gripping story than fiction as he recounts why soldiers do what they do and the brave people who fight for our country every single day. WAR comes out May 11th and will surely be a number one on the non-fiction chart.
John Sandford’s Storm Prey will likely be a bestseller as are most of his novels. Investigator Lucas Davenport is back in his 20th novel to solve a crime involving a bank robbery that even involves his wife as a witness when her car almost gets hit by the getaway vehicle. Davenport must not only bring the robbers and subsequent murderers to justice but must also protect his wife who could testify against them in what turns out to be a gang gone wild. Storm Prey comes out May 18th.
Innocent by Scott Turow is a sequel to his bestseller turned movie Presumed Innocent which occurs 22 years after the first novel. Rusty Sabich returns and his old character foibles seem to be the same as he is accused of murdering his wife and doesn’t want the public to know about how she died. The stakes are higher now as Sabich is a judge and not just an attorney who could possibly be framed by his old nemesis. This book will probably do well in sales despite the plot and characters being the same as before. Innocent was released on May 4th.
Historian Ben Macintyre is a master of telling unusual tales and Operation Mincemeat is no exception. British Intelligence officers conceive a wild plan to make the Nazis think that the Allies will be invading southern Europe by means of Greece instead of Sicily as was originally planned (and the Nazis had already figured out). The key is to make the Germans think they’ve discovered secret plans on the dead body of a soldier. In a book that sounds like fiction but is historically accurate, Macintyre weaves a tale of suspense that sounds like a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming.
Crisis Economics makes an attempt to demystify the current recession and what it means for the average person. Economist Nouriel Roubini points out that monetary crises worldwide are more common than not and points out examples in many countries. Roubini was also famous for predicting the current crisis and hashes out a practical plan of what needs to be done to prevent any future downturns such as the one we are just now getting a handle on. Crisis Economics was released May 11, 2010.
Another take on the current state of finances is The End of the Free Market by Ian Bremmer. Instead of giving us a recap of the crisis, Bremmer tries to figure out what’s next for the economy as states try to reign in the shady practices of the banking industry that got us here in the first place. Bremmer warns of a future much like Soviet Communism or the current state of Chinese affairs as “state capitalism” where the government may try to alter the economy and commerce more than is necessary. Bremmer’s work came out on May 13th.
One of the most anticipated releases of the May 2010 book season will be John Grisham’s newest work Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer. In a small town, Theodore Boone knows the legal system inside and out. Unfortunately he knows it too well when a man is about to be innocent of a murder he did in fact commit. What’s different about this work of fiction is that Grisham has geared this novel towards young adults and should still be a bestselling work.
Spirituality guru Deepak Chopra’s newest work The Shadow Effect is an attempt to bring out your inner self that we are afraid to see. Along with fellow authors Debbie Ford and Marianne Williamson, this book is a look at embracing the darker sides of ourselves for the very fact that we are simply human.