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Book Bits: Hot Books for the Week of December 9th

Here’s a quick look at the Books “Publisher’s Weekly” is spotlighting for the week of December 9, 2013.

  • PWdec9Once Upon a Lie by Maggie Barbieri (Minotaur) – “Barbieri takes a break from her Murder 101 series with what starts out as a standard suburban mystery but evolves into an unexpectedly riveting tale of ordinary cruelty and complicated heroism.” – Publishers Weekly
  • Neutrino Hunters: The Thrilling Case for a Ghostly Particle to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe by Ray Jayawardhana (FSG/Scientific American) – “An astrophysicist explains why scientists are eager to learn more about the elusive, “pathologically shy” neutrino…Jayawardhana includes a fascinating account of the disputes between the theorists and experimentalists in this epic scientific adventure story with—as of yet—no last chapter.” – Kirkus Reviews
  • Innocence by Dean Koontz (Bantam) – “As speedy a chase-thriller as any Koontz, a past master of the form, has ever constructed . . . The clamor for a new Koontz will be heard . . . especially when his fans hear how good this one is.” – Booklist (starred review) . . .  . . . “Laced with fantastical mysticism, it’s an allegory of nonviolence, acceptance and love in the face of adversity. . . The narrative is intense, with an old-fashioned ominousness and artistically crafted. . .with an optimistic and unexpected conclusion. . . Something different this way comes from Mr. Koontz’s imagination. Enjoy.” – –Kirkus Reviews
  • Paul Meets Bernadette by Rosy Lamb (Candlewick) – “Paul is a fish who used to go around in circles. He made big circles and little circles. He circled from left to right and from right to left. He circled from top to bottom and from bottom to top. What else was there to do? Until one day Bernadette drops in and shows Paul that there is a whole world out there, right outside his bowl, with so many things to see. A banana-shaped boat! A blue elephant with a spoutlike trunk (be quiet when she’s feeding her babies)! A lovely lunetta butterfly, with tortoise-shell rims! Simple saturated paintings play off this charming ode to an active imagination — and the way that life changes when a bewitching creature opens your eyes.” – from the Publisher
  • The Remains of Love by Zeruya Shalev, trans. from the Hebrew by Philip Simpson (Bloomsbury) – “Lauded Israeli author Shalev tells the story of a family in turmoil, brought together in Jerusalem where the mother lies dying in a hospital bed. Hemda, the matriarch in her final days, remembers painful and touching moments from her life as a young girl on a kibbutz. Avner, the prodigal son, has become overweight and dull, but a fleeting moment with a woman he meets at the hospital infuses him with hope. Dina, the forgotten daughter, struggles to love her own teenage daughter in a way she was never loved by Hemda. Like Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine (1984), the story unfolds through the voices of different family members of several generations. Shalev’s writing is dense and slow-going, however, and while she is wise in the ways of the human subconscious, it is often difficult to distinguish reality from the life of the mind.” –Heather Paulson at Booklist

“Book Bits” is compiled by Malcolm R. Campbell, author of contemporary fantasy novels and paranormal short stories.

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