Now mind you, these aren't all the books I got there- these are just my favorites and the ones I'm going to read first!
Alice I Have Been, by Melanie Benjamin. I tried and failed to get a review copy from her publicist so I just bought it from the booth.
The Swimming Pool by Holly LeCraw looks like juicy fun.
Beatrice and Virgil, by Booker Prize winner Yann Martel. A no-brainer for me.
Likewise Parrot and Olivier in America by the brilliant Peter Carey, a two-time Booker winner.
The Man from Beijing, by Henning Mankell. Twisty, page-turning Scandinavian crime fun.
Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson, about an unlikely friendship.
Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-Eyed Stranger, by Lee Smith. Short stories that have nothing to do with Jane Austen.
Beautiful Maria of My Soul, by Oscar Hijuelos. A followup to his masterful The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love.
But it's not all about me. I came back with some goodies for you, too.
First and foremost, I picked up an extra galley of Justin Cronin's next-hot-thing, The Passage, a post-apocalyptic thriller coming out in June from Random House. I don't know if you've heard about this book, but let me tell you- it's a showstopper. I'm 200 pages in (it's 700 pages long) and I can't put it down. It's like LOST in book form. When I'm reading it, I get so absorbed I can't hear my husband talking to me.
Trust me- you want this book. So here's what you need to know to win it:
- Leave a comment on this post with your email address. Comments without an email address will be disregarded. I'm not kidding.
- Link or tweet for an extra entry (and let me know!).
- If you're a Google Follower or a feedburner subscriber (or become one), you get two extra entries.
- U.S. addresses only. I'm sorry- this one weighs a ton.
- You have until midnight January 31 to enter.
- I will email the winner soon after Feb.1. You have 48 hours to acknowledge with your postal address or I pick another winner.