09 April 2010

Featuring . . . The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni

This Friday and every Friday for the next couple of months, I will be featuring a book that was published under the Amy Einhorn Books imprint. I am starting with the 2009 books and will spotlight them in alphabetical order by year.

The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni takes us away from the ordinary and into the quirky. Here's the publisher's summary:

On the outskirts of a small town in Iowa, Sebastian Prendergast lives in a geodesic dome with his eccentric grandmother, who has spent the last eleven years homeschooling him on the teachings of the futurist philosopher R. Buckminster Fuller. But when his grandmother has a stroke, Sebastian is forced to leave the dome and make his own way. He soon discovers punk music, the exquisite torture of first love, and the fact that every family has its secrets.

Funny, heartwarming, and wholly original, The House of Tomorrow is the story of a young man's self-discovery, a dying woman's last wish, and a band of misfits trying desperately to be heard.
In case that summary hasn't grabbed you, perhaps you should take a look at the book trailer (which is one of my favorite trailers):

How about we look at a couple of reviews (click the links for the full reviews)?
  • Kelly from KellyVision says, "It's a book that is pretty far outside of my experience (I could not tell you thing one about anything the characters experience in this novel) and yet, I completely get everything. It's got nothing to do with me, but it's my story."
  • Jen from Devourer of Books says, "Although I’m not a huge punk rock fan, I LOVED the way it interacted with this book. Even for someone who doesn’t care much about music one way or another, the way that Sebastian and Jared discovered the world and their friendship through punk was just absolutely captivating."
For audiobook fans, it is my understanding that the audio edition is excellent. Although I have an ARC of the book, I will likely choose to listen to the novel.

This book was featured as part of the Amy Einhorn Books Reading Challenge (click to join the fun). For information about the imprint, please read Amy Einhorn's open letter posted here on January 25, 2010.

The House of Tomorrow at Powell's
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Published by Putnam/Amy Einhorn, March 2010
ISBN-13: 9780399156090


Diane 4/9/10, 6:53 AM  

This sounds like a really good selection. Thanks Beth

Julie P. 4/9/10, 8:09 AM  

All of these AE books sound great! I need to pick up another one soon!

Naresh R 4/9/10, 8:28 AM  

The ad is wonderful. Seems like something I had been waiting to read since long...pls keep posting more

Sandy Nawrot 4/9/10, 8:30 AM  

Drats, I was really hoping the library would have it. They have some kind of digital format, but I don't think it would work on my iPod. I still want to read this, for no other reason than loving that trailer!

Nicole (Linus's Blanket) 4/9/10, 8:56 AM  

I'll always remember this as the book that Jen, from Devourer of Books said was made of awesome. I would read anyway for the challenge, but how is that for a ringing endorsement.

bermudaonion 4/9/10, 9:33 AM  

I got this after reading Jen's review and have it near the top of my TBR pile. I can't wait to read it!

Heather 4/9/10, 11:41 AM  

sounds like an interesting read.

Lenore 4/9/10, 1:56 PM  

I will have this soon and I am very excited to read it!

Gale Laure 4/9/10, 3:36 PM  

I really like your website/blog. It is very informative. The photograph at the top is lovely.

Jen - devourer of books 4/9/10, 3:45 PM  

Like I said in my review, this book is made of awesome! So far Amy Einhorn is batting 1000 with me!

Belle 4/9/10, 6:33 PM  

This book sounds very interesting! I love the book trailer. Are the illustrations from the book, or just for the trailer?

Vasilly 4/9/10, 10:35 PM  

This sounds like a great read. I've added it to my TBR list. Hopefully the library will send it to my soon.

Dorte H 4/10/10, 1:46 PM  

Punk rock? Ehm. Yet I can see I will have to think about this one.

Kelly 4/11/10, 8:47 AM  

Wow, thank you for the link. :) I wish I had thought of the line "It's made of awesome," because this book absolutely is.

Jenners 4/11/10, 8:19 PM  

This sounds different ... and in a good way.

The Bumbles 4/15/10, 4:17 PM  

Thanks for introducing me to this title - it certainly sounds like something I would enjoy and I've added it to my list on Goodreads. Going from living in a bubble to the world of punk would be quite a transition ;0)

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