I haven't done a don't-miss post in a few months and thought it'd be a great way to start the year. As far as I can tell, 2011 is going to offer up a fantastic selection of books, and here are just a few titles coming out this month that I'm excited about.
Into the Wild Places
I love books in which the landscape plays as important a part of the story as do the characters. Here are two novels that fit this description. Kings of Colorado by David E. Hilton (Simon & Schuster) is a coming-of-age story about a boy who is sent from the city to a reformatory ranch the 1960s. The thirteen-year-old learns about mustangs, the Rockies, prison guards, and survival. David Vann's Caribou Island (Harper) is about a couple who decides to live out their dream of building a cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. They are ill-prepared for how their lives and relationships will change.
You Can't Pick Your Family
I have already introduced you to The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown (Amy Einhorn Books) by giving you a bit of teaser, and you'll see a full review from me in a few days, but I promise that you will want to read about these three sisters who suddenly find themselves living back at home. Drinking Closer to Home by Jessica Anya Blau is coming out in a Harper Perennial edition this month. This novel is about an entirely different family who's also coping with being united. I can't wait to meet the cast of quirky characters and bask in the southern California setting.
Solve a Mystery
The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly (Pamela Dorman Books) is a psychological thriller that involves a family, a newly released convict, and the city of London. I'll be spotlighting this debut later in the year. Ruth Downie's Caveat Emptor (Bloomsbury) is the fourth entry in her medical mystery series that takes place in Roman Britain. You won't want to miss meeting physician Gaius Petreius Ruso.
Times Gone By
The Anatomy of Ghosts by Andrew Taylor (Hyperion) introduces us to an English bookseller who experiences financial hardship in the late 1780s. He is offered a chance at a job, but it comes with some strings attached. It looks like a mix of historical fiction, mystery, and ghost story. Susan Vreeland, who writes historical novels centering on the art world, has a new novel coming out. Clara and Mr. Tiffany (Random House) explores the world of the famous glass manufacturer.
You'll see reviews of some these this month, and I hope to get to the others before too long. What are you looking forward to reading in January?