Today's blog hop from Crazy-for-Books asks:
"What book are you most looking forward to seeing published in 2011? Why are you anticipating that book?"
In response, my petulant little Reader Princess whines, "But there are so many... Why must I choose?" Then firmly insists: "I shan't!"
1. She's greedily rubbing her palms and snickering in delighted anticipation for this title from Hatchette in February...
THE EVOLUTION OF BRUNO LITTLEMORE by Benjamin Hale
Why? RP's obsession with great apes and their communication began when she was but a wee princess and she learned that she and Washoe (the first chimp to learn American Sign Language) were born in the same month, possibly on the same day. Seemed like a sign. So she scoured the kingdom for books about great apes and read Fossey and Fouts and Ishmael and...
When she came of age, youngish RP ordered her entourage to travel all the way across the kingdom to meet the equally youngish Washoe and her family in Ellensburg, WA. And that she did. And now, next month, she'll be reading this:
"A stunning debut novel, told from the point of view of Bruno Littlemore, the world's first chimpanzee to develop the power of speech, chronicling the extraordinary events that lead to his imprisonment for murdering a man." (publisher's text)
AND RP's grinning from ear to ear because two of her favorite authors, T.C. Boyle and Andre Dubus III, publish new novels next month too!
And then there's 13, rue Therese by Elena Mauli Shapiro, a crafty little novel involving photos and puzzle-like 3-D online elements...
And springtime means festivals for the Reading Princess, plus paperback versions of Jennifer Egan's A Visit From The Goon Squad as well as The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot, and many more...
Here's a solid overview article from The Millions with many more up-and-coming titles...The Great 2011 Book Preview.
Now what are y'all looking forward to?