Though there don't seem to be as many free books to be had at ALA anymore, I managed to pick up a few goodies. Here's a list of the books that sounded interesting enough for me to lug home.
Hermes, Myrlin A. The Lunatic, the Lover, and the Poet: A Novel. Harper Perennial, 2010.
I enjoy literary fiction so this sounded interesting. This is the story of Horatio, a scholar who meets Shakespeare's Hamlet before tragedy ensues. This prequel also introduces Shakespeare as a character in the "real-life" Hamlet's story.
Grimes, Tom. Mentor: A Memoir. Tin House Books. Release Date: August 1, 2010.
Tom Grimes reflects on his life as a writer and his own frustrated ambitions while telling the story of his relationship with his literary mentor, Frank Conroy. Conroy was the director of the famed Iowa Writer's Workshop, which Grimes attended, and author of his own memoir, Stop-Time (1967).
Kring, Tim and Dale Peck. Shift: A Novel. Random House. Release Date: August 10, 2010.
I was attracted to the cover of this ARC, which actually read "Did LSD kill JFK?" rather than the rather plain title of "Shift." I'm a sucker for historical fiction and don't mind a little conspiracy theory just for fun, so this looks like a fun read. Only now do I realize it is the first in a planned trilogy called Gate of Orpheus and that one of the authors is the creator of that little TV show called Heroes.
McCormack, Win. The Rajneesh Chronicles: The True Story of the Cult That Sought to Kill Two Thirds of the Human Race. Tin House Books. Release Date: September 1, 2010.
The Rajneesh Chronicles is a collection of articles originally published in Oregon Magazine covering the cult's rise and fall from 1981 to 1985. Originally published in 1987, this new edition brings the story up to date.
Hale, Benjamin. The Evolution of Bruno Littlemore. Twelve. Release Date: February 2, 2011.
This one I picked up because I couldn't quite figure out what it was about from the cover blurbs. Now I know it's about a chimpanzee who apparently blurs the line between primate and human. Could be iffy, but I'll give it a whirl.
Teasers...or, a chapter or two to get you interested
Hutoo, Richard Jay. A Peculiar Tribe of People: Murder and Madness in the Heart of Georgia. Lyons Press. October 19, 2010.
A true crime story set in 1960s Georgia. Chester Burge is charged with the murder of his wife, and the ensuing trial stuns the town and reveals long-hidden secrets.
Sabar, Ariel. Heart of the City: Nine Stories of Love and Serendipity on the Streets of New York. Da Capo Press. Release Date: January 11, 2011.
This collection of short stories examines chance encounters and unexpected love in the city of New York.
Look forward to reviews in the coming weeks!