This calendar details some of the main book releases for January 2013. These are the books that have a good chance of being popular or good.
'The Death of Bees' by Lisa O’Donnell - January 2, 2013
Scottish author Lisa O'Donnell's debut novel, The Death of Bees, received a positive reception when it was released in the U.K. in March 2012. This darkly funny though sometimes obscene novel tells the story of two girls with bad parents who decide not to tell anyone when those parents die. The girls befriend a gay neighbor who is also an outcast, but who wants to help them. Told from alternating viewpoints, the story moves quickly, but it is no fairy tale.
'White Dog Fell from the Sky' by Eleanor Morse - January 3, 2012
This novel has been compared to Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone and the location -- Botswana -- reminds us of the fabulous No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. This is a story of a man forced to flee South Africa in 1976 after he witnesses a murder by a South African authority. He was a medical student, but takes a job as a gardener in Botswana. When he goes missing, the woman he works for sets out to find him.
'The Last Runaway' by Tracy Chevalier - January 8, 2013
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier is historical fiction about a Quaker woman who moves to Ohio from England and befriends some other women who are helping with the Underground Railroad. Chevalier charmed readers with The Girl with the Pearl Earring and other historical fiction novels with real characters, such as Burning Bright. This is her first novel about American history.
'Tenth of December' by George Saunders - January 8, 2013
George Saunders' collection of short stories, Tenth of December, combine humor and depth, insight and feeling. The characters are varied, but the cross section provides a look at contemporary lives and pushes readers to ask big questions.
'The History of Us' by Leah Stewart - January 8, 2013
The History of Us involves three adult siblings who were raised by their aunt after their parents died in a car accident. Eloise Hempel moved from a successful life on the East Coast to her family home in Cincinnati to raise her sister's kids. As the third one leaves the house, and as her mother, with whom she does not have a good relationship, starts to raise issues, the family begins to become undone.
'Insane City' by Dave Barry - January 29, 2013
Dave Barry has not written a novel for adults on his own in a decade, but he's back this year to warm up winter with a crazy trip to a destination wedding in Florida. Insane City involves chases, gangsters, an albino python, a Haitian refugee, a giant pimp...and a wedding party. This is brain candy for readers who can't wait for summer.
'Data, A Love Story' by Amy Webb - January 31, 2013
Just in time for Valentine's Day and the February blues, a true story that analytic single women can enjoy. Amy Webb was fed up with bad dates through online dating and was about to quit when she decided to take a different approach -- she signed up for a new account as a man to analyze women's profiles and then used her skills in data strategy to craft a profile for herself that attracted the kind of men she wanted to meet and eventually led to her relationship with her husband.