Amazon Business Best Books of the Month STEM nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc Starting at $39.99 March Birthstone Shop Popular Services _ros _ros _ros  All-New Echo Dot Starting at $49.99 Kindle Oasis GNO Tackle Any Terrain with Cycling on Amazon STEM

Best New Authors

Dave Schwinghammer "Dave Schwinghammer"
The list author says: "Some of these writers have been around for a while, Marilynne Robinson for instance, but they're new to me. Most have come on the scene fairly recently, Kevin Brockmeier for instance. All have undeniable talent."
A Far Country
A Far Country
"Part of the fun is figuring out where in South America Isabel lives. Isabel will tear your heart out."
The Brief History of the Dead
The Brief History of the Dead
"Will remind you of THE LOVELY BONES, but K.B. has better writing chops."
The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
"Afghanistan setting. Very relevant, considering."
Shadow Baby (Today Show Book Club #14)
Shadow Baby (Today Show Book Club #14)
"Eleven-year-old Clara winter (lower case intentional) learns to deal with the death of her twin sister."
Middlesex: A Novel
Middlesex: A Novel
"41-year-old Cal Stephanides explains how up until age fourteen he was raised as a girl. No one writing today is as inventive as Eugenides. Also see VIRGIN SUICIDES, his first smash success."
Dreamland
Dreamland
"Baker takes us back to old-time Coney Island. Lots of old-time gangster stuff going on."
Paradise Alley
Paradise Alley
"My first experience with Baker was SOMETIMES YOU SEE IT COMING, one of the best baseball books I've read, but he's an even better writer of historical fiction."
The Dogs of Babel: A Novel
The Dogs of Babel: A Novel
"A linguistics professor tries to teach his dog to speak in order to find out the truth about his wife's suicide."
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
"Eggers doesn't take any crap from big-time publishers. You should read him just for that."
Slipping into Darkness
Slipping into Darkness
"Both lead characters have problems. There really isn't a protagonist or an antagonist, despite the fact that one of them is a police officer. On my best reads list of 2006."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
"After reading this, you will be more empathetic toward autistic children."
A Spot of Bother
A Spot of Bother
"Haddon switches to humor with his second effort. George Hall is convinced his skin disease is cancer. His wife's affair, his daughter's disastrous second marriage, and his gay son, barely register with him as he contemplates his demise."
Life of Pi
Life of Pi
"When I first read the synopsis for Life of Pi, I thought, "No way," but somehow Yann Martel makes it work."
A Simple Plan
A Simple Plan
"Made into a movie starring Billy Bob Thornton, but the book is better, of course."
The Ruins
The Ruins
"Looks of Amazon reviewers hated this book, but if you can suspend your disbelief, you will be turning pages faster than Harriet Klausner."
Charming Billy
Charming Billy
"National Book Award winner."
Gilead: A Novel
Gilead: A Novel
"Marilynne Robinson has been around since 1982, but this is her first venture into fiction in over twenty years."
The Echo Maker: A Novel
The Echo Maker: A Novel
"Truckdriver Mark Schluter jacknifes his truck on an arrow-straight highway. Afterwards he suffers from Capgrass Syndrome, an inability to match intellectual meaning with his emotional meaning. He doesn't believe his sister is really his sister, for instance. His nurse's aide is hiding something."
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
"ZZ Packer is on Granta magazine's "Best New Authors" list for 2006. Granta is where you go when you want to find out who's hot."
The Sea (Man Booker Prize)
The Sea (Man Booker Prize)
"After his wife's death, Max Morden returns to the seaside resort where he met the Grace family and the seductive twins, Myles and Chloe."
The Secret History
The Secret History
"(Bennington?) college students are involved in two murders, one supposedly accidental, one intentional."
The Little Friend
The Little Friend
"Reminded me of TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD. Believe me, that's high praise since I taught it seventeen times over the years."
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
"Sure there's too much contrivance in this thing, but that doesn't mean Foer isn't a talented writer. Also very relevant, considering the 9/11 theme."
Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
Heart-Shaped Box: A Novel
"An aging rock star buys a ghost on the Internet. Stephen King's son begins his career where the old man left off."
Slammerkin
Slammerkin
"Great historical fiction. I felt so sorry for those prostitutes I was tempted to turn social worker."
The Terror: A Novel
The Terror: A Novel
"Previously a science fiction writer, Simmons changes genres here. It's amazing how seamless the transition is. One of the best books I've read in the last five years."
The Fortress of Solitude
The Fortress of Solitude
"There's some magic realism going on here in the form of a magic ring, but it's really about race relations."