- True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself by Janet Jackson
- Bossypants by Tina Fey
- J.D. Salinger: A Life by Kenneth Slawenski
- Townie: A Memoir by Andre Dubus III
- How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance by Parag Khanna
In her ninth novel, The Uncoupling, Meg Wolitzer uses the ancient Greek play Lysistrata ("wherein the women withhold sex from their menfolk until they agree to end their war”) as her inspiration.² After a New Jersey high school performs the play, the women of the town lose interest with their male partners. As proven with her previous novels, Wolitzer’s narratives definitely entertain, and The Millions and The Daily Beast are both expecting this one to truly shine.
- Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
- When The Killing’s Done by T.C. Boyle
- J.D. Robb's Treachery in Death
- Clive Clusser and Jack Du Brul's The Jungle
- Jodi Picoult's Sing You Home
- You Think That’s Bad by Jim Shepard
- The Astral by Kate Christensen
This year is hereby the year for Cassandra Clare! She’ll release two monumental titles in 2011: City of Fallen Angels, which is the fourth installment of her Mortal Instruments series, and The Clockwork Prince, the second installment of her Infernal Devices series. Both of these fantasy series have already been optioned for movies, and the fan base is expected to grow to Twilight proportions.
In the midst of vampire-fever, Maggie Stiefvater emerged with a big win for werewolves. Shiver and its sequel Linger both performed remarkably well, were optioned for movies, and received high praise for not only chronicling the romance from Grace and Sam’s point of view, but also flipping the script on some clichés of the genre. The trilogy wraps up in 2011 with Forever.
Who doesn’t love a good dose of steampunk? Scott Westerfeld revived the genre with Leviathan and he’ll wrap up the entertaining trilogy in 2011 with Goliath.
Now let’s journey away from fantastical young adult books to a children’s adventure series that truly gets audiences involved through online gaming. The 39 Clues unleashes its eleventh (or is it first?) installment in 2011. For this transitional piece entitled Vespers Rising, authors Rick Riordan, Peter Lerangis, Gordon Korman, and Jude Watson combined efforts to connect the original series to the new secondary series, Cahills vs. Vespers.
Here are some additional much-anticipated kids and YA titles:
- Shimmer by Alyson Noel
- Passion by Lauren Kate
- Sweetly by Jackson Pearce
- The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall
- Power Play (Kingdom Keepers) by Ridley Pearson