A Good American by Alex George is beautifully written, an immigrant story that pretty much everyone in America can relate to, in some way, with emphasis on music and food. Bonus: Alex George is a terrific guy. I got to meet him when he came through our area and he is absolutely charming.
On the Beach by Nevil Shute is a classic post-apocalyptic tale in which the entire earth's inhabitants are about to be wiped out. Most of them are already dead. The book explores how people might spend their remaining days in such a case and it is every bit as fascinating and relevant today as it was when it was written.
Glow by Amy Kathleen Ryan is a YA set in outer space. Two space ships have been sent from a dying earth to colonize a new planet, one ahead of the other. But, the first ship drops behind and its inhabitants attack the second ship and snatch all the young females. Absolutely gripping. I have been bouncing on my toes in anticipation of the second book in the series, which my friend Tammy is going to send me.
And, what about titles being promoted at BEA? I must confess I have no idea what's being promoted, apart from one particular title that a squillion people have mentioned on either Twitter or their blogs, which just happens to be a book I'm eagerly anticipating:
The Twelve by Justin Cronin, sequel to The Passage. I gobbled down The Passage in a surprisingly short time (for me) and then proceeded to have all-night, frequent-waking, tossing, turning nightmares. That was one bizarre experience, let me tell you. But, I loved the book, in spite of the nightmares and the wait has been excruciating. If I could get my mitts on an ARC of this one, I think I would have kittens. Or, maybe I'd just bring home another kitten. Don't tell Izzy and Fi I said that.