All industries have their acronyms and the books industry is no exception. ARCs are Advanced Reading Copies that publishers put out 3-6 months before general release to get early interest and buzz so bookstores purchase and promote the books,
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A book that will definitely will generate heated discussion - Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua, coming out in January 2011 from Penguin. I met her the other night and was quite taken with her candor and openness. Chua decides to raise her third-generation, half-Jewish daughters in a super-traditional Chinese style: no playdates, no school plays, no sleepovers, no B-pluses, lots of piano and/or violin practice. "It's about a bitter clash of of cultures, a fleeting taste of glory and how I was humbled by a thirteen-year-old."
You Know When the Men are Gone by Siobahn Fallon, out in January 2011. In a sure sign of interest, there's already a reading guide out for this selection of short stories.
"There is an army of women waiting for their men to return to Fort Hood, Texas...each woman deals with her husband’s absence differently. One wife, in an attempt to avoid thinking about the risks her husband faces in Iraq, develops an unhealthy obsession with the secret life of her neighbor. Another woman’s simple trip to the PX becomes unbearable when she pulls into her Gold Star parking space. And one woman’s loneliness may lead to dire consequences when her husband arrives home...It is a place where men and women cling to the families they have created as the stress of war threatens to pull them apart. "
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness, due out in February 2011. "A mesmerizing and additive read" this ARC is getting great reviews on GoodReads.
"When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer."
Caribou Island by David Vann, coming out January 2011. Vann is the international bestselling author of Legend of a Suicide. Set in the "beautiful, treacherous wildness of Alaska...captures the drama of a husband and wife whose bitter love, failed dreams and tragic past push them to the edge of destruction."