Wednesday, 29 May 2013

NEW & NOTEWORTHY: This week's buzz on books

With her latest novel, King of Cuba (Scribner), National Book Award finalist Cristina Garcia (Dreaming in Cuban) delivers a pulsating story that entertains and illuminates, centred on a fictionalized account of the life and times of El Comandante, Fidel Castro. Readers can expect cameos from Bill Clinton, the Bay of Pigs and an octogenarian Cuban exile obsessed with seeking revenge against the dictator. "Miss Garcia's novel feels as much her revenge fantasy as [Castro's]," reports the New York Times. "[She] can also be lazy with the pen... but luckily she can be quite funny." Says Kirkus Reviews, "It's a clever, well-conceived dual portrait that shows what connects and divides Cubans inside and outside of the island." 
Featuring never-before-seen images and previously unpublished stories, Photograph is a picture-laden retrospective of Ringo Starr's early life and his years as a member of the groundbreaking British pop band, The Beatles. Slated for a June 12 release in e-book format, the publication will coincide with a Grammy Museum exhibit titled Ringo: Peace and Love
Helen Fielding's new Bridget Jones adventure novel is titled Mad About the Boy and will be published by Knopf on October 15. It's the third in the acclaimed series that follows its plucky heroine (immortalized on the big screen by Renée Zellweger) through the stages of her life.

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