Valdosta Daily Times


August 26, 2013

Leafing through Fall Books


VALDOSTA — DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: HARD LUCK, Jeff Kinney. Nov. 5. Jeff Kinney returns to his hapless but lovable middle-school characters in the latest in this series of books formatted as the journal of a youngster punctuated with innovative stick figures. Here, Greg has lost his best friend and turns his life decisions over to chance and the roll of the dice.

CROSS MY HEART, James Patterson. Nov. 25. Patterson returns. Of course, the prolific author always returns, usually several times a year with a new novel, a new series, a new writing partner, or an old writing partner, an old series, etc., but here, Patterson returns alone to his best-known series and his most popular character, the one that made him famous, detective Alex Cross. One of the great facets of the Cross character is his family. In this outing, someone uses Cross’ love for his family against him in what is being described as Patterson’s “most unsettling and unexpected novel” of his career.


ANDREW’S BRAIN, E.L. Doctorow. Jan. 14, 2014. The brilliant author of “Ragtime,” “Billy Bathgate,” “The March,” etc., returns with this narrative delving into the mind of a man who triggers catastrophe. As with his other works, “Andrew’s Brain” holds the promise of writing that sings, probing insight, and plotting that could well be the stuff of a thousand-page epic boiled to the essence of 224 pages.


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