Two 2011 Costa Book Award winners were debuting in their genres, while writer Andrew Miller surprised some by beating out Booker Prize winner Julian Barnes for the best novel prize.
The prolific author says he hopes to convey to students that reading is a necessity, not an option.
George R.R. Martin, whose fans endured a six-year gap between his two last books, says another sample chapter of Book No. 6 in his "A Song of Ice and Fire" series will be released in July.
Young adult fiction, as we have heard and heard and heard, has become the fastest-growing segment of the publishing industry, roping in readers of all ages. The books on this list are not necessarily the bestselling books of the year. They are simply good books. Most, at base, are simply highly satisfying realistic novels that describes the world as seen through the eyes of persons who happen to be somewhere between the ages of 12 and 18.
Ten opening lines and not a "dark and stormy night" among them? Sheesh, they don't write them like they used to. Thank goodness. The first pages of the books that made up The Christian Science Monitor's 10 Best Fiction Books of 2011 grab readers and propel them forward. They're set in a room, a taxi, a memory; they dip into childhood, nature and death; they are grabbers. Do you recognize the following opening lines?
Hooray for childhoods! Without them, we'd have so much less to complain about as adults. And by adults, I'm referring to the only important folks in our world today: You, me, and celebrities. As you and I work on our multi-volume memoirs – you are writing one, yes? – perhaps we can learn a thing from the early lives of the stars. Luckily, several Hollywood types looked back upon their awkward younger days in books published in 2011. Can you match these memories and memoirs?