Top 5 Pre-Orders for Spring 2011

I love having something to look forward to – a trip that’s planned with the tickets carefully tucked in a drawer, a concert or play coming up in the next few weeks, or an order I’ve placed and a package on the way.  That’s one of the great things about books, there are always some new and fantastic reads right around the corner.  For today, I thought I’d share a list of the top 5 pre-orders you need to add to your list:

#1 – TEN BEACH ROAD by Wendy Wax
On Sale May 3rd 2011 – Pre-Order Now!

Wendy Wax knows how to write a page turner, so I can’t wait to get into TEN BEACH ROAD.  You’ll want to pack this one for your beach trip for sure… and if you can’t get to the beach you could trying mixing a batch of daiquiris and kicking the kids out of the sandbox.

Brief Synopsis:
Madeline, Avery, and Nikki are strangers to each other, but they have one thing in common. They each wake up one morning to discover their life savings have vanished, along with their trusted financial manager- leaving them with nothing but co-ownership of a ramshackle beachfront house.

Throwing their lots in together, they take on the challenge of restoring the historic property. But just as they begin to reinvent themselves and discover the power of friendship, secrets threaten to tear down their trust-and destroy their lives a second time.

#2 – THE HELP by Katherine Stockett
Paperback on Sale April 5th, 2011 – Pre-Order Now!

Were you determined to wait to read this one until it came out in paperback, despite the fact that everyone in America has already read it?  Well then – good news – your day has come!

Brief Synopsis: Do you really need one?  You have to have been living under a rock to have not heard about this book!

#3 THE SIXTH MAN by David Baldacci
On Sale April 19th, 2011 – Pre-Order Now!

There is something about beautiful weather that makes us crave a page turner and David Baldacci never disappoints in that realm!  He’s also on the list so our manly men readers won’t get scared off, though in truth I love his books as much as the next dude.

Brief Synopsis: After the #1 New York Times bestsellers Split Second, Hour Game, Simple Genius, and First Family, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell return in their most shocking case: a high stakes struggle where the relentless needs of national security run up against the absolute limits of the human mind.

#4 – BOSSYPANTS by Tina Fey
On Sale April 5th, 2011 – Pre-Order Now!

Come on… you know she’s hilarious!  If you need a good laugh this spring, (and when don’t you, really?) this book is for you.  It’s also the list’s nod to non-fiction.

Brief Synopsis: Before Liz Lemon, before “Weekend Update,” before “Sarah Palin,” Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV.  She has seen both these dreams come true.

At last, Tina Fey’s story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence. Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.

#5 – THE PEACH KEEPER by Sarah Addison Allen
On Sale March 22nd, 2011 – Not long too wait, but you can Pre-Order Now!

Sarah Addison Allen is the wizard of magical realism.  While her books deal with real feelings – they always have a touch of the mystic and always make me wish I had powers of some kind!

Brief Synopsis: The New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon welcomes you to her newest locale: Walls of Water, North Carolina, where the secrets are thicker than the fog from the town’s famous waterfalls, and the stuff of superstition is just as real as you want it to be.

Did I miss something you’re excited about?  Feel free to share.  But let’s keep it to books.  Yes, you… (there’s one in every crowd).

— Dana Barrett, Managing Editor