A book a month

It’s World Book Night, and that is about “giving books and encouraging those who have lost the love of reading – or are yet to gain it – to pick up a book and read.” CLEW picks a monthly treat for you among the many anticipated books of 2014.

The April treat (OK, we’ll throw in one that’s already out)

Labor Day: True Birth Stories by Today’s Best Women Writers, edited by Eleanor Henderson and Anna Solomon.

Most women who have given birth jump at the chance to tell their birth story. And although these stories, especially when repeated, may sometimes be annoying/embarrassing/scary (depending on who the listener is), hardly any story could be more special to the storyteller, and they create a bond between women everywhere. When 30 excellent women writers, such as Julia Glass and Dani Shapiro, come together and tell their birth anecdotes, we should be in for a treat!

The May treat

Wonderland by Stacey D’Erasmo.

CLEW picks this author’s fourth novel 1)because it is about a female indie musician, which is quite refreshing in itself, and 2) because she makes a comeback at age 44 – so it’s about the never-too-late thing, and the do-your-own-thing thing that many of us are familiar with. From Publisher’s Weekly: “A story of second chances, D’Erasmo has meticulously crafted a work that, with the exception of a small lull midnovel, constantly builds, yet often feels incredibly casual.”

The June treat

Summer House with Swimming Pool, by Herman Koch (translated from Dutch).

Many of us were intrigued by Koch’s bestseller The Dinner – how far would you go to protect your children? –  so naturally his next book is anticipated. In this book too, our darker sides surface, breaking the apparent idyll. From the publisher: “A controversial, thought-provoking novel that showcases Herman Koch at his finest.”

The July treat

Friendshipby Emily Gould.

Let’s try a newcomer;  a debut novel about a friendship between two women of 30, one with rather a messy life and the other with a straight one – until things start to change. About entering the 30ies in a world where adulthood comes later than it used to.

From Publisher’s Weekly: “Gould nails the complex blend of love, loyalty, and resentment that binds female friends.”

The August treat

Our last treat is no small affair! Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage, by Haruki Murakami, one of the greatest writers of our time.

After IQ84, his new book is about a young man mysteriously excluded by his friends. It sold 1 million copies in the first week after it was released in Japan, and Franz Liszt’s “Years of Pilgrimage” is hotter than ever.

Happy reading in the months to come!

More treats here



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