Wednesday, September 2, 2009

"Waiting On" Wednesday: Americans in Space


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

Americans in Space
By Mary E. Mitchell
Publication Date: October 13

From Amazon:

"Life is a challenge for 36-year-old Kate Cavanaugh, high school guidance counselor to a motley group of at-risk students. Two years after finding her young husband dead in bed beside her, Kate’s storybook life has vanished, and she and her two children are still reeling. Her daughter Charlotte, once a sweet girl, has morphed into an angry, tattooed, tongue-studded teen; and Hunter, Kate’s four-year-old, keeps his feelings sealed tight inside and an empty ketchup bottle clasped to his heart. When a tragedy occurs at the Alan B. Shepard High School, it’s Kate who finds herself in need of counsel and guidance. What she does next catapults her and her family down an unfamiliar road, on a trajectory into space—toward understanding, forgiveness and healing."

What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Want to participate? Grab the logo, post your own WoW entry on your blog, and leave a link in the comments section!

54 comments:

Lori(Pure Imagination) said...

That sounds great!!

Mine's here

Jill of The O.W.L Blog said...

Here's mine. I'm taking off from work, so I'll take a look at everyone's when I get home!!!!

http://owlforya.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday.html

Mary said...

Wow, that sounds like a good book! Thanks for the heads up!

Here's my WOW.

Wendy said...

That one sounds really good!

Here's mine. :)

Becky said...

That sounds like a really good book. Here's what I can't wait for! http://libridilectio.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-1.html

Jenny said...

Ooh, sound interesting!

here's mine!

ann marie said...

Thanks for the heads up.
Here is mine

Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

That looks great!

Here's mine
mine

Diane said...

WOW... This sounds like something I'd love; thanks

Here is mine:

http://bibliophilebythesea.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-of-wednesday-humbling.html

Myckyee said...

I realized (too late) that I left a comment on your original Waiting on Wednesday post! Tired, I guess.

I haven't heard of Americans in Space yet, looks interesting.

It looks really good. My Waiting on Wednesday is here.

Crystal said...

This sounds really good - I'll have to add it to my list.

Mine is here.

Kate said...

That sounds like a good read.

Here is mine:

http://neverendingshelf.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-6.html

Ross said...

Mitchell, Mary E.

Here's what Kirkus has to say:

AMERICANS IN SPACE



Mitchell (Starting Out Sideways, 2007) arrestingly depicts a family consumed by grief.



Two years after the sudden death of her husband from an undiagnosed heart condition, Kate Cavanaugh’s family is virtually unrecognizable. Her daughter, Charlotte, has morphed into a sullen, tattooed teenager. Her four-year-old son Hunter, the book’s most affecting and lovable character, quietly toddles around clutching a ketchup bottle to his chest. The only person keeping the Cavanaughs functioning, it often seems, is their neighbor “Auntie Marge,” a wealthy tech geek with the body of a linebacker and a heart of gold. Kate’s professional success as a guidance counselor at Charlotte’s high school underscores her difficulties with her personal life. She effortlessly soothes the problems of the likable, charismatic misfits in the school’s “touchy feely” support group, but she is unable to have a conversation with her daughter that doesn’t devolve into yelling and slamming doors. Kate’s further breakdown after a school tragedy is painful to witness, but well handled by the author’s delicate description and organic dialogue. The myriad relationships—between mother and daughter, sister and brother, husband and wife, children and grandparents, friends and co-workers—are artfully rendered. The characters give the novel its shape; each acts as a window into seemingly inescapable grief and the strength required for revival. Mitchell keeps it honest by painting multidimensional people whose dark sides she’s willing to expose. Readers will be surprised at how quickly they are sucked into the Cavanaughs’ grief and how much they root for this small clan. The title alludes to the isolation and ungrounding of Kate, Charlotte and Hunter after a quarter of their family is unfairly taken away. Mitchell lets her characters drift further apart, their individual trials breaking our hearts until, mercifully, she brings them back down to earth.

Get out the tissues, but plan on reading this impressive, stirring novel straight through.

Book Chick City said...

Sounds good!

Here's Mine

Sab H. said...

Oh, I'm going to have to check that out!
Here's mine:
http://crystalreviews.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-7.html

Valerie said...

Here's mine!

PolishOutlander said...

Sounds riveting!

Here is my pick for the week

Jenna said...

That book sounds so interesting! Adding it to my list.

Here's mine.

Leslie said...

adding it to my tbr list!

here's mine =)

http://thatchickthatreads.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday.html

Christy--Southern Sassy Girl said...

Here's
mine

Christy

Lizzy said...

Sounds like an interesting read. Here's my wow this week:

http://cornucopiaofreviews.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday.html

Book Dragon said...

I love it

here's mine

Debbie's World of Books said...

Here is mine: Debbie's World of Books

Lori said...

I like the cover of your pick!

Here is mine: http://psychoticstate.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-september-2-2009.html

Ophelia99 said...

Here is mine!

http://karissabooks.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-92.html

Kristan said...

Here's Mine. Looks like everyone has interesting choices this week.

http://thenovelhovel.blogspot.com/2009/09/waitng-on-wednesday.html

Mishel said...

I like your choice this week!!

Here's mine =)

http://creativitygone.blogspot.com/2009/09/day-269-waiting-on-wednesday-26.html

Missy said...

I can't wait for this one either...it was my WOW pick back in July!

Here's Mine:

http://missysbooknook.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday.html

Tynga said...

here's mine!
http://tyngasreviews.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-dawnbreaker-by.html

The Book Girl said...

Your WoW sounds quite intense!

Here's mine:
http://thebookgirlreviews.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday.html

Kay said...

Looks great!

Here's mine for the week:

http://deadbookdarling.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-body-finder-by.html

Kath said...

My WOW is The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima, to read more visit my blog at

www.bookwormnation.blogspot.com

vvb32 reads said...

your pick sounds like a sad one. but uplifting in the end. may give it a try.

here's me with mashup picks:
http://vvb32reads.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-14.html

Icedream said...

Americans in Space sounds great! I'm adding it to my wishlist. :D

My WoW is here.

bermudaonion said...

Sounds like a powerful book!

Sarah said...

Wow, sounds interesting! I like the title.

Here's mine

Pixie said...

Sounds, like a book I would enjoy. Thanks. Here is ours
Page Turners

Sara said...

Here is my link:
http://thehidingspot.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-10.html

Jacqueline C said...

Good one! Here's my WoW pick

Rachel said...

This sounds good. I wonder what she does?
Here's Mine.

tapestry100 said...

Here's mine for the week.

Melissa said...

Here's mine

http://melissa-coffeebooksandlaundry.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday.html

Abby said...

Here's what I'm waiting on this week!

April said...

Americans in Space sounds great!

Here's mine: http://readingisthespiceoflife.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday.html

deltay said...

Awesome!

Mine's at http://lucidconspiracy.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-4.html

purplg8r said...

Here is my WoW for this week

The_Book_Queen said...

Good pick! ;)

Here's my link: www.tbqspersonalbookpalace.blogspot.com


Enjoy!
TBQ

Liviania said...

Here's mine:

http://inbedwithbooks.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-burning-ambition.html

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Thank you for sharing!

Here's mine:

http://sugarandgrits.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-1.html

Jo said...

Mine can be found here (kinda last minute, but I wasn't sure which book to pick):

http://ponderingthelibrary.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday-92.html

Erotic Horizon said...

Here's mine -- Happy reading all in September..

http://erotichorizon.blogspot.com/2009/09/its-thursday-but-waiting-on-wednesday.html

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Marie said...

I haven't heard of this-it sounds great! I'm waiting on the Kathy Griffin autobiography and the last Nabokov!

Lexie said...

Just beginning this! Mine is for Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits by Robin McKinley and Peter Dickinson.

Poisoned Rationality

Erotic Horizon said...

Here's Mine -

http://erotichorizon.blogspot.com/2009/09/waiting-on-wednesday.html

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