A few weeks ago, Random House representatives Stacey Carlini and Sherry Virtz visited the Ivy Bookshop to share insider scoop on the hot titles expected to make it big this summer.  With local schools letting out soon and readers heading off on vacation, we thought we’d share with you some of the titles that piqued our interest.  To see all 25 titles click here.

The Borgias

The Borgias: The Hidden History by G.J. Meyer. Forget everything you think you know about the most infamous family of the Italian Renaissance-here in every colorful detail is the real story of the Borgias and their indelible, tumultuous world, written by the gifted author of the acclaimed A World Undone and The Tudors and timed to coincide with the upcoming new season of the celebrated Showtime series, The Borgias.  On Sale date: April 2, 2013.

A COnstellation of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena: A Novel by Anthony Marra. Stegner Fellow, Iowa MFA, and winner of The Atlantic’s Student Writing Contest, Anthony Marra has written a brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.

Winner of the Whiting Writers Award. On Sale date: May 7, 2013.

The Woman Upstairs

The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud. The author of  The Emperor’s Children tells the riveting story of a woman awakened, transformed, and betrayed by passion and desire for a world beyond her own. On Sale date: April 30, 2013.  Read the Terry Gross interview with Messud about the book.



Bootstrapper:  From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm by Mardi Jo Link. A story of motherhood and survival and self-discovery, of an indomitable woman who, against all the odds, holds on to what matters most. On Sale date:  June 11, 12013.

“I love the author’s voice. Funny and self-depricating, but also heartwarming and hopeful,” said Stacey at the Ivy event.


Sisterland: A Novel by Curtis Sittenfeld. The author of Prep and The Man of My Dreams writes a mesmerizing novel of family and identity, loyalty and deception, and the delicate line between truth and belief. On Sale date:  June 25, 2013.

See the full list from Random House.