Books to look for in 2010: Ian McEwan, Yann Martel, Carlos Ruiz Zafón

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Yann Martel, Ian McEwan, and Carlos Ruiz Zafón are some of the many best-selling authors with titles coming out in 2010. Other highlights: the sequel to Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat, Pray, Love, a technological thriller by Michael Crichton, and a new novel by Philip Roth. Read on for a selection of a few of 2010's big releases.

'Committed' by Elizabeth Gilbert
January 5
International

Elizabeth Gilbert is the author of the widely popular 2006 memoir Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia, which is due to be released as a film featuring Julia Roberts in 2011. Committed: A Skeptic Makes Peace With Marriage is a memoir that picks up where Eat, Pray, Love left off, following the heroine into the next chapter of her life.


'Solar' by Ian McEwan
March 30
International

The latest novel by Booker Prize-winning novelist Ian McEwan is due out internationally in April. Solar will tell the story of a Nobel prize-winning physicist who receives an invitation to travel to New Mexico - an opportunity that offers him a chance to, according the the book's description, "extricate himself from his marital problems, reinvigorate his career, and very possibly save the world from environmental disaster." 


'Beatrice and Virgil' by Yann Martel
April 13
International

Yann Martel's first novel since the Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi, Beatrice and Virgil has been called a Holocaust tale told through taxidermied animals, including Beatrice the donkey and Virgil the howler monkey. The Spanish-born Canadian author's Life of Pi has been published in more than 40 countries and 30 languages and has sold seven million copies worldwide.


Stieg Larsson's 'The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest'
May 25
United States

Prior to his death in 2004, Swedish writer and journalist Stieg Larsson finished his trilogy of thrillers the Millenium Series. Published posthumously, the trilogy has sold more than 12 million copies worldwide. In May, the trilogy's final title, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, is out in the US (the UK edition was released in October and has been selling for as much as $45 to impatient US readers). In the third book, Lisbeth Salander - the heart of Larsson's two previous novels - is in the intensive care unit of a Swedish city hospital and soon to stand trial for three murders.


Carlos Ruiz Zafón's 'The Price of Mist'
May 27
International

Spanish novelist Carlos Ruiz Zafón has made international bestseller lists for his novels The Angel's Game and The Shadow of the Wind (published in English in June 2009). In May, his first work, the 1993 young-adult title The Prince of Mist, is due for English publication. Ruiz Zafón's works have been published in 45 countries and have been translated into more than 30 languages.


Michael Crichton posthumous release
Fall 2010
International

Two works by Michael Crichton were discovered after the author's death in 2008. The first, Pirate Latitudes, was discovered as a complete manuscript and was published by HarperCollins in November 2009. The second was found as an unfinished work in notes and files. This technological thriller is expected to be finished and released by HarperCollins in fall 2010.


Jonathan Franzen's 'Freedom'
2010 (tentative)
International

Jonathan Franzen's fourth novel is tentatively scheduled for 2010 release. The novel will be his first since 2001's The Corrections, which won a US National Book Award and was shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize and International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.


'Nemesis' by Philip Roth
2010
International

American author Philip Roth will release his 31st title, Nemesis, in 2010. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author, 76, is considered one of the most important American authors of his generation. Nemesis is called "a work of fiction set in the summer of 1944 that tells of a polio epidemic and its effects on a closely knit Newark community and its children." Roth's previous novels including American Pastoral, The Human Stain, and his most recent title, The Humbling.

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