A Lion’s Share Of Tiger Books

February 6, 2011

Has anyone else noticed the plethora of books recently, or about to be, published with “Tiger” in the title? We should note that one is already an award winner and word on the street is that at least one more will become so. Perhaps it all began with The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (a debut novel) which won the Man Booker Prize in 2008.

The Battle Hymn Of The Tiger Mother by Amy Chua
~~ released in January, this one’s been getting a lot of media attention including an interview on The Colbert Report.
An awe-inspiring, often hilarious, and unerringly honest story of one mother’s exercise in extreme parenting, revealing the rewards-and the costs-of raising her children the Chinese way.

Tiger, Tiger by Margaux Fragoso
~~ to be released on March 8th; getting lots of good buzz including starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.
Told with lyricism, depth, and mesmerizing clarity,Tiger, Tigervividly illustrates the healing power of memory and disclosure. This extraordinary memoir is an unprecedented glimpse into the psyche of a young girl in free fall and conveys to readers—including parents and survivors of abuse—just how completely a pedophile enchants his victim and binds her to him.

Tiger Hills by Sarita Mandanna
~~ to be released March 8th; purchased by the publisher in 2009 — Penguin India reportedly paid seven figures for it, the largest advance ever offered for a debut novel.
As the first girl born to the Nachimada family in over sixty years, the beautiful Devi is the object of adoration of her entire family. Strong-willed and confident, she befriends the shy Devanna, a young boy whose mother has died under tragic circumstances. The two quickly become inseparable, until Devi meets Machu the tiger killer, a hunter of great repute, and a man of much honor and pride. Soon, they fall deeply in love, an attraction that drives a wedge between Devi and Devanna. It is this tangled relationship between the three that leads to a devastating tragedy — an event that changes their fates forever and has unforeseen and far-reaching consequences for generations to come.

The Tiger’s Wife by Tea Obreht
~~ to be released on March 8th; Obreht is the youngest of The New Yorker’s twenty best American fiction writers under forty. Early reviews are all good on this one.
In a Balkan country mending from years of conflict, Natalia, a young doctor, arrives on a mission of mercy at an orphanage by the sea. By the time she and her lifelong friend Zóra begin to inoculate the children there, she feels age-old superstitions and secrets gathering everywhere around her. Secrets her outwardly cheerful hosts have chosen not to tell her. Secrets involving the strange family digging for something in the surrounding vineyards. Secrets hidden in the landscape itself.

A Tiger In The Kitchen by Cheryl Lu-lien Tan
~~ to be released on February 8th; Check out the recipe for Maple-Bacon Ice-Cream on her blog.
After growing up in the most food-obsessed city in the world, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan left home and family at eighteen for America–proof of the rebelliousness of daughters born in the Year of the Tiger. But as a thirtysomething fashion writer in New York, she felt the Singaporean dishes that defined her childhood beginning to call her back. Was it too late to learn the secrets of her grandmothers’ and aunties’ kitchens, as well as the tumultuous family history that had kept them hidden before? In her quest to recreate the dishes of her native Singapore by cooking with her family, Tan learned not only cherished recipes but long-buried stories of past generations.

The Tiger by John Vaillant
~~ winner of the British Columbia National Award for Non-Fiction; appeared on almost every Best Of 2010 list and many had it in the Top 10...
It’s December 1997, and a man-eating tiger is on the prowl outside a remote village in Russia’s Far East. The tiger isn’t just killing people, it’s annihilating them, and a team of men and their dogs must hunt it on foot through the forest in the brutal cold. As the trackers sift through the gruesome remains of the victims, they discover that these attacks aren’t random: the tiger is apparently engaged in a vendetta. Injured, starving, and extremely dangerous, the tiger must be found before it strikes again.