EW Staff
June 27, 2003 AT 04:00 AM EDT


Which Franzen-bashing reporter for the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column has written Everyone’s Burning, a coming-of-age story about drink, drugs, and Bayside, Queens? Okay, it’s Ian Spiegelman (Villard, out now)…. Candace Bushnell, whose New York Observer columns were inspiration for HBO’s ”Sex and the City,” has another blonde she wants you to get to know: Trading Up heroine Janey Wilcox, a foxy party girl from Bushnell’s 2000 novella collection ”4 Blondes” (Hyperion, July)…. In the nonfiction hit ”Home Comforts,” Cheryl Mendelson wrote about dusting ceilings and scrubbing floors. Now that the house is in order, she checks out the gentrification of a Manhattan neighborhood in Morningside Heights (Random House, out now)….

A first serial in Seventeen. An Anna Quindlen endorsement. Looks like the folks behind Laura Moriarty’s The Center of Everything, about a lonely 10-year-old girl in Kansas, are hoping it’s this summer’s ”The Lovely Bones” (Hyperion, July)…. Naturally, other publishers have similar plans: See, for example, Carolyn Parkhurst’s The Dogs of Babel, in which a man tries to unravel the mystery of his wife’s death with the help of the only witness, the couple’s dog (Little, Brown, out now)….

Pity the fool who starts a literary feud with former WWE star Mick Foley (a.k.a. Mankind), who goes to the mat with ”crudity and violence” in the bildungsroman Tietam Brown (Knopf, July)…. In Easter Island, Jennifer Vanderbes’ vaulting historical fiction, English newlyweds undertake a scientific expedition to the Polynesian hot spot. Unfortunately, since it’s 1913, a phalanx of German warships is close behind (Dial, out now)…. He likes pina coladas and getting caught in the rain, and now composer – lyricist – playwright – screenwriter – singer – producer Rupert Holmes adds one more job title: ”novelist.” Where the Truth Lies is a jokey ’70s-set murder mystery (Random House, July).

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