Friday Finds – September 19, 2008

September 19, 2008

This has been a hectic week with BBAW going on…and then, of course, the rest of my life! Even still, I managed to find some great books I want to read.

I belong to a Yahoo group called Readers Reviews and Linda from Maine reviewed a book that caught my eye.

The Fur Person, by May Sarton is a book for cat lovers. Linda writes: ‘This is a charming little book that says as much about the people as the cat, and even more about the comfort of home and family. Every lover of cats or of the English language will enjoy it.‘ I’m sold, Linda…and onto my wishlist it goes!

The rest of my finds come from the blogs…and also from a book tour!

Peace Like a River, by Leif Enger as featured on She Treads Softly AND as recommended by Kathleen McCleary on her guest post for my blog. Lori gave this book a very high 4.5 star rating and writes: ‘[this book] is a story of family, faith, doubt, history, fantasy, love, evil, innocence, goodness, and hope.‘ And although Kathleen had not yet read the book, she thought it looked great. I do too – and when I went to add it to my wish list, I found it already there! Thanks to Lori and Kathy, I was reminded to get this one someday.

The Road of Lost Innocence, by Somaly Mam as featured on Becky’s Book Reviews is the true story of a courageous woman. It was newly released this month through Spiegel & Grau. Becky writes: ‘The book is compelling, gripping, raw and intense, straightforward, and above all else heartbreaking. Her story is powerful in that she survived despite it all; amazing in that she had the courage and strength to go back, to face her demons; inspiring in that she had the determination and heart to do something–to make a change, to become a hero, to take a stand.‘ Wow. I need to read this book.

Ella Minnow Pea, by as featured on Terri’s blog Reading, Writing and Retirement is an epistolary book. Terri writes: ‘[The book] is a quirky, clever dystopian novel about the fictional island nation of Nollop, where the national hero, the island’s namesake, is worshipped to godlike status. He was the author of “The quick red fox jumps over the lazy dog,” an alphabetical feat they think cannot be duplicated.‘ It sounds wonderful!

Night of Flames, by Douglas W. Jacobson as featured on Shana’s blog Literarily is about the Belgian resistance movement during WWII which was known as the White Brigade. Shana writes: ‘Jacobson brings history alive with vivid details that convey the increasing desolation of war.‘ I love historical fiction and this one sounds like a winner.

That’s it for this week. What did you find that looks good? Don’t forget to visit Jenn to read her Friday Finds and get links to other readers’ finds.

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  1. Peace Like a River is one of my favorites of all time – very much worth reading!

    • Ruth on September 19, 2008 at 20:36

    Ella Minnow Pea sounds excellent. I’m adding that to my wishlist (like it really needs to get longer!)

    I love it when books find me, and two of the ones that made their way here this week are Tsunami, a really good disaster thriller with lots of interesting sub plots, good villains, and suspense, and Bedlam South, a Civil War novel that focuses on the mental health aspects of it. Not my usual reading fare, but I’m glad I had a chance to check them out because they’re both really good reads.

    • Shana on September 19, 2008 at 20:58

    Jill, Ella Minnow Pea has been on my list for a while now. It sounds fascinating.

    I’m glad I was able to tempt you w/ my review of Night of Flames 🙂

  2. I wasn’t too thrilled with Peace Like a River, but I’m in the minority.
    I’ve had Ella Minnow Pea in my stacks for ages! I enjoyed Terri’s review, it was a good reminder that I should try to get to this one sometime soon-ish.

    • Wendy on September 20, 2008 at 16:39

    Carrie: Good to hear.

    Ruth: Thanks for the recommendations!

    Shana: It looks so good!

    Tanabata: I love when someone writes a review that makes me want to read a book!

  3. Could you send me the link to the Readers Reviews yahoo group? I love to join new groups that give me book recommendations! Thanks!

    • lenore on September 22, 2008 at 14:40

    Ella Minnow Pea is one of my favorite books – but be sure to keep a dictionary nearby!

    • Wendy on September 22, 2008 at 17:20

    Samantha: Here is the link

    Lenore: Will do 🙂

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