September 26, 2008
I spent a good deal of time earlier in the week re-organizing my TBR mountain. So I really have no business continuing to add books to my wish list – but that said, I can’t help myself. This book addiction thing is clearly out of control…thanks to the fabulous lit-blogs! In an effort to promote the Independent Book Sellers, I’m linking this week’s finds to Powell’s Bookstore rather than Amazon. My Friday Finds this week were:
Wish You Were Here, by Stewart O’Nan as featured on Lori’s blog She Treads Softly. Earlier this year I read Songs for the Missing (read my review) by O’Nan and loved it. So Lori’s review of Wish You Were Here caught my eye. Lori wrote: ‘This is a poignant novel that really is a character study of a family. The action and draw of the novel is found in the old and new complex relationships and behavior patterns of the family members rather than an exciting outside mystery.‘ This is the same style I loved in Songs for the Missing.
The Penelopiad, by Margaret Atwood as featured on Kim’s blog Bold, Blue, Adventure. I have to admit, this book has been on my radar for some time, but Kim’s review reminded me again of why I need to read this book. Kim writes: ‘Penelope, who, like the other inhabitants of Hades can glimpse out into the real world, speaks to us in modern language, and her Greek chorus performs a sea-chanty, a tapdance, and act out a courtroom scene for the benefit of the audience. It’s an interesting presentation. Some readers might find it disconcerting, but I really enjoyed this quick, easily digestible read.‘ I love Margaret Atwood’s books and will be adding this one to the TBR mountain one of these days.
Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford as featured on Marcia’s blog The Printed Page. (Note the link here is to Amazon as Powells is currently not offering pre-orders of this novel). This book will be released in January 2009. Marcia loved the ARC she read and wrote: ‘This story encompasses young love, race, family, sacrifice, race and internment camps. It is set on the border between Chinatown and Japantown in the heart of Seattle, Washington.‘ She touts the novel as a must read. She is also hosting a giveaway of 15 copies of the book (through the generosity of Random House). I’ve added my name to the hopefuls!
Heart of Diamonds, by Dave Donelson as featured on J. Kaye’s Book Blog. J. Kaye has not yet read her copy of the book, but she posted a descriptor which intrigued me: ‘The Congo is a very dangerous place for television journalist Valerie Grey in this tragic, fast-paced tale of avarice and betrayal. Amid the bloody violence of the country’s endless civil war, Grey uncovers a deadly diamond-smuggling scheme that reaches the White House by way of a famous American televangelist.‘ Sounds good, doesn’t it? Make sure you watch J. Kaye’s fabulous blog as she will be giving away her copy of the book once she’s read it!
I spent a little time this week at my local Barnes and Noble bookseller browsing the newly released novels. Here are a few that caught my eye:
- The Seamstress, by Frances De Pontes Peebles (published by Harper Collins)
- When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson (published by Little, Brown and Co)
- Everything Under the Sky, by Matilde Asensi (published by Harper Collins)
Visit Jenn at Should Be Reading to see her finds for today…and to get links to other readers’ finds!