The Scent of Oranges, by Joan Zawatzky arrived from Garev Publishing International. This beautiful hard cover book was published in the United States in October of this year. Set in South Africa, it is dubbed as “a suspenseful account of murder and love interlaced with ancestral sprirts.‘ Zawatzky was born in South Africa, but now resides in Australia. The Scent of Oranges is her first book and was short listed for the Australian Books Alive Program in 2007.
Buffalo Lockjaw, by Greg Ames came to me as an Advance Reader’s Edition from Hyperion. This is Ames’ first novel, due for release in March 2009. From the back cover: ‘Darkly comic, with an ingenuously subversive humor, Buffalo Lockjaw is a rare find: Adebut novel that caputres the zeitgeist while also capturing readers’ hearts.‘
The Mighty Queens of Freeville: A Mother, A Daughter, and the People Who Raised Them, by Amy Dickinson also came from Hyperion. Due for release in February 2009, this memoir is “a story about love and loss, parents, daughts, aunts, fathers, pets, and life from the mundane to the ridiculous to the quietly heartbreaking” [Peter Sagal, host of NPR’s “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!”].
Grit for the Oyster: 250 Pearls of Wisdom For Aspiring Writers was a book I snagged over at Savvy Verse and Wit during Serena’s giveaway. Visit this post to read her thoughts about the book and an interview with the authors. Thanks, Serena! I am looking forward to reading through this little book!
I also got a couple of books for free using my points over at Amazon.com:
The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga. This novel won the 2008 Booker Prize, so I had to get it in order to keep working towards reading all the Booker winners.
Persepolis Boxed Set (includes Persepolis and Persepolis 2), by Marjane Satrapi. I’ve wanted to read these graphic novels for some time, and Dewey’s Books Reading Challenge prompted me to finally get them onto the shelf.
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