Friday Finds – May 22, 2009


May 22, 2009

I’ve been absent from this weekly event for a few weeks – but never fear, I have been adding books to my wish list anyway! As always, clicking on the book title will take you to a site where you can purchase the book; clicking on the blog who reviewed the book will take you to the review of the book.

Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier as featured on Meghan’s blog Medieval Bookworm is about a pirate and a lady. I loved Rebecca, and so I am always looking at reviews of du Maurier’s other work. Meghan writes: ‘The story is intriguing and the book is an absolute pleasure to read.‘ She also notes there is a new addition of this novel from Sourcebook.

Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon by Jorge Amado as featured on Sharon’s blog Ex Libris is set in a small Brazilian town. Sharon writes: ‘There are numerous colorful characters with plots and sub-plots, all written vibrantly and with a generous dose of humor.‘ I love books like this and I am always looking for another book to meet my goal to read around the world.

The Spare Room by Helen Garner as featured on Fleur Fisher Reads is about friendship in the face of serious illness: ‘The Spare Room is a powerful and deeply emotional book. It was difficult and sometimes painful to read, but I am so glad that I did.‘ I am always looking for extraordinary books that explore the depth of human emotions and this one looks like it fits the bill.

Paradise by A.L. Kennedy as featured on Sharon’s blog Ex Libris is about the cost of alcoholism on one woman’s life and those around her. Sharon writes: ‘With brilliant prose that is at times breathtaking, Kennedy takes us, willingly or unwillingly, into the inner psyche of an alcoholic’s mind.‘ and ‘Paradise may or may not be a book you will enjoy, but I guarantee you will be riveted either way. It is a story that will remain with you for a long time.

An Elegy for Easterly by Petina Gappah as featured on Margaret’s blog Books Please is another one for my reading around the world stack. This collection of short stories is “about the lives of people in Zimbabwe, struggling to live with escalating inflation, where a loaf of bread costs half a million dollars, of corruption, scams, disappointed lives, unfulfilled dreams and broken promises. They paint a bleak picture of the resilence and resistance of people in extreme circumstances, coping with despair.

What books have you “found” lately? To share your finds and see links to other readers’ posts, visit Jenn at Should Be Reading today!

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    • Eva on May 22, 2009 at 17:23

    I read Gabriela, Clove and Cinnamon a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it. 🙂

    • Kathy on May 22, 2009 at 18:08

    I want to read Frenchman’s Creek too!

    • Meghan on May 23, 2009 at 03:14

    I hope you do read Frenchman’s Creek – I thought it was really good!

    • Wendy on May 23, 2009 at 11:52

    Eva: Oh, that is great to hear!

    Kathy: It looks good, doesn’t it?

    Meghan: I will eventually!

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