Where did the day go? I am so late posting this…but it is still technically Monday!
This week I got two excellent-looking books.
Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship, by Gail Caldwell is due for release on February 9, 2010 through Random House. I looked and looked, but could not find a cover image to post here. My ARC (which arrived from Random House) describes Caldwell’s latest book as a ‘gorgeous, moving memoir about this Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s own coming-of-age in midlife, as she learns to open herself to the power and healing of sharing her life with a best friend, Caroline Knapp – a fellow writer, AA member, dog lover, and acute observer of life.‘ Gail Caldwell is the chief book critic for The Boston Globe, where she has worked since 1985. In 2001, she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism. Prior to joining the The Boston Globe, Caldwell taught feature writing at Boston University, worked as the arts editor of the Boston Review and wrote for the publications New England Monthly and Village Voice. In 2006 she published A Strong West Wind : A Memoir.
Shanghai Girls, by Lisa See arrived from Random House for a TLC Book Tour scheduled in January (my review will post on January 14th). I was really excited to get this book – it has been on my wish list ever since I read about it. The novel begins in 1937 in Shanghai. It is about two sisters: twenty-one-year-old Pearl Chin and her younger sister, May. When their father gambles away the family’s wealth the two girls are sold as wives to suitors who have traveled from California to find Chinese brides. Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of Peony in Love, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Flower Net (an Edgar Award nominee), The Interior, and Dragon Bones, as well as the critically acclaimed memoir On Gold Mountain. Read more about Lisa and her work by visiting the author’s website.