Friday Finds – March 5, 2010

Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by Jenn at Should Be Reading. Jenn writes:

The weekly FRIDAY FINDS event asks you to share with other bloggers about the new-to-you books you found during the week — books you either want to add to your TBR (to be read) list, or that you just heard about that sounded interesting.

I don’t participate every week, but I do star reviews on my Google Reader which catch my eye and when I have enough of them, I post on Fridays about them. Clicking on the title of the book will take you to Amazon; clicking on the featured blogger whose review made me want to read the book will take you to that review.

Back to the Coast by Saskia Noort caught my eye when featured on Danielle’s blog A Work In Progress. This is a psychological thriller published by Bitter Lemon Press, and is translated from the Dutch by Laura Vroomen. Danielle writes: ‘The ending might have been a little too pat, the solution a little too perfect, but really that didn’t detract from the chilling story Noort tells of Maria’s paranoia, fear and helplessness.‘ I’ve added this one to my wish list, and added my name to the Bitter Lemon Press mailing list.

Secrets of Eden by Chris Bohjalian was recently featured on Jill’s blog The Magic Lasso. I have loved some of Bohjalian’s previous novels, and this one looks like an important story about an abused wife who is murdered by her husband. Jill writes: ‘The abuse of Alice Hayward was heart-wrenching. Bohjalian shows every aspect of an abusive relationship – from the punches to the belittlement. Physically, emotionally and mentally abused, Alice endured it all – while hiding it from her neighbors. This is a hard subject matter to read but an important one […]’

Even the Dogs by Jon McGregor caught my attention on a review written by Dovegrey Scribbles. The novel centers around an unlikely protagonist – a derelict and drug addict whose body is discovered in his apartment. Dovegrey Scribbles writes about Even the Dogs: ‘[…] a book that will inform, will challenge assumptions and perhaps redistribute rationed sympathies, to ignore it is to ignore a painful but fundamental failing and perhaps to understand that a little more clearly is a step nearer to … well to I don’t know what, because I’m not stupid enough to think the solutions are there for the sorting, but someone needed to tell the story of those who live and die in this underworld and tell it as it really is, and Jon McGregor most courageously and brilliantly has.‘ Sounds like a book I should read.

What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us by Laura van den Berg was featured for review on Ti’s blog Book Chatter.  Ti writes that this book ‘[…] is a gem of a little book. Filled with stories about women who don’t settle, yet struggle to find their place in society. Honest and thoughtful in her delivery, van den Berg creates a world where beauty exists in everyday things.‘ I love well-written short story collections, and I like discovering new female writers…so this book definitely goes on my wish list.

What have you found lately? Please share your Friday Finds by visiting Jenn’s blog TODAY!

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  1. Great finds! I’m really lusting after Secrets of Eden.

  2. Great finds! Enjoy your weekend!

    • jess on March 5, 2010 at 12:11

    I chose Secrets of Eden as well. Have a great weekend!

    • Alayne on March 5, 2010 at 14:31

    Great finds. Mine is at The Crowded Leaf.

  3. I had to go over and read the review of “Even the Dogs.” I read and reviewed this earlier in the year and it was a quite a difficult read. But it was a worthwhile and powerful book … but not the for the lighthearted. Thanks for pointing me to that review … I hadn’t seen anyone else who had read it yet so I was quite interested in it.

    • Wendy on March 6, 2010 at 08:24

    Kathy: *nods* I agree – that one looks particularly interesting to me.

    Aleksandra: thanks – you too!

    Jess: I saw that! Great minds think alike?

    Alyane: Thanks for stopping by!

    Jenners: I found a couple of other reviews by using the Book Blogs Search engine. Most are very similar in how they saw the book.

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