Friday Finds – April 2, 2010

April 2, 2010

Welcome to Friday Finds, a weekly event hosted by Jenn at Should Be Reading where readers share books that have caught their eye during the week.

To get more information on the book featured here, click on the title which will take you to the Amazon page for that book. To read the full review of the book which made me take interest, click on the featured blogger.

One Vacant Chair by Joe Coomer as featured on Kristen’s blog Book n’ Around. I read Coomer’s novel Beachcombing for a Shipwrecked God way back in 2007 and enjoyed it (read my review), so Kristen’s review of  One Vacant Chair immediately caught my eye. She writes: ‘[the book]…is beautifully presented and entertainingly drawn, well-written and appealing. You’ll warm to the characters, ache with their indecision and weaknesses, and laugh with their eccentricities.‘ I love eccentric characters and this book sounds like one I’d love.

The Cook’s Encyclopedia of Bread by Christine Ingram and Jennie Shapter as featured on Lynda’s blog Lynda’s Book Blog. I love cookbooks and I love bread, so I read Lynda’s review with great interest. She writes: ‘So why is it so good? Well it’s not only a great cookbook, but also gives you the history of bread, national specialties, breakdown of ingredients and techniques.’ Lynda gave this book a huge thumbs up…looks like I need to check it out.

Haweswater by Sarah Hall as featured on Laura’s blog Musings. It is a rare book which Laura and I don’t agree on, so I always take note of her highly rated books. Haweswater (winner of the Commonwealth Writers Best First Book Prize in 2003) is based on a true event – the construction of the Haweswater Reservoir in the 1930s. Laura writes: ‘The prologue makes it clear the villagers were powerless against Manchester City Waterworks.   But the impact was more extensive, and deeper, than I had ever imagined.  And Hall plays out the tragedy with drama and suspense.  Each character plays a vital role as both a character and a symbol.’ To my wish list it goes!

Did you find any good books this week?

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  1. Great finds! I’ve kind of given up on baking bread, though – I’m scared of yeast.

    • Laura on April 2, 2010 at 12:30

    Thanks for the link, Wendy! You’d love Haweswater !

    • sari on April 2, 2010 at 19:34

    I just saw a segment on the Colbert Report that once again had me running for my wishlist; The Sabbath World: Glimpse of Different Order of time by Judith Shulevits sounds very interesting. I am off to compare prices now.
    Love the idea of a weekly wrap up of books that sound good. I am always eager to add books to my wishlists.

    • Wendy on April 11, 2010 at 16:42

    Kathy: Yeast is living, but I am pretty sure it isn’t aggressive…no need to be afraid 🙂

    Laura: You’re welcome – now I just need to find it!

    Sari: I love adding books to my wishlists…but that wishlist is getting mighty long!

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