My Bookmarks Magazine arrived in the mail on Monday…and as so often happens, it added more great books to my Amazon Wishlist.
Private Life by Jane Smiley (release date: May 4, 2010)
[…] bookish Margaret Mayfield, who, as the 20th century approaches, faces dim marriage prospects and settles for an increasingly erratic scientist. Smiley traces their lives, frustrations, and disillusionments (and events like the San Francisco earthquake of 1906) through the early 1940s. – Bookmarks, page 5 –
The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer (release date May 4 2010)
She [Orringer} sets her debut novel in Europe as World War II looms. The lives of three Hungarian-Jewish beothers – their loves, their careers, their relationships with each other – are about to be swept up by the forces of history. – Bookmarks, page 6 –
The Three Weissmanns of Westport by Cathleen Schine (February 2010)
[…] most critics hailed as a clever and warmhearted tale about love, life, and the true meaning of family. Schine’s story captures the essence of Austen’s classics, with pages filled with vibrant characters and insightful social commentary. Only the Wall Street Journal though the novel too derivative. Both funny and sad, The Three Weissmanns of Westport is the literary version of a delectable desert. – Bookmarks, page 25 –
**NOTE: I ended up buying Shine’s book at Barnes and Noble yesterday!!
The Girl Who Fell From the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow (January 2010)
Durrow fashions a classic fish-out-of water tale in her brilliant debut, which some compare to Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye in its exploration of race and identity. It comes as no surprise that The Girl Who Fell From the Sky was awarded the 2008 Bellwether Prize, the award founded by author Barbara Kingsolver to support literature of social responsibility. – Bookmarks, page 31 –
**NOTE: I ended up buying Durrow’s book at Barnes and Noble yesterday!!
The Room and the Chair by Lorraine Adams (February 2010)
Critics agree that as a political and psychological thriller and newspaper and war novel, The Room and the Chair is “so topical it could be ripped from tomorrow’s headlines.”
[…]The Room and the Chair offers an all-too-real – and frightening – insight into our times. If the inner workings of Washington and the practice of journalism with the nation’s capitol appeal, this book is for you. – Bookmarks, page 44 –