Friday, August 15, 2008

Friday Finds


This Friday finds me under a stack of August releases and some new-to-me things, too.

Notables added to my library this week include:

Second Language, a collection of short stories by writer Ronna Wineberg. The collection was runner-up in 2007 for Reform Judaism's Best Jewish Book award. I can't wait to start reading it! When she sent me a review copy, Ms. Wineberg was also kind enough to include an additional copy as a donation to the temple where I work. Thank you!

The View from Garden City, a new release this month by Carolyn Baugh, looks to be a very interesting novel which means to "[lift] the veil of privacy to explore the stunning inner strength of women torn between their dreams for the future and the sometimes harsh realities of the past and present."





Finally, because you know I can never get enough of Stalinist Russia, I finally picked up Child 44, Tom Rob Smith's Booker-longlisted novel about a missing child. I was going to wait until this came out in paperback (really I was!) but I gave in. I will read it shortly, after I get through a couple of other things. But it's definitely in the "soon" pile, as opposed to the "maybe someday" pile if you know what I mean.

7 comments:

bermudaonion said...

I hope you enjoy Child 44 - I did. The plot will surprise you.

Florinda said...

Child 44 just arrived at my house as part of a package I won in a "Summer Reads Giveaway" - and I was thinking it didn't look like my thing, so I appreciate your mentioning something about it - I may need to re-assess that one.

sheistoofondofbooks said...

OK, so you can ignore my e-mail asking if you're interested in reviewing *Second Language*; I see you already have it. It looks like a very nice collection of short fiction, I'm looking forward to reading it.

Andi said...

I'll be interested in your thoughts on Child 44. It doesn't sound like something I would immediately pick up, but I need some bloggy opinions to urge me on!

candyschultz said...

There are a couple of British literary blogs that I follow and each year they read all the lonlisted Bookers so I don't have to. Both have basically said they can't understand why Child 44 was even published let alone got on the list. That is one I am going to give a miss.

If you like short stories Clair Wigfall published her first collection last year, The Loudest Sound and Nothing, and I compared her to Flannery O'Connor. I have not read anything as good as hers since, well, Flannery O'Connor.

Kelsey said...

Ack! I wanna read Child 44! My library's copy is always checked out though...

Icedream said...

I was thrilled with Child 44. I put off reading it for awhile too but finally got to it and couldn't put it down. I can't wait to read your review.