Friday, September 26, 2008

Friday Finds


Slow book week for me- I've been under the weather since Wednesday- but I added three things to the TBR pile this week. The first is Miles from Nowhere, an ARC sent courtesy of Riverhead Press.


The second is Salman Rushdie's latest, The Enchantress of Florence, which I was able to order signed from the Strand bookstore in New York. I gather he was just there doing a reading. And not only is it signed, it was heavily discounted as well. Yay!


I also picked up Miss Pettigrew Lives for Day on my most recent trip to Borders. I don't know if maybe you saw the movie that came out earlier this year starring Frances McDormand- I loved the movie to bits and I'm excited to read the book. It's published by an outfit called Persephone Books, an English company specializing in early 20th century novels and nonfiction, mostly written by women. From their website:
Persephone Books reprints forgotten classics by twentieth-century (mostly women) writers. Each one in our collection of seventy-eight books is intelligent, thought-provoking and beautifully written, and most are ideal presents or a good choice for reading groups.
Obviously not the place to go for the latest must-reads, but probably worth checking out if it seems like this might be your cup of tea. I think it might be mine. And you?

8 comments:

S. Krishna said...

I just finished and reviewed The Enchantress of Florence! I actually did like it.

Dawn said...

I hope you're feeling better!

Great picks this week - cool to have a Rushie inscribed book, and I love the cover on *Miss Pettigrew* :)

Marie said...

Dawn, thanks and thanks :-) I'm hanging in there. :-)

Tara said...

Cheers to you for finding Persephone Books! I have been buying these from the UK for a couple of years now, and have collected 26 so far. They are gorgeous! Email them, and they'll send you a catalog and their publication.

Shana said...

I haven't seen the movie, but it looks good. I'd like to read the book first. Looking forward to your review, Marie.

Shana
Literarily

Ruth said...

I love the idea of Persephone Books. I'm going to put them on my list to look for up here.

My favorite find this week was Recovering Charles. It's a really emotional story of hope, faith, and recovery that touched me really deeply.

Hope you're feeling better soon!

Colleen said...

Thanks for the information about Persephone Books. They look like a great company.

Lo said...

Good books! I have The Enchantress of Florence.