Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday Finds

This week was a great week for me for new books, not so much because of quantity but for quality. On election night I was so stressed out that I decided to stay away from the television and go do some retail therapy at my local Borders. I got two books that I've wanted for a while now- Irina Reyn's What Happened to Anna K., and Aleksandar Hemon's The Lazarus Project.

Anna K. is an updated version of Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, set in a Jewish community in New York; I've started reading it and I'm loving it. I didn't plan on starting it right away, but I've been wanting to read it for months and really just couldn't stop myself.


Hemon's book is based on the 1908 murder of a Jewish immigrant and the surrounding mystery. I won't be able to get to it for at least a month, but I'm looking forward to it and I'm glad I finally bought it.

I got a little treasure in the mail this week- Yona Sabar's Folk Literature of the Kurdistani Jews. This book is by the father of My Father's Paradise, Ariel Sabar's recent, outstanding book. I got a look at the book a couple of weeks ago and I haven't decided if I'm going to keep it or not. It may go to my synagogue library, or I may buy a second copy for it. I want to spend a little more time with it before I decide. I do think the library should have it, though.