Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Finds

So, for books this week- let's see. First up is a book that I actually got in the mail several weeks ago, but only got around to bringing home and looking at this Sunday. And you know what? I can't put it down. It's 500-odd pages, and I have three review books to read, and I can't put it down. I'm talking of course about Abraham Verghese's unbelievable Cutting for Stone, which is coming out in February. If you love literary fiction, you must read this book. If this guy were British he'd win the Booker Prize for it. It's really that good.

Next up are two books I picked up for my book club reading. I belong to a club called the Daughters of Abraham, an interfaith club of Muslim, Christian and Jewish women who read books about each others' religions and use the books as the basis for some great discussions. Next month's pick is The Scandalous Gospel of Jesus, by Peter Gomes, a Baptist minister and theologian at Harvard's Divinity School. From what I understand he's a great writer and this book should be a good time. I also bought Michael Muhammad Knight's The Taqwacores, which was unfortunately not chosen as a club selection but looks good anyway. It's about a ragtag group of young Muslim kids in Buffalo, New York. I'm looking forward to it. I think it's just been adapted into a movie as well.