Friday, February 6, 2009

Friday Finds

It's been an interesting and varied week for new books. Bookmooch brought me Nicole Krauss's The History of Love, a novel I'd had my eye on for awhile now, as well as Our Lady of the Lost and Found, a novel I saw in a used bookstore first, about an encounter with the Virgin Mary.

I received Love and Other Natural Disasters, by Holly Shumas, via a giveaway over on The Bermuda Onion's blog. Thank you! I can't wait to get started- it looks like a fun book.

Finally, I received And From There You Shall Seek, by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, from the Catholic Library Association for a professional review assignment. It was originally published in Hebrew in 1978 and this is its first appearance in English. Rabbi Soloveitchik is famous around the Boston area as the founder of the Maimonides School, an Orthodox Jewish dayschool. I've already glanced at the first chapter or two and have found it readable and interesting. I always get nervous with very academic, religious books- I worry they'll be a little dry. This book is a meditation on the search for God using The Song of Songs as a framing device. We'll see how it goes!

What book has surprised you recently?