Friday, February 20, 2009

Friday Finds


New to the TBR pile this week are five great books I'm really looking forward to- and one that I've read before.

Poets on the Psalms, a collection of essays by different contemporary poets talking about the Psalms, arrived from the Catholic Library Association for a professional review assignment. I'm halfway through my current assignment, so as soon as I finish that I'll dive right in. It looks great. I'm not familiar with any of the writers but I look forward to getting to know them.

An ARC of The Local News, by Miriam Gershow, came courtesy of Spiegel and Grau. This looks to be a novel about a young woman whose brother has disappeared years before. I read the first chapter and I think I'm going to like it.




Bookmooch brought me Dara Horn's The World to Come, about a stolen Chagall painting and the worlds of family and history behind it and its thief, who believes the painting used to belong to his parents.

Remy Rougeau's All We Know of Heaven arrived via Bookmooch as well and I was very excited to receive it because I actually read it a few years ago and for some reason got rid of it. I was thinking of it a week or two ago, and how much I enjoyed it, and luckily enough was able to snag a copy pretty quickly. It's about a young man who enters a Cistercian monastery in 1970s Canada, and it's written by a former Benedictine monk. It's such a great book, and I'm so happy to have it back. I see it as a book to read in the summertime and will hang on to it until then.

Last but certainly not least is Laila Lalami's Secret Son, an ARC I received courtesy of Algonquin Books. Secret Son is about a Muslim family in crisis after son Youssef discovers his dead father is actually alive. It looks fantastic. So many good books this week!

11 comments:

Anna said...

These sound good. Hadn't heard of them til this post.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Jill said...

You had a good week! I've been looking forward to getting The Local News...can't wait to hear your thoughts on this one.

Diane said...

have All We Know of Heaven and The World To Come (just haven't gotten to them yet). Happy Reading.

Nymeth said...

The World to Come has such a gorgeous cover. And it sounds good too!

avisannschild said...

I just got The Local News too. Glad to hear it sounds good so far!

Tara said...

I really liked the Dara Horn book. I emailed her with a question when I was finished and she sent me the nicest email.

bermudaonion said...

I'm glad to hear The Local News is promising too. I love the cover of The World to Come.

Lo said...

It looks as if you have some great reads added to your TBR pile.

An Anonymous Child said...

I do hate losing good books. The problem is that when half the books I read are checked out or borrowed, I often "lose" the books, in that I'll never regain them and my budget isn't quite so lenient that I can just buy myself a new copy. It's good to hear that someone else managed to reclaim an old flame, though. I hope you enjoy your new finds.

Marie said...

Anonymous child, that's what I love about Bookmooch. i wouldn't *pay* for a new copy either but this way I can get it for free. :-)

naida said...

sounds like some great books, enjoy them :)
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