Friday, August 19, 2011

Friday Finds- Where to Begin?

I've had an extraordinarily good week in books. I won a summer-reading giveaway from HarperCollins that included titles like Tolstoy and the Purple Reading Chair, by Nina Sankovitch, and Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson, among others, I went on a weekend trip to New York that found me visiting six independent bookstores and two Barnes and Noble outlets, and received a totebag's worth of galleys from the wonderful Melville Press, publisher of the Art of the Novella series. On top of that, I made some fun discoveries at my local used bookstore and a couple of nice gifts from my visit to Europa Editions' New York office. Wow!

That's the pile I won from HarperCollins. From Melville House,
  • The Duel, by Anton Chekhov,
  • Debt: The First 5,000 Years, by David Graeber,
  • How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive, by Christopher Boucher, a fiction title that the publisher is absolutely passionate about, 
  • Poetry After 9/11: An Anthology of New York Poets,
  • The Train, by Georges Simenon, part of Melville's Neversink Library series of rediscovered classics, and
  • Nairobi Heat, a crime novel by Mukoma Wa Ngugi.
At the local used bookstore I picked up The Prestige, by Christopher Priest, and The Damnation of Theron Ware, a nineteenth century novel about clashes of religion and secularism, by Harold Frederic. New York's bookstores offered up The Bird Sisters, by Rebecca Rasmussen, The Color Purple, by Alice Walker and Be My Knife by David Grossman.

I have lots of great reading ahead! What are you looking forward to? More Friday Finds here.