Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Finds! More Books On the Book Pile(s)

 The Artificial Silk Girl, by Irmgard Keun, is a rediscovered classic from the reliable Other Press. I've heard it described as the Bridget Jones of Weimar Germany- if that's not enough to whet one's curiosity, I don't know what is!

I kept seeing copies of Edmund de Waal's The Hare with Amber Eyes around the bookstore and I finally broke down and bought this fascinating-looking nonfiction account of a Jewish family and their faded fortunes over the course of the 20th century. 
I finally got a copy of The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith's famous novel. After reading Nom de Plume this spring, I decided it was finally time to pick up this book! Thank you, Carmela, for the inspiration!

Love Songs from a Shallow Grave, crime fiction set in Laos by Colin Cotterill, caught my eye after my friend Sarah recommended it. I'm thinking of starting a crime fiction book club and I'm looking for stuff set outside of Europe. This looks great. Of course I'll keep you posted!

Have you read any of these? What's new on your shelf this week? More Friday Finds at ShouldbeReading.wordpress.com.