Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday Finds - A Pile of New Reads

A great week in book acquisitions for me, including Bookmooch finds (I have a bunch of points burning a hole in my pocket) and a little shopping spree in the used-book department of the Harvard Book Store- always a good time.

The Dolly Dialogues came from I heard about the publisher, Myna Books, at the wonderful blog NonSuchBook.

All Rivers Flow to the Sea, by Alison McGhee, was a recommendation from Karen of the blog Scobberlotch.

The next three- Offshore, The Accompanist and Mornings in Jenin came from the Harvard Book Store. Offshore is a Booker Prize winner; The Accompanist is by Russian author Nina Berberova, who I'm interested in, and Mornings in Jenin was reviewed beautifully at two blogs I love, BookLust and Jew Wishes.

I decided to read something by writer Rick Bragg after reading about him in this post at the great blog Reader's Corner; All Over But the Shoutin' was what was available on Bookmooch so I'm going to give it a shot.

I wanted a new copy of Mary Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman because I was remembering that I loaned mine out to a friend in high school and never got it back. I looked around for one on Bookmooch and was able to find one right away.

The Fall of Yugoslavia by Misha Glenny is a really highly-regarded book about the Balkan Wars and I want to read it before I review Saša Stanišić's novel How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone because I think after a few years of not reading much about the Balkans, I need a refresher.

I'm interested in reading Armistead Maupin and so picked up Significant Others from Bookmooch.

Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle is another Booker Prize winner scooped from Bookmooch. This is even a signed first edition!

I Thought You Were Dead came unsolicited from Algonquin Books.

2017 by Olga Slavnikova, winner of the Russian Booker Prize, came courtesy of LibraryThing's Early Reviewer program. Thank you LT!

What did you add to your TBR pile this week?
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bermudaonion said...

Wow, you had a great week! I really enjoyed All Over But the Shoutin' and got to meet Rick Bragg when I lived in Auburn. Both he and the book are very Southern!

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

Impressive pile! Mornings in Jenin is on my TBR list too; I'll look forward to your review. The Balkans books look quite interesting. I know almost nothing about that region and its recent past, so this is a good reminder for me to go out and educate myself!

Care said...

You've had great scores with bookmooch this week! I seem to strike out of late when I search. I don't know if it's luck or I'm searching for too popular? Actually, I wonder if I could find some Elizabeth Taylor? It's always good to check there every so often. (I have a ton of points, too.)

Booksnyc said...

Isn't Bookmooch great? I have been meaning to read Roddy Doyle for awhile - I look forward to your review.

Enjoy your books!

gautami tripathy said...

You found awesome lot of books!

Friday Find: The Cold Room by J T Ellison

Alyce said...

Nice finds! I'm hitting the library book sale today and will try to show some self-control. We'll see how that goes!

I tell you, (in regards to the Sunday Salon police you spoke of in your Sunday post) I like reading everyone's Sunday Salon posts, but I look forward to the personal information in everyone's posts each week as a way to round out my view of them, not to mention just being plain fun to read. :)

rhapsodyinbooks said...

Very nice week! I look forward to hearing what you think about Mornings in Jenin.

Aarti said...

Ooh, I look forward to your thoughts on Mornings in Jenin! The other books all look drool-worthy as well. I can't wait for you to review them soon!

Florinda said...

I read All Over But the Shoutin' back when my son was in high school; he read it for an English class, and I appropriated it after he finished. I think I liked it more than he did.

I love Armistead Maupin! Have you read any of the other Tales of the City books? Significant Others actually can stand on his own, but if you like it, go back and read the ones before it :-).

Brian said...

I think Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha was my favorite Doyle book. This is a great pile! I actually just got back from Portland and had to struggle not to buy a lot in Powells - it was as overwhelming as I feared it would be. Happy reading!

Bryan R. Terry said...

I read Vindication a number of years ago for a Romantic British Lit class. Interesting stuff. Very progressive for the time.

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Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

So many good books! University bookstores are the best for used titles -- I can't go to mine without buying at least one book.

Kathleen said...

What a nice pile of books you managed to accumulate this week! I hope to blog about my acquisitions for the week in the next few days!

Anna said...

You made out like a bandit! Enjoy your new books.

Diary of an Eccentric

Harvee said...

Wish I had time to read some of the books I see on blogs! Enjoy your books!

Book Dilettante

Anonymous said...

What an awesome pile! You've got a lot of reading ahead of you :)

Paperback Reader said...

Marie, are you aware that Significant Others is part of Maupin's Tales of the City series? It's the fourth or fifth book, I think. I highly recommend the series but I didn't want you going in not knowing!

Serena said...

You got some fantastic books. Happy reading

Zibilee said...

What a wonderful pile you've got there! I have been thinking of trying the Bragg book, and recently came across a copy of Ada's Man at the used bookstore by my house. I will be watching out for that review!

Valerie said...

Looks like an interesting pile! I've recently read "Mornings in Jenin"; and I read "All Over But the Shouting" years ago pre-blogging. I think it's the best one of all the books I've read by Bragg.

As for Armistead Maupin, I'd occasionally get to read his "Tales of the City" in installments (way back when I lived in California) but none in book form. Makes me think I should look for them.