Friday, September 25, 2009

What Books Did YOU Find This Week?

I found these books this week while browsing other blogs and the web!

Little Bee by Chris Cleave - From Icedream at Reading In Appalachia Review
Amazon Best of the Month, February 2009: The publishers of Chris Cleave's new novel "don't want to spoil" the story by revealing too much about it, and there's good reason not to tell too much about the plot's pivot point. All you should know going in to Little Bee is that what happens on the beach is brutal, and that it braids the fates of a 16-year-old Nigerian orphan (who calls herself Little Bee) and a well-off British couple--journalists trying to repair their strained marriage with a free holiday--who should have stayed behind their resort's walls. The tide of that event carries Little Bee back to their world, which she claims she couldn't explain to the girls from her village because they'd have no context for its abundance and calm. But she shows us the infinite rifts in a globalized world, where any distance can be crossed in a day--with the right papers--and "no one likes each other, but everyone likes U2." Where you have to give up the safety you'd assumed as your birthright if you decide to save the girl gazing at you through razor wire, left to the wolves of a failing state. --Mari Malcolm

The Gate at the Stairs by Lorrie Moore - From suggestions: Review
Amazon Best of the Month, September 2009: Lorrie Moore's people are jokesters, wisenheimers. They hold the world, and the language used to describe it, a little off to the side, where they can turn it around and, if not figure it out, at least find something funny to say about it, which, often, is not quite enough. It's been 11 years since her last book, 15 since her last novel, but A Gate at the Stairs is vintage Moore: brittly witty and lurkingly dark, the portrait of a Midwest college town through the eyes of Tassie Keltjin, a student from the country whose mind has been lit up by learning but who spends nearly all this story out of class, as a nanny for a couple who have adopted a toddler. Tassie's a bit of a toddler herself (and an ideal narrator because of it), testing the world as if through her teeth, and she finds the world stranger and more deeply wounded the more she learns of it. Her investigations make A Gate at the Stairs sad, hilarious, and thrillingly necessary. --Tom Nissley

What books did YOU find this week?


gautami tripathy said...

I too saw both books this past week and forgot where. Thanks for getting those back into my periphery!

Friday Find: Silence Not, a love story by Cynthia L. Cooper

Cecile Smutty Hussy said...

Haven't seen either of these two books!
Wanted to stop by and let you know that I got the book! But for some reason, I have been getting a notice telling me that my email is being undelivered to you... =( Not sure why.

But I also wanted to tell you, I hope you have a great weekend!

Blodeuedd said...

Nice finds for you this week :D
I hope you get to read them

Wall-to-wall books said...

"The Gate at the Stairs" is on my TBR list too!!!
What are you doing? Looking at my TBR list and just copying it? LOL

serendipity_viv said...

I am sure Little Bee is the same book as The Other Hand over here in England. For some reason, it has been given a different name.

Jo-Jo said...

I noticed Little Bee quite some time ago, but still haven't had a chance to get it. I'm still hoping! lol
I love your Friday Finds kitty!


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