Friday, March 5, 2010

Friday Finds

 
This meme is hosted by MizB at Should be reading
 
These are a few books I've had on my wish list that have either just been released or are soon to be released,  Find anything good you'd like to share?
 

The contest between good and evil is waged not in the heavens but here on Earth, between warring factions of biblical scholars and heavenly hosts. The unusual central character is Sister Evangeline, a 23-year-old nun at St. Rose Convent outside New York City. In the course of her work, she stumbles across a mislaid correspondence between philanthropist Abigail Rockefeller and the convent's founding abbess concerning an astonishing 1943 discovery in the mountains of Greece. Simultaneously, the book introduces Percival Grigori, a critically ill, once-winged member of one of the most powerful families in an ancient race of beings born of a union between fallen angels and human beings: the Nephilim. These parasitic creatures, the "giants" referred to in the sixth chapter of Genesis, have engaged in spiritual warfare for generations with the Society of Angelologists, a group that included Evangeline's parents. "It has been one continuous struggle from the very beginning," says one of Evangeline's comrades- in-arms. "St. Thomas Aquinas believed that the dark angels fell within twenty seconds of creation-their evil nature cracked the perfection of the universe almost instantly, leaving a terrible fissure between good and evil." As Evangeline and Grigori are drawn into conflict over control of a powerful artifact, the lyre of the mythical Orpheus, Trussoni constructs a marathon narrative arc, ending the volume with a satisfying, if startling, transformation. A film adaptation and a sequel are already waiting in the wings. 

 
Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger's syndrome. He's hopeless at reading social cues or expressing himself well to others, and like many kids with AS, Jacob has a special focus on one subject -- in his case, forensic analysis. He's always showing up at crime scenes, thanks to the police scanner he keeps in his room, and telling the cops what they need to do...and he's usually right. But then his town is rocked by a terrible murder and, for a change, the police come to Jacob with questions. All of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger's -- not looking someone in the eye, stimulatory tics and twitches, flat affect -- can look a lot like guilt to law enforcement personnel. Suddenly, Jacob and his family, who only want to fit in, feel the spotlight shining directly on them. For his mother, Emma, it's a brutal reminder of the intolerance and misunderstanding that always threaten her family. For his brother, Theo, it's another indication of why nothing is normal because of Jacob. And over this small family the soul-searing question looms: Did Jacob commit murder?
Emotionally powerful from beginning to end, House Rules looks at what it means to be different in our society, how autism affects a family, and how our legal system works well for people who communicate a certain way -- and fails those who don't.
 

When their hard-drinking, but loving, father dies in a car accident, teenage brothers Kyle and Klint Hayes face a bleak prospect: leaving their Pennsylvania hometown for an uncertain life in Arizona with the mother who ran out on them years ago. But in a strange twist of fate, their town’s matriarch, an eccentric, wealthy old woman whose family once owned the county coal mines, hears the boys’ story. Candace Jack doesn’t have an ounce of maternal instinct, yet for reasons she does not even understand herself, she is compelled to offer them a home.

Suddenly, the two boys go from living in a small, run-down house on a gravel road to a stately mansion filled with sumptuous furnishings and beautiful artwork—artwork that’s predominantly centered, oddly, on bullfighting. And then there’s Miss Jack’s real-life bull: Ventisco—a regal, hulking, jet-black beast who roams the land she owns with fiery impudence.

Kyle adjusts more easily to the transition. A budding artist, he finds a kindred spirit in Miss Jack. But local baseball hero Klint refuses to warm up to his new benefactress and instead throws himself into his game with a fierceness that troubles his little brother. Klint is not just grieving his father’s death; he’s carrying a terrible secret that he has never revealed to anyone. Unbeknownst to the world, Candace Jack has a secret too—a tragic, passionate past in Spain that the boys’ presence threatens to reveal as she finds herself caring more for them than she ever believed possible.

From the muted, bruised hills of Pennsylvania coal country to the colorful, flamboyant bull rings of southern Spain, Tawni O’Dell takes us on a riveting journey not only between two completely different lands, but also between seemingly incompatible souls, casting us under her narrative spell in which characters and places are rendered with fragile tenderness.

18 comments:

  1. As my son has Aspergers I'm very intrigued by House Rules. I'm going to try to get hold of a copy as soon as it is released.

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  2. All three of these sound great!

    I am very excited to attend a Jodi Picoult autograph signing next weekend. It is perfect timing, as I will have spring break to read her newest novel.

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  3. I've been seeing that Angelology book around and it looks really good to me. I'm going to check it out. The Jodi Picoult book looks interesting too, but I have to be in the right mood to read her books.

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  4. Great books there. I still havent read any books written by Jodi Picoult. My next trip to the library will be for getting a book written by her. :)

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  5. Great finds! I really want to read House Rules.

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  6. There was me thinking I had found all the angel books and you go and pull this one out of the hat. A must have for me.

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  7. I like the looks of all the books you posted here. Great finds!

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  8. Jackie, we have been hearing of more and more children with Aspergers and autism in the last 5-10 years it seems. I hope you son has great teachers.

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  9. I've had my eye on Fragile Beasts. The cover intrigues me too.

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  10. House Rules has caught my eye too, but the others look great also!

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  11. I have all those books on my wishlist, and hope to read them sometime!

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  12. Good finds! I have the Jodi Picoult on my wish list. Have a great weekend!

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  13. I just received Angelology today and can't wait to read it. I'm still debating on Picoult's new one though.

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  14. You know how excited I am about Angelology; it's been tough following that up actually. I've picked up and put down about 5 books since I've read it but I just found something that's new that might be just right: The Red Tree by Caitlin Kiernan. Crossing my fingers :)

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  15. Just got "House Rules" and it's my "I made it through the week" reward this weekend.

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  16. I've never read Jodi Picoult, so I think I'll read this one.

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  17. Ms. Picoult is at it again, I see. She always gets these "hot" topics and works them into these intersting story lines.

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  18. I have been hearing a lot about Angelology lately, but am not sure about it yet. It has interesting potential, yet could be a bit disappointing if not done well. I will have to wait for a few reviews to come out to get a better idea if it's for me or not.

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