Friday, March 19, 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 will soon to be released. 
Your turn...  Find anything good you'd like to share?
Tomorrow River; Lesley Kagen
(April 29 - Dutton)
(amazon)
During the summer of 1968, Shenandoah Carmody's mother disappeared. Her twin sister, Woody, stopped speaking, and her once-loving father slipped into a mean drunkenness unbefitting a superior court judge. Since then, Shenny-named for the Shenandoah valley-has struggled to hold her world together, taking care of herself and her sister the best she can. Shenny feels certain that Woody knows something about the night their mother vanished, but her attempts to communicate with her mute twin leave her as confused as their father's efforts to confine the girls to the family's renowned Virginia estate.

As the first anniversary of their mother's disappearance nears, her father's threat to send Woody away and his hints at an impending remarriage spur a desperate Shenny to find her mother before it's too late. She is ultimately swept up in a series of heartbreaking events that force her to come to terms with the painful truth about herself and her family.

Told with the wisdom, sensitivity, and humor for which Lesley Kagen has become known, Tomorrow River is a stellar hardcover debut.


Something Red; Jennifer Gilmore
(March 30th - Scribner)
(amazon)
In Washington, D.C., life inside the Goldstein home is as tumultuous as the shifting landscape of the times. It is 1979, and Benjamin is heading off to college and sixteen-year-old Vanessa is in the throes of a rocky adolescence. Sharon, a caterer for the Washington elite, ventures into a cult-like organization. And Dennis, whose government job often takes him to Moscow, tries to live up to his father’s legacy as a union organizer and community leader.
The rise of communism and the execution of the Rosenbergs is history. The Cold War is waning, the soldiers who fought in Vietnam have all come home, and Carter is president. The age of protest has come and gone and yet each of the Goldsteins is forced to confront the changes the new decade will bring and explore what it really means to be a radical.

Something Red is at once a poignant story of husbands and wives, parents and children, activists and spies, and a masterfully built novel that unfurls with suspense and humor.


Pearl of China; Anchee Min
(March 30th - Bloomsbury)
(amazon)
It is the end of the nineteenth century and China is riding on the crest of great change, but for nine-year-old Willow, the only child of a destitute family in the small southern town of Chin-kiang, nothing ever seems to change. Until the day she meets Pearl, the eldest daughter of a zealous American missionary.
Pearl is head-strong, independent and fiercely intelligent, and will grow up to be Pearl S Buck, the Pulitzer- and Nobel Prize-winning writer and humanitarian activist, but for now all Willow knows is that she has never met anyone like her in all her life. From the start the two are thick as thieves, but when the Boxer Rebellion rocks the nation, Pearl's family is forced to leave China to flee religious persecution. As the twentieth century unfolds in all its turmoil, through right-wing military coups and Mao's Red Revolution, through bad marriages and broken dreams, the two girls cling to their lifelong friendship across the sea.
In this ambitious and moving new novel, Anchee Min, acclaimed author of Empress Orchid and Red Azalea, brings to life a courageous and passionate woman who loved the country of her childhood and who has been hailed in China as a modern heroine.

22 comments:

  1. I received Pearl of China from Library Thing Early Reviewers and can hardly wait to get started with it!

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  2. As a DC reader/blogger I think Something Red sounds terrific. Thanks for sharing.

    BTW re Blacklands -- it was your review that made me decide to read it (even though I had it sitting in my TBR pile from S&S the cover & title just did not appeal to me, I'm glad I did though).

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  3. Pearl of China sounds fabulous!! Buck's The Good Earth is one of my all-time favorites, and I've read a couple of Min's books, too. Will look for this in a few weeks - thanks for bringing it to my attention.

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  4. I had no idea Pearl of China was about Pearl S. Buck! That makes me a lot more inclined to read it. :) I like all of your finds!

    My Friday Finds are here!

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  5. They all look great! I'm off to Amazon.com to put them all on my wish list.

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  6. Awesome finds, Diane! I am adding the Lesley Kagen and Jennifer Gilmore books to my wish list. :)

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  7. They all look good, but Tomorrow River catches my eye.

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  8. Out of these three, Tomorrow River seems to grab me. Nice selection.

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  9. The Kagen book sounds interesting and I was going to say I need to read her first book too, but I just looked her up and realized I'm confusing her with another author. Another Lesley maybe... I have a feeling it's someone with a triple-barrel name, but I can't think who!

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  10. Great finds. I saw Tomorrow River the other day and thought it sounded good too. It's got a really great cover.

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  11. These all look good and are all books that I could read for my American journey.

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  12. The 1st one is gorgeous!

    I like your header :)

    I found you through the blog hop.
    -Juju
    Tales of Whimsy.com :)

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  13. Pearl sounds terrific. Enjoy your books-to-be!

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  14. these look like some romantic reads, Diane!


    not too serious i hope

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  15. Great finds! I have Pearl of China in my TBR too!!

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  16. Thanks for sharing these, Diane. They look really interesting. I'll be putting them on my wishlist.

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  17. PEARL OF CHINA looks very good! I'm putting that into my wish list.

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  18. You found some great books!!

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  19. I am excited to read some reviews of Pearl. I have only red one book by Anchee Min, and I have heard good things about her others. Great picks! I hope you get to read all of them!

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