Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday; The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia


Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia; Mary Helen Stefaniak
(September 6th - W.W. Norton and  Co.)

(Amazon).....A big-hearted story of a Depression-era small town turned upside down by a worldly teacher. Narrator Gladys Cailiff is eleven years old in 1938 when a new, well-traveled young schoolteacher turns a small Georgia town upside down. Miss Grace Spivey believes in field trips, Arabian costumes, and reading aloud from her ten-volume set of The Thousand Nights and a Night. The real trouble begins when she decides to revive the annual town festival as an exotic Baghdad bazaar. Miss Spivey transforms the lives of everyone around her: Gladys's older brother Force (with his movie-star looks), her pregnant sister May (a gifted storyteller herself), and especially the Cailiffs' African American neighbor, young Theo Boykin, whose creative genius becomes the key to a colorful, hidden history of the South.

Populated by unforgettable characters—including three impressive camels—The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia rides a magic carpet from a segregated schoolroom in Georgia to the banks of the Tigris (and back again) in an entrancing feat of storytelling. 

What book are you eagerly waiting for to be released?

16 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good book, Diane.

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  2. Love your blog name! This looks like an intriguing book, thanks for letting me know about it! I just added it to my wish list at Paperback Swap since my TBR pile is overflowing! You should join us at Food for Thought, for an edible review, it's every other Saturday :-)

    http://foodforthoughtediblebooks.blogspot.com/

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  3. This one sounds uniquely captivating...hope you like it.

    Here's mine:

    http://curlupandread.wordpress.com/2010/08/11/waiting-on-wednesday/

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  4. I love Depression-era literature and think that this one sounds really good!

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  5. I love books set during that time and the fact that it's set in the South is an added bonus!

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  6. It has promising story I bet. Sounds great ;p

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  7. I love a good Southern novel...and I hadn't heard of this one. Great pick!

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  8. This one caught my attention!

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  9. Great one Diane - this sounds good!

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  10. I'm waiting for this too! I actually will be getting it from LT as an Early Reviewer selection. I can't wait.

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  11. Wow...great pick! I really like the sound of that one!

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  12. I'm sure you'll enjoy this book, Diane.

    As for me, I cannot wait for And the Pursuit of Happiness by Maira Kalman!

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  13. gosh, it sounds a bit like something I might have read before...but still interesting.

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  14. This looks good. I love the cover.

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