Friday, July 16, 2010

Friday Finds

I am so happy it's Friday, aren't you? 

Did you find any great looking books this week?  I found a few books by authors I am not familiar with. The first one comes out in Trade paperback on August 17th/Simon and Schuster.


A new baby, a loving wife, a solid career, a dream house in Beverly Hills: Dr. Bobby Flopkowski has it all. Until a complicated series of events snowball into a disaster that changes the course of his life forever.

Now, with a tent on the beach as his only home and an addiction that has cut him off from everyone he once loved, Bobby has a revelation that could put him back on track: he believes he has solved the puzzling crime that led to his downfall. But as the reality he's always known slips farther away, will he be able to convince someone—anyone—that his suspicions aren't merely the pleas of a desperate man?

Next....How about this one?

 Strangers; Taichi Yamada

(amazon)......Middle-aged, jaded and divorced, TV scriptwriter Harada is forced to set up home in his office, situated in a high-rise apartment block overlooking Tokyo's busy Route 8. One night, nostalgic for his lost childhood, he decides to visit the entertainment district of Asakusa, the city's dilapidated old downtown area, and there, at the theatre, he meets a man who looks exactly like his long-dead father. So begins Harada's ordeal, as he's thrust into a reality where his parents appear to be alive at the exact age they had been when they died so many years before. Although they may be apparitions, he takes solace in seeing them, in spite of the damage it seems to do to his health. Can Kei, the mysteriously fragile neighbour with whom Harada begins a tentative relationship, save him from the ghosts of his past?

Andean Express; Juan de Recacoechea

(amazon)........In this leisurely, character-driven study set in 1952 from Bolivian author de Recacoechea (American Visa), a train ride across the high Andean plain serves as the stage for a high-stakes card game, a quick sexual encounter and murder. The dramatic trip across the Antiplano from La Paz, Bolivia, to the Chilean seaport of Arica only incidentally recalls Agatha Christie's classic Murder on the Orient Express. The large cast mirrors the political and social scene, including an older businessman and his teenage wife, a skirt-chasing college student, a revolutionary disguised as a priest, expatriates from Ireland and Russia, and a deadly one-legged mine worker who struck at the floor with his crutches à la Long John Silver, his favorite fictional character. More Camus than mystery thriller, this novel delights like strong coffee savored in a cosmopolitan cafe. 


  1. Nice mix. I like the book set in South America and would like to see what you think of it.

    Incidentally the overlapping of posts is now not visible (for me).

  2. I have a copy of Strangers and hope to read it in the next couple of months (but I probably said that last year too :-) )

  3. Oh my goodness - they all look good!

  4. They do sound good! I am particularly fond of the description of The Human Bobby.

    Happy Reading this weekend :)

  5. I like all three of your finds. Worth checking out!

    Here is my Friday Find/Book Blogger Hop post!

  6. Boy -- have not heard of any of those! That middle one especially looked intriguing.

    I read tons of fiction but also go into non-fiction and memoirs upon occasion. My Friday Find is about addiction, betrayal and transformation. It's "Free Sex, Expensive Therapy" by Judith Sage´and is an interesting look at an interesting -- and transformed life. She gets that to be whole we have to accept our unlikable parts of ourselves -- which she calls our "shadow." That makes Groundhog Day a literal crossroads -- a place to run from or appreciate her "shadow." I find that quite the interesting concept and a unique way of looking at things.

  7. All of these books are new to me! Thanks for sharing them.

  8. I like the sound of The Human Bobby and the cover is really interesting too. I am keeping my fingers crossed that you are able to snag at least a few of these titles.

    Have a great weekend.

  9. Strangers looks really, really good! The others also look interesting as well. Where do you find all these great books?

  10. Enjoy your fabulous finds, Diane. Happy reading!

  11. I am looking to read more books by Japanese authors and/or about Japanese culture, so I'll keep Strangers in mind. I hadn't heard of it before reading your post, so thanks for introducing me to it!

  12. I can't get past the name Flopkowski in that first description.

  13. Interesting selections there...I thought about reading the first one earlier this week..and the second one sounds really good.

  14. The Human Bobby does look like a good book :)


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