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Friday, April 24, 2009

Friday Finds 04/24/09

One quick reminder before we get to this week's list: My contest for a copy of Receive Me Falling is going on now through May 1 - click here to read the details and get yourself entered!

And now for this week's Finds ...
  1. The Survivor's Club, by Ben Sherwood - A book about what it takes to survive catastrophe and what survivors have in common, recommended by At Home With Books.

  2. Old World Daughter, New World Mother, by Maria Laurino - Combination of Italian family memoir and a look at feminism today, recommended by 5 Minutes for Books.

  3. Twenty Chickens for a Saddle, by Robyn Scott - Here's an excerpt from the review at Book Browse: "How refreshing to read a memoir of a magical childhood where parents are loved and respected. Robyn Scott proves you do not have to come from a dysfunctional family to tell a great story. And this book is all about stories. Twenty-eight chapters of stories of three generations and the lives they have chosen to live in one of Africa's most beautiful countries." I've really enjoyed other African childhood memoirs (for example, Don't Lets Go To The Dogs Tonight) and this ones looks quite lovely.

  4. A Pearl in the Storm, by Tori Murden McClure - Another one found through Book Browse's review: "The book's first line reads, "Let's face it: normal, well-adjusted women don't row alone across oceans." This memoir held no surprise as to the final outcome of the quest, as the cover indicates the author was the first woman to row alone across an ocean. (This was the second indicator that this was to be a delicious read.)" This looks great, don't you think?

  5. Kindred, by Octavia Butler - Several of her other books are already on my list but an amazing review from Tor.com meant I had to add this one as well. "The immediate effect of reading KINDRED is to make every other time travel book in the world look as if it’s wimping out." How can you top that?!

  6. Memory, by Phillipe Grimbert - This novella deals with a person's ability to create their own truth when facts are sparse. Diary of an Eccentric explains it very well.

  7. The Uncommon Woman: Making an Ordinary Life Extraordinary, by Susie Larson - I don't usually read self-help/self-improvement books, nor do I usually read specifically Christian books but this one really resonated with me for some reason. Check out the review at 5 Minutes for Books and see if it does the same for you.
That's all I have for this week. FYI, more fun Friday Finds can fortuitously be found at the fabulous MizB's blog. Fantastic, no? (Not sure what happened there ... F's sort of took over for a minute. So sorry.)

11 comments:

Jess said...

Wow! What great picks.

http://barneysbookblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/my-friday-find-this-week-is-best.html

avisannschild said...

I have a confession to make, Heather. I really wish you'd include cover images in your FF posts! Old World Daughter, New World Mother and Memory sound particularly good to me.

Heather J. said...

avisannschild - You know, I used to do that, and I'll admit that I like the post better when I do but at the moment it is a time constraint thing. I've been without a home computer for a few months now (oh the horror!) and I'm doing all my blogging at work. It is sort of obvious when I'm trolling the net looking for cover images rather than doing actual work. :)

I'm supposed to get my laptop back this weekend (YEA!) so hopefully that will give me more time to work on my blog when I'm at home ... rather than on my lunch break and during stolen minutes at work. ~LOL~

avisannschild said...

Ah, well that makes sense then! I hope you do get your laptop back this weekend!

jlshall said...

Those all sound like great finds - especially "Kindred." And I really love the title of "Twenty Chickens for a Saddle"!

Mary said...

Great "Finds" this week!

Alyce said...

Thanks for linking to my review! I haven't heard of most of the others on your list, but that's always fun. I love discovering new books!

reviewsonbooks said...

I especially like #3...a memoir from someone who doesn't have a bad childhood, that's something ya don't hear about much!

Darla D said...

Kindred is one of my favorite books. Can't wait to hear what you think of it!

Nomad said...

Tori Murden McClure rocks, i would love to read her memoirs

Heather J. said...

Thanks to all of you for your comments - I love hearing from you!

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