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Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday Finds, 05/22/09

Welcome to this week's Friday Finds where I admit to the shamefully large numbers of books I've added to my TBR list over the past seven days. This week I have four titles to share with you. Yes, I know, four books may not seem like a lot but over a month that amounts to 16 books, and over a year that amounts to 192. And since I read just about 100 books a year you can see how far behind I'm getting!

Ehhem ... anyway ... back to this week's list ...
  1. Beside a Burning Sea, by John Shors - This book "place in 1942 near the Solomon Islands. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor less than one year ago, and the United States is embroiled in war. On a U.S. hospital ship are 9 men and women who will survive the bombing of the ship and swim to a nearby island to wait for their rescue. One of the survivors is the person who sabotaged the ship, and the other people don’t find out until it’s almost too late." Hey Lady! Whatcha Readin'? says: "Bottom line: this will be one of my favorite books of the year."

  2. An Edible History of Humanity, by Tom Standage - From the Book Jacket: "Throughout history, food has acted as a catalyst of social change, political organization, geopolitical competition, industrial development, military conflict, and economic expansion. An Edible History of Humanity is a pithy, entertaining account of how a series of changes-caused, enabled or influenced by food-has helped to shape and transform societies around the world." I learned about this one from BookBrowse.com's newsletter.

  3. Magnifico, by Miles J. Unger - This is "a vividly colorful portrait of Lorenzo de' Medici, the uncrowned ruler of Florence during its golden age. A true "Renaissance man," Lorenzo dazzled contemporaries with his prodigious talents and magnetic personality. Known to history as Il Magnifico (the Magnificent), Lorenzo was not only the foremost patron of his day but also a renowned poet, equally adept at composing philosophical verses and obscene rhymes to be sung at Carnival. He befriended the greatest artists and writers of the time -- Leonardo, Botticelli, Poliziano, and, especially, Michelangelo, whom he discovered as a young boy and invited to live at his palace -- turning Florence into the cultural capital of Europe. He was the leading statesman of the age, the fulcrum of Italy, but also a cunning and ruthless political operative." I learned about this one from Simon & Schuster's May Update email. You can read an excerpt from the book here to see if you might like it - I did!

  4. Brooklyn, by Colm Toibin - "Eilis Lacey has come of age in small-town Ireland in the years following World War Two. Though skilled at bookkeeping, she cannot find a job in the miserable Irish economy. When an Irish priest from Brooklyn offers to sponsor Eilis in America -- to live and work in a Brooklyn neighborhood "just like Ireland" -- she decides she must go, leaving her fragile mother and her charismatic sister behind. Eilis finds work in a department store on Fulton Street, and when she least expects it, finds love. Tony, a blond Italian from a big family, slowly wins her over with patient charm. He takes Eilis to Coney Island and Ebbets Field, and home to dinner in the two-room apartment he shares with his brothers and parents. He talks of having children who are Dodgers fans. But just as Eilis begins to fall in love with Tony, devastating news from Ireland threatens the promise of her future." I learned about this one from Simon & Schuster's Academic English newsletter. My mom grew up in Brooklyn, daughter of an Irish mother and Italian father ... this story couldn't be more appropriate for me!
That's all for now folks. Feel free to share your own Finds in the comments or visit MizB's blog to see what everyone else is admitting to this week. Have a wonderful weekend all, and to those in the US (like me), Happy Memorial Day weekend!

13 comments:

Amanda said...

Great finds! I added Magnifico and Brooklyn to my TBR pile. Thanks!

Heather J. said...

Amanda - yes, you and I often agree on books don't we? :)

bermudaonion said...

All of those books look great!

Ms Ulat Buku said...

Hello. Its been a while since I visited your blog and have been checking out your recent post. Good read. Great selection for this weeks friday finds too!

Ti said...

Beside a Burning Sea and Brooklyn also caught my eye this week but I have yet to officially add them to my Goodreads list. There's already too much on it.

Lenore said...

I really can't look at posts like this anymore!! Too many books vying for my attention and limited time...

Heather J. said...

bermudaonion and Ms Ulat Buku - thanks for stopping by, as always. :)

Ti - I try to be selective but you see how successful I am at that, right? NOT!

Lenore - Aw, come on, you can handle it! ~LOL~

PopinFresh said...

An Edible History of Humanity looks good. I'll have to add that to my wish list, after I get a snack. :p

Great finds, as always, this week.

~ Popin

Jules said...

Beside the burning sea looks like a great read! Just stopping by to say hi and that I have an award for you on my blog. Just go to the link to check it out :)

http://juliebooks.blogspot.com/2009/05/award.html

Alyce said...

I understand, I think I added about seven or eight books to my list this week. How in the world am I going to keep up and actually read them? :) Beside A Burning Sea made it to my list last week.

Diane said...

Beside a Burning Sea is one book I need to as I know a few people who loved it and the author has a new book out soon as well.

Heather J. said...

Popin - Glad you found something you like!

Jules - Thanks, I'm heading over to check it out right now.

Diane & Alyce - Now the question is "which of us will actually READ it and not let it languish on the TBR list?!" ~LOL~

Plays with Needles said...

Lorenzo de Medici figured prominently in Signora da Vinci -- I might have to add this one to my list too!

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