I didn't post a Friday Finds list last week because - miracle of miracles! - I hadn't added anything to my TBR list. That's likely due to the fact that I was so busy I could only skim all your blogs and not because you all weren't reviewing anything good.
So here's what I've found this week ...
- The Borgia Bride, by Jeanne Kalogridis - Books 'N Border Collies says "My only knowledge of the Borgia family prior [this book] was a lot of malicious historical gossip that I always wondered about. Well, it turns out [...] that the majority of it appears to be true. Excellent! Nothing like papal corruption, poisoning of rivals, fratricide, incest and dreams of military domination to pique a reader's interest!" Sounds good to me!
- The Walking People, by Mary Beth Keane - "Greta Cahill never believed she would leave her village in the west of Ireland until she found herself on a ship bound for New York, along with her sister Johanna and a boy named Michael Ward. Labeled a "softheaded goose" by her family, Greta discovers that in America she can fall in love, raise her own family, and earn a living. Though she longs to return and show her family what she has made of herself, her decision to spare her children knowledge of a secret in her past forces her to keep her life in New York separate from the life she once loved in Ireland, and tears her apart from the people she is closest to. Even fifty years later, when the Ireland of her memory bears little resemblance to that of the present day, she fears that it is still possible to lose all when she discovers that her children—with the best of intentions— have conspired to unite the worlds she’s so carefully kept separate for decades. A beautifully old-fashioned novel, The Walking People is a debut of remarkable range and power." I heard about this in the BookBrowse newsletter.
- The Unlikely Disciple, by Kevin Roose - "As a sophomore at Brown University, Kevin spent his days drinking fair-trade coffee, singing in an a cappella group, and fitting right in with Brown's free-spirited, ultra-liberal student body. But when Roose leaves his Ivy League confines to spend a semester at Liberty University, a conservative Baptist school in Lynchburg, Virginia, obedience is no longer optional." I've heard quite a bit about this book but Alyce's review made me add it to my list. Check out the book trailer below and tell me what you think.
What do you think - do any of these appeal to you?
As always, you can visit MizB for more Friday Finds.