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Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Finds 10/16/09

Giveaway Reminder: My "Fantasy Firsts" contest ends on 10/19 - three winners will receive both THE EYE OF THE WORLD (Robert Jordan) and MISTBORN (Brandon Sanderson). My contest for one copy of SUNNYSIDE BLUES (Mary Carter) ends on 10/23. There's still time to enter both, so get over there and do it!

This is the first Friday Finds I've participated in this month and I only have 4 titles to share - it's a miracle!
  1. Man's Search For Meaning, by Viktor Frankl - "Between 1942 and 1945 psychiatrist Viktor Frankl labored in four different concentration camps, including Auschwitz, while his parents, brother, and pregnant wife perished. Based on his own experience and the stories of his many patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it and move forward with renewed purpose. Frankl's theory -- known as logotherapy, from the Greek word logos ('meaning') -- holds that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful." (From the back cover of the Beacon Press, 2006 edition.) Thanks to Books 'N Border Collies for recommending this one.

  2. The Myth of Bloody Mary, by Linda Porter - S. Krishna's Books highly recommended this new biography of Queen Mary Tudor. "When the name Mary Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and sister of Elizabeth I, is mentioned, what immediately comes to mind? A bloodthirsty monarch who burned heretics? A women who was so sure of her own faith that she murdered everyone that didn’t agree with her? According to Linda Porter’s insightful new biography of “Bloody Mary,” that isn’t necessarily the case. Porter draws on an amazing amount of research in order to present a new side of the much maligned Queen." I've always been fascinated with Mary - how she could be the daughter of the amazing Katherine of Aragon and yet turn into such a horrific ruler. This book sounds wonderful.

  3. Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling, by Ross King - Another book I can thank Books 'N Border Collies for recommending. She says, "As much as I love history, I find it difficult to find non-fiction history books that capture and hold my attention. So many of them are so very dry. The problem is exacerbated when the historical topic is not something in which I've had anything beyond a vague curious interest." Yet this book (in audio form, which I love) kept her "so engrossed in the presentation that [she] often forgot it was non-fiction." I LOVE those kinds of books! I'll definitely be getting the audio version of this one.

  4. The Book of Fathers, by Miklos Vamos - I heard about this book in the author's guest post at (an excellent post by the way!). This book is "both a family saga, chronicling twelve generations, and a 400-year history of Hungary." In concept it reminds me of Edward Rutherford's and James Michener's books, both authors I enjoy very much. I'll definitely be on the lookout for this book.

Have any of these titles made it to you TBR list this week?

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Lezlie said...

And I get to be responsible for a full half of them. Score! :-) I hope you like them, and thanks for the shout outs!

Have a great weekend, Heather!

Heather J. said...

Lezlie - Yes, I think that means I should stay away from your blog for a while ... :)

Lezlie said...

But you'd miss Pride & Prejudice and my thoughts on books by narcotics addicts. That second one would be William D. Burroughs, not our beloved Jane Austen. LOL!


Lezlie said...

Oops! That would be William S. Burroughs. The letters are worn off my keyboard. :-)


Jen - devourer of books said...

Okay, I also really want to read "The Myth of Bloody Mary" after reading Swapna's review.

softdrink said...

Your mention of Michelangelo is timely, as I'm looking for an audio book to knock my socks off.

unfinishedperson said...

Okay, I lied. I'll comment, Mrs. Johnson. :) Out of the four, the only one I've read is Frankl's, and I still keep a copy on my shelf. In college, it was a very influential book and still is one of those I think that has influenced me for the positive. Hope you enjoy it too.

trish said...

I have Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling. I gave it a try, and I really did like the subject, but reading about it didn't hold my attention. I might give the audiobook a try at some point!

Heather J. said...

Lezlie - You KNOW I can't stay away from your blog!

Jen - She was very convincing, no?

softdrink - Another great audio book is PEOPLE OF THE BOOK, and of course I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Bernard Cornwell series called The Saxon Chronicles - that series is fantastic on audio.

unfinishedperson - It sounds like it is a must read. (And thanks for giving in and commenting! ~LOL~)

trish - Sometimes audio books are better than the "real" book and sometimes they are worse - let's hope this one is better. :)

gautami tripathy said...

Man's Search For Meaning is one of my all time favourire books.

Here is mine: Friday Find: Waiting for Columbus by Thomas Trofimuk

Nicole said...

The "Myth of Bloody Mary" sounds really god. I hadn't heard of any of these. That's why I love this feature so much!

Rebecca Reid said...

I remember really enjoying Man's Search for Meaning. I want to reread it, even!!

Heather J. said...

gautami - Seems like that book is popular - sounds like I really do need to read it.

Nicole - I know, my TBR suffers from this event every week. :)

Rebecca - Wow, and you don't usually reread, right?! That's a great endorsement!

Rebecca Reid said...

No, Heather, I love rereading!!

bermudaonion said...

The Bloody Mary book looks really good!

Heather J. said...

Rebecca - Sorry, I must be thinking of someone else. :/

bermuda - Looks like a lot of us fell for that one this week!

Alyce said...

Lots of nonfiction! :) I go through nonfiction reading binges sometimes. I think I'm swinging back to fiction lately. The family saga book looks good.

Heather J. said...

Alyce - Yes, it DOES seem like a non-fic week. :)

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