August 28, 2011 28 Comments
Here are my recent new books. Just a few to keep me happy. 🙂
Books I got for review
The Obscure Logic of the Heart by Priya Basil
From the publishers’ website: “In a bustling London café, Anil, […] sits waiting for Lina. It is years since he last laid eyes on her, the love of his life. […] Together, they think back to tragedies both personal and political, betrayals large and small. A past played out across three continents that house their rival worlds: Sikh and Muslim, wealthy and modest, liberal and orthodox, corrupt and moral….
Lina has one more revelation that must be shared with Anil. Might it unite them once and for all, or has it come too late?”
I got this from Transworld Publishers in their Transworld Book Group Challenge. I read it already and it’s really good!
Books I won in a giveaway
The River by Tricia Wastvedt
I won this book from Nat of In Spring it is theDawn in her givewaway during a recent Literary Giveaway Blog Hop.
From Nat’s post: “When two children drown [Not a spoiler- this is the opening scene] on an idyllic summer afternoon in 1958, the community of Cameldip is left haunted by the tragic loss. And parents Isabel and Robert suffer a grief that is as devastating as it is unrelenting.
Thirty years later, Anna arrives in Cameldip, fleeing city life and her own disappointments. She does not tell anyone that she is pregnant. Anna goes to live with Isabel and unwittingly begins to unravel ties of guilt and betrayal held close for many years. When the baby arrives, powerful feelings of loss and heartbreak begin to surface and Anna is forced to ask whether Isabel’s feelings towards the baby are entirely benign.”
Books I borrowed
”The Centenarian Who Climbed Out The Window And Disappeared“ by Jonas Jonasson
I borrowed this book, not translated into English yet, from my mother. She loved the book and so did one of my friends. The book was originally written in Swedish.
From the author’s website: “On his hundredth birthday, just as the celebrations are about to begin out in the lounge in the old people’s home, Allan Karlsson hastily decides that he wants nothing to do with the party. He climbs through his window and disappears – and soon he has turned the whole nation on its head. He does have some experience in these matters. He has previously done the same thing with the world.”
Bonita Avenue by Peter Buwalda
This book, by a Dutch writer, is also not translated into English. It may yet happen, as it is on a shortlist for a Dutch debut prize. This is also the reason I want to read it. I agreed to read all 5 books on the shortlist, and if I do, my vote counts twice. I borrowed it from a friend, as it didn’t look good enough to buy. We’ll see.
Books I bought
The School of Essential Ingredients by Erica Bauermeister
I bought this book as a “bookazine” which is a book on cheap paper in the form of a magazine. Every month there is a new bookazine and when I think it’s a good title (and one I haven’t read yet!), I usually buy it. It’s low-price.
From the author’s website: “Once a month on Monday night, eight students gather in Lillian’s restaurant kitchen for a cooking class. They come to learn the art behind Lillian’s dishes, but it soon becomes clear that each one unknowingly seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen. One by one, they are transformed by the aromas, flavors, and textures of what they create. Over time, the paths of the students intermingle and intertwine, and the essence of Lillian’s cooking expands beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of their lives, with results that are often unexpected and always delicious.”
Have you read any of these books? Which of these would appeal to you?