October 26, 2011 22 Comments
Oh dear, I’ve got friendly with the delivery man again, it seems! Quite a few new books. Yes, I love it! I present you with just the books I got for review, as the list would get too long otherwise. I’ll leave the others till next time.
Books for review
The Ugly Sister by Jane Fallon
I got this book from PenguinBenelux. I read it last week and enjoyed it a lot.
It’s about a thirty-something woman, single but with a daughter who’s going on a gap year. Her sister in London invites her to come and stay over the summer with her and her family. Her sister is a famous fashion model and they have been out of touch for a while. This is a good opportunity to become closer again. But does the sister only want a free nanny?
The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar
An ARC from Harper.
Description (from the inside cover): “University students in late-1970s Bombay, Armaiti, Laleh, Kavita, and Nishta were inseparable. […] Following different paths, the quartet has drifted apart, and the day-to-day demands of work and family have tempered the revolutionay fervor they shared.
Then comes devastating news: Armaiti, who moved to America, is gravely ill and wants to see the old friends she left behind. […] In the course of their journey to reconnect, [the four women] must confront the truths of their lives – acknowledge long-held regrets, face painful secrets and hidden desires, and reconcile their idealistic past and their compromised present.”
Korte verhalen schrijven [Writing Short Stories]
by Ton Rozeman
From Dutch publishers Augustus for review, and they sent a second copy that I will give away on my Dutch blog.
About a new way of writing short stories: treating a story as a photograph with borders, light fall, etc.
Men Dancing by Cherry Radford
For review from the author.
Description: “Dr Rosie Buchanan – weary hospital scientist, frustrated musician, cheated wife and struggling mother – finds herself sitting next to charismatic Royal Ballet star Alejandro Cortés on a London train. Half an hour later, she starts to feel she’s misheard her true calling – and is soon doing research of a very different kind.
Rosie arranges a bogus research visit at Alejandro’s home, and is thrilled when he and his girlfriend ask her to teach them the piano. And she tries to overcome the pain of her failing marriage to Jez, and the obsession with Alejandro, by accepting comfort from consultant Ricardo Pereira. But so begins a complex dance of passion, betrayal, loss and redemption…”
The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn
From Netgalley. Officially, I don’t read ebooks, but I’d seen a few positive reviews about this so I wanted to give it a go.
Description: “Inspired by a supermarket encounter with a woman loading up on processed foods, Flinn decided to use her culinary training to help nine novice cooks find their cooking confidence. The Kitchen Counter Cooking School takes these lessons and provides practical, healthy tips to boost your culinary self-confidence, and strategies to get the most from your grocery dollars, as well as simple recipes to get you cooking.”
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Something completely different: there is still time to enter my Ugly Covers giveaway for a book with quite an ugly cover (paperback or Kindle version, both world-wide): The Human Race by O. C. Heaton. Look at the end of this post for the giveaway.