March 14, 2012 24 Comments
More new books! I’ve been happily reading I Am Legend by Richard Matheson, that I got a few weeks ago. Such a short book, almost done. But no worries, more books have arrived!
Books for review
The Taste of Tomorrow by Josh Schonwald
I love books about food and how it’s produced and how we could do better. This one I got for review from Harper.
From the publisher’s website: “Journalist Josh Schonwald set out on a journey to discover what the “salad, meat, seafood, and Kung Pao chicken of the future” might look like. It would take him across the country and into farms and labs around the globe. From Alice Waters’ micro farm to a secret Pentagon facility that has quietly shaped the American supermarket, The Taste of Tomorrow is a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse at what we eat today—and what we’ll be eating tomorrow. […]
In this lively and fascinating book, Schonwald explains why American food trendspotters are obsessed with Japan, why some foods explode on the scene virtually overnight while others take decades—and countless failures—to catch on. And he doesn’t shy away from controversy: he ultimately comes out on the side of emerging scientific breakthroughs in the field—genetic engineering, nanotechnology, food processing—to feed the globe’s exploding (and hungry) population.”
Dirt by David Vann
I loved both previous books by this author, Caribou Island and Sukwann Island and I’m really looking forward to this new book, that I got for review from Harper (egalley).
From the publisher’s website: “The year is 1985 and twenty-two-year-old Galen lives with his emotionally dependent mother in a secluded old house with a walnut orchard in a suburb of Sacramento. He doesn’t know who his father is, his abusive grandfather is dead, and his grandmother, losing her memory, has been shipped off to a nursing home. Galen and his mother survive on old family money—an inheritance that his Aunt Helen and seventeen-year-old cousin, Jennifer, are determined to get their hands on.
A bulimic vegetarian who considers himself an old soul, Galen is a New Age believer on a warpath toward transcendence, practicing meditation, firewalking, etheric surgery, and authentic movement. He yearns for transformation: to free himself from the corporeal, to be as weightless as air, to walk on water. But he’s powerless to stop the manic binges that overtake him, leading him to gorge on meat and other forbidden desires, including sex. A prisoner of his body, he is obsessed with thoughts of the boldly flirtatious Jennifer, and dreams of shedding himself of the clinging mother whose fears and needs also weigh him down.
When the family takes a trip to an old cabin in the Sierras, near South Lake Tahoe, tensions crescendo. Caught in a compromising position, Galen will discover the shocking truth of just how far he will go to attain the transcendence he craves. ”
A Book and a bag I won
Tote Bag, and The Third by Abel Keogh
From Kristi at PeetSwea I won a tote bag from her etsy store, which was very lovely packed and is very beautiful (the picture doesn’t do it justice). With my prize came a book of my choice from the Book Depository, and I chose The Third which had been on my wishlist since Parajunkee mentioned it on her blog.
From the author’s website: “When Ransom Lawe, a recycler in the Pacific Northwest, finds out his wife is pregnant with their third—and therefore illegal—child, he’s forced to choose between the government who proclaims a desire to save the planet and his hope for a place where his family can live in freedom. But with the Census Bureau Sentinels closing in on his wife and unborn child, Ransom’s choice will either save his family or tear them apart forever.”
Book from the library
Just in Case by Meg Rosoff
This book is one that I just ran into in the library. I needed a book for the A-Z challenge, with the title starting with a “J”. This was the only book I could see when scanning the shelves, and it seems a quick YA read, so I didn’t mind. Who know, I may just have ran into a great book that missed a mention on my wishlist? And it won a Carnegie medal!
From the publisher’s website: “What if Fate were out to get you? The day David Case saves his brother’s life, his whole world changes. He must hide, become an entirely new person to escape Fate… if he can.
This stunning, thought-provoking and darkly comic novel for teenage readers was one of the most eagerly awaited books of 2006.”