New Arrivals!

I’m a bit worried about April, I have so many books lined up that I “have to” read. {Sigh} But anyway, here are some new books that I will either read soon, or put on the shelf to ogle for the rest of the month.

Books for review

The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu

The Hairdresser of Harare by Tendai Huchu

I received this book for review from the author.

From the publisher’s website: “Vimbai is a hairdresser, the best in Mrs Khumalo’s salon, and she knows she is the queen on whom they all depend. Her situation is reversed when the good-looking, smooth-talking Dumisani joins them. However, his charm and desire to please slowly erode Vimbai’s rancour and when he needs somewhere to live, Vimbai becomes his landlady.

So, when Dumisani needs someone to accompany him to his brother’s wedding to help smooth over a family upset, Vimbai obliges. Startled to find that this smart hairdresser is the scion of one of the wealthiest families in Harare, she is equally surprised by the warmth of their welcome; and it is their subsequent generosity which appears to foster the relationship between the two young people.

The ambiguity of this deepening friendship – used or embraced by Dumisani and Vimbai with different futures in mind – collapses in unexpected brutality when secrets and jealousies are exposed.”

The Reconstructionist by Nick Arvin

The Reconstructionist by Nick Arvin

I received this book for review from Harper Perennial. From their website: “One instant can change an entire lifetime. As a boy, Ellis Barstow heard the sound of the collision that killed Christopher, his older half-brother—an accident that would haunt him for years. A decade later, searching for purpose after college, Ellis takes a job as a forensic reconstructionist, investigating and recreating the details of fatal car accidents—under the tutelage of the irascible John Boggs, who married Christopher’s girlfriend.

He takes naturally to the work, fascinated by the task of trying to find reason, and justice, within the seemingly random chaos of smashed glass, cracked fenders, and broken lives. But Ellis is harboring secrets of his own—his haunted memory of the car crash that killed his brother, but also his feelings for Boggs’s wife, Heather, which soon ripen into a full-blown affair. And when Boggs inexplicably disappears, Ellis sets out to find him . . . and to try to make sense of the crash site his own life has become.”

Books I bought

The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody

The Four Fingers of Death by Rick Moody

I saw this book at my local book shop several times and I was so tempted. This is a beautiful big book, an American print (i.e., nice and floppy, stays open on the page that you fold it open on – unlike European paperbacks). So, after three separate visits staring at the book, I bought it. I’m not even sure I’ll like it! It seems… odd! But intriguing.

From the publisher’s website: “Montese Crandall is a downtrodden writer whose rare collection of baseball cards won’t sustain him, financially or emotionally, through the grave illness of his wife. Luckily, he swindles himself a job churning out a novelization of the 2025 remake of a 1963 horror film, The Crawling Hand. Crandall tells therein of the United States, in a bid to regain global eminence, launching at last its doomed manned mission to Mars. Three space pods with nine Americans on board travel three months, expecting to spend three years as the planet’s first colonists. When a secret mission to retrieve a flesh-eating bacterium for use in bio-warfare is uncovered, mayhem ensues.

Only a lonely human arm (missing its middle finger) returns to earth, crash-landing in the Arizona desert. The arm may hold the secret to reanimation or it may simply be an infectious killing machine. It’s crawl through the heartbroken wasteland of civilization is recorded in this stunningly inventive, sometimes hilarious, monumental novel.”

Grip by Stephan Enter

Grip by Stefan Enter

I bought this book at my local book store during Dutch Book Week (see below) when the author came to talk about this and his other books. I had my copy signed and it was good fun to listen to him talk.

It’s about four people who meet up 20 years after they finished their studies, when they were friends. There was an incident near the Lofoten, above the Arctic Circle, many years ago in which the group was involved. They are still confused about what exactly happened.

Heldere hemel by Tom Lanoye

Heldere hemel [Clear Skies] by Tom Lanoye

This book was a gift that was handed out to anyone who bought a book during the Dutch book week. During the book week (actually 10 days long), there is a lot of book promotion, author signings and lectures, etc.

Via Bookmooch

None You're One of Us by Asa Nonami

Now You’re One of Us by Asa Nonami

I got this book via Bookmooch, a book swapping site. This book was recommended by someone, but who was it again? 🙂

From the publisher’s website: “It is said that marriage is about compromise, and no one understands this more than newlywed Noriko, who marries into the well-established Shito family. Four generations, eight in-laws—all under one roof—is an untenable proposition, unsettling at best for any bride, but Noriko’s new family members are sweet and caring. Living with them is a delight, and Noriko seems to have the perfect marriage.

Yet, the appearance of a disheveled man—asking suspicious questions about her new in-laws—plants a seed of doubt in Noriko’s mind, while she is hanging laundry one morning. Paranoia grows. The unusual behavior of her new family, which she once perceived as charming eccentricities, now appear to be sinister in nature. Their kind smiles, once filled with warmth, now disguise dark secrets. As Noriko delves deeper into the family’s machinations, she awakens to the horrifying reality of “marital compromise.”

Have you read any of these books? 

Which of these would appeal to you?


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17 Responses to New Arrivals!

  1. Leslie says:

    The Reconstructionist sounds good… another one for my list.

    I’m still recovering from Bloggiesta. I’m almost caught up with ‘life’ again.

    • Leeswammes says:

      I think you’d like The Reconstructionist, Leslie. I’m enjoying the fruits of my Bloggiesta labor. Every day, I press Publish and a previously prepared post goes live. Not much I need to do right no. Wonderful!

  2. Rikki says:

    Nice haul, Judith. Like Leslie, I am also still recovering and finishing up a few loose ends (I finally figured out how to change the gravatar for ALL sites).

    • Leeswammes says:

      Rikki, some things need more work than you initially think, like changing a header, then changing the gravatar to go with it. I still have a silly gravatar somewhere (not my picture, another one!).

  3. I haven’t read or heard of any of these books. interested to see what you think of them though.

  4. So many of these look good. I do have a copy of the Reconstructionist, but haven’t read it.

    • Leeswammes says:

      I’m enjoying *The Reconstructionist*, Diane. Hope you will too. I think it’s more of a man’s book than a woman’s but if you like to read widely, it’s a nice read anyway.

  5. bibliosue says:

    Wow, these all sound interesting, especially The Hairdresser of Harare.

  6. Mari Partyka says:

    Just a quick post, in case it doesn’t publish… I have been having issues with WP for a week.

    I am interested to read your review of Now You’re One of Us. This book piques my interest.


  7. Ellie says:

    I read The Hairdresser of Harare last year, great little book and it’s always interesting to read about day to day life in other cultures.

  8. Aths says:

    I enjoyed Hairdresser of Harare a lot! I hope you like it too, and I’ll be eager to hear your thoughts.

    • Leeswammes says:

      Aths, I’ve just started *The Hairdresser of Harare* and so far, I’m enjoying it too. It’s a short book so I should finish it this weekend (I’m reading several books at the same time, though).

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