May 9, 2012 25 Comments
Some new books! I love getting new books and these days I seem to get mainly good ones.
Books for review
Dinner at Mine by Chris Smyth
I got this book for review from Simon & Schuster UK. I love books about food. I already read this (it seemed so much fun that I couldn’t leave it on the shelves for long) and it was really good!
From the publisher’s website: “When Rosie decides to get her friends together for their very own version of Come Dine With Me she’s bursting with excitement, even though her husband Stephen is less than keen. But Rosie is adamant. Four couples, each hosting a dinner party on a different night of the week, with a prize at the end for the best one. It’ll be a good laugh, won’t it? And a great way for everyone to get to know each other. What could possibly go wrong?
What Rosie doesn’t anticipate are the lengths her fellow hosts might be prepared to go to in order to claim the prize — outlandish recipes, rare ingredients sourced from abroad, and a chocolate tart that looks just too good to be homemade… But perhaps she should be more worried about the mounting tension between the guests, as backbiting breaks out over the appetisers and a glass of wine too many leads to indiscreet flirtation. As the pressure in the kitchen rises, relationships begin to crack under strain, high-minded principles collide and the oven gloves come off… But that’s all part of the fun. Isn’t it?”
The Uninvited Guests by Sadie Jones
I’ve read and enjoyed The Outcast by Sadie Jones, and this new book looks very interesting. Just read the description below. I’m intrigued! What are these uninvited guests going to stir up? I got this book for review from Harper.
From the publisher’s website: “With some apprehension, the Torrington family is about to celebrate the twentieth birthday of Emerald, the second of three children. Their housekeeper, Florence, plans an elaborate dinner for the family and a few close friends. Charlotte and her children—the romantically handsome and callow Clovis; nine-year old Imogen, known as Smudge, who plots a “Great Undertaking” for the evening; and Emerald herself—are disconsolate at the thought of losing Sterne, their beloved family home.
Originally purchased by Horace Torrington, Charlotte’s first husband and the children’s father, Sterne has become too expensive for the financially strapped family to maintain. Since Horace’s death and Charlotte’s remarriage to Edward Swift, the house remains an important link to the past, a symbol of the family’s position that is intertwined with their sense of identity.
As Edward sets off for Manchester in hopes of obtaining a loan, the rest of the family begins preparing for the dinner party. An evening unlike any other awaits them. Little can the Torringtons imagine, that more than just a few intimate friends are about to arrive at Sterne . . .”
The Cottage at Glass Beach by Heather Barbieri
This sounds like a nice good-weather read. I reviewed it from Harper for review.
From the publisher’s website: “Married to the youngest attorney general in Massachusetts state history, forty-year-old Nora Cunningham is a picture perfect political wife and doting mother. But her carefully constructed life falls to pieces when she–along with the rest of the world – learns of her husband Malcolm’s infidelity.
Humiliated, hurt, hounded by the press, Nora packs up her daughters, Annie, seven, and Ella, twelve, and takes refuge with her maternal aunt on Burke’s Island, a craggy spit of land off the coast of Maine. Settled by Irish immigrants, the island is a place where superstition and magic are carried on the ocean winds, and wishes and dreams wash ashore with the changing tides.
Nora spent her first five years on the island but has not been back to the remote community for decades—not since that long ago summer when her mother disappeared at sea. One night, while sitting alone on Glass Beach, below the cottage where she spent her childhood, Nora succumbs to grief, her tears flowing into the ocean. Days later she finds an enigmatic fisherman, Owen Kavanagh, shipwrecked on the rocks nearby. Is he, as her aunt’s friend Polly suggests, a selkie, a mythical being of island legend, summoned by her heartbreak; or simply someone who, like Nora, is trying to find his way in the wake of his own personal struggles?
Just as she begins to regain her balance, her young daughters embark on a reckless odyssey of their own, a journey that will force Nora to find the courage to chart her own course—and finally face the truth about her marriage, her mother, and her past.”
The Duplicate by Helen Fitzgerald
From amazon.com: “Barbara isn’t the most popular girl in school and she’s hoping that the Ruth Warren self-help book can help her navigate through the questions in her life. How can she get Beth to be her friend? Why is Beth so popular? How can she get her true love, Tim, to notice her?
What is her mad scientist uncle working on in his basement laboratory? Why does he need an alcoholic homeless woman to live with them for nine months? The terrible answers will affect Barbara’s entire life and most of all, her own daughter.”
Books I won
Perfecte stilte [Perfect Silence] by Thomas Verbogt
I won this book on Twitter from Leestweeps, a Dutch Twitter book-discussion group. I discussed When God Was a Rabbit with them last month, and next month this book will be the focus. My tweet about why reading is so important to me was one of the winners! My Tweet: “Reading is a basic necessity of life. When no books are available, I’ll read jam jars.”
On the website of the publishers (translated): “Documentary maker David Kromweg has no idea how brave he is until he ends up in a dangerous situation. He is surprised about his behaviour, he is a different person than he thought he was. What does this say about him and about his life? “
From the library