January 25, 2013 24 Comments
Books are like buses: you don’t see any new ones for a while and then they arrive three at a time! đź™‚ Here are the books I received for review recently.
Books for review
Still by Roelof Bakker
I saw this book on Parrish Lantern and left a comment, upon which the author contacted me and asked me if I wanted to review the book, too. I am very curious about it, although I’m not really a short story reader. In this case, there are short stories by over 20 authors, all inspired by photographs taken by Roelof Bakker of an old town hall in London.
The publisher says: “StillÂ combines twenty-six new short stories with the photographs that were the inspiration for the writing.
Writers were invited by artist-photographer Roelof Bakker toÂ select a photograph from his projectÂ Still, an investigation of vacated interior spaces at Hornsey Town Hall in north London, and to write a story taking the chosen photograph to a new place with a fresh meaning â€“ away from the original physical setting.”
Rubbernecker by Belinda Bauer (ebook)
I received this book for review from the publishers via Netgalley. I loved Bauer’s debut novel,Â Blacklands. This new thriller is very different but very good, too! I finished it already. Keep an eye out for my 5-star review about a young man with Asperger’s syndrome who goes and solves a murder.
From the author’s website: “‘The dead can’t speak to us,’ Professor Madoc had said.
That was a lie.Â Because the body Patrick Fort is examining in anatomy class is trying to tell him all kinds of things.
Life is already strange enough for the obsessive Patrick without having to solve a possible murder. Especially when no one believes a crime has even taken place. Now he must stay out of danger long enough to unravel the mystery – while he dissects his own evidence.
But as Patrick learns one truth from a dead man, he discovers there have been many other lies closer to home…”
The Truth About Love & Lightning by Susan McBride
For review from William Morrow (HarperCollins). This sounds like a good story about family relationships. A man without memory will likely add excitement to the story!
From the publisher: “As far as Gretchen Brink is concerned, the tornado that just ripped through her land has nothing on the storms of a different sort happening all around her. Her grown daughter, Abby, has returned home with news that she’s pregnant, and no, she’s not sure whether she’s going to marry the father. A man with no memory has been dropped practically on her doorstep. And the not-so-little white lie she’s been telling for years is about to catch up with her.
Abby is sure that the mysterious man is her long-lost father, Sam, who has finally returned just when she needs him most. As Abby, Gretchen, and the Man Who Might Be Sam get closer, the lie Gretchen told all those years ago begins to haunt her. When her secrets come out, and Sam’s past is finally revealed, will it tear down this fragile life they’ve builtâ€”or will the truth bring them all closer together?”
Vanity Fare by Megan Caldwell
Also from review fromÂ William Morrow (HarperCollins). I was totally attracted by the cover (I mean, the biscuits) and I love stories about cooking! Also, I love stories about women that manage to improve their life after a bad time.
From the publisher: “Molly Hagan is overwhelmed.Â Her husband left her for a younger, blonder woman; her six-year-old son is questioning her authority, and now so is she. In order to pay her Brooklyn rent and keep her son supplied with PokĂ©mon and Legos, not to mention food and clothing, she has to get a jobâ€”fast.
So when an old friend offers Molly a freelance position copywriting for a new bakery, finding romance is just about the last thing on her mind. But the sexy British pastry chef who’s heading up the bakery has other thoughts. And then so does Molly, when she meets the chef’s intimidating business partnerâ€”who also happens to have a secret that might prevent Molly from getting her own happily ever after.”
A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
Somehow, I thought this book was a classic. Maybe it will be, one day, but at the least I’ve heard very good things about it. There is a paperback edition coming out, and I was offered the chance to review the book. Another review copy from William Morrow.
From the publisher: “For a curious boy like Jess Hall, growing up in Marshall means trouble when you get caught spying on grown-ups. Adventurous and precocious, Jess is protective of his older brother, Christopher, a mute whom everyone calls Stump. Though their mother has warned them not to snoop, Stump can’t help sneaking a look at something he’s not supposed toâ€”an act that will have repercussions. It’s a wrenching event that thrusts Jess into an adulthood for which he’s not prepared. He now knows that a new understanding can bring not only danger and evilâ€”but also the possibility of freedom and deliverance.
Told by resonant and evocative characters,Â A Land More Kind Than HomeÂ is a haunting tale of courage in the face of cruelty and the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all.”
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
Yet another review book from William Morrow! I find books about slaves so interesting because I find the idea that people can own other people so inconceivable. And I love books about the American South!
From the publisher: “The House Girl,Â the historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin, is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice, set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia.
Weaving together the story of an escaped slave in the preâ€“Civil War South and a determined junior lawyer,Â The House GirlÂ follows Lina Sparrow as she looks for an appropriate lead plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking compensation for families of slaves. In her research, she learns about Lu Anne Bell, a renowned prewar artist whose famous works might have actually been painted by her slave, Josephine.”
Did you get any exciting new books recently?