Wednesday, May 30, 2012

May Acquisitions



Four wonderful books found their way to my house this month. From the top:

Tabloid City by Pete Hamill (audiobook) - When Kathy heard I was a fan, she generously offered to send her copy. This is a book only Pete Hamill could write. My review is coming in June.

We Bury the Landscape by Kristine Ong Muslim -  I won this book through a blog giveaway. It's a collection of flash fiction in which each story is based on a work of art - ingenious!

Butterfly's Child by Angela Davis-Gardner  -  This novel was sent by the lovely Bellezza after I posted about my recent experience with Puccini's opera. It imagines the fate of the child after Madama Butterfly ends and is on top of my TBR pile.

Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake by Anna Quindlen is my current read/listen. The book was purchased just hours after downloading the audio from audible.com - I simply had to own a hard copy!

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  1. Ooh, hadn't realised there was a new Anna Quindlen - I'm struglging to remember the title of her last one but I remember loveing it.

    *goes to check library catalogue*

    *adds to wishlist on Amazon*

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    1. Verity - Quindlen's new book is a meditation on 'life in the 50's'. I absolutely love it, but think you have a few years to go before it will appeal ;-)

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  2. Love your photo... what a beauty, don't even need to read them. But of course, I'd want to read them, esp. after the blurbs you've offered us here... the one I'm most interested in is We Bury the Landscape. I look forward to your reviews of them all. Happy Reading!

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    1. Thanks, Arti. I haven't been reading short stories recently, so I'm hoping this title will help get me back in the habit.

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  3. Great sounding books and I love how fellow readers put some of those on your hands!

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    1. Staci - Book bloggers are the nicest people I know :-)

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  4. Oh my - I'm going to have to get my hands on the Anna Quindlen!

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    1. Lisa - I think you'd enjoy Quindlen's book... I'm loving it!

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  5. Of course, I loved the Quindlen one:) Hope the others are just as good.

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  6. Diane - Your review was the one that convinced me to read Quindlen's book. I'm loving it!

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  7. It looks like you had a lovely month, book-wise. I look forward to your review of Anna Qundlen's new book. I have it on request at the library

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    1. Margot - I just know you're going to love Quindlen's book.

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  8. Being a woman "of a certain age", I keep thinking I really need to get the Anna Quindlen book. I am closing in on 50 in a few years and I need some humor on that subject.

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    1. Sandy - You've got a few years to go, but this is such a great book. I feel like she is writing my life!

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  9. Didn't Pete Hamill write "Forever", which forever stares at me at the bookstore? I need to put him down.

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    1. Matt - Yes, he did write Forever, but I haven't read it yet. I loved his novel North River and the nonfiction Downtown: My Manhattan (on audio, read by the author). A couple of years ago he was a speaker at a lecture series I attended with my book club - my favorite of the season. We decided he was the author we would most like to meet at a dinner party! I'll post a review for Tabloid City in June but, with many elements of his talk and previous books were included, it felt like a novel that was his alone.

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  10. Sounds like some great books. I haven't read any of Anna Quindlen -- do you have a favorite?

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    1. Georgia Girls - I am such a big fan of Anna Quindlen! I've enjoyed both her nonfiction and her fiction over the years. The more I listen to Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake the more I love it. It is my favorite of her books so far, but I doubt many readers under 50 would appreciate it. For fiction, I loved One True Thing and Object Lessons. Also would recommend Black and Blue and Every Last One.

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  11. I have the Quindlen book and can't wait to read it!

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    1. Kathleen - It was excellent - one of my favorites so far this year! You're in for a treat.

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