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Friday, November 1, 2013

Book Haul~1st November!!

Very excited to bring you this first day of November Book Haul which I hope is just a sign of things to come this month!  This is going to be a fabulous month for books, I just know it, and I can't wait to get started telling you about the books in my new stash.  First, though, I hope you won't completely go crazy with the way these books are turning over in reviews these past couple of months and going forward.  I'm loving the eclectic selections and am reading them like chocolate pieces...then flipping them on to you.  I hope you're enjoying the quick reviews.

HERE's the first book I've been reading already and dying to tell you about:


An "extraordinary"* and "breathtaking"** debut about a family given an impossible miracle and a second chance at life.

Harold and Lucille Hargrave's lives have been both joyful and sorrowful in the decades since their only son, Jacob, died tragically at his eighth birthday party in 1966. In their old age they've settled comfortably into life without him, their wounds tempered through the grace of time…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, their sweet, precocious child, still eight years old.
All over the world people's loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why this is happening, whether it's a miracle or a sign of the end. Not even Harold and Lucille can agree on whether the boy is real or a wondrous imitation, but one thing they know for sure: he's their son. As chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited Hargrave family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality and a conflict that threatens to unravel the very meaning of what it is to be human.

AMAZING book!  I'm completely taken by it.  If any of you are familiar with the prophesy in the Bible about those who will be "taken," you'll love reading about this story of "the returned." Published by Harlequin/Mira.

This is a book I've been so excited to read since I read a small snippet of it on Amazon last week.  Had to order it, and then communicated with the author to see if she would come and give us an interview.  She said, "Yes!"  I can hardly wait to read this one and report back to you with Jennifer Dubois's question and answer dialog.   This one is a Random House publication.  Here's a summary of the book:


Written with the riveting storytelling of authors like Emma Donoghue, Adam Johnson, Ann Patchett, and Curtis Sittenfeld, Cartwheel is a suspenseful and haunting novel of an American foreign exchange student arrested for murder, and a father trying to hold his family together.

When Lily Hayes arrives in Buenos Aires for her semester abroad, she is enchanted by everything she encounters: the colorful buildings, the street food, the handsome, elusive man next door. Her studious roommate Katy is a bit of a bore, but Lily didn’t come to Argentina to hang out with other Americans.

Five weeks later, Katy is found brutally murdered in their shared home, and Lily is the prime suspect. But who is Lily Hayes? It depends on who’s asking. As the case takes shape—revealing deceptions, secrets, and suspicious DNA—Lily appears alternately sinister and guileless through the eyes of those around her: the media, her family, the man who loves her and the man who seeks her conviction. With mordant wit and keen emotional insight, Cartwheel offers a prismatic investigation of the ways we decide what to see—and to believe—in one another and ourselves.

In Cartwheel, duBois delivers a novel of propulsive psychological suspense and rare moral nuance. No two readers will agree who Lily is and what happened to her roommate. Cartwheel will keep you guessing until the final page, and its questions about how well we really know ourselves will linger well beyond.

OMG...this one has the highest of praise from all literary circles and well-known authors this season.  It's a New York Times #1 Bestseller...  I have heard such good things about it, I had to find out for myself.  Here's the scoop on the story:

"Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret—something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive. . . .
Cecilia Fitzpatrick has achieved it all—she’s an incredibly successful businesswoman, a pillar of her small community, and a devoted wife and mother. Her life is as orderly and spotless as her home. But that letter is about to change everything, and not just for her: Rachel and Tess barely know Cecilia—or each other—but they too are about to feel the earth-shattering repercussions of her husband’s secret.
Acclaimed author Liane Moriarty has written a gripping, thought-provoking novel about how well it is really possible to know our spouses—and, ultimately, ourselves."

Sounds good!!!   Published by Putnam.

NOW for the flip side!!  :]  One of the reviewers on the back cover comments that "An intensifying mood of menace pervades this mesmerizing debut.  Is the fragile Marta slipping into paranoia?..."
I think this is going to be a grabber!  Can't wait to read it.   Published by:  St. Martin's Press


In the tradition of Emma Donoghue's Room and S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, How To Be a Good Wife by Emma Chapman is a haunting literary debut about a woman who begins having visions that make her question everything she knows.

Marta and Hector have been married for a long time. Through the good and bad; through raising a son and sending him off to life after university. So long, in fact, that Marta finds it difficult to remember her life ...


A Winner of the Alex Award, a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for First Fiction, named a Best Book of the Year by NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The customers are few, and they never seem to buy anything—instead, they “check out” large, obscure volumes from strange corners of the store. Suspicious, Clay engineers an analysis of the clientele’s behavior, seeking help from his variously talented friends. But when they bring their findings to Mr. Penumbra, they discover the bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls. Rendered with irresistible brio and dazzling intelligence, Robin Sloan's Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave.

This one was kindly sent and published by Picador.  I know it's been around a little while, but I wasn't able to get a copy before now.  I'm really looking forward to reading it.  I love books about and around books, libraries and bookstores.  This one is supposed to be excellent.

This is also a book published by Picador.  It really caught my attention and looks like one of those little treasures we'd find in a small bookstore.  I'm excited to delve into it soon.  Here's an overview:

A New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice
Rory Hendrix, the least likely of Girl Scouts, hasn’t got a troop or a badge to call her own. But she still borrows the Handbook from the elementary school library to pore over its advice, looking for tips to get off the Calle—the Reno trailer park where she lives with her mother, Jo, the sweet-faced, hard-luck bartender at the Truck Stop.
Rory’s been told she is one of the “third-generation bastards surely on the road to whoredom,” and she’s determined to break the cycle. As Rory struggles with her mother’s habit of trusting the wrong men, and the mixed blessing of being too smart for her own good, she finds refuge in books and language. From diary entries, social workers' reports, story problems, arrest records, family lore, and her grandmother’s letters, Tupelo Hassman's Girlchild crafts a devastating collage that shows us Rory's world while she searches for the way out of it.

I was graciously sent this copy by Broadway/Crown Publishing.  What a gorgeous cover.  And they sent me a sheet of the estate recipes and some tea.  :]   How could I resist an immediate perusal of this wonderful book which is chock full of pictures?!  Love it.  To be reviewed very soon...


Lady Catherine, the Earl, and the Real Downton Abbey, a transporting companion piece to the New York Times bestseller Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey, tells the story of Catherine Wendell, the beautiful and spirited American woman who married Lady Almina’s son, the man who would become the 6th Earl of Carnarvon. The couple presided over Highclere Castle, the grand estate that serves as the setting for the hit PBS show Downton Abbey.

I purchased "Insurgent" because I also purchased "Allegiant" yesterday.  I want to finish the "Divergent" series which I started...what?....3 years ago?  I loved "Divergent" and can't wait to finish the whole thing.  I understand a movie is forth-coming.  Highly recommend the first book...I'll let you know about the last ones. :]


One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.


What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

trailer of the movie "Divergent"


I'm currently reading:

The Returned    by Jason Mott
Keeper    by Andrea Gillies
We Are Water    by Wally Lamb
Insurgent    by Veronica Roth

Hope you're enjoying your own book haul...go out and get some books!!




I don't think there's a stinker in the bunch!


You've got some great reading ahead. I'm especially interested in The Husband's Secret, How to be a Good Wife, and Mr. Penumbra - enjoy!

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