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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Book Haul~HUGE!! Sept. & October

Due to an illness in this last month, I let my book haul notices slip.  I'm better and feeling well, again.  As you can see in my reviews this past week, I'm back on top.  The situation in no way has to do or has affected my ability to read or write or think, so I'm most grateful for that!!  It had to do with my hearing, and has gotten better; especially the headaches from it.
So, I'm now off to tell you about my book hauls which have stacked up over the past 4 weeks.
Some of them are my own purchases as you will see.  I'm so psyched to get to the reviews.
I've not shown you these below:
"Rasputin's Shadow"
"The Shogun's Daughter"
because I have just reviewed or will be reviewing them in this next week.
On with the books, then....
The first really wonderful one which I'm a quarter the way through already is:

A page-turning thriller for readers of Stephen King, Gillian Flynn, and Stieg Larsson, Night Film tells the haunting story of a journalist who becomes obsessed with the mysterious death of a troubled prodigy—the daughter of an iconic, reclusive filmmaker.

This one takes a bit of patience getting into, but the illustrations/news clippings inside make it interesting to follow.  I'm loving it.
Thank you Random House for this book!!

Next Book:

Almost ten years have passed since Julia Win came back from Burma, her father’s native country. Though she is a successful Manhattan lawyer, her private life is at a crossroads; her boyfriend recently left her, she has suffered a miscarriage, and she is, despite her wealth, unhappy with her professional life. Julia is lost and exhausted.

I don't know much about this sequel to "The Art of Hearing Heartbeats" but I think it may be a good book.  I'm looking forward to seeing if it is...    I appreciate this copy from Other Press.

Next book:

From the ballrooms and mansions of Denver’s newly wealthy, to the seamy life of desperate women, Fallen Women illuminates the darkest places of the human heart.
It is the spring of 1885 and wealthy New York socialite Beret Osmundsen has been estranged from her younger sister, Lillie, for a year when she gets word from her aunt and uncle that Lillie has died suddenly in Denver.  What they do not tell her is that Lillie had become a prostitute and was brutally murdered...

I love this type of historical fiction.  Look for this to be read soon!  Many thanks to St. Martin's Press...

A book I purchased last night:

It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing...

By now everyone knows how I die for dystopians!  This one has been all over the bookish world as a great book.  So, I had to buy it for myself.  Love the cover and can't wait to get into it...   This book is published by Bloomsbury.

The end of the world was only the beginning.

In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with . . .


In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.

A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

Just had to give you the whole blurb here because this is my very favorite apocalyptic novel of the year's sequel...Please see my review of "The Passage" here in the last month.   I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book.  So, I bought it and keep staring at it as I read others I've had in line to read first!    It's published by Ballantine Books/Random House.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Last Wife of Henry VIII comes a powerful and moving novel about Catherine of Aragon, Henry VIII's first wife and mother of Mary I
When young Catherine of Aragon, proud daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, is sent to England to marry the weak Prince Arthur, she is unprepared for all that awaits her: early widowhood, the challenge of warfare with the invading Scots, and the ultimately futile attempt to provide the realm with a prince to secure the succession. She marries Arthur's energetic, athletic brother Henry, only to encounter fresh obstacles, chief among them Henry's infatuation with the alluring but wayward Anne Boleyn.

Beautiful cover on this historical fiction.  I have enjoyed Carolly Erickson's novels in the past and look forward to this one.  Published by St. Martin's Press, and many thanks for the copy!

A deeply touching Southern story filled with struggle and hope.

     Emmalee Bullard and her new baby are on their own. Or so she thinks, until Leona Lane, the older seamstress who sat by her side at the local shirt factory where both women worked as collar makers, insists Emmalee come and live with her.  Just as Emmalee prepares to escape her hardscrabble life in Red Chert holler, Leona dies tragically.  Grief-stricken, Emmalee decides she’ll make Leona’s burying dress...

I've been looking to read this book for a while, but it's in my stacks coming up.  Can hardly wait to get to it.  I'm so appreciative to Broadway Books/Crown Publishing for sending it to me, along with a darling packet of tissues to dry my tears!!

This is a book available also in paperback, which I received a copy of from the kind author.  Here's a summary:

William Darcy is obsessed with his ancestors. So much so that he intends to rebuild Pemberley (destroyed during the Uprising) stone by stone, and he wants to employ reconstruction expert Seraphene Grant to help him.

Or does he? Seraphene wasn’t born yesterday. She can smell a rat, particularly when it stinks all the way up to her airship. She knows Darcy is hiding something. But with the Authorities after her and her other options dwindling by the moment, the temptation of genuine English tea and a gorgeous Steampunk gentleman are very difficult to resist.

But what if Darcy’s mystery job courts nothing but trouble? What if Darcy is harboring a secret to kill for? When kiss comes to shove, will Darcy’s secret destroy Seraphene, or will it be her salvation?

Join us on a romantic adventure like no other in this whimsical Pride and Prejudice-inspired tribute, featuring Wickham, Georgiana, dirigibles, funky fish, and swash-buckling pirates.

Bestselling author Diane Chamberlain delivers a breakout book about a small southern town fifty years ago, and the darkest—and most hopeful—places in the human heart

After losing her parents, fifteen-year-old Ivy Hart is left to care for her grandmother, older sister and nephew as tenants on a small tobacco farm.  As she struggles with her grandmother’s aging, her sister’s mental illness and her own epilepsy, she realizes they might need more than she can give...

Oh, boy...another good one from Diane Chamberlain.  I've loved her books in the past.  With much appreciation from St. Martin's Press.

NOW here's a book I nearly fell on my knees begging for!!


The author of the classic bestsellers The Secret History and The Little Friend returns with a brilliant, highly acclaimed new novel.

Composed with the skills of a master, The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity.

It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

This summary doesn't really do justice to the genius writing skills of Donna Tartt.  She is an author of our Age.  I'm already well into the book and can hardly put it down.  Seriously, I could carry this book with me everywhere!   I'm thrilled that Little, Brown & Co. sent me a copy.  Just couldn't be more thrilled...

From the acclaimed author of The Rehearsal comes a novel about a young woman on trial for murder in nineteenth-century New Zealand.
On a blustery January day, a prostitute is arrested. In the midst of the 1866 gold rush on the coast of New Zealand, this might have gone unnoticed. But three notable events occur on that same day: a luckless drunk dies, a wealthy man vanishes, and a ship's captain of ill repute cancels all of his business and weighs anchor, as if making an escape. Anna Wetherell, the prostitute in question, is connected to all three men.

Oooo, doesn't this one sound good!?  The cover is gorgeous in reality. Huge book:  830 pages.  Many thanks to Little, Brown and Co. for the copy.


For fans of Tana French and The Silent Wife, THE LAST WINTER OF DANI LANCING is a chilling debut thriller hailed by Sophie Hannah as “brilliant” about one murder’s devastating ripple effects.

Twenty years ago, college student Dani Lancing was kidnapped and brutally murdered. The killer was never found. Dani’s family never found peace.

This is one I was waiting to read.  Have heard good things about it, and I started it only to be interrupted by a review I had to get out early.  I'm anxious to get back to it.  Kindly sent by the people at Crown Publishing.

I have a few more, but think I will break this Haul up a little and will save the rest for next week.  This post is getting too long.

I hope you enjoy reading about the new books, and hope you'll see some you'd like to pick up yourself.

Please let me know if anything appeals, and keep well...

Always,   Deborah/TheBookishDame



I'm glad you're feeling better! I'm jealous of Night Film!


Thanks, Kathy. I've gone through the mill with my hearing! You need a copy of Night Film... :]


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