Friday Finds ~ 2.20.09

friday-findsHere’s a list of what’s going on my wish list this week.

This week’s list is massive just because I haven’t been able to do this in so long. I had a lot of good stuff that I had been making notes on.  It’s like my own mini-blog carnival.

A Country Called Home, by Kim Barnes reviewed by Gwen at Literary License.  Gwen writes: “Despite her gift with landscapes, Barnes does not shortchange the human element of this story, and A Country Called Home is populated with sympathetic characters and several lively plot lines.”

The Enchantment of Lily Dahl, by Siri Hustvedt reviewed by Jill at The Magic Lasso.  Jill writes: “Part love story, part mystery, The Enchantment of Lily Dahl was aloof, mysterious and intense. With every page, I was sucked into the lives of Lily and her acquaintances.”

Good To A Fault, by Marina Endicott reviewed by Avis at She Reads and Reads.  Avis writes: “Although in one sense not much happens in this book, there is a quiet intensity about it that completely drew me in.”

Hunger: An Unnatural History
, by Sharman Apt Russell reviewed by Rebecca at  Rebbecca Reads Rebecca writes: “Then she goes beyond the science of hunger and into the social aspects by reviewing the history of how we learned to help starving people
recover and the various current worldwide issues surrounding hunger, from Anorexia Nervosa to refugees. It is an intriguing look into a social problem that everyone experiences, even to a small extent, every day.”

Loving Frank, by Nancy Horan reviewed by Sheri at A Novel Menagerie. Sheri writes: “In the early 1900’s, divorce was highly unattainable and required two years of separation from your spouse to obtain.  In most cases, the women were not granted custody of her children in the case of divorce. Consequently, leaving Edwin to pursue a life with Frank meant a high
probability of losing her kids.”

Mistress Shakespeare, by Karen Harper reviewed by Jen at Devourer of Books. Jen writes: “Generally I like my historical fiction to be about real people: kings, queens, playwrights.  This, however, worked perfectly for me and provided great insight into the world of Elizabethan England outside of the court.”

Now You See Him, by Eli Gottlieb reviewed by Lisa at Books on the Brain.  Lisa writes: “There are numerous plot twists and turns (good ones that I didn’t see coming) and there is suspense, but I would not go so far as to call Now You See Him a thriller.  It’s a psychological study of the inner life and failings of an ordinary guy in a dead end job and an unsatisfying,
lonely marriage, a man who is questioning where he has been and where he is going- kind of an early mid-life crisis.”

Roanoke, Margaret Lawrence by reviewed at The Tome Traveler’s Weblog. The Tome Traveler writes: “The novelist’s answer to the old mystery of what happened to the vanished English colony on Roanoke Island is skilfully woven into this
fascinating story. I would recommend Roanoke to anyone who likes historical fiction or mysteries.”

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins reviewed by Jessica at Both Eyes Book Blog. Jessica writes: “Wow!  I ate up The Hunger Games with a big spoon.  It was so exciting, I about lost my mind.  I actually considered taking a vacation day from work so I could finish it sooner.”

The School of Essential Ingredients, by Erica Bauermeister was recommended to me by Kathy at Bermudaonion and Jen at Devourer of Books after read my Literary Feast post featuring People of The Book, by Geraldine Brooks.  It looks mighty good indeed.

The Triumph of Deborah
, reviewed by Sheri at A Novel Menagerie. Sheri writes: “The book
was a lengthy, detailed story that held my attention the entire time. However, there were times that I hoped it would move faster because I wanted certain outcomes to occur sooner than they did. This is of no fault of the author; rather it was my impatience that good things happen to my favorite characters.”

The Well, by Mildred D. Taylor reviewed by Natasha at Maw Books Blog.  Natasha writes: “An excellent and emotional novel that shares a powerful message about racism and character.”  I’ve read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and Let The Circle Be Unbroken when I was a kid, but I didn’t know there was another one that came before.  I loved these books growing up.

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  1. Thanks for mentioning one of my reviews in your post! If you do read the book, I hope you enjoy it. There are lots of other books on your list that I want to read!
    I really like the way you formatted this post, by the way (although I also really like to see the covers of the books).