On My Shelves: New Book Releases – February 27 – March 5, 2011

On My Shelves

  • Dark Mirror: A Novel, by M.J. Putney – I read Dark Mirror a few weeks ago and I found it to be very enjoyable. It’s the first in a series, but even though you can see that there can be more to the story, it works very well by itself.
  • I Am J, by Chris Beam – I picked this up at BEA and have held off reading it because the release date was so far away, but I looking forward to reading it because it sounds so different.


  • Townie: A Memoir – by Andre Dubus III – The House of Sand and Fog may have been one of the most devastating works of fiction that I have read, and so frustrating to experience a situation where an inability to communicate devastates lives.  Dubus’ life seems equally fraught with violence and tension, so I admit to a little curiosity on how they have informed his work.
  • Cleaning Nabokov’s House: A Novel, by Leslie Daniels – Jen and I are always on the lookout for fiction re-telling a classic story or an author’s life. We also featured this one on our classic retelling preview show.
  • Rodin’s Debutante: A Novel, by Ward Just – Sweepin saga of a the graduate of a boy’s school circa WWI.

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  1. I love the cover of Dark Mirror and have added it to my wishlist as well. Deliverance From Evil has to go on my wishlist as well because any book on the Salem witch trials is one that I want to read. Hope you get to enjoy all of these soon!

  2. Cleaning Nabakov’s House and Royal Sisters really intrigue me – looking forward to your reviews! Looks like you have some great reading ahead!

  3. Ooo! So many wonderful books! Andre Dubus’s memoir really interests me. I love his writing and have read a little bit about him. His life has been very difficult at times. I’m interested to see what he writes.
    Tiger, Tiger and Royal Sisters also interest me but Cleaning Nabakov’s House is at the top of my list!

    Nice post, Nicole!
    ~ Amy

  4. You have lots of great stuff there, and I am particularly interested in Tiger, Tiger and Deliverance From Evil. I am off to add these two to my list and hope that you enjoy all of the others as well!

  5. Great selection of books! Sorry I haven’t had a chance to visit and comment… between being out of the country for three weeks and my mom’s illness… I’m finding it hard to find time to sit and relax this year.

    I’m off to see what you have been up to! 🙂 Have a great week.

  6. Oh I didn’t realize Townie was a memoir. Should be interesting! I just started Dark Mirror last night and so far I’m enjoying it. I haven’t read any Jean Plaidy either so you’ll have to keep us posted. She’s written a ton of books hasn’t she.

  7. Oh, my goodness – I wouldn’t even know which one to start first! Good luck picking one – maybe Deliverance From Evil? I’m always fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials – The Heretic’s Daughter is a recent favorite of mine.

  8. I just read a review of Townie in the NY Times. Of these I think that is the one I will want to read first. I just loved House of Sand and Fog and will look forward to knowing more about the author.