Thursday, August 20, 2009

Friday Finds: 21 August 2009

For some reason I don't have many new finds this week. Just two, really – one fiction and one nonfiction.

Fiction first. Selden Edwards' novel The Little Book isn't really new; it came out last year, but I'm just now hearing about it. The publisher's description calls it a story of a man's "dislocation in time." Sounds like part sci-fi and part mystery tale, which would make it a perfect book for me.

And my nonfiction find is Fred Kaplan's 1959: The Year Everything Changed, which was published earlier this summer. Kaplan argues that instead of focusing entirely on the cultural changes of the '60s, we should really look at 1959 as the year "that ushered in the wave of tremendous cultural, political, and scientific shifts that would play out in the turbulent decades that followed." Well, of course, the culture was beginning to change even before 1959, but it's an interesting theory and the book sounds like a great read. Especially for those of us who actually lived through the period. Yes, the codgers, to be more precise.

Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by mizb17 at Should Be Reading. Participants are asked to share with other bloggers about the new-to-you books found during the week - books you either want to add to your TBR list, or that you just heard about that sound interesting.


  1. It sounds to me like your Gonna Read Someday list is growing!

    I had to save the baklava because I'm diabetic, and I have to watch those carbs!

  2. Thanks for finding 1959. That is the year both my husband and I graduated from high school. We are heading to his 50th reunion in September and this would be a great book to read prior. I'm going to order it tonight. Thanks again. (Yes we are codgers.)

  3. I just looked at "The Little Book" tonight! I have to say, though, that the 1959 book looks really interesting. I didn't see it, or else I didn't notice it but I think I will check it out.


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