Friday, April 10, 2009

Friday Finds: 10 April 2009

Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by MizB 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 (to be read) list, or that you just heard about that sounded interesting.

This week I'm a little embarrassed to admit that almost all my new finds have come from browsing the Book Closeouts $1.99 sale, which took up most of two whole days for me this week. Shameful, I know – I really should have been reading actual books, or blogging, or doing just about anything besides immersing myself in an online book catalogue. The only title that wasn't found in the sale listings was The House Next Door by Anne Rivers Siddons; I learned about that one after stumbling onto the 2006 made-for-TV movie based on the book. The film was pretty awful, but the story itself sounded interesting, so I did a little investigating. I've never been able to stick with any of Siddons' work in the past, but this one sounds like it might be more to my taste – I'm a pushover for books about spooky old (or, in this case, new) houses.

Here's my list for this week:

Follies: New Stories, by Ann Beattie
The Bondwoman's Narrative, by Hannah Crafts (and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.)
The River King, by Alice Hoffman
Dreams of My Russian Summers, by Andrei Makine
The House Next Door, by Anne Rivers Siddons
An Expert in Murder, by Nicola Upson


  1. I've read The Bondwoman's Narrative. I enjoyed it (and reviewed it at [user name dulcibelle] if you're interested). I also discovered that you can download a lecture by Professor Gates from iTunes where he discusses finding the manuscript. Just search the book title in iTunes and you'll pull it right up. The lecture is a free download - and is really pretty interesting.

  2. I haven't heard of any of those books, but there are a few that look really good.

    ~ Popin


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