Friday, July 31, 2009

Friday Finds: 31 July 2009

Found several new titles this week (well, new to me anyway), but only two of them look like they might actually make it to my TBR list. Don't know if that's a good or a bad thing – I love adding new books to my list; but it's already so ridiculously long that I'd need more than one lifetime to make a dent in it. Or some time all by myself on that well-known desert island with only a fully-stocked library for company.

I discovered Richard Russo's new book, That Old Cape Magic, while I was browsing my "Local" section at Library Thing. Russo is going to be reading from and discussing the book on August 12th, at Politics and Prose, the Washington DC bookstore/coffeehouse on Connecticut Avenue. Don't know if I'll make it to the event, but I'll definitely be taking a closer look at his book.

And I first heard about Her Fearful Symmetry over at Deslily's Here There and Everywhere blog. The new one by Audrey Niffenegger, it's due to be released in September. I was never able to finish The Time Traveler's Wife, but this one sounds spooky and interesting enough to give it a try. It's being issued with different covers – apparently, one in the U.S. and a different one in the U.K – so I'm including pictures of both. The first one with all the vines or branches or whatever, is the Scribner cover that will be available in the U.S. The other cover is from the UK edition by Jonathan Cape.

So which do you prefer? I think I like the Russo cover better than either of them. But doesn't the U.S. edition of "Symmetry" remind you of the cover on Tana French's In the Woods?

And why all these copy-cat covers? And why do books have to have different covers in different countries anyway? Ah, the mysteries of the universe – I could sit here pondering all day. But I really need to get back to my reading!

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. I think I am the only blogger in the universe who hasn't read The Time Traveler's Wife. I hear such great things about it and her newest book sounds great!

  2. I'm really looking forward to Niffenegger's new book! (I'm sorry to hear you didn't like The Time Traveler's Wife!)

  3. I'll be reading the Russo for sure! I'm on the hold list at my library (30th of 44) so it will be a bit before I get it in my hands- Unless it becomes available on Kindle at a reasonable price : )

  4. Jess, you aren't the only one. I haven't read it the movie is coming out...sheesh. I am way behind.
    Good finds, Joy. I love the cover of That Old Cape Magic!

  5. I haven't even read the book that I have by Richard Russo! I need to get cracking. I might be getting a review copy of Her Fearful Symmetry, but if not, I'm definitely going to read it anyway. Hope you like it better than Time Traveler's Wife!

    Meghan @ Medieval Bookworm

  6. I've never read the Time Traveler's Wife, though I've heard good things. That one sounds good, but this one sounds really interesting. I'd probably read this book first.

    As for the covers, I prefer the US cover, but I agree it does remind me a lot of In the Woods.

    ~ Popin

  7. I've got both of these books and can't wait to read them especially Her Fearful Symmetry. I've been looking for something new from her since The Time Traveler's Wife.

    Covers always intrigue me. I still don't really get why the cover can't be the same everywhere.

  8. Oh my gosh!! I didn't know that Audrey Niffennegger has a new book coming out!!! Great find! I'm looking for this one!!!

  9. Richard Russo's "Empire Falls" was a wonderful read, and the HBO adaptation of it was excellent as well. And of course his "Nobody's Fool" was also turned into a gem of a movie. I'm looking forward to reading this new one as well.

  10. I haven't read TTW either, although it is loaded on my iPod now, so I will get to it soon.

    I loved Empire Falls, so i am looking forward to reading what you have to say about his new one.


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