[bookshare-discuss] FW: FW: Fiction A to Z October 2010
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- Date: Sat, 23 Oct 2010 21:02:52 -0700
-----Original Message----- From: Kim Friedman [mailto:kimfri11@xxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2010 8:56 PM To: bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; bksvol@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bookshare-discuss] FW: Fiction A to Z October 2010 Hi, Amber Wallenstein sent me this list of books you might like to know about. Enjoy. Regards, Kim Friedman. -----Original Message----- From: Amber Wallenstein [mailto:amber.wallens@xxxxxxxxx] Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2010 7:43 PM To: Kim Friedman Subject: Fw: Fiction A to Z October 2010 New and Recently Released! Room: A Novel - by Emma Donoghue Publisher: Little, Brown Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/13/2010 ISBN-13: 9780316098335 ISBN-10: 0316098337 Five-year-old Jack, the narrator of this riveting novel, has lived his entire life in an 11-square-foot room; though their space never varies, his mother fills their days with lessons, love, games--and a television on which they see what he thinks is an imaginary world. Suspense builds as their captor, the intrusive Old Nick, visits and readers get a glimpse of their captivity, but Jack himself doesn't know that his situation is unusual. Jack's perspective on life as it remains the same and as it changes is, reviewers agree, the beauty of this novel--The New York Times calls it a "pure triumph." Table of Contents Russian Winter: A Novel - by Daphne Kalotay Publisher: Harper Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/07/2010 ISBN-13: 9780061962165 ISBN-10: 0061962163 Once a celebrated Bolshoi ballerina, 79-year-old Nina Revskaya lives an isolated life in her Boston brownstone. But she's decided to auction off her jewelry collection to benefit the Boston Ballet Foundation, a decision that will reawaken long-buried memories and secrets best left untouched. Historical fiction fans will love the detailed glimpses of life in Stalinist Russia, while others will be drawn in by Nina's complex story. Skippy Dies - by Paul Murray Publisher: Faber and Faber Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/31/2010 ISBN-13: 9780865479432 ISBN-10: 0865479437 Well, as the title says, 14-year-old Skippy does in fact die, but it's not until after he's dead that we learn much about the Irish boarding school student--or about the forces that influenced his life. There was a girl (of course), a drug-dealing rival in love, an assistant principal, and a friend obsessed with parallel universes. At nearly 700 pages, this is a doorstopper of a novel, but it's chock-full not only of a vivid accounting of adolescence but of life in contemporary Ireland as well, with a smidgen of physics and metaphysics thrown in. Booklist calls it "hilarious, haunting, and heartbreaking." Man in the Woods - by Scott Spencer Publisher: Ecco Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/14/2010 ISBN-13: 9780061466557 ISBN-10: 0061466557 Two men come across each other in the woods; a misunderstanding arises, the men fight, and one is left dead. This is the beginning of this compelling novel, but there are, of course, consequences for the survivor and the family he has found for himself. Longtime readers of author Scott Spencer will recognize the surviving man's lover, writer Kate Ellis, who featured in A Ship Made of Paper. Bitter in the Mouth: A Novel - by Monique T. D. Truong Publisher: Random House Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/31/2010 ISBN-13: 9781400069088 ISBN-10: 1400069084 Fans who enjoy character-driven tales will appreciate author Monique Truong's second novel, which stars Linda Hammerick, a North Carolina girl afflicted with the ability to taste words, and her well-drawn (though not always likeable) family members and friends. Though as a girl she is an outside in her tiny town, and never feels close to her mother, as an adult she is able to find a place for herself. Add in North Carolina history, the revelation of family secrets, Truong's "mesmerizing prose" (Publishers Weekly), and you have a great follow-up to the author's award-winning debut, The Book of Salt. First Chapter Focus on: Ghosts Joplin's Ghost - by Tananarive Due Publisher: Atria Books Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/20/2005 ISBN-13: 9780743449038 ISBN-10: 0743449037 At the age of ten, Phoenix Smalls, the biracial daughter of a jazz club-owner and a touring band manager, is nearly killed by a piano once owned by Scott Joplin. Ten years later, as she's trying to make it as an R&B singer, she starts to encounter his ghost, and in her sleep performs Joplin music long thought lost. As Joplin's influence intrudes ever more powerfully on Phoenix's life, author Tananarive Due mixes historical fact with the supernatural and powerfully portrays the experience of black musicians in both Joplin's time and the present day. For a lighter take on a musician who won't let death stop him, try Bonnie Marson's humorous Sleeping with Schubert, starring a Brooklyn lawyer suddenly possessed by Austrian composer Franz Schubert. First Chapter Death of an Ordinary Man - by Glen Duncan Publisher: Black Cat Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/15/2005 ISBN-13: 9780802170040 ISBN-10: 0802170048 Nathan is dead, but he doesn't know why, nor has he been able to retain full memory of his life. At his funeral, he hovers above the mourners, getting into the minds of his family in a way he had never been able to in life. As in Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones, there is a tragic crime at the heart of this novel, but Death of an Ordinary Man focuses on the human limits of courage and endurance as Nathan begins to remember his family history--and the reason for his death. It may take a while to understand Nathan's complicated existence, but his insight into family life is well worth the effort. First Chapter The Dead Fathers Club - by Matt Haig Publisher: Penguin Books Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/18/2007 ISBN-13: 9780143112945 ISBN-10: 0143112945 Eleven-year-old Philip Noble's father recently died in a car accident; imagine his surprise when his father's ghost informs him that his accidental death was actually murder at the hands of Philip's uncle Alan, who has designs on Philip's mother (and the family business). Dear old dad is doomed to wander unless his murder is avenged. Forget the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune: in addition to (perhaps) plotting his uncle's death, Philip must deal with the slings and arrows of being 11, complete with bullies, peer pressure, and a girlfriend. An "absolutely irresistible read" (Booklist), peppered, of course, with many clever allusions to Hamlet. Ghost - by Alan P. Lightman Publisher: Pantheon Books Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/23/2007 ISBN-13: 9780375421693 ISBN-10: 0375421696 Here's a ghost story for the cerebral readers out there--written by a theoretical physicist, Ghost requires you to set aside your preconceptions about God, the supernatural, and life after death. David Kurzweil is a former banker turned by financial necessity into a mortuary assistant who witnesses...something...hovering over a body. Though he doesn't want to name what he saw, rumors fly fast and furiously, and he's soon pursued by believers who want him to reach loved ones, reporters seeking a story, skeptics who want to disprove him, and plenty of others. The turmoil around David is "brilliantly orchestrated," says Booklist. First Chapter The Night Country - by Stewart O'Nan Publisher: Picador Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 09/01/2004 ISBN-13: 9780312424077 ISBN-10: 0312424078 Almost one year ago, a Halloween car accident that killed three teenagers left a fourth brain-damaged and a fifth suffering under the debilitating weight of survivor's guilt. As the one-year anniversary approaches, the ghosts of the teens who died come together to simply observe the lives of those who survived, while the "lucky one" creates a horrific plan to deal with his misery and the first person to arrive at the scene of the accident watches his own life disintegrate around him. Narrated by the ghosts of dead teens Mario, Toe, and Danielle, The Night Country shows that ghosts are often simply creations of the living. First Chapter A Gracious Plenty: A Novel - by Sheri Reynolds Publisher: Harmony Books Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 03/16/1999 ISBN-13: 9780609803875 ISBN-10: 0609803875 When she was four years old, Finch Nobles scalded herself so badly that the disfiguring scars she was left with made her a permanent outcast in her tiny Southern town. After the deaths of her parents, Finch takes over her father's job as gravekeeper, where she befriends not the living but those who haunt the graveyard and control the seasons (the dead are responsible for everything from directing the wind to pollinating flowers). With such an intriguing set-up in addition to the memorable, personable Finch, this lyrically written novel is sure to charm.
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