Monday, March 19, 2007
Spring Reading Thing
I have decided to join in on the Spring Reading Thing. I'll be picking five books (or more!) to read this Spring. The hard part will be deciding what to put on the list. Let's start with this...
1. Finn by Jon Clinch
This book revisits the story of Huckleberry Finn in a new and surprising way. It focuses on Finn's father and is supposed to be a bit dark.
2. Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton
This book is said to be reminiscent of Reading Lolita in Tehran. It's about a young American woman who leaves her everyday life in order to bring her love of reading to a small African village.
3. Last Empress by Anchee Min
The sequel to Min's impressive Empress Orchid about China's last empress.
4. Witch of Portobello by Paulo Coelho
This story is told in flashbacks and interviews about a pagan priestess named Athena and is supposed to fuse philosophy, religious miracle and moral parable.
5. Lover of Unreason by Yehuda Koren
I've been really excited to read this non-fiction book about the life of Assia Wevill, the "other woman" who broke up the marriage of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.
6. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
This suspense novel/ghost story is written by none other than the son of Stephen King.
7. What is the What by Dave Eggers
I added this one because it has been getting such good buzz. The book reveals the history of civil war in Sudan through the eyes of a refugee now living in the United States.
8. Grotesque by Natsuo Kirino
Another last-minute addition. This has been described as a "twisted novel of suspense." An immigrant is arrested in the murder of two prostitutes but only admits to the first murder. The story is told by several narrators and the reader must decide who is telling the truth.
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