My library has this wonderful feature in their catalog where they list all the newly added books to the collection by subject. I've gotten into the habit of checking there every few weeks, and I always discover several new books to either request or add to my wishlist. My latest finds:
- Afternoons with Emily, Rose MacMurray - A fictionalized account of the life of Emily Dickinson.
- The Fourth Man, K.O. Dahl - Another Norwegian crime writer...
- Girls in Trucks, Katie Crouch - I can't say that I've ever been into stories featuring Southern debutantes, but this one sounded interesting as the character flees her restrictive upbringing, moving to NYC.
- Grotesque, Natsuo Kirino - I read her earlier novel, Out, which was a somewhat gruesome thriller and have been watching for her next novel for a while now. "Grotesque is both a psychological investigation into the female psyche and a classic work of noir fiction."
- The Lost City, Henry Shukman - A suspenseful novel of a British expat searching for lost treasure in a vanished Peruvian empire. Okay, my description sounds pretty hokey, but what I read actually really caught my eye!
- The Red Diary: Reclaiming a Life Through the Pages of a Lost Journal, Lily Koppel - I can't wait for this one. The author found a discarded diary of a woman living in 1930s New York City. It sounds almost too good to be true. You can read about it here. It's due out next month and I may have to buy it rather than wait for a library copy.
- Zugzwang, Ronan Bennett - A literary thriller set in 1914 St. Petersburg during a chess tournament.
- The Ordeal of Elizabeth Marsh: A Woman in World History, Linda Colley - A biography of an 18th-century woman who traveled far and wide.
I'm trying to get into the habit of just adding these new finds to my wishlist rather than actually requesting them. Once again I've got a towering pile of library books at home, and I know I can't possibly get to all of them. I've got the day off from work today, so I am going through the stack and deciding which I really do want to try and read,and a trip to the library later this afternoon is in order (to switch out old for new!).
Something that's being returned is the Masterpiece Theatre presentation of The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton, which I watched last night. I'd heard of her book, but I really didn't know anything about her. What a fascinating woman. I now have a new interest and will have to look for a biography of her life, as it would be quite an insightful look into the Victorian world!