Gosh I have been so bad lately when it comes to "new" (or at least new to me) books. Of course by phrasing it that way, it sort of implies that I am ever good. Which I think I am not. Not really. I give in far too easily to whim and fancy, but at least with library books I can always take them back. There isn't really such a thing as "too many books" since I don't have to pay for them or find homes for them on bookshelves (or piles on the floor). Well, space is provided on a temporary basis. I like to think of them as welcome visitors. This week, my visitors include a variety of stories!
1914 by Jean Echenoz - "With the delicacy of a miniaturist and with an irony that is both witty and clear-eyed, Echenoz offers us an intimate epic . . . " As you can tell by the title and cover, this is a WWI story.
Long Quiet Highway by Natalie Goldberg - I think she is known for her books on writing, but this is a memoir. ". . . Goldberg takes us on her own wonderful journey of awakening from the profound sleep of a suburban childhood."
That Part Was True by Deborah McKinlay - "This is a beautifully crafted, delightfully delicious story involving food, letters, and love--my favorite combination. The characters and the ending, which I though was perfect, have stayed with me long after closing the book." Mary Simses, author of The Irresistible Blueberry Bakeshop & Cafe.
The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin - "The Ghost of the Mary Celeste is a spellbinding exploration of love, nature, and the fictions that pass as truth."
Where Monsters Dwell by Jorgen Brekke - "A murder at the Edgar Allen Poe Museum in Richmond, Virginia bears a close resemblance to one in a library in Trondheim, Norway. The corpse of the museum curator in Virginia is found--beheaded and flayed--in his office. The corpse of an archivist in Norway is found inside a locked vault in the library used to store the rarest and most delicate books in their collection." Detectives on both sides of the Atlantic pair up to untangle the mysteries--like the sound of this one (well, not the gruesome aspects, but the way the story is set up).
You have probably already heard about a number of these books--they are either older and have been around a while or new and in the news and popular reads at the moment!
Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty - "Yvonne Carmichael has a high-flying career, a beautiful home and a good marriage. But when she meets a stranger she is drawn into a passionate affair. Keeping the two halves of her life separate seems easy at first. But she can't control what happens next."
The King Must Die by Mary Renault - This is a retelling of the Greek Myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Quite looking forward to this one.
Little Black Book of Stories by A.S. Byatt - "Like Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, Isak Dinesen and Angela Carter, A.S. Byatt knows that fairy tales are for grown-ups. And in this ravishing collection she breathes new life into the form." Perhaps this will be a follow up to the Angela Carter stories I am reading now.
A True Novel by Minae Mizumura - Oops--this one is upside down in the pile. It's a gorgeous set of books! Quite hefty and heavy, however. "A passionate reimagining of the romantic classic Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte." La Nacion (Argentina). I was intrigued by this one!
My Struggle: Book One by Karl Ove Knausgaard - Another Norwegian author! I was suitably impressed by the short story by Knausgaard that appeared in a recent New Yorker issue to buy this first book of his trilogy.
Longbourn by Jo Baker - Have you read this one already? I feel like I am the last person to finally read it. It is a reimagining of Pride and Prejudice as told from the servants point of view. Can't wait to read this one (well, all of them really)!
I'm afraid this is only a sampling of new books. I know. I am spoiled for choice.