Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday Finds (January 30)

What great books have you added to your wish list this week? Share your Friday Finds at Should Be Reading.

Polygamy has been in the news recently, but it’s also the subject of several recent novels: first The 19th Wife (read my review), then Sister Wife (read my review) and now Effigy by Alissa York. I don’t remember where I first heard of this book, but Gwen’s excellent review at Literary License has made me want to pick it up for sure.

Katherine’s Wish by Linda Lappin is in keeping with two of the books I featured in my Friday Finds post last week: it’s a novel about the writer Katherine Mansfield. I came across this book on Bookopolis. Head over to Sheri’s blog to read a guest post by the author.

I first came across Waiting for the Apocalypse: A Memoir of Faith and Family by Veronica Chater in a Shelf Awareness newsletter (read the review). According to the reviewer, this book is “An evocative and deeply moving memoir of growing up in the grip of religious fanaticism and its effect on faith, identity and one family.”

While looking for an online version of the above review, I came across Herstory: What I Learned in My Bathtub... and More True Stories on Life, Love and Other Inconveniences (edited by Indi Zeleny), a collection to which Chater has contributed as has Diana Spechler, who has been doing the rounds on book blogs recently. With a title like that, I can’t help but be intrigued!


  1. You're right, the title of the 4th book is attention-grabbing.

  2. These look like some good books - especially Effigy -

    Stop over and take a look at mine!


  3. I just realized that FRIDAY FINDS is something we can all use if we go to the site. I think I might try...although I like coming to yours! I have a closing contest for SUNDAYS AT TIFFANY'S and few entries so hope lots of people will drop by...easy win! I am also launching a really big SUPER giveaway on Feb. 1 since it IS SUPER Bowl day, I thought it appropriate. Please come by as I also have a fun "treasure hunt" that gets ya thinkin! Bingo at
    P.S. glad I have you listed on my blog list and follow as your blog it a really nice one!

  4. Sorry about the Avis. Effigy has been on the radar for awhile now. Perhaps its time to get it.

  5. Katherine's Wish sounds good -and I'm nuts over the cover!

  6. looks like a great haul! Waiting for the Apocalypse looks awesome!

  7. Herstory seems very appealing to me. Thanks for enlightening me.

    Happy Friday

  8. I saw Effigy in the bookstore when I was in Victoria last month. I didn't end up getting it but put it on my wish list. I look forward to hearing what you think of it if you read it.

  9. Katherine's Wish looks pretty good to me. I am so into THE LITTLE GIANT OF ABERDEEN COUNTY that is my new giveaway, however, right now. Come by and enter my contest to win if you van. I am a follower and you are listed on my blog list..thanks!
    Karen (AKA Bingo)

  10. I've seen many books (fiction and non) about polygamy in the past year!

    My niece attended a reading by author Carolyn Jessup last week, reading from her memoir *Escape* about her time in a polygamous compound.

    No Friday Finds for me this week :(

  11. Thanks, everybody, for dropping by my Friday Finds this week!

    No worries about the deleted comment, Cindy!

    Dawn, I've read Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer (which piqued my interest in this subject in the first place) as well as another book written by a woman who escaped (I can't remember the title). It wasn't super well written, but it was definitely eye-opening.