Friday, May 29, 2009

Friday Finds (May 29)

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

Here are the books that made it onto my wish list this week:

Precious by Sandra Novack was reviewed by Wendy at Musings of a Bookish Kitty, who says: “From the moment I first entered the world Sandra Novack created in Precious, I was in awe.”

I first came across The Blue Hour: A Life of Jean Rhys by Lilian Pizzichini in a Shelf Awareness newsletter. I went looking for reviews and found this review at Random Jottings of a Book and Opera Lover.

True Murder by Yaba Badoe was reviewed by Fleur Fisher reads, who says “Yaba Badoe is a wonderful storyteller: she writes wonderful rich and evocative prose, weaves her different themes and plot strands together perfectly and slowly but surely builds tension as the story advances.” You can also watch an interview with the author at

A World I Loved: The Story of an Arab Woman by Wadad Makdisi Cortas was reviewed by Eleanor at the Feminist Review.

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters was reviewed by Luanne at A Bookworm’s World.

A Homemade Life: Stories and Recipes from My Kitchen Table by Molly Wizenberg is “quite possibly the best book of the year,” according to Tara at Books and Cooks. Her review definitely convinced me that I should read it. (Not to mention the photo of Molly’s lemon yogurt cake that Tara baked!)

I came across Frida’s Bed by Slavenka Drakulic in a mini-review by teabird on her blog, Tea Leaves.

Last but not least, Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal was one of the memoirs mentioned by Carrie at Books and Movies in her post, “Favorite memoirs, part 1.”


  1. You have some great finds! Have a great weekend!

  2. I get such a thrill when I see a book collage like the one you posted. I am a visual kind of gal so the covers just draw me in. You have some really good ones in there too.

  3. Hi, I've been getting so many excellent ideas from your blog lately. I added Precious and True Murder onto my wishlist. I already happened to have The Little Strager on the list. Gosh, my list is getting soooo long - how will I ever be able to read all these books..

  4. True Murder looks good to me as well. Thanks for the link - Little Stranger is a great read!

  5. I've already got several of these on my TBR list. But The Blue Hour is new to me and sounds really interesting. One more for the list!

  6. I really liked The Little Stranger--I think it's my favorite by her so far. I'm also looking forward to reading the Jean Rhys biography!

  7. True Murder sounds really interesting, I'm adding it to my wish list :)

  8. I might have to try A Homemade Life. Now I have to go get lost on Books and Cooks' website b/c there are lots of yummy looking things there!

  9. A belated thanks, Missy!

    Ti, I'm glad you enjoyed my book collage. I must admit I was pleased by the first four in particular: the blue in the first two covers and then the yellow in the next two!

    Thanks, pinkilili! I know the feeling: my wish list is out of control and then there are all the books in my TBR pile...!

    Thanks, Ladybug!

    I'll have to check out your review, Luanne!

    Joy, when I put that book on my list I realized that I haven't read anything by Jean Rhys other than Wide Sargasso Sea. I must remedy that!

    Danielle, thanks for the recommendation!

    Desert Rose, I must admit I'm not sure about True Murder -- it's hard to tell from the synopsis if it'll be too dark for my taste, but it does sound good!

    Ladytink, just thinking about Tara's blog makes me hungry!

  10. Great group of finds! I read Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life a few years ago. I remember liking it, but not many details. I have Precious on my list of books to read, too. Frida's Bed looks good, too. I loved the movie of Frida and I identify with some parts of her life. Thanks for the finds!

  11. Rebecca, good to know that you enjoyed Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life, even if you can't remember it very well. (That happens to me a lot!) I loved the Frida movie too (and love her art, which I've been lucky enough to see in several exhibits).