When I came home from ALA Midwinter I thought my husband was going to have a fit. He was going on about how we need to de-clutter the house and there I am with bags full of books. Oooops. So, after I distributed all the mother guilt picture books and posters and gadgets to my son and sorted out my books into nice neat piles, I packed them up into two neat boxes and put them on my sewing table on the back porch. Later I found out that my husband wasn’t upset about the new books, he just wanted to set the table and for me to get rid of some old books. Hmmm. Well, I’ve been sneaking peeks at those goodies in the boxes and I thought I’d share some of what I got with you. I thought my camera had gone kerplunk, but my husband managed to resurrect it from the dead for about the third or fourth time, so I did get to sneak in a few photos. A strange coincidence resulted in Chelle and I coming home with the exact same number of books.
I went to a great presentation on books to movies featuring Eric Van Lustbader, Chuck Hogan, Tracy Chevalier and Julie Powell. I love to hear writers talk about the writing process and I wasn’t disappointed. There were plenty of other authors around in the exhibit halls, too.
Remarkable Creatures – Tracy Chevalier: I have loved everything I’ve ever read by her. I can’t wait to read this one about the fossil hunter Mary Anning. I first heard of her in Chet Raymo’s book Walking Zero. Natural history and historical fiction combined!
|Other Adult Titles:
Book of Fires – Jane Borodale
Marrowbone Marble Company – M. Glenn Taylor: I’m really looking forward to this one. I love books with interesting occupations. The HarperCollins folks were raving about it, too.
Beautiful Maria of My Soul – Oscar Hijuelos: Never mind I’ve forgotten all the details from Mambo Kings
Making Toast – Roger Rosenblatt: Why did I take this one. I was crying when they should the snippet from the interview with the author.
Solitude of Prime Numbers – Paolo Giordano
This Book is Overdue – Marilyn Johnson: A little librarian love can never hurt.
Claude and Camille: A Novel of Monet – Stephanie Cowell
Wench – Dolen Perkins-Valdez
|Some YA Books I’m looking forward to reading|
Okay, so I knew enough to snag Linger, but I’m totally indebted to Chelle for some of the other picks. She has yet to steer me wrong with a book recommendation. A few of these I got just because I happened to be standing next to her. I am so looking forward to Mistwood. When the HarperCollins marketing person was booktalking it, it was like she was recommending the book to me!
For the Younger Set