I stopped at the library to pick up some movies for my mom and as always I ended up with a few goodies for myself. The latest issue of BookPage was out so I also picked up the free copy. I’ve only skimmed through it but there are a couple of titles that are already intriguing; such as, Petropolis, Heart-Shaped Box and The Hunter.
These are the books I checked out:
The Yacoubian Building by Alaa Al Aswany. All manner of flawed and fragile humanity reside in the Yacoubian Building, a once-elegant temple of Art Deco splendor now slowly decaying in the smog and bustle of downtown Cairo. This is also happens to be the March selection for my foreign authors book group.
Famous Writers School by Steven Carter. A novel about three authors who are taking a would-be correspondence course by that grandiose name, and the self-serving “lessons” that Wendell Newton, their endearingly obtuse instructor, doles out in response. This one sounds like it could be a lot of fun.
The Witch of Cologne by Tobsha Learner. A sensuous 17th-century saga set in German Catholic Cologne where studying the ancient Kabbalah could prove deadly for a young Jewish midwife. The steamy, riveting page-turner is also a paean to the triumph of a woman’s spirit. Steamy? Well, it is close to Valentine’s Day.
Some interesting finds but of course who knows how many will go back unread. Now I’m off to read more of New Moon. It’s very enjoyable but the obsession I felt when reading Twilight is not quite there for this book.