I’ve had a few ARCs arrive at Casa Bookgirl recently and am I looking forward to these. Check out what I’ve received:

  • Thursday Night Widows by Claudia Piñeiro. The mystery begins with three bodies lying at the bottom of a swimming pool unbeknownst to party goers on a Thursday night in the magnificent Scaglia house, a gated country estate near Buenos Aires. Behind thee locked gates, shielded from the crime, poverty and filth of the people on the streets, the Scaglias and their friends hide a life of infidelity, alcoholism, and abusive marriages. I can’t remember the last time I read a book set in Argentina so I’m really looking forward to this one.
  • Overqualified by Joey Comeau. Joey writes cover letters. He writes letters to Nintendo and IBM. Greenpeace and Absolut Vodka. Yahoo and The New York Times. He begs for unwanted jobs. He suggests good and services that could fill the cracks of a broken past. He has ideas. Being that I’ve been writing my fair share of cover letters lately, I think this could be a fun book to read.
  • Last Night in Twisted River by John Irving. In 1954, in the cookhouse of a logging and sawmill settlement in northern New Hampshire, an anxious twelve-year-old boy mistakes the local constable’s girlfriend for a bear. Both the twelve-year-old and his father become fugitives, forced to run from Coos County—to Boston, to southern Vermont, to Toronto—pursued by the implacable constable. Their lone protector is a fiercely libertarian logger, once a river driver, who befriends them. I loved A Prayer for Owen Meany and am actually surprised I haven’t read any other of his books. I am looking forward to this one definitely
  • The Last Empress by Hannah Pakula. This book is a tome! It sounds fascinating though as it’s the story of Madame Chiang Kai-shek. This is the story of the founding of modern China, starting with a revolution that swept away more than 2,000 years of monarchy, followed by World War II, and ending in the eventual loss to the Communists and exile in Taiwan.

So, how about you? Gotten some good ARCs recently?

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