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Friday Finds 1/22

friday findsFriday is Findsday! What books did you find this week? Old or new, fiction or nonfiction, adult or children's -- anything goes.

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World War II, Paris, and The Art World

I love historical fiction. Sara Houghteling’s sweeping debut novel, Pictures at an Exhibition, draws on the real-life stories of France’s pre-eminent art-dealing familes and the forgotten biography of the only French woman to work as a double agent inside the Nazis’ looted art stronghold.

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Teaser Tuesday 1/19 Every Day in Tuscany

I love Frances Mayes'  (Under the Tuscany Sun) description of Italian life so I was jazzed that she wrote another one coming out in March. A celebration of her two-decades-long love affair with Tuscany.

My teaser today is the first two sentences of her new book. 

In winter-cold blue light, the bells of Cortona ring louder.

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Adriana Trigiani Wins RUSA Award!

Adriana Trigiana wins the RUSA Award for genre fiction in the women's fiction category at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. She wins and immediately calls her mother, a librarian. What a hoot!

 

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Sensitive and Graceful -- The Spare Room

With all the praise and awards, I can't wait to read The Spare Room.

"A powerful, witty, and taut novel about a complex friendship between two women—one dying, the other called to care for her—from an internationally acclaimed and award-winning author.

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Put Your British On!

There are lots of book challenges hosted by book bloggers. I read for work or I work to read or my work is to read -- whatever. So, I can't participate in very many of them, though I wish I could do all.

But I have to do this one --Typically British Challenge hosted by Book Chick City! Besides my immediate family, all of my relatives live in England -- my parents came across the pond in the 50s.

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Flap Copy -- Important to You?

(Booking Through Thursdays is hosted at the BTT blog).


Today’s Booking Through Thursday question (suggested by Prairie Progressive) asks:

Do you read the inside flaps that describe a book before or while reading it?

I always read flaps an

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Edwidge Danticat Speaks of Haiti and the Earthquake

Edwidge Danticat, author of Brother, I'm Dying, an Reading Group Choices selection, talks about the Haiti, the history of the country, and the devastating earthquake in Democracy Now, a daily TV/radio news program . As of yesterday, she has had no word from her family who lives in Port-au-Prince.

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Conversation and Tea with Adriana Trigiani

Tea with The Adriana -- what fun! Adriana Trigiani is just like her books -- fun, interesting, passionate, and real.

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Teaser Tuesday 1/12 Cutting for Stone

Here's my teaser for Tuesday. Cutting for Stone is our book club choice for January. great themes for reading groups -- culture issues, betrayal, exile, love, family dynamics, healing. Halfway through the book and the meeting is Monday. Read, read, read!

"Perhaps the adults believed the Shiva, my busy, industrious brother, was naturally parsimonious with his words.

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