Friday Finds [March 15, 2013]

Friday FindsFRIDAY FINDS is hosted by MizB at shouldbereading and showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library.

So, come on — share your FRIDAY FINDS!

bedlamdetectiveI’m blaming Laura Anne Gilman‘s WWW Wednesday post for the first book that joined my TBR list this week, The Bedlam Detective, by Stephen Gallagher. She says: “It’s advertised as a mystery, but it’s really a period novel about a man working as a special investigator to the Masters of Lunacy (basically, judging wealthy peers who may be too crazy to manage their estates, in 1912 England).  The case – involving the death of two young girls, and how it might be connected to another series of assaults years ago – is complicated by the social mores of both time periods, and the trauma that accompanied the earlier attacks,  as well as the possible madness or sanity of the main suspect.” I can’t resist. I won’t even try.

revolutionWith almost 12,000 ratings on Goodreads, I must be one of the very few who is just now hearing of Revolution, by Jennifer Donnelly.  Elisa at Lost Inside the Covers mentioned it, and it looks fascinating. “From the privileged streets of modern Brooklyn to the heart of the French Revolution, Jennifer Donnelly, author of the award-winning novel A Northern Light, artfully weaves two girls’ stories into one unforgettable account of life, loss, and enduring love. Revolution spans centuries and vividly depicts the eternal struggles of the human heart.” That sounds kind of dry, right? Well, Elisa describes it in terms that are anything but dry. “I give this 4.5 stars wrapped in clove-scented linen.  Follow the chalk arrows through the catacombs to meet us at the next Victim’s Party! Don’t forget your red ribbon.” Okay, I’m there.

Fblacksistersstreetinally, on GirlXOXO I found a list of new spring books, several of which sound intriguing. For a total change of pace I’m thinking about On Black Sisters Street: A Novel, by Chika Unigwe. “Each night, Sisi, Ama, Efe, and Joyce stand in the windows of Antwerp’s red-light district, promising to make men’s desires come true—if only for half an hour. Pledged to the fierce Madam and a mysterious pimp named Dele, the girls share an apartment but little else—they keep their heads down, knowing that one step out of line could cost them a week’s wages. They open their bodies to strangers but their hearts to no one, each focused on earning enough to get herself free, to send money home or save up for her own future. Then, suddenly, a murder shatters the still surface of their lives.” Between the African heritage they all share and the Antwerp red-light district setting, this book is brimming with worlds that are new and different to me, so I’m planning on reading this one for sure.

What books caught your attention this week? Link to your Friday Finds in comments below, or tell us.

 Patricia (Pooks) Burroughs is an award-winning screenwriter and novelist. She grew up reading books under the covers and watching movies every day at the theater where her mom worked. As an adult she continues the practice of avoiding reality whenever possible by having her nose in a book and her mind in the stars at all times that she isn’t teaching creative writing or writing about worlds of her own creation.


About Patricia Burroughs

Patricia Burroughs [aka Pooks, and yes, people really call her Pooks] is a fifth-generation Texan who loves books, football, dogs, movies, England, and traveling in her [email protected] camping trailer. She lives in Dallas, Texas with her high school sweetheart and believes in happily ever after, if you understand that it takes work, compromise, and sometimes just being too stubborn to quit. Visit her bookshelf at the BVC Ebookstore.


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