Wednesday, September 6, 2017

My Reading Stack - September 6, 2017

Back again this week, late as usual!!  This week's reading stack has some new exciting books to share.

"The Boy Who Loved Too Much" by Jennifer Latson is the "true story of pathological friendliness."  Twelve-year-old Eli has a genetic disorder that takes away all of his social inhibitions and makes him "unconditionally loving toward everyone he meets."  Is it wrong to be friendly toward everyone you meet?

"Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore" by Matthew Sullivan is still in the stack.  It is a first novel that takes place in and around a bookstore.  There is murder, mystery, hidden messages in books, long-buried memories unearthed, etc. and I am only a little over a hundred pages into it.  I can only imagine what the rest of the book holds for me.

"Refuge" by Dina Nayeri cover two decades of a relationship between a daughter and her father.  The daughter escaped to live in America while the father stayed behind in Iran.  They only get to visit four times over two decades.  Soon the daughter starts receiving troubling e-mail messages from the father's e-mail address.  She is torn as to how to respond.  Does she leave her Western life behind to seek out what these messages might mean?

"Woman at 1,000 Degrees" by Hallgrimur Helgason introduces us to Herra Bj√∂rnsson, an 80 year-old female who "lives here alone in a garage, together with a laptop computer and a hand grenade" in Reykjavik, Iceland.  She shares her life experiences which have taken her "from Iceland to Nazi Germany, from the United States to Argentina, and back to a post-crash, high-tech, modern Iceland."  She has decided "to control her own fate" much to her family's dismay, and sets "a date for her cremation -- at a toasty 1,000 degrees."  This book will be released January 9, 2018.

"The Library at the Edge of the World" by Felicity Hayes-McCoy takes us to Ireland's West Coast where Hanna Casey drives her mobile library van between the villages of her youth.  Can she forget the ghosts of her past and start her life again?

"The Hidden Letters of Velta B." by Gina Ochsner is a little bit of historical fiction and a little bit of magical realism, secrets, love, and memories all crammed into one book. 

I continue to use my favorite Klimt tea cup for my daily chai.

What is in your reading stack this week?

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