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Friday Finds -- Feb 05, 2010

Friday Finds

This meme is hosted by MizB at Should be reading. What great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

My finds

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
Release Date: Feb 10, 2010

I came across this interesting book, through Shelf Awareness. I loved the cover, and was even more glad to see it based on the WW2. The synopsis feels to me a bit disjointed, but nevertheless, I am curious to find out what all the hype over this book is about.

Filled with stunning parallels to today's world, The Postmistress is a sweeping novel about the loss of innocence of two extraordinary women-and of two countries torn apart by war. 

On the eve of the United States's entrance into World War II in 1940, Iris James, the postmistress of Franklin, a small town on Cape Cod, does the unthinkable: She doesn't deliver a letter. In London, American radio gal Frankie Bard is working with Edward R. Murrow, reporting on the Blitz. One night in a bomb shelter, she meets a doctor from Cape Cod with a letter in his pocket, a letter Frankie vows to deliver when she returns from Germany and France, where she is to record the stories of war refugees desperately trying to escape. 

The residents of Franklin think the war can't touch them- but as Frankie's radio broadcasts air, some know that the war is indeed coming. And when Frankie arrives at their doorstep, the two stories collide in a way no one could have foreseen. The Postmistress is an unforgettable tale of the secrets we must bear, or bury. It is about what happens to love during wartime, when those we cherish leave. And how every story-of love or war-is about looking left when we should have been looking right.

The Passage by Justin Cronin
Release Date: June 8, 2010

Also discovered this via Shelf Awareness. This is a fantasy series, whose film rights was auctioned out to Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions, was $1.75 million, beating Sony Pictures, Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures and 20th Century Fox. Well, that's piqued my interest! I need to find out why this book is so popular. 

Amy Harper Bellafonte is six years old and her mother thinks she’s the most important person in the whole world. She is.

Anthony Carter doesn’t think he could ever be in a worse place than Death Row. He’s wrong.

FBI agent Brad Wolgast thinks something beyond imagination is coming. It is. THE PASSAGE…

The Adventuress and The Three Incestuous Sisters by Audrey Niffenegger

Yeah, you read that right! The author is indeed Audrey Niffenegger! Did you know that she wrote a couple of graphic novels before the pages of her more famous two books rolled off the press? I didn't, until I read about these books at what we have here is a failure to communicate. I'm a little curious about how these two books are. I'm especially wondering if they too deal with very challenging themes.


Julie said…
The Postmistress sounds really good! I have seen that Audrey Niffenger has written graphic novels. I've actually never read a graphic novel before, but if I was to start, one written by her would be a good place!
MizB said…
I love the cover of "The Postmistress". :)

bermudaonion said…
I had no idea that Audrey Niffeneger has written 2 graphic novels. I haven't read any of her work yet, but I do have The Time Traveler's Wife buried in my TBR pile.
Mary (Bookfan) said…
The Postmistress sounds like something I'd like. Nice finds!
I so want to read this book. It did not catch my attention until the last few weeks :) Great pick!
Alayne said…
These are all really great picks! Hope you get to read them soon. My find is at The Crowded Leaf.
Tales of Whimsy said…
I had no idea Audrey did that. Interesting finds! :) Happy Friday :)
OMG I want to read Audrey's books now! Must found out what they are like LOL

Thanks for sharing.

Here is my Friday Find!

Alyce said…
The Passage looks really intriguing! I haven't seen or heard of it before.
Cat said…
Some great looking finds. I've been seeing The Postmistress mentioned a lot this week and no, I didn't know AN had other books.
Cat said…
I have an award for you.
Athira said…
Julie, I've only read Marjane Satrapi's graphic novels before, and this one definitely looks like something I will enjoy!

MizB, me too! :)

Kathy, you should read her works, I loved both her books!

Mary, thanks! :)

Diane, I've been seeing it too for quite a few days now!

Alayne, thanks!

Juju, ditto!

Sassy Brit, if you read hers, I need to know how you find them!

Alyce, I agree, looks like a new series to get hooked to?

Cat, I agree with you! And thanks! :)