Friday Finds -- Feb 26, 2010

Friday, February 26, 2010

Friday Finds

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

Busy week again, but surprisingly spotted some excellent books this week! I'm really curious to know if I'll ever pass a week without adding a book to my wishlist!

My finds

The Hot Zone by Richard Preston

I came across this book in Alyce's blog, At Home With Books. It reminded me of a Michael Crichton novel that I enjoyed tremendously, The Andromeda Strain. Seeing a similar theme running in this book, and based on a true event, I couldn't resist adding this one, no matter how spooky! :)

The true story of how a deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in a Washington, D.C., animal test lab. In a matter of days, 90% of the primates exposed to the virus are dead, and secret government forces are mobilized to stop the spread of this exotic "hot" virus.

 
Mornings in Jenin by Susan Abulhawa

I just saw this one today at Aarti's blog, BOOKLUST. The theme is definitely something I am very interested in.

Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son fathers a family and falls victim to an Israeli bullet, and his grandchildren struggle against tragedy toward freedom, peace, and home. This is the Palestinian story, told as never before, through four generations of a single family. 

The very precariousness of existence in the camps quickens life itself. Amal, the patriarch's bright granddaughter, feels this with certainty when she discovers the joys of young friendship and first love and especially when she loses her adored father, who read to her daily as a young girl in the quiet of the early dawn. Through Amal we get the stories of her twin brothers, one who is kidnapped by an Israeli soldier and raised Jewish; the other who sacrifices everything for the Palestinian cause. Amal’s own dramatic story threads between the major Palestinian-Israeli clashes of three decades; it is one of love and loss, of childhood, marriage, and parenthood, and finally of the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has.


Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins

I loved Ari's review of this book at Color Online and couldn't resist adding this one. I hope I will get to read this one soon.

When her father loses his job and leaves India to look for work in America, Asha Gupta, her older sister, Reet, and their mother must wait with Baba’s brother and his family, as well as their grandmother, in Calcutta. Uncle is welcoming, but in a country steeped in tradition, the three women must abide by his decisions. Asha knows this is temporary—just until Baba sends for them. But with scant savings and time passing, the tension builds: Ma, prone to spells of sadness, finds it hard to submit to her mother- and sister-in-law; Reet’s beauty attracts unwanted marriage proposals; and Asha's promise to take care of Ma and Reet leads to impulsive behavior. What follows is a firestorm of rebuke—and secrets revealed! Asha’s only solace is her rooftop hideaway, where she pours her heart out in her diary, and where she begins a clandestine friendship with Jay Sen, the boy next door. Asha can hardly believe that she, and not Reet, is the object of Jay’s attention. Then news arrives about Baba . . . and Asha must make a choice that will change their lives forever.

13 comments:

Aarti said...

Ooh, so thrilled Mornings in Jenin made it to this list! It's the sort of book that really just begs a lot of long discussion.

Cat said...

I also spotted Mornings in Jenin at Aarti's and added it to my list. Sounds really good!

bermudaonion said...

Nice finds! Secret Keeper really appeals to me. Don't get blown away today!

Aleksandra said...

Great finds!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Interesting finds :)

Alayne said...

Definitely like the sound of The Hot Zone! My find is at The Crowded Leaf.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Nice :)

Here is mine

Christina T said...

I've heard really good things about The Secret Keeper, Mornings in Jenin sounds like a moving novel. Nice finds!

Here are my Friday Finds.

Alayne said...

I have an award for you at The Crowded Leaf. Happy Friday!

Emidy said...

Intersting finds! All of those books look really great. I hope you enjoy them!

Emidy
Une Parole

susan said...

Aths,

I loved Secret Keeper. Do check out Mitali's Firescape blog.

Have you heard of Climbing The Stairs by Padma Venkatraman? This story takes place during War World II.

I'm adding Morings in Jenin.

I need to do better posting reviews. I list and briefly describe what I'm reading but I need to get more reviews up.

Very happy that you are coming regularly to Color Online. I enjoy your blog.

Dana said...

Oooh, I've had The Hot Zone sitting on my shelf for ages waiting to be read. And I also want to read Mornings in Jenin!

Alyce said...

It's fun to see that you found a book at my site. :)

I've been wanting to read The Secret Keeper for a while. I'll have to double check my wish list and make sure it's on there.