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There has been so much going on over here and so much changing soon. I wish I could say I was reading a lot, but it's feeling like a luxury at the moment. 

Family visitLast week, we had my husband's brother and his wife drive down from Boston and stay with us for the week. It had been months since we enjoyed anyone's close companionship for that long so we all enjoyed the time together. We were very sad to say our goodbyes. I hope we can all return to the pre-March era soon. 
While they were here, we celebrated the girl's birthday. (I feel like I have been talking about birthdays on this blog for the past many weeks but we are done for the year! Next birthday is in March.) My daughter had wanted a unicorn cake, and that's exactly what we got, so that made her day. For her birthday present, we wanted to take her to a store and get her a bike but stock is incredibly low. Last week, she had just mastered riding a bike (no training wheels, she went straight from balance …

Friday Finds -- June 04, 2010

Friday Finds Hosted by MizB at Should be reading, this meme asks you what great books did you hear about/discover this past week?

After two weeks of feeding more books to my TBR, I had plenty that I wanted to share with you, but I managed to hold myself to just two.

Sold by Patricia McCormick

Helen @ Helen's Book Blog reviewed this book, rating it very high and strongly recommending it. Thirteen-year old Lakshmi is very poor, but her life is full of fun. But when the harsh monsoons wash away all the crops, her stepfather insists that she take a job. He introduces her to a stranger, who promises her a nice job in the city. Instead, she is sold to slavery, where an old woman named Mumtaz severely and cruelly rules the brothel. Gradually, Lakshmi forms friendships that help her survive. But when the day comes for her to take a decision, will she risk everything for a chance to reclaim her life?

Ape House by Sara Gruen

Having read and loved Water for Elephants, I sure am glad to see another tempting offering from Sara Gruen. This one is slated for release in September 2010. The focus in this book is on a family of bonobo apes. When the apes are kidnapped from a language laboratory, their mysterious appearance on a reality TV show calls into question our assumptions about the relation between apes and humans, and humans' relationships to each other.

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i didn't do this post but did hear about a few books this week--the girls from ames and a book by former NY Times food critic ruth reichel that i missed--it came out a while ago. :) enjoy your weekend and your new nook!

nat @book, line, and sinker
Carina said…
I'm definitely adding Sold to my wishlist! My finds for this week are here.
Sold looks excellent. My finds are here
Tales of Whimsy said…
Oooo can't wait to see the review for the SG book :)
Tales of Whimsy said…
Happy birthday weekend btw :)
Cat said…
Great sounding finds. I have Water for Elephants on the list but it's another I still haven't found time for.
Marg said…
I loved Water for Elephants! And I am looking forward to this one.
Thank you for promoting Sold; it's such a good book. I've also now got Blue Notebook at home so there's hope I'll read it soon
Lisa said…
I can't wait for Ape House, either!