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Happy Ascension Day! Happy Memorial Day! Happy Africa Day! No matter what you are celebrating this weekend (or not), have fun and stay safe!

The Boy Turned TwoThe little guy turned two this week. He sort of understood that it was a special day and that he was the star of the show. He took a lot of pleasure in all the birthday songs that his family sang to him - he also added some of his own tunes to the mix. Honestly, some days it feels so hard to believe that he is not a baby anymore. With my daughter, I felt the passing of each day and her birthdays appeared to be following the Martian calendar - they felt very far apart. But this guy has blazed through the past two years, I almost feel that I've missed months in between. I'm worried that if I pinch myself and blink twice, I may catch him packing for college. Yikes! 
Happy birthday, little guy! May you continue to have fun breaking apart things - whether that's your take-apart truck or your sister's carefully built Leg…

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!