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Yet another week has gone by with no end in sight for the pandemic. Being able to distinguish weeks became a challenge months ago, so no surprises there. But the weather is getting colder and winter is coming (hopefully not Martin's winter - we had enough of that this year already). I used to love winter, I used to look forward to it. But for the past few years, it has tended to be a very gloomy season. I'm usually just looking forward to it ending. So, this year, it's going to be harder to get through the season, especially since we are all still mostly at home. Mind you, I don't mind the restrictions as they do have a useful purpose, but wish more people followed them well and that we had done a better job when the weather was warmer to keep the virus at bay so that it didn't have to last this long. But that argument probably won't stick anyways, as many countries are now facing second waves. At the end of the day, we really need a vaccine but I hope that isn…

Friday Finds -- June 11, 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?

Not too many finds this week. I think I am finally getting very selective of what I add to my TBR! Probably has to do with the insurmountable size of it.

God Don't Like Ugly by Mary Monroe

I have to shamefully confess that I haven't read any of Mary Monroe books. I spotted this one for the first time when Barnes and Noble was giving this away as a free ebook. I read a few chapters of this book and I quite like it!
After her father left her mother for a white woman, Annette Goode has been overeating to get over her father's abandonment. When she is seven, Annette's mother asks Mr. Boatwright to be her daddy. Soon, he starts raping her. Believing that no one will believe her, Annette keeps silent about it and endures the abuse for years. Then she meets 13-year old Rhoda Nelson who changes her life.

The Wish Maker by Ali Sethi

I wish I remembered where I saw this one. I LOVE the cover and the title. It is based in Pakistan, has "sacrifice, betrayal and indestructible friendship". Enough to lure me in ..let me use that gift card.. This one released on June 1st.
Zaki Shirazi and his female cousin Samar Api were raised to consider themselves "part of the same litter." In a household run by Zaki's crusading political journalist mother and iron-willed grandmother, it was impossible to imagine a future that could hold anything different for each of them. But when adolescence approaches, the cousins' fates diverge, and Zaki is forced to question the meaning of family, selfhood, and commitment to those he loves most.

Everything Is Broken by Emma Larkin

Wendy at Caribousmom wrote an awesome review for this book. If you haven't checked it out yet, you should!
On May 2, 2008, an enormous tropical cyclone wreaked untold havoc in Burma, leaving an official toll of 138,300 dead and missing. But the Burmese regime, in an unfathomable decision of near-genocidal proportions, provided little relief to its suffering population and blocked international aid from entering the country. Emma Larkin, who has been traveling to and secretly reporting on Burma for years, managed to arrange for a tourist visa in those frenzied days and arrived hoping to help. She chronicles the chaotic days and months that followed the storm, revealing the secretive politics of Burma's military dictatorship and the bizarre combination of vicious military force, religion, and mysticism that defined its unthinkable response to this horrific event.


Comments

bermudaonion said…
I don't think I've ever heard of Mary Monroe - I can't wait to see what you think of the book when you're done.
Wendy said…
I have the Wish Maker on my HUGE stack of TBR books...thanks for reminding me it is there! And thanks for the linky love too :)
Stephanie said…
I'd never heard of any of these authors -- they look good. I am especially intrigued by The Wish Maker.

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Aleksandra said…
Great finds! Have a great weekend!
Marce said…
Nice picks look foward to your reviews.

Here are my Finds.

http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2010/06/friday-finds.html
Lisa said…
The Wish Maker sounds like one I'd like. I've been on a role with books from the region--they have yet to disappoint me.
Tales of Whimsy said…
Zaki is such a cool name :)