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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 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 :)