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I've been having quite a few busy weekends and haven't been able to post often on Sundays.  Renovating I have dropped a teaser here a few times but here's the scoop finally - We are renovating a big chunk of our main level. We've been planning this for the past 6-7 months. It started as a kitchen renovation project but now includes flooring through the main floor and master bathroom. We will have the renovation crew start tomorrow and depending on when all the materials get in, it could be 1.5-3 months before they are done. I just hope the flooring is done quickly because then we can reclaim some of the main floor back. Not having a kitchen for 2-3 months is going to be very challenging but we've been promised a small work area on the main floor where we can cook early morning and later in the evening. But I'm thinking more about the little things - making coffee while I work, taking care of the day to day activities - the upstairs and the basement can be used b

Friday Finds -- July 02, 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?

I had an amazing week with books and blogs, so there were plenty of books I wanted to share with you.

The Stormchasers by Jenna Blum

I don't exactly remember where I saw this, nor have I read a Jenna Blum book, but somehow I feel that this is an author I will like.
Karena Jorge always looked out for her twin brother Charles, who suffers from bipolar disorder. But as Charles begins to refuse medication and his manic tendencies worsen, Karena finds herself caught between her loyalty to her brother and her fear for his life. Always obsessed with the weather, Charles starts chasing storms, and his behavior grows increasingly erratic, until a terrifying storm chase with Karena ends with deadly consequences, tearing the twins apart.

Two decades later, Karena gets a call from a psychiatric ward in Wichita, Kansas, to come pick up her brother, whom she hasn't seen or spoken to for twenty years. She soon discovers that Charles has lied to the doctors, taken medication that could make him dangerously manic, and disappeared again. Karena soon realizes she has only one last chance of finding him: the storms. Wherever the tornadoes are, that's where he'll be. Karena joins a team of professional stormchasers and embarks on an odyssey to find her brother before he reveals the violent secret from their past and does more damage to himself or to someone else.

The Zookeeper's Wife by Diane Ackerman

I don't recollect where I saw this one either. But it is set during WW2, and that's reason enough to read it.
When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw and the city's zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen "guests" hid inside the Zabinskis' villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the Polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants - otters, a badger, hyena pups, lynxes.

A Partisan's Daughter by Louis de Bernières

I came across this audio book some time recently, and thought I will listen to it next.
Chris is bored, lonely, and trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. He’s a stranger inside the youth culture of London in the late 1970s, a stranger to himself on the night when he invites a hooker into his car. Roza is a Yugoslavian, who has recently moved to London, the daughter of one of Tito’s partisans. She’s in her twenties but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And although she’s not a hooker, when she’s propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway.

Over the next months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. She’s a fast-talking, wily Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does Chris hear the stories through the filter of his own need? Does it even matter?

Comments

Looking forward to Stormchasers as well. I did read Zookeeper's Apprentice a while back and like it, but found it very wordy.
bermudaonion said…
I saw a great review of The Zookeeper's Wife too - it sounds good!
The Zookeeper's wife sounds so intriguing! Thanks for alerting me to it
Molly said…
These sound like three terrific finds! I am particularly attracted to The Stormchasers
Jess said…
Wow -- all of these sounds great!
Alayne said…
I adore the cover of The Zookeepers Wife. Great picks! My find is at The Crowded Leaf.
Tales of Whimsy said…
I love the cover on the first one :)
Marce said…
The Stormchasers sounds great, i'm going Amazon to look at closer.
Linna said…
Wow, these are great finds-- I haven't seen any of them before, but they all sound amazing. I haven't read about bi-polar disorder in any books, yet, and The Zookeeper's Wife sounds the most interesting to me. I love books set during WW2. :D
Andrea said…
I read The Zookeepers Wife a while ago and it wasn't my cup of tea but I hope you get the chance to read it and enjoy it!
Lisa said…
I've been wanting to read The Zookeeper's Wife for a long time.