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New Books

A man takes a look at Chinese political

Hong Kong Book Fair open July 17-23. Glad to see readers out and about.

These books catch my eyes:

The Silver Star by Jeannette Walls. A girl’s coming-of-age adventures in the backdrop of the tumultuous Vietnam War era. I have never read her so this is marked priority.
Big Brother by Lionel Shriver. Another author I want to read. We Need to Talk about Kevin made a lot of noise but I shied away from the hype. Looking forward to reading this one. It’s the story of middle-aged, middle-America dwelling woman and her much older brother, a jazz pianist who has lived a determinedly hip life in New York.
Jewelweed by David Rhodes. The writing reminds me of Wallace Stegner. This is a novel in which ordinary townspeople living ordinary lives are drawn by the lyrical touch of the author in such an achingly rich way. Quiet novels always appeal to me.
The End of Your Life Book Club by Will Schwalbe. Conversations between the author and his mother as she was dying of cancer often focused on books. Depressing but meaningful at the same time. Not sure if I’ll make this one a pool read.


5 Responses

  1. Big Brother was an interesting read. Curious as to what you will think of it.

  2. I’m about halfway through Big Brother right now and am really enjoying it.

  3. interesting titles. I love the way the people have queued to buy books.

  4. I love that picture. He seems so concentrated on the books on the table. I’ve heard of the Will Schwalbe book. That I’m sure will be a difficult read but it sounds very promising and memoirs aren’t usually my thing.

  5. I am so looking forward to Jewelweed. Driftless by Rhodes is one of my favorite books – have you read it?

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