Friday, September 11, 2009

-Friday Finds (#1) -Good stuff!


...is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.


So this is my first time doing a Friday Finds, & I already know it's going to be my favorite meme to do.


I find SO many new books everyday, & I'm constantly adding to my TBR (link on sidebar --->) & since I couldn't possibly fit all of them into one post, I decided I would narrow it down to 5 each Friday (one for each day, Mon-Fri).


Here goes!


Monday:


Killing Britney by Sean Olin
I found this @ Book Nerds, one of my very favorite blogs :]


Britney is the girl everyone loves to hate.



Ever since Britney transformed herself from freak-and-geek to the most popular girl at school, her life has been touched by tragedy. First it was her mom, who drowned on a family rafting trip. Then her hockey-star boyfriend, Ricky, was killed in a hit-and-run.

When the deaths continue to pile up, everyone fears for Britney. Sure she's popular, blond, and fabulous.


But is that enough reason for someone to want to...kill her?
 
 
Tuesday:


Playing House by Fredrica Wagman
Found at He Followed Me Home


When Playing House appeared in 1973, Publishers Weekly hailed it, 'A probing descent into madness that will fascinate the same audience that appreciated I Never Promised You a Rose Garden.' This nationally bestselling story of one woman's struggle with the lasting effects of a childhood sexual relationship with her brother shocked American readers; it remains a literary work of enduring quality and value. In his foreword Philip Roth writes, 'The traumatized child; the institutionalized wife; the haunting desire; the ghastly business of getting through the day - what is striking about Wagman's treatment of these contemporary motifs is the voice of longing in which the heroine shamelessly confesses to the incestuous need that is at once her undoing and her only hope.'


Wednesday:


Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
I actually saw this at two different blogs on Wednesday, but forgot both of them :\ Sorry!




Eighteen-year-old Danielle—aka Sydney, Rebecca, or whatever alias her mother chooses—has been stealing since she can remember. She and her theft-savvy mother move from town to town, mining the successful men whom her mother attracts for information that allows them to find and rob the toniest homes. Dani has no school, no friends, and no home until she and her mother land in Heaven, a small, wealthy beachfront town where Dani realizes what it is like to have a best friend and also a boyfriend, who just happens to be a cop.

Scott tells a surprising story that features a mature teen who longs for the straight and narrow, even as the adults around her profit from crime and corruption. Dani’s first-person narrative includes a few winking references to the lucrative life theft can garner, which feel like odd, misguided shifts from the story’s strongest message that Dani is a brave teen who can and does shape a strong future for herself.
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Thursday:



Blame by Michelle Huneven

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Patsy MacLemoore, a history professor in her late twenties with a brand-new Ph.D. from Berkeley and a wild streak, wakes up in jail—yet again—after another epic alcoholic blackout. “Okay, what’d I do?” she asks her lawyer and jailers. “I really don’t remember.” She adds, jokingly: “Did I kill someone?”

In fact, two Jehovah’s Witnesses, a mother and daughter, are dead, run over in Patsy’s driveway. Patsy, who was driving with a revoked license, will spend the rest of her life—in prison, getting sober, finding a new community (and a husband) in AA—trying to atone for this unpardonable act.


Friday:
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In Your Room by Jordanna Fraiberg
Found at Must And Lust For Books





Molly and Charlie have fallen head over heels in love—even though they’ve never met Molly is a fashion-conscious city girl in L.A. Charlie is an earthy, mountain-biking dude from Boulder, Colorado. Each of them has big plans with their respective friends for the summer—until they discover that their parents decided to swap houses!


Luckily there’s no amount of homesickness that a bit of snooping can’t cure. Charlie and Molly begin crawling under beds and poking around in closets to find out a little more about each other—and they like what they find.


Can Charlie and Molly’s long-distance romance survive jealousy, misunderstandings—and the thousand miles between them?




What did you all find?!



3 comments:

Casey said...

Great finds! I have Stealing Heaven but haven't read it yet. It sounds interesting. In Your Room looks cute too, love the cover. I'll have to add that one to my mile-long wishlist.

Eli said...

Nice finds! I think I'll have to look these up. :)

Daisy Whitney said...

Read STEALING HEAVEN!It's so so good. I loved it! I reviewed it here: http://bookchick.com/2009/08/bookchick-recommends-elizabeth-scotts-stealing-heaven/