There's nothing like a good book sale to jump start my summer reading. Check these out . . .
"Part mystery, part love story, part family drama. Miranda pours her passion into cooking, opening a restaurant and seducing an entire city with her luscious and unforgettable creations."
Mmmm I could get into this. It sounds like Like Water for Chocolate, doesn't it? I can't wait.
"Spanning three continents and four countries, Shooting Water is one mother and daughter's remarkable story of love and redemption."
I like story-behind-the-story books like this. Deepah Mehta is an incredible filmmaker and I'd love to get to know her work through her daughter's perspective too.
"Micheal Holme is a successful violinist, part of the famous Maggiore Quartet. He has long been haunted, though, by memories of the beautiful pianist he loved ten years earlier, Julia McNicholl. Then one day Julia comes back into his life: married now, with a small child and a devastating secret."
This one sounds like it could lapse into soap territory, so I'm kind of on the fence here. But, who knows, it could be good.
"In this enchanting tale about the magic of reading and the wonder of romantic awakening, two hapless city boys are exiled to a remote mountain village for reeducation during China's infamous Cultural Revolution. There they meet the daughter of the local tailor and discover a hidden stash of Western classics in Chinese translation. As they flirt with the seamstress and secretly devour these banned works, the find transit from their grim surroundings to worlds they never imagined." Now THIS sounds good!
"In the year 1954, US Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner, Chuck Aule, come to Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane, to investigate an unexplained disappearance. Rachel Solando is loose somewhere on this barren island, despite having been kept under constant surveillance in a locked guarded cell. As a killer hurricane bears relentlessly down on the island, hints of radical experimentation and covert government machinations add darker, more sinister shades to an already bizarre case. Because nothing at Ashcliffe Hospital is remotely what it seems."
Hhoo boy, this sounds way creepy. It would be fun to read on a stormy night, wouldn't it? I'd never be brave enough to watch the movie, though. The book, I'm sure, is much better anyway. *shudder*
"As power packed as an Arctic snowstorm, Louder Than The Sea revolves around the lives of a troubled family forced to relocate in the 1960s from their home on one of the smaller islands off the Newfoundland coast. Martin, the youngest son, has difficulty fitting into the new community. He decides to return to the island of his birth at the height of the seal hunt in March, crossing the dangerous channel on foot, only to be stranded there when the ice breaks up."
I love a good nature/survival/family type story, the funny thing is I couldn't find any information about this book during my brief search online. Who knows, maybe it's a terrible book. But it sure sounds like it could be good.
"The moving story of a soviet girl who discovers the truths adults are hiding from her and the lies her homeland lives by. Elena's country is no longer the majestic Russia of literature or the tsars, but a nation struggling to retain its power and its pride. Through Elena's captivating voice, we learn not only the stories of Russian family life in the second half of the twentieth century, but also the story of one rebellious citizen whose curiosity and determination finally transport her to a new world."
I keep thinking I've reached my memoir limit, but then I always come across one more I've just got to take a look at.