Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Library Loot

Hosted by Eva at A Stripped Armchair and Marg at Reading Adventures.

This week's plunder:

Becoming Abigail by Chris Abani (Nigeria) 2006

A novella, 121 pages; about a young Nigerian girl sent to London and forced into prostitution by releatives. I've heard good things about this writer so I am starting with this book.

Between the Assassinations by Aravind Adiga (India) 2009

Fiction, 336 pages; I really enjoyed The White Tiger, which won the 2008 Booker Prize, so I wanted to read more of his fiction. Adiga lives in Mumbai, his novels are set in India.

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie (Pakistan/UK) 2009

Fiction, 370 pages; follows the life of a Japanese women from Nagasaki 1945 to India and Pakistan, US, and Afghanistan post 2001.

Addition by Toni Jordan (Australia) 2008

Fiction, 260 pages; a first novel about a women with obsessive-compulsive disorder. I love finding new Aussie fiction writers. But I suspect this may be a romance more than an in-depth look at OCD.

The Foreigner by Francie Lin (Taiwan/US) 2008

Fiction, 309 pages; "a darkly comic tale of crime and contrition." Set in Taiwan.

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing (UK)1988

Fiction, 133 pages; the confusing emotional lives of parents who find their own child unlovable.

The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey (UK)

Fiction, 272 pages; about a man experiencing Alzheimer's.

Last week's loot enjoyed:

The Great Lover**** by Jill Dawson, very enjoyable. Pre-WW I England, Rupert Brooke's university years and his poetry. Recommended.

The Pages***+ by Murray Bail 2009 Australia. Shortlisted for this year's Miles Franklin Award.

" A beguiling meditation on friendship and love, on men and women, on landscape and the difficulties of thought itself." A quick read of 199 pages.

I've read Murray Bail's other three novels including Homesickness and Holden's Performance and enjoyed them all. I highly recommend Eucalyptus***** by this author, which won the 1999 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.

What treasures have you found at the public library?
Today's other post: What's on Your Nightstand?


  1. You got a nice variety of books. I'll be reading Burnt Shadows for my book club soon and am really looking forward to it.

  2. You got some great looking books! I haven't heard of the one about Alzheimer's, but after reading Still Alice, I'd be interested to see if it was any good. I've heard of White Tiger, but didn't know that the author has other books. Very cool.

  3. I didn't realise Aravind Adiga had written any other books. I have White Tiger waiting to be read.

  4. Some interesting choices there, I'll have to check them out someday.

    I've seen The Fifth Child in the library so I might check it out.

  5. Becoming Abigail sounds really sad. :( But important. I'm checking to see if my library has Burnt Shadows! The Fifth Child wasn't horror the way I was expecting, more sad than creepy. And the cover for The Wilderness is so pretty! Your loot always makes me jealous. :p

  6. I have been meaning to read The White Tiger this whole year. I didn't even realise that this author had another book out!

  7. I wonder what "The Fifth Child" is like. I haven't gotten around to reading any of Lessing's books but a short novel of this sort sounds quite intriguing.

  8. hmm... awesome Library right u have around :) :)

    i love the cover of The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey. this is going to my cover attraction pot on Monday :) :) thank u
    and i also like Doris Lessing's :)

  9. HI!
    You have some great Library Loot. Haven't read any of them but they sound really intriguing. Have a great day!!


  10. I checked out The Wilderness from the library last week. I can't wait to dig into it.

    Happy reading.

  11. Burnt shadows sounds interesting to me.
    Good loot

  12. Ohh it looks like you have a lot of international books! Becoming Abigail, Burnt Shadows, and Foreigners sound very interesting to me, I'm going to check them out. =)

  13. You always have great books. I've heard a lot of good thinks about Abani. I first heard about him at Poefrika. He's a poet as well as writer.



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