Thursday, August 6, 2009

Friday Finds

Hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading.

This week's finds:

Remember the first book?
I thought I'd found a copy cat cover until I saw the author's name. It's her new novel.

Gourmet Rhapsody by Muriel Barbery

Paperback 160 Pages
Europa Editions (Aug. 25, 2009)

ISBN 10:1933372958
ISBN 13:9781933372952

From the Publisher:

"In the posh building made famous in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, the greatest food critic in the world is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Pierre Arthens has been lording it over the world's most esteemed chefs for years, passing judgment on their creations, deciding their fates with a stroke of his pen, destroying and building reputations on a whim. But now, during these his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence.
Gourmet Rhapsody is a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from
childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars-relatives, lovers, a would-be protégé, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about Monsieur Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people."

Muriel Barbery was born in 1969 in Casablanca . She studied philosophy at the Ecole Normale Superieure and worked for many years as a philosophy teacher in France . Her New York Times bestselling novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Europa Editions 2008) has been published in over twenty languages. Barbery now lives in Japan and is working on a third novel.

I enjoyed The Elegance of the Hedgehog and I'm looking forward to reading this one too.

Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver

Hardcover 528 pages
Harper Collins Canada (November 3, 2009)
ISBN 10:1554684757
ISBN 13:9781554684755

From the Publisher:

"Born in the United States, reared in a series of provisional households in Mexico, Harrison Shepherd is mostly a liability to his social-climbing flapper mother, Salomé. From a coastal island jungle to the unpaved neighborhoods of 1930s Mexico City, through a disastrous stint at a military school in Virginia and back again, his fortunes never steady as Salomé finds her rich men-friends always on the losing side of the Mexican Revolution. Sometimes she gives her son cigarettes instead of supper.
Life is whatever he learns from servants putting him to work in the kitchen, errands he runs in the streets, and one fateful day, by mixing plaster for famed Mexican muralist Diego Rivera. Making himself useful in the household of Rivera, his wife Frida Kahlo and exiled Bolshevik leader Lev Trotsky, young Shepherd inadvertently casts his lot with art and revolution, and the howling gossip and reportage that dictate public opinion.
A violent upheaval sends him north to a nation newly caught up in the internationalist good will of World War II. In the mountain city of Asheville, North Carolina, he remakes himself in America's hopeful image. Under the watch of his peerless stenographer, Violet Brown, he finds an extraordinary use for his talents of observation. But political winds continue to throw him between north and south, in a plot that turns many times on the unspeakable breach-the lacuna-between truth and public presumption.
This is a gripping story of identity, connection with our past, and the power of words to create or devastate, unfolding at a moment when the entire world seemed bent on reinventing itself at any cost."

Sounds like an exciting and intriguing story.

The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

Hardcover 560 pages
Knopf (October 20, 2009)
ISBN-10: 0307266761
ISBN-13: 978-0307266767

From the Publisher:

"A sweeping, emotionally charged novel of the nature of romantic attachment and the strange allure of collecting- this is Orhan Pamuk’s greatest achievement. It is Istanbul in 1975. Kemal is a rich and engaged man when he by chance encounters a long-lost relation, Fusun, a young shopgirl whose beauty stirs all the passion denied him in a society where sex outside marriage is taboo. Fusun ends their liaison when she learns of Kemal’s engagement. But Kemal cannot forget her: for nine years he tries to change her mind, meanwhile stealing from her an odd assortment of personal items, which he collects and cherishes- a “museum of innocence” that he puts on display to tell the heartbreaking story of a love that shaped a life."

This is Orhan Pamuk's first novel since being awarded the Nobel Prize in 2006. I have read Snow and enjoyed it very much. And I've recently acquired a copy of My Name is Red, which won the 2003 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. I hope to enjoy The Museum of Innocence soon.

What did you find that's got you excited about reading?


  1. All these books sound fantastic, I'm especially interested in The Museum of Innocence

  2. I love the first two covers. They are very appealing.

    Though I think The Museum of Innocence is the one I want.

  3. You have a great taste for books. would pick a copy if i should come across them. difficult to get such novels in Ghana.

  4. oooooo =) these sound abs fantastic!

  5. A new Barbara Kingsolver?!! I'm so glad I stopped by here today. She is one of my favorite authors. I can't wait. Thanks for sharing the news.

  6. Great picks. I just heard about the new Kingsolver a few days ago. Hope it's good!

  7. One of the ladies at book club brought up The Elegance of the Hedgehog, it looks like a great read. Have a nice weekend!

  8. Awesome finds!! Every one looks interesting!!

  9. I'm interested in those three too!

    Are you sure that The Museum of Innocence is coming out in October? I only say that because I got a note from the UK publisher saying that the lauch had been delayed until 2010. I don't know why - so it may be coming out in other countries earlier.

  10. I really want the new Barbara Kingsolver book - she is one of my favorite authors and she's never disappointed me.

  11. Great picks - I didn't know there was a new Barbara Kingsolver - I will have to check that out.

  12. That new Burberry cover is yummy. But I'm wondering if she's going to bring in so much of her philosophy into this novel.

  13. Oooooh I would loove to read Gourmet Rhapsody right now!!! Thanks for the alert, Sandra. I had heard about her new translated book coming out, but didn't know what it was about till now, thanks.

  14. Oh I hope you enjoy Hedgehog & I can't wait to see what you think of the other Barbery!

  15. I just ordered Elegance of the Hedgehog. Cool covers.

  16. I bought ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG a few months ago, but haven't yet read it ... waiting for a rainy day, I guess.

    Glad to see she has a new novel out; I like that the covers are similar.

  17. Oh dear, I want to read all three of these!

  18. I have had My name is Red by Orhan Pamuk for a while. but never got around reading it. it was difficult for me to read it :(
    others sound good. i should give Pamuk one more try :)

  19. what a treat to see Gourmet Rhapsody. i still have Elegance in my tbr pile.



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