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The Tiger’s Wife is set in a Balkan country after years of war and conflict. Natalia, a young doctor, is on a trip to an orphanage to provide care when she hears of her grandfather’s sudden death. In addition to the sadness she feels for the loss of her grandfather, she realizes that there is a huge mystery to where his death occurred. She found out that her grandfather had told the family that he was going to visit Natalia on her mission to an out of town orphanage, but he had not told Natalia of this. As she tries to find out more information about the whereabouts of his death, she realizes it is in a town that no one has heard of and that isn’t on the map. She tries to figure out where her grandfather was really going and what he was in search of. In the process, she is reminded of two stories that may be vital in understanding what he was doing and where he was going; the story of the deathless man, and the story of the Tiger’s Wife.

I’m not done with the book, but it’s been mysterious and a riveting family story so far. I highly recommend this book, it will be published in March 2011.

This is Tea Obreht‘s first novel. Some of her short stories have been published in The New Yorker and she has been named one of the Top 20 Best American Fiction Writers Under 40.

The Fates Will Find Their Way by Hannah Pittard

Due out Feb. 2011

This debut novel opens with the disappearance of sixteen year-old Nora Lindell, and follows the next thirty years via the collective voice of the boys she left behind. The author hints at several possibilities about what happened to Nora, but the novel really isn’t about her, it’s about these boys, who become men and husbands and fathers and never quite get over Nora’s disappearance. At first I wasn’t sure about this disembodied collective male voice, but in the end I found myself hooked, and I think Ms. Pittard has done something truly unique and fresh here. For fans of a straight linear narrative, this is not the book for you. But for those willing to take a risk with their fiction, enjoy! My sense is that this will be the first of many from Hannah Pittard, and I’ll be eagerly anticipating the next book of hers.

-Jennifer D.

Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards (Due out Jan 2011)

“Between jobs and in a foreign country, and without a formal commitment from the man
she’ s involved with, Lucy Jarrett returns to her family home in Upstate New York. Her
father’ s unsolved death still haunts her, and unsettled relationships within the family
make her uneasy.

Late one night, she discovers an old collection of letters that indicate the presence of a
mysterious woman in her family history. As she begins to piece the puzzle together, she
is able to link her family to the sufferage movement and discovers a secret that will have
repercussions on each member of her family.

A good read!”


Though it’s not a new book, and I’m only 3/4ths of the way through, Anthony Kiedis has me mesmerized.

Kiedis, the dynamic lead singer and lyricist for the infamous Red Hot Chili Peppers invites us into a whirlwind of chaos of which has been the life that brought him here today. Growing up in Michigan, Kiedis lived a fairly normal life as a young kid, getting into trouble only on occasion. It wasn’t until he began to visit and live with his father from time to time in Hollywood, CA that he began to harness his curiosity and experiment with drugs.

Between sleepless nights clubbing in Hollywood, his multiple muses, to rockin’ out with the band, we are thrown into the rock star lifestyle we all secretly wish we could experience. Though Kiedis experienced many low points that sometimes caused problems with the band, he always came back because his passion for the music and times to jam with the band were irreplaceable.

Fascinating, dirty, raw, honest, and yet altogether truly inspiring, Anthony a true rock and roll artist behind the catchy, best-selling rhymes of The Red Hot Chili Peppers welcomes us into the world of Hollywood rock mayhem.


We have also JUST received An Oral/Visual History by The Red Hot Chili Peppers, a gorgeous collection of the life and times of The Red Hot Chili Peppers that came out this month. Stop by to take a peek!

Jenn’s recommendation of Elisabeth Tova Bailey’s The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating was featured on NPR on August 28th, 2010.

To listen to the interview and read the story, Click Here

(There is also an excerpt from the book)

This book is innovatively structured, with story-like chapters that revolve around music mogul Bennie Salazar, his skittish assistant, Sasha, and the secret lives of a host of other odd characters whose paths intersect.  It starts in San Francisco in the ‘70’s and scatters through time between then and now, in NYC, rural Africa, and Naples, Italy.  The stories are tangled together and part of the experience is in the uncoiling of them, like a puzzle.  The common thread throughout is the interplay of time and music, the mingling of art and life, and its transformative properties on all their lives. –Adele

Aimee Bender has crystallized the most enchanting elements of magical realism into a contemporary, heartbreaking narrative in her new novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. When nine year old Rose discovers that she can taste in her food the concealed emotions of whoever prepared it, she is initiated more intensely into the world of denial and familial tension than any young observer before her.  Her gift becomes a tortuous curse as she grows up and bears the burden of humanity’s hidden pain with every bite, excused not from the exhaustion of immigrant strawberry pickers nor the resentment and apathy of a teenaged delinquent pastry chef.  Bender’s ability to appeal to the delicacies of human emotion keeps this tale on the more accessible side of fantasy, echoing in a fresh voice the greats of magical realism from decades ago. –Joanna