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Friday Finds 10/10/2008

What great books did you hear about / find this week? SHARE WITH US YOUR ‘FRIDAY FINDS’! D

This week’s Friday Finds are pretty much taken from the New Books shelf at my library. These ones I particularly enjoy because they are crafty!

30 Sweet Felted Projects

This book of felt materials is great for the Anthropologie fan in your life. You can make the same felt designs and looks that you find in the stores for considerably cheaper with special touches that make the product unique to the maker. This is one book I’m actually checking out to take home with me today.

For your favorite rebellious teenager/goth

Knitting, Beading and Stitching for the Slightly Sinister

Both books have beautiful images, details instructions and fantastic designs.

Friday Finds 8/22/2008

What great books did you hear about or find this week?

The Secret Female Pope Mistress of the Vatican: The True Story of Olimpia Maidalchini: The Secret Female Pope by Eleanor Herman. Morrow, $25.95 (452p) ISBN 9780061245558

In this engrossing “forgotten story” of the Vatican, Herman (Sex with the Queen) relays not only the life of 17th Cenutry Papal puppet-master Olimpia Maidalchini, but the political and social history of her age, including glimpses of art and architecture, family relations, medical care, religious traditions and daily life. Born into a family of average means, Maidalchini rebelled successfully against her father’s plans to place her in a convent. This early triumph gave her a will that she’d eventually use to grab the ultimate seat of power in 17th century Italy, the Papacy, through the likely accomplice of her indecisive brother-in-law, a lawyer with holy orders who was dazzled by Maidalchini’s intelligence, planning and accounting capabilities. He submitted to the her plans, and she eventually ushered him into power as Pope Innocent X. As her wealth and strength grow, so does the resentment around her, but her fate would be sealed by the bubonic plague. Exhaustively researched, with historical vignettes interwoven seamlessly, Herman’s latest provides a window into an age of empire, nepotism and intrigue that rivals any novel for fascinating reading. – Publisher’s Weekly

Zoli by Colum McCann. Random, $24.95 (336p) ISBN 978-1-4000-6372-7

McCann’s story is loosely based on a real Gypsy poet, Papsuza, who was exiled by her people when her poems were published. He has enriched that story with insightful and evocative prose, and in Zoli has created a vibrant character who is able to maintain her identity and proud heritage, even when abandoned by those she loves. – BookPage


Not a Genuine Black Man: Or, How I Claimed My Piece of Ground in the Lily-White Suburbs by Brian Copeland. Hyperion, $22.95 (336p) ISBN 1-4013-0233-5

Laugh through tears at Copeland’s chronicle of a black childhood in white San Leandro. “Honest and engaging, this memoir is a valuable book for anyone trying to straddle racial lines, for anyone who has ever felt out of place.” – Publishers Weekly

Friday Finds – 8/15/2008

This week’s Friday Finds are pretty much all library books I’ve seen displayed in the new books section. I love the library! I can just walk out with an armful of books for free.

1. A Novel (P.S.) Blind Faith by Sagarika Ghose

2. On Chesil Beach On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

3. Charity Girl Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal

4. A Novel Amistead Maupin by Michael Tollilver Lives

Friday Finds 8/1/2008

I think I already shared all my new finds on Wednesday after my venture into Leigh’s Bookstore. But I did come across some new titles at the library this week also.

White Teeth: A Novel by Zadie Smith (Paperback – Jun 12, 2001) I’ve this author’s name quite a bit, and reading through the first few pages of this book, it seems like it will make for a good read.
Geekspeak: How Life + Mathematics = Happiness by Graham Tattersall and Julie Rigby (Hardcover – Sep 30, 2008). This I picked up from the main selectors for my library to read and review for the entire system.
One Red Paperclip: Or How an Ordinary Man Achieved His Dream with the Help of a Simple Office Supply by Kyle Macdonald (Paperback – Aug 21, 2007). This book was originally an article published in a couple Bay Area newspapers about a man who used Craigslist.com to keep trading items. He started with one red paperclip and traded his way to a Kiss rock concert and eventually to a house. I thought the article was incredibly interesting, but I’m not sure how much they can stretch a story like that into an entire book form.
The Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard EditionThe Tales of Beedle the Bard, Standard Edition. Apparently JK Rowling has another book out. I haven’t heard of this one before. It was released December 2007. A good read for all Harry Potter Fans.

Friday Finds 7/18/2008


This week’s installments includes quite a variety of books.

1. How to Be a Domestic Goddess – Nigella Lawson

Baking and the Art of Comfort Cooking

Wonderful pictures, and dessert ideas. The recipes look easy to follow, so I’m going to try making Irish Blue Crackers today and see how well I do.

2. Immortal – Traci Slatton


Back cover synopsis

In an age of wonderous beauty and terrible secrets,
one man searches for his destiny…

In the majestic heart of Florence, a beautiful golden-haired boy is abandoned and subjected to cruelty beyond words. But Luca Bastardo is anything but an ordinary boy. Across two centuries of passion and intrigue, Luca will discover an astonishing gift—one that will lead him to embrace the ancient mysteries of alchemy and healing and to become a trusted confidant to the powerful Medicis…even as he faces persecution from a sadistic cabal determined to wrest his secrets for themselves.

But as the Black Death and the Inquisition wreak havoc on his beloved city, Luca’s survival lies in the quest to solve two riddles. One is the enigma of his parents and his ageless beauty. The other is a choice between immortality and the only chance to find his one true love. As Luca journeys through the heights of the Renaissance, befriends Giotto and Leonardo Da Vinci—140 years apart—and pursues the most closely guarded secrets of religious faith and science for the answers to his own burning questions, his remarkable search will not only change him…but will change the course of history.

3. Chez Moi – Agnes Desarthe and Adriana Hunter

Chez Moi

Back cover synopsis

At forty-three, Myriam has been a wife, mother, and lover—but never a restauranteur. When she opens Chez Moi in a quiet neighborhood in Paris, she has no idea how to run a business, but armed only with her love of cooking, she is determined to try. Barely able to pay the rent, Myriam secretly sleeps in the dining room and bathes in the kitchen sink, while struggling to come to terms with the painful memories of her past. But soon enough her delectable cuisine brings her many neighbors to Chez Moi, and Myriam finds that she may get a second chance at life and love. Redolent with the sights, smells, and tastes of Paris, Chez Moi is a charming story that will appeal to the many readers who fell in love with Joanne Harris’s Chocolat and Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate.

Two were found at Kepler’s Books Inc, and the other was a recommendation.

Friday Finds


This is a very fun concept from MizB to post each week about new books recently discovered. Working at a library, I see new books all the time, especially since our New Books shelf is in a constant state of needing to be restocked at least every hour.

Some new founds this week that made it onto my To Be Read list include:

1. Castaway Kid by R.B. Mitchell

One Man's Search for Hope and Home (Focus on the Family Books)

Back cover synopsis

“Abandoned by his parents when he was just three years old, Rob Mitchell began his journey as one of the last “lifers” in an American orphanage. As Rob’s loneliness and rage grew, his hope shrank. Would he ever find a real family or a place to call home?”

2. The History of Love by Nicole Krauss

A Novel

Back cover synopsis

“Fourteen-year-old Alma Singer is trying to find a cure for her mother’s loneliness. Believing that she might discover it in an old book her mother is lovingly translating, she sets out in search of its author. Across New York an old man named Leo Gursky is trying to survive a little bit longer. He spends his days dreaming of the lost love who, sixty years ago in Poland, inspired him to write a book. And although he doesn’t know it yet, that book also survived: crossing oceans and generations, and changing lives.”

3. The Film Club by David Gilmour

A Memoir

Back cover synopsis

“At the start of this brilliantly unconventional family memoir, David Gilmour is an unemployed movie critic trying to convince his fifteen-year-old son Jesse to do his homework. When he realizes Jesse is beginning to view learning as a loathsome chore, he offers his son an unconventional deal: Jesse could drop out of school, not work, not pay rent – but he must watch three movies a week of his father’s choosing.

Week by week, side by side, father and son watched everything from True Romance to Rosemary’s Baby to Showgirls, and films by Akira Kurosawa, Martin Scorsese, Brian DePalma, Billy Wilder, among others. The movies got them talking about Jesse’s life and his own romantic dramas, with mercurial girlfriends, heart-wrenching breakups, and the kind of obsessive yearning usually seen only in movies.

Through their film club, father and son discussed girls, music, work, drugs, money, love, and friendship – and their own lives changed in surprising ways.”