Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Library Loot ~ May 4-10

Ninth Ward ~ by Jewell Parker Rhodes, 2010, YA fiction (Louisiana)
  • A 2011 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
New Orleans after Katrina is still hard to think about, but this book sounds (and looks) magical.  I was totally drawn by this fantastic cover, but I also want to see how the author presents the aftermath of Katrina to 10-to-12-year-old children.

The Girl Who Chased the Moon ~ by Sarah Addison Allen, 2010, fiction (North Carolina)
"It took a moment for Emily to realize the car had come to a stop.  She looked up from her charm bracelet, which she'd been worrying in slow circles around her wrist, and stared out the window.  The two giant oaks in the front yard looked like flustered ladies caught mid-curtsy, their starched green leaf-dresses swaying in the wind."
After Bookfool's review and this opening how could I resist?

Moon Over Manifest ~ by Clare Vanderpool, 2010, YA fiction (Kansas)
  • Winner of the 2011 Newbery Medal
From the dust jacket:  "Abilene Tucker feels abandoned. Her father has put her on a train, sending her off to live with an old friend for the summer while he works a railroad job. Armed only with a few possessions and her list of universals, Abilene jumps off the train in Manifest, Kansas, aiming to learn about the boy her father once was."

Cutting for Stone ~ by Abraham Verghese, 2009, fiction (Ethiopia and New York)
The opening lines draw me in:  "After eight months spent in the obscurity of our mother's womb, my brother, Shiva,and I came into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of grace 1954.  We took our first breaths at an elevation of eight thousand feet in the thin air of Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia."
The Warmth of Other Suns ~ by Isabel Wilkerson, 2010, history (USA)
  • Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction
  • Winner of 2011 Mark Lynton History Prize
  • One of The New York Times Book Review’s 10 Best Books of 2010
This book chronicles the migration of almost six million Southern black citizens from the South to cities in the north and west.  It's the choice for a summer read-along (click to read what I posted yesterday).

Library Loot is a weekly meme co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.  Marg has the Mister Linky this week, if you'd like to share a list of the loot you brought home.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Such great Library Loot. Hope you enjoy Cutting for Stone as much as i did.

Helen's Book Blog said...

Interesting mix of stuff. I can't wait to see what you think of Cutting for Stone

Unknown said...

Love the covers of all your books. If the contents live up to them you have some great reading in front of you! My loot is here

Christine said...

Hi Bonnie.
All of those books look equally compelling.
I really enjoy Sara Addison-Allen's books and am ever so patiently waiting my turn on the holds list for her latest release at the library. The Girl Who Chased the Moon is not my favorite of her works, but it's still lovely.

I'll definitely be reading Moon Over Manifest at some point hopefully in the near future as I try to read the Newberry Award books. Ninth Ward sounds fantastic, too. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I'll be looking for it!

Enjoy your books! :)

Anonymous said...

The Girl Who Chased the Moon is a great title. The Warmth of Other Suns and Moon Over Manifest are going on my list.

Claire (The Captive Reader) said...

What a nice variety of loot this week! Cutting for Stone definitely intrigues me. Enjoy!

Linda said...

Lots of good books. Enjoy!