Friday Finds – August 30, 2013

Posted: August 30, 2013 in Friday Finds

Friday Finds is a weekly event hosted by Should Be Reading, where you can discuss books that you’ve discovered over the course of the week and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list. They can be books that are new or used.  They can be ones that you’ve borrowed (library or friend), found online, heard about from a friend, etc.

Below are my finds that have been sitting on my shelves waiting to be read!


From the Publisher:   San Piedro Island, north of Puget Sound, is a place so isolated that no one who lives there can afford to make enemies.  But in 1954 a local fisherman is found suspiciously drowned, and a Japanese American named Kabuo Miyamoto is charged with his murder.

In the course of the ensuing trial, it becomes clear that what is at stake is more than one man’s guilt.  For San Pedro, memory grows as thickly as cedar trees and the fields of ripe strawberries – memories of a charmed love affair between a white boy and the Japanese girl who grew up to become Kabuo’s wife; memories of land desired, paid for, and lost.  Above all, San Piedro is haunted by the memory of what happened to its Japanese residents during World War II, when an entire community was sent into exile while its neighbors watched.


From the Publisher:  Mary Magdalene, the beloved disciple and companion of Jesus, has held a mystique since her name first appeared in the Gospel of Mark.  References to her are tantalizingly brief, but we do know that she was the first person to whom the risen Christ appeared – and the one commissioned to tell others the good news, earning her the ancient honorific “Apostle to the Apostles.”  Today, Mary continues to spark controversy, curiosity, and veneration.  Was she a prostitute, a female-divinity figure, a church leader, or all three?


From the Publisher:  It was a dark and stormy night.  Out of this wild night, a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons meg, her brother Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and extraordinary adventure – one that will threaten their lives and our universe.


From the Publisher:  Thirteenth-century Wales is a divided country, ever at the mercy of England’s ruthless, power-hungry King John.  Then Llewelyn, Prince of North Wales, secures an uneasy truce with England by marrying the English King’s beloved, illegitimate daughter, Joanna.  Reluctant to wed her father’s bitter enemy, Joanna slowly grows to love her charismatic and courageous husband who dreams of uniting Wales.   But as John’s attentions turn again and again to subduing Wales – and Llewelyn – Joanna must decide to which of these powerful men she owes her loyalty and love.


From the Publisher:  We have all heard the story of Cinderella, the beautiful child cast out to slave among the ashes.  But what of her stepsisters, the homely pair exiled into ignominy by the fame of their lovely sibling?  What fate befell those untouched by beauty…and what curses accompanied Cinderella’s looks?  Set against the backdrop of seventeenth-century Holland, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister tells the story of Iris, an unlikely heroine who finds herself swept from the lowly streets of Haarlem to a strange world of wealth, artifice, and ambition.  Iris’s path quickly becomes intertwined with that of Clara, the mysterious and unnaturally beautiful girl destined to become her sister.  While Clara retreats to the cinders of the family hearth, Iris seeks out the shadowy secrets of her new household – and the treacherous truth of her former life.

  1. Interesting titles. They sound like good reads. Thanks for stopping by earlier 🙂

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