WWW Wednesdays October 9, 2013

Posted: October 9, 2013 in WWW Wednesday
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W.W.W. Wednesdays is a weekly event brought to you by MizB from Should Be Reading.  To play along, answer the following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you are going to read next?

Here is my WWW for today:

What are you currently reading?  I am currently reading Testimony by Anita Shreve.

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From Goodreads:  At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora’s box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices–those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal–that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve delivers in TESTIMONY a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellingly explores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.

What did you recently finish reading?  I just finished reading Peak by Roland Smith.  My review will be up shortly.

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From Goodreads:  After Peak Marcello is arrested for scaling a New York City skyscraper, he’s left with two choices: wither away in Juvenile Detention or go live with his long-lost father, who runs a climbing company in Thailand. But Peak quickly learns that his father’s renewed interest in him has strings attached. Big strings. He wants Peak to be the youngest person to reach the Everest summit–and his motives are selfish at best. Even so, for a climbing addict like Peak, tackling Everest is the challenge of a lifetime. But it’s also one that could cost him his life. Roland Smith has created an action-packed adventure about friendship, sacrifice, family, and the drive to take on Everest, despite the incredible risk. Peak is a novel readers won’t be able to put down.

What do you think you are going to read next?   I just received a copy of scary, man from author Jeffrey Hickey so I am going to read that next.  It looks like a fun read, so I can’t wait.

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Synopsis:  Droll and dead-on in its sizing up of contemporary culture Scary, Man is author Jeffrey Hickey’s wry and singular story of one man, his wife, and their daughter. Together, they embrace a new normal at the turn of the twenty-first century in America, while trying their hardest in the land of the free, and the home of the afraid. As Griffin shuffles from one appearance to the next as a man working in the world of children, he becomes increasingly vulnerable to the fears and suspicions of others. He also has plenty of his own well-earned, obvious flaws that feed into the small-town gum-flapping. At the same time, his wife Samantha, who runs a home day care, is on the brink of her own existential malaise. This propels her to follow her calling as a teacher, going back to school to do so and creating some distance between herself and her family. To add further complexity to family life, their canny, candid daughter Clare is nursing her own identity crisis that’s just about ready to bubble to the surface.

Scary, Man is an absorbing work of literary fiction peppered with gay themes and social commentary, this humor-inflected take on small towns, small minds, rumor mills, and rampant paranoia will strike an all-too-familiar chord with readers trying to make their way through the shaky American landscape, while keeping marriage and morals intact, and mayhem at bay. It will leave readers nodding in queasy recognition, while at the same time scratching their heads at the plight of the protagonist who is plenty bright, but who just can’t seem to get it right.

Tell me about your WWW’s!

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Comments
  1. bookmammal says:

    I really enjoyed Testimony–tough subject matter, but a very good book. I always appreciate it when an author can effectively pull off the technique of alternating character “voices” throughout the book.
    Peak sounds interesting–I may have to try that one!

  2. lipsyy says:

    Hmm Scary Man sounds really interesting and different. Thanks for including my link 🙂

  3. Anita Shreve is always good. I look forward to what you think of Scary Man.

  4. I actually own about 15 Anita Shreve books and so far have only managed to get to The Pilot’s Wife! Hope you enjoy!
    My WWW

  5. ChrissiReads says:

    I like Anita Shreve! I’ll have to check that book out at some point!

  6. curiousdaisies says:

    I’m checking out the books you mentioned now
    http://ireadboooks.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/www-wednesdays-october-9-2013/

  7. Anita Shreve is always a good read.

    ENJOY your week.

    LOVE YOUR blog name and your blog…going to follow.

    Elizabeth
    Silver’s Reviews
    My W…W…W…

    • Hi there! Was just checking out your blog and loved it. Following you back! I saw the video of the blogger appreciation event and it looked so fun! I didn’t even know they hosted events like that! ~Deanna

  8. bibliobeth says:

    I’m a fan of Anita Shreve, and I still have this one on my TBR pile, would love to know what you think! Here’s my link http://wp.me/p32hC2-pe

  9. Looking forward to your review of scary, man. After you’ve read it, I would suggest listening to (at least) the last chapter and the bonus track of the audio book. I’m very happy with how it turned out. Enjoy!

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