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 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…


From the Publisher:  When Bob Tarte bought a house in rural Michigan, he was counting on a tranquil haven.  Then Bob married Linda.  She wanted a rabbit, which seemed, at the time, innocuous enough.  But that was just the beginning.  Wouldn’t a parrot be cute? Linda said.  Bob suddenly found himself constructing pens, buying feed, clearing duck waste, spoonfeeding at meal-time.  One day he realized he’d become a servant to a relentlessly demanding family, and a motley crew it was. Writing as someone who’s been ambushed the in which animals, even cranky ones, can wend their way into the heart, Bob Tarte reveals the truth of animal ownership – and who really owns whom.


From the Publisher: With brilliant and audacious strokes, the author of Ragtime and Billy Bathgate creates a breathtaking collage of memories, events, visions, and provocative thought, all centered on an idea of the modern reality of God.  At the heart of this stylistically daring tour-de-force is a riveting detective story about a cross that vanishes from a Lower East Side church only to reappear on the roof of an Upper West Side synagogue.  Intrigues by the mystery – and by the Episcopal priest and femail rabbi who investigate the strange desecration – is a well-known novelist, whose capacious brain is a virtual repository for the ideas and disasters of the age.


From the Publisher:  Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057.  He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions.  He cannot stand to be touched.  And he detests the color yellow.

This improbable story of Christopher’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.


From the Publisher:  With A Wolf at the Table, the prequel to his phenomenal bestseller, Running with Scissors, Augusten Burroughs re-creates the unspeakable terrifying relationship between a sociopathic father and a son yearning for unconditional love.


From the Publisher:  In the Devil in the White city, Erik Larson, Author of Isaac’s Storm, tells the spellbinding true story of two men, an architect and a serial killer, whose fates were linked by the greatest fair in American history: The Chicago World’s Fair of 1893, nicknamed, “The White City.”


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