Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday Finds!

What great books did you hear about/discover this past week? Share with us your FRIDAY FINDS!

Friday Finds is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading

From the  ALA Historical Fiction Awards shortlist - this one is in my library and I already have it on hold.

The Golden Mean by Annabel Lyon

A bold reimagining of one of history's most intriguing relationships: between legendary philosopher Aristotle and his most famous pupil, the young Alexander the Great.

Told in the brilliantly rendered voice of Aristotle--keenly intelligent, often darkly funny--"The Golden Mean "brings ancient Greece to vivid life via the story of this remarkable friendship between two towering figures, innovator and conqueror, whose views of the world still resonate today.

A recommendation from Coffee and a Book Chick in my google reader this morning. Do check out her post for an interesting author interview and an international giveaway.

Evenfall by Liz Michalski

In life, Frank could've had any woman he wanted.

In death, he'll try to win back the one that mattered...
Frank Wildermuth always regretted a mistake he made as a teenager: choosing Clara Murphy over her sister Gert. And like a true Murphy woman, Gert got on with her life, never admitting to heartbreak. Not even now, decades later, with Frank dead-dead, that is, but not quite gone.

Release date - Feb 1, 2011
A promotion email from Amazon this morning ... sounds interesting.
The Oracle of Stamboul by Michael David Lukas
A magical historical novel about an astonishing eight-year-old girl in the last days of the Ottoman Empire. It is 1877, on the shores of the Black Sea, and the omens for the newborn Eleanora Cohen are hardly promising. Not only does her mother die in childbirth, but her village is being attacked by the Tsar's Royal Cavalry. However, despite this bad beginning, a sour stepmother and a traumatic journey in the hold of a ship, young Eleanora grows into a remarkably clever but very engaging child.
Release date Feb 8, 2011
Reviewed by The Lost Entwife - the cover really caught my eye and the story sounds lovely
The Bird Sisters by Rebecca Rasmussen
 Love is timeless. So too is heartbreak.

Whenever a bird flies into a window in Spring Green, Wisconsin, sisters Milly and Twiss get a visit. Twiss listens to the birds' heartbeats, assessing what she can fix and what she can't, while Milly listens to the heartaches of the people who've brought them. The two sisters have spent their lives nursing people and birds back to health.

Release date April, 2011

This last one I spotted at My Love Affair With Books.......... a new author alreading being compared with  Barbara Vine, Tana French and Sophie Hannah .

The Poison Tree by Erin Kelly

It is the sweltering summer of 1997, and Karen is a straight-laced, straight-A university student. When she meets the impossibly glamorous Biba, a bohemian orphan who lives in a crumbling old mansion in Highgate with her enigmatic brother Rex, she is soon drawn into their world -- but something terrible is about to happen, and someone's going to end up dead


  1. Wow, everyone sounds intriguing, what a great week for you.

  2. oh man, all these books look amazing! I absolutely must read the Oracle of Stamboul!