Oct 4, 2015

Sunday Salon: Nonfiction Reads

Welcome to the Sunday Salon where bloggers share their reading each week. Visit The Sunday Post hosted by The Caffeinated Bookreviewer.

I have been reading nonfiction, thanks to ARCs received recently. Enjoying them too. I must blame it on the cooler weather that I have become interested in these more serious reads.
The Evolution of Everything: How New Ideas Emerge by Matt Ridley, to be released October 27, 2015 by Harper.
The New York Times bestselling author of The Rational Optimist and Genome returns with a brilliant argument for evolution that definitively dispels a dangerous, widespread myth: that we can command and control our world.
Hubris by Alistair Horne, to be released November 17, 2015 by Harper
The legendary historian and author of A Savage War of Peace and The Price of Glory distills a lifetime’s study to reflect on six critical battles that changed the course of the twentieth century.

And some new fiction on the shelf:
Hunters in the Dark: A Novel by Lawrence Osborne, to be released January 20, 2015 by Hogarth
Adrift in Cambodia, Robert Grieve – pushing thirty and eager to side-step a life of quiet desperation as a small-town teacher – decides to go AWOL. As he crosses the border from Thailand, he tests the threshold of a new future. 
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom, to be published November 10, 2015 by Harper
Mitch Albom creates a magical world through his love of music in this remarkable new novel about the power of talent to change our lives

This is the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar player who ever lived—and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings

I am also reading a library book, a Danish mystery novel about scientists and research on vaccines and immunology.
The Arc of the Swallow by S.J. Gazan,  published April 7, 2015 by Quercus. 
In The Arc of the Swallow, maverick police detective Søren Marhauge returns in an perilous investigation that reveals a profit-motivated conspiracy involving the upper reaches of Big Pharma, government and academia.

That's all for this week. I have other library books and only hope I'll have the time!

Oct 2, 2015

Book Beginning: Embracing the Seasons by Gunilla Norris

The Friday 56: *Grab a book, turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader. Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you. Post it. Add your (url) post in Linky at Freda's Voice.
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Embracing the Seasons: Memories of a Country Garden by Gunilla Norris, published June 8, 2015 by BlueBridge

Book beginning:
These tiny frogs announce the arrival of spring. In the early mornings, their high chorus of trills begins to rise from the pond and the nearby marsh. They are a life sign.
I have never laid eyes on them. But as spring advances, their chorus grows until there is a continuous high pitch day and night. "The waters are warm enough. The sun is warm enough. Live," they sing. "Live!"
Page 55:
First of all, nature holds us. From the ground up we are
supported - earth, air, water, and crops that sustain us.
We are because the world is.
Book description:
Observations of a year lived in the countryside and the abundance ...  of nature and its cycles of renewal. 
The book begins in the spring, with the birds singing in the darkness of dawn and the buds knobbing up on the trees and bushes, and then circles through the warmth and richness of summer, the golden bounty of fall, and the dark serenity of winter. Until it is spring once more.
By illuminating the joy and beauty of daily life, it is an invitation to find and honor the sacred in the place we call home. (publisher)

A combination of thoughts and poetry, in praise of nature.   

Sep 29, 2015

First Chapter: Well Read Then Dead by Terrie Farley Moran

First Chapter, First Paragraph is hosted weekly by Bibliophile by the Sea. Share the first paragraph of your current read. Also visit Teaser Tuesdays meme hosted by Jenn.
Well Read Then Dead (A Read 'Em and Eat Mystery) #1 by Terrie Farley Moran, published 2014 by Berkley

First chapter, first paragraph:
"Oh, pu-leeze, Rowena, Anya Seton never measured up to Daphne du Maurier's elegance. I'm shocked you would say such a thing." Jocelyn Kendall, pastor's wife and book club gadfly, crossed and recrossed her legs in perfect tempo with the ever-increasing meter of her rant. Our discussion of Green Darkness was deteriorating rapidly. 
Book description:
Fort Myers Beach. Florida,  is home to Mary “Sassy” Cabot and Bridget Mayfield—owners of the bookstore café, Read ’Em and Eat. 

Read ’Em and Eat is known for its delicious breakfast and lunch treats, along with quite a colorful clientele. Augusta’s cousin and best friend Delia is painfully shy—which makes the news of her murder all the more shocking. Sassy wants to help any way she can. But Augusta wants Delia’s killer found—and she’s not taking no for an answer. 

Includes a buttermilk pie recipe! (publisher)

Would you continue reading, based on the first chapter and book description? 

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