A lucky find in the basement among textbooks from 2000:
Obasan by Joy Kogawa (1994) caught my eye because I know the name for Grandmother, which is Obaasan, with an extra emphasis on the first a. Turns out Obasan without the emphasis is the name for Uncle. The plaintive look on the little girl's face told me that this was a sensitive story, and the American Book Award that it received further recommended it. Author Joy Kogawa is a Japanese Canadian whose family was interned during WWII.
Found on my doorstep, left there by the mailman, who probably realized "This Must Be the Place" :)
This Must Be the Place: A Novel by Kate Racculia (2010) is about Arthur Rook, newly widowed and grieving. He discovers a sixteen year old postcard, never mailed but addressed by his wife Amy to a woman he has never heard of. Arthur decides to visit the woman in the small town of Ruby Falls, New York. What happens, what secrets are unveiled, and the consequences are the meat of the novel.
Another book left by the mailman:
Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh (2010) makes me think of my former employers and the advice they may need to move forward in this competitive media environment. A key idea of the book: keep your employees happy and they will automatically work well for you. Sounds like a sensible idea to me!
What did you find this Friday?