Mar 17, 2013

Sunday Salon: A Few Good Books

The Sunday Welcome to the Sunday Salon!

Winter is hanging on with cold and icy rain. Winter officially ends this week but....only a few birds are out tweeting about spring in the backyard. Luckily, good books are still around in all weather, and I have started to read more on Kindle Cloud Reader.  Right click on a strange word and the dictionary meaning pops up!

Review books close by for when I get a few minutes more:

The Mermaid of Brooklyn
The Mermaid of Brooklyn by Amy Shearn:
Jenny Lipkin is a stretched-too-thin Brooklyn mom, tackling the challenges of raising two children in a cramped Park Slope walk-up in New York. But when her husband, Harry, vanishes one evening, Jenny reaches her breaking point. And in a moment of despair, a split-second decision changes her life forever. (goodreads)

The Abundance

The Abundance by Amit Majmudar:  "A luminous, bittersweet novel of India and the American Midwest, immigrants and their first-generation children, and the power of cooking to bridge the gulfs between them."

A Woman of Angkor
A Woman of Angkor by John Burgess:
"An historically accurate history of World Heritage site Angkor - 12th Century Cambodia, birthplace of the lost Angkor civilisation. In a village behind a towering stone temple lives a young woman named Sray, called to a life of prominence in the royal court. She is tested by attentions from the great king Suryavarman II though her husband Nol is palace confidante and master of the silk parasols that were symbols of the monarch's rank.

This novel revives the rites and rhythms of the ancient culture that built the temples of Angkor, then abandoned them to the jungle. Sray witnesses the construction of the largest of the temples, Angkor Wat, and offers an explanation for its greatest mystery - why it broke with centuries of tradition to face west instead of east." (from goodreads)

What's on your plate this Sunday?


Becca said...

Both The Abundance and A Woman of Angkor sound good!

Bryan G. Robinson said...

Bacon and eggs are on my plate this morning. :)

Oh, you mean metaphorically? Right. Well then reading is on my plate, the next Matthew Scudder crime novel by Lawrence Block, A Stab in the Dark, to be specific.

The Relentless Reader said...

The Abundance sounds really interesting to me. I'm a Midwesterner and I'm kinda in love with Indian culture. I can't wait to hear what you think of this one!

Brian Joseph said...

I too love the dictionary function of these E readers!

Looks like a really interesting bunch of books. The Woman of Angkor looks particularly good. The little that I know about the Angkor civilization makes me want to know a lot more!

Staci said...

I'm so over winter too!!! It's been cold and snowy here in the Thumb the last week!! Great looking books!!

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, I love the look of The Mermaid of Brooklyn...I really enjoy NY settings...even though I've never been there!

I'm adding it to my list.


Suko said...

Enjoy your reading, Harvee! I look forward to your reviews of these.

The Bookworm said...

They all look good, especially The Mermaid of Brooklyn. Happy reading.

guiltlessreader said...

Looks like some good reading! Love the cover of The Abundance and A Woman of Angkor -- sounds different! I'd love to read about Angkor!

Unknown said...

The Cover to Mermaid of Brooklyn looks pretty alluring!

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