Apr 7, 2013

Sunday Salon: New Books for April

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A few surprises plus two books I requested and got! How cool is that?

First the surprises:

Title: Paper: An Elegy by Ian Sansom
Published October 25, 2012; Fourth Estate
Book description: A history of paper, in all its forms and functions. Both an international cultural study and a series of personal reflections on the meaning of paper, the book is a timely meditation on the very paper it's printed on.

Title: Out of Range: A Novel by Hank Steinberg
Publication: June 4, 2013; ARC from William Morrow
Book description: In Uzbekistan, journalist Charlie Davis was wounded when the government fired on a group of protestors he was covering on assignment. He and his pregnant wife, Julie, barely escaped. Years later on a trip to Disneyland with their children, Julie vanishes. Charlie soon discovers this isn’t a random abduction and Julie isn’t who she seems to be. She’s been harboring dark secrets that have come back to terrorize them.

Ooh, suspenseful. Can't wait to read it!

Two books I hoped to get:

Title: The Cooked Seed: A Memoir by Anchee Min
To be published May 7, 2013; ARC from Bloomsbury
Book description: In 1994, Anchee Min made her literary debut with a memoir of growing up in China during the violent trauma of the Cultural Revolution, Red Azalea. The book propelled her career as a critically acclaimed author.Twenty years later, Min returns to the story of her own life as an immigrant to the U.S., from the deprivations of her homeland to the sudden bounty of America, without language, money, or a clear path.

Title: A Natural History of Dragons: a Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie Brennan
Published February 5, 2013; Tom Doherty Associates
Book description:  All the world, from Scirland to the farthest reaches of Eriga, know Isabella, Lady Trent, to be the world’s preeminent dragon naturalist. She is the remarkable woman who brought the study of dragons out of the misty shadows of myth and misunderstanding into the clear light of modern science. A science fiction and fantasy novel.

Now if these don't pique your curiosity, as they do mine....

What's your Sunday like? 


  1. These really look like a bunch of great books.

    Paper: An Elegy is a type of book that I love. Paper is such a ubiquitous and important object yet we so rarely think about it. I bet that you will learn amazing things from the book.

    A Natural History of Dragons looks irresistible.

  2. I loved Red Azalea and am glad to know Min has another memoir coming soon.

  3. Ooh, Out of Range looks tantalizing! Thanks for sharing...and here's MY SUNDAY SALON POST

  4. Oh, you definitely have some interesting books here. I especially like the Paper. Looking forward to your thoughts on all of these.

    Thoughts in Progress

  5. Wow! A book from the world's expert on dragons! Very cool!

  6. All sound interesting!
    Paper: An Elegy by Ian Sansom really caught my attention.
    Here's My SS

  7. A nice selection of books! I have been thinking about adding The Cooked Seed to my TBR list. Just might do that.

    What do you think of Beautiful Ruins?


  8. Your stack looks interesting! I'm going to check out Paper: An Elegy. Happy reading.

  9. I think the Cooked Seed has a great cover!! Enjoy your new books!

  10. Those all look good! Especially Paper. Happy reading :)

  11. You have a nice variety of books, and I see you like reading nonfiction like me. The history of paper should prove very interesting. Enjoy all your new titles!

  12. All so different, all very interesting - enjoy.

    PS: I see you are reading Beautiful Ruins right now - it was one of My Best Books of 2012. I hope you are having a similar experience.

  13. I love book surprises! The Cooked Seed sounds like a book I'd love! Enjoy!

  14. Looks like some good books. Enjoy!

  15. Wow! Great surprises, great books! You definitely have plenty of reading material for April--and beyond!

  16. The Cooked Seed caught my eye.


  17. Nice selection. These are all new to me and sound great. A book about paper does sound interesting. I wonder if there is an eVersion. lol

  18. Great assortment of book goodies! The Crooked Seed and Paper caught my eye. Enjoy!

  19. I love surprises, but I do like when I see books I have asked for. :)

    Happy Mailbox Monday!!!

    Silver's Reviews
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  20. these look like fun! I like the looks of Paper especially. Enjoy them!

  21. The book on paper sounds fantastic! I hope it's good. Also the dragon book has been on my wish list for a while :-)


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