Sep 27, 2015

Sunday Salon: Back to the Library

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I spent most of last week watching the Pope's visit on TV and feeling smug that I also have a Fiat 500L Hatchback!! One of the few if not the only one in town! It is much roomier inside than it looks from the outside. There is a lot of space between my head and the roof, for instance, and lots of leg room in the back seats. Not much of trunk space, tho.

The library has been a good place to visit for books. Here are two I borrowed last week:

The Discreet Hero by Mario Vargas Llosa, Peruvian Nobel prize winner, published March 10, 2015. 
The Discreet Hero, follows two characters whose lives are destined to intersect: neat, endearing Felícito Yanaqué, a small businessman in Piura, Peru, who finds himself the victim of blackmail; and Ismael Carrera, a successful owner of an insurance company in Lima, who cooks up a plan to avenge himself against the two lazy sons who want him dead.
I gave it four stars and hope to return to the library for more of his books!

An Atlas of Impossible Longing by Anuradha Roy, published April 5, 2015. 
On the outskirts of a small town in Bengal, a family lives in solitude in their vast new house. Here, lives intertwine and unravel. A widower struggles with his love for an unmarried cousin. Bakul, a motherless daughter, runs wild with Mukunda, an orphan of unknown caste adopted by the family. Confined in a room at the top of the house, a matriarch goes slowly mad; her husband searches for its cause as he shapes and reshapes his garden.
As Mukunda and Bakul grow, Mukunda is banished to Calcutta. He prospers in the turbulent years after Partition, but his thoughts stay with his home, with Bakul, with all that he has lost—and he knows that he must return. (publisher)
Currently reading: 
Murder Plainly Read: An Amish Quilt Shop Mystery by Isabella Alan, to be released October 6, 2015; by NAL
An Amish man checks out permanently, but quilt shop owner Angie Braddock’s got this mystery covered… Angie is able to help organize the Rolling Brook library's annual book sale working alongside brash librarian Austina Shaker, a lady who isn’t afraid to make waves to get books to her patrons—even the Amish. Unfortunately, this draws the ire of cranky Bartholomew Belier, an Old Order Amish bishop, who publicly vows to ruin Austina.
After Belier is found dead in her bookmobile, Angie must employ the help of her loyal quilting circle—as well as her beloved French bulldog, Oliver— to prove Austina’s innocence. (publisher)
What books are on your reading shelf this week? 


  1. Wow, your books look so tempting! Thanks for sharing, and enjoy. Here are MY WEEKLY UPDATES

  2. Looks like you got some good picks from the library

  3. Is that a new vehicle? If so , congrats! Your cozy mystery looks good too...

  4. I spent a lot of the week listening to the Pope, too.

  5. Congrats on your new car!!!! I listened to the Pope as well. Have a wonderful Sunday, Harvee, and a terrific week ahead. As usual, your books look tempting.

    1. Suko, I got the car some time ago, long before the Pope's visit. I do love it.

  6. I have been planning to read Mario Vargas Llosa for some time but have not done so yet.

    I look forward to reading your thoughts on it.

  7. Wow. Looks like you've got some good books coming up. Hope you enjoy them!


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