FRIDAY FINDS is a weekly meme hosted by MizB to share the books you ‘found’ and added to your TBR list this week (they don’t necessarily need to be books you purchased)… whether you found them online, in a bookstore, in the library — wherever! Click the icon above to join in!
I’m limiting myself to the new books that have actually entered my home–-bought new, bought used, and/or borrowed from the library. I’m not listing books that I simply added to by TBR list–that could take days! This week it’s 3 books from the library–no books purchased this week. Ready? Here we go!
Humans Of New York by Brandon Stanton
If you’re not already subscribing to the blog feed for Humans Of New York—or the matching Facebook page or Tumblr account– you’re missing out on a great treat. Brandon Stanton photographs everyday people that he finds in New York City and also asks each person a series of open-ended questions about themselves. The result–after nearly four years–is thousands of photos and quotes from everyday people of all ages, races, and perspectives. This book is a collection of 400 of these photos.
I absolutely LOVE the Humans Of New York blog feed—every day it delivers several little slices of life to my in-box. Each post is like a little short story (and incidently, many would make EXCELLENT writing prompts!). Some of them are humorous. Some are so moving that they bring me to tears. Some of them have caused me to think about the people in the photos for days. All are pieces of real humanity in a time when, too often, we’re too busy, afraid, or indifferent to even look at the faces of the people we pass on the street. I simply can’t wait to sit down and immerse myself in this book!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
I think I’m just about the only person on the planet who hasn’t read any of Jojo Moyes’ books. I’d actually borrowed this one from the library a couple of months ago, but had to return it before I got to it. I resolve to read it this time!
Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
I adore Anna Quindlen’s essays and columns–I often feel as though she’s speaking directly to me. Her novels are a bit hit-and-miss for me, although her latest -Every Last One- is one of the best books I’ve read in ages. This is her latest work of fiction. The Goodreads blurb reads: “Still Life with Bread Crumbs begins with an imagined gunshot and ends with a new tin roof. Between the two is a wry and knowing portrait of Rebecca Winter, a photographer whose work made her an unlikely heroine for many women. Her career is now descendent, her bank balance shaky, and she has fled the city for the middle of nowhere. There she discovers, in a tree stand with a roofer named Jim Bates, that what she sees through a camera lens is not all there is to life.”
How about you? Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think? What are you reading this week? Please share!