Musings From A Bookmammal

Friday Finds–7/4/14



fridayfinds5FRIDAY 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 7 books from the library (3 fiction, 4 nonfiction–all of them are new releases). I really have no idea which one of these I’m going to tackle first, but here we go . . .

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The Vacationers by Emma Straub   This novel seems like it’s on everyone’s “Must Read This Summer” list. It’s about family, secrets, childhood rivalries, friendship. . . it looks like my kind of book!

Hold Fast To Dreams: A College Guidance Counselor, His Students, and the Vision of a Life Beyond Poverty by Beth Zasloff and Joshua Steckel    I love behind-the-scenes narrative nonfiction, and as a former teacher, I also enjoy reading about education. This new release combines both-it follows the lives of ten NYC high school students as they work towards achieving the goal of getting into—and getting through-college.


Shirley: A Novel by Susan Scarf Merrell    I’m so intrigued by the premise of this book—the main characters in this thriller are author Shirley Jackson and her husband. Taking place in 1964, the story begins when a young couple moves into the Jackson’s home and soon sense that something is amiss. Shirley Jackson was a master at creating chilling storylines, and I’m very interested to find out how the author of this new novel incorporates her into this plot.

Tiger, Meet My Sister . . . And Other Things I Probably Shouldn’t Have Said by Rick Reilly    I don’t like actually “doing” sports, but I love reading about sports and athletes. I think that this new collection of columns by one of’s top writers will be a treat to read.

My Salinger Year by Joanna Rakoff    This memoir is written by a woman who was the assistant to J.D. Salinger’s literary agent in the late-1990s—and who eventually finds herself posing as Salinger—rather than sending standard responses– when she replies to letters from his fans. I’m interested in reading just about anything about the publishing business, and this book seems to offer an interesting take on the subject.

The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy For Cupcakes But Fed Up With Fondue by David Sax    Reading about food is great—reading about food while eating is even better! I’m so looking forward to digging into this book about food fads.

The Arsonist by Sue Miller    I haven’t read anything by Sue Miller in ages and I’m really looking forward to her latest novel. All I really know about it is that it’s about a romance that takes place between the protagonist and the local newspaper editor—against the backdrop of a series of house fires that take place in their small New Hampshire village.

How about you? Are any of these books on your TBR list? What are you reading these days? Please share!

Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

7 thoughts on “Friday Finds–7/4/14

  1. Tastemakers is now on my TBR list and so is the Vacationers! Enjoy!!!

    • This is one of those weeks when I have so many books to choose from that I just don’t know which one to pick up first–but what a great problem to have, right? 🙂

  2. So glad to see a stack of library books in your photo (and good choices by the way.) I’m like a kid in the candy store at a library.

  3. Both The Vactioners and The Arsonist are on my TBR! Can’t wait to see that you think of them.

  4. The Tastemakers has been on my TBR, too. It sounds very interesting. I hope you’ll keep us posted on your thoughts.

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