Musings From A Bookmammal

Friday Finds–8/8/14



FRIDAY FINDS is a weekly meme hosted by MizB for sharing 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 this week–-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 my usual mix of fiction and nonfiction with 2 books from the library and 4 used-book purchases–no new books bought this week. I’m not sure which one of these I’ll end up digging into first, but here we go . . .



Other People We Married by Emma Straub     I really enjoyed Straub’s The Vacationers and decided to check out what else she’s written. I found a used copy of this short story collection and decided to give it a try.

Safe With Me by Amy Hatvany     This novel is about a woman dealing with grief after the sudden death of her daughter, and her growing relationship with the family of the teen-aged girl who received her daughter’s organ donation. The story is told through multiple character perspectives—a technique I usually enjoy—and the reviews I’ve read promise that it’s an emotional and well-crafted story.

Poking A Dead Frog: Conversations With Today’s Top Comedy Writers by Mike Sacks     I love reading books that share the experiences of a group of different people about a common topic, and I also enjoy reading about the craft of writing. This book covers both of these areas! It’s a series of interviews and short pieces written by comedy writers from TV, movies, and magazines. I don’t plan on becoming a comedy writer any time soon, but I think this will be a fascinating read anyway!

Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) by Jenny Lawson     I really don’t know anything about this book—only that it appeared on a ton of “best of” lists when it came out a couple of years ago. I found a like-new,  used hardcover copy this week and couldn’t resist it.

Big Girls Don’t Cry: The Election That Changed Everything For American Women by Rebecca Traister     I love reading behind-the-scenes books about politics, and I’m really looking forward to reading this book about women’s roles in the historic 2008 presidential election.

Shanghai Girls by Lisa See     I read See’s Snow Flower and the Secret Fan years ago and really liked it, but I haven’t read anything by her since then. I recently heard an interview with See where she talked about one of her reading habits—when she reads a novel, she starts with the first chapter, then reads the last chapter, then the second chapter, then the next-to-last chapter, and so on. When she meets herself in the middle, if she’s enjoying the book she then rereads the second half in the proper order. Have you ever heard of such a thing??? Anyway, hearing this interview made me curious about what she’s written lately. I found a used copy of Shanghai Girls and decided to give it a try—it’s about two sisters who leave China during WWII to marry complete strangers and settle in Los Angeles.  I haven’t read much historical fiction lately, so I’m very interested to give this book a try.

How about you? Have you read any of these? What books made their way into your hands this week? 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.

6 thoughts on “Friday Finds–8/8/14

  1. Hadn’t heard of any of these before!

  2. Love the title “Poking a Dead Frog”!

    Mine for the past week are at

  3. Oh I love your stack of books photo. You have several I’d like to read, especially Let’s Pretend This Never Happened.

  4. Poking a Dead Frog is a funny title. But Shanghai Girls looks best. The writer has odd reading habits, too.

  5. *Adding to my TBR* 😉

  6. I loved The Vacationers, too, so will be curious to see what you think of Other People We Married.

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