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Sunday Salon: Gleaned from the Saturday Review and Other Places

Posted by Sherry on 5/3/2009 in Booklists, General, Projects, Semicolon Book Club |

The Sunday Salon.com

These books are the ones I’m adding to my own unmanageable reading list. I can hardly wait to read them all plus the 100+ others on my list. Thanks to everyone for all of the great suggestions.

The Household Guide to Dying by Debra Adelaide. Recommended by Dawn at 5 Minutes for Books. I’d like to read this one and compare it with a couple of other books about death and dying that I’ve read lately: Tender Graces by Jackina Stark and Passage by Connie Willis.

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway. Recommended by Carrie at Books and Movies.

Every Eye by Isobel English. Recommended by Fleurfisher. This “quiet story” from Persephone Books sounds delightful.

The King’s Daughter by Sandra Worth. Recommended by Deanna at Mom Musings.

The English Patient by Michael Odaatje. Recommended by S. Krishna.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Recommended at Civil Thoughts. This one sounds, well, elegant.

The Great Emergence by Phyllis TIckle. Recommended by Raima at Complexity Simplified.

Also Laura reviews Tea TIme for the Traditionally Built, Alexander McCall Smith’s latest No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency saga, and I’m looking forward to it. And I also want to get my hands on a copy of Tuck, the third in the King Raven trilogy by Stephen Lawhead.

The Semicolon Book Club selection for May is a children’s book that I thought should have won the Newbery Award. Instead, it was a Newbery Honor book: The Underneath by Kathi Appelt. Here are my thoughts on the book after I read for the first time last October. I’ll be interested to see what others who read it this month think about it. It provoked pretty strong opinions, both pro and con, among the kidlit bloggers who read it last year. Leave me a comment or email me and I’ll be happy to link to your review of The Underneath anytime in May.

2 Comments

  • The Underneath was on my radar before it was an honor book. I thought my daughter (age 10) would like it. She ended up reading it and said she enjoyed it.

    If you DO end up reading The English Patient, I’d love for you to do a Books on Screen column at 5 Minutes for Books. For that matter, it’s an open invitation! Any book/movie anytime.

  • Inquirer says:

    I cannot recommend The Elegance of the Hedgehog highly enough. I read it based on Mental-multivitamin’s recommendation, and it is the first book in a long time that I wanted to start reading as soon as I had finished it. Only a day later, and I can’t wait to pick it up again. I suggest you move this one to the very top of your To Be Read pile. You will not be disappointed.

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