cleaning up the arc piles

July 15, 2010

absence makes the heart grow fonder, right?  perhaps, but not when applied to blogs.  anyway, to make up for lost time, i have 4 arcs for books that are now out, but have holds.  in order of the holds queue:

Catherine O’Flynn’s “The News Where You Are.”  the LJ verdict:

A sometimes humorous and always compassionate novel about approaching the fear of going out of style and becoming obsolete, with the perspective that history and memories afford.

i absolutely loved O’Flynn’s debut, “What was Lost,” on audio.

up next is Allison Winn Scotch’s “The One that I Want.”  from the publisher’s description:

Believing she has the life she always wanted, Tilly Farmer is devastated when unsettling facts about her personal life, from her father’s alcoholism to her husband’s insensitive plan to relocate, are revealed to her by an old friend in a fortune-teller’s tent.

not surprisingly, the LJ review mentions that it’s perfect for book clubs.

Ann Brashares is best known for her “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” series, but her new adult novel, “My Name is Memory,” has not escaped the attention of adult readers.  numerous reviews included references to “The Time Traveler’s Wife” including this blurb from PW:

The story moves slowly and predictably, though when a plot finally materializes, Brashares (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) manages some satisfying momentum, even if the story begins to feel like it’s borrowed from a James Patterson novel. Brashares’s insights into human nature, meanwhile, should appeal to readers who enjoyed The Time-Traveler’s Wife, but can appreciate a Nicholas Sparks-esque sensibility.

and last, but certainly not least, Anna Quindlen’s “Every Last One.”  need i say more?  the reviews are mixed with LJ‘s “highly recommended” to EW‘s ‘C‘ – Quindlen readers don’t care.

arcs to the first 4 Sno-Isle Libraries staff to comment, just mention which one you want (of what’s remaining) and i’ll send it along.

posting by marin who dug herself out of the magazine add/drop pile long enough to briefly blog, but promises to resume regular blogging next week


5 Responses to “cleaning up the arc piles”

  1. Kelli Says:

    I like the premise behind, “The One that I Want” from Booklist (via…”She’s actually in a rut but doesn’t know it.”

    (I think I can relate, but hopefully not too much!)

  2. siloak Says:

    That’s right – I don’t care. I’ll take the Quindlen. thanks! Mary

  3. Barb Says:

    I’ll read The New Where You Are,

  4. kat Says:

    well, that’s perfect then. I’ll take Ann Brashares. I’m a fan.

  5. myounker Says:

    all in the mail for tomorrow!

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