Monthly Archives: December 2008

“I wanted to bring happiness to people.”

This Saturday, Berkley Books canceled Herbert Rosenblat’s Holocaust memoir Angel at the Fence, originally due out in February, because portions of it were fabricated.

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EW lists the 5 WORST books of 2008

Have you read any of them?  KFL owns 4 out of the 5

5) Wolf at the Table by Augusten Burroughs

4) Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey

3) The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson (KFL does not own)

2) Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry

1) Chasing Harry Winston by Lauren Weisberger

See what Entertainment Weekly says about these books (many bestsellers!)

Free from Alexander McCall Smith…

a novel, published as a serial (in both textual and audio formats) at the Telegraph.

Gatsby remake?

Baz Luhrmann just bought the rights.

If you loved Edgar Sawtelle

…you’re in luck.  The author is working on a prequel.

Love romance novels? Own an iPhone?

Harlequin just released four free ebooks on Stanza.

KFL Favorites of 2008.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be featuring our favorite reads of the year.  Today, we’re featuring Elyse’s picks:

dragons-eggDragon’s Egg by Sarah Thomson
(excerpt at Barnes and Noble)
A girl and a boy, not just an ordinary boy and girl are on a journey to bring a dragon’s egg to the birthing ground of the wild dragons. Thomson who hooked me right from the beginning of this book and The Secret of the Rose is a Maine author. What I really liked about this book is that the characters had a lot of depth to them.

year_wondersYear of Wonders: A Novel of the Plague by Geraldine Brooks

(excerpt at Book Movement)
This book gives you a great look into how the plague affected one town through one of the survivors. Although very heartwrenching at times it was just a fascinating look at how the plague affected the lives of the town members and the decisions that were made to keep the plague from spreading. After reading this book I immediately did some research on the actual town and it just captivated me even more.

night-touristThe Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh

(excerpt at BookBrowse)
This story has everything, ghosts, love, greek mythology, the dead communicating with the living, a mystery and I know you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but it has a pretty awesome cover. This is a YA book which is very appealing to adults. It is a very satisfying read.

moniqueMonique and the Mango Rains: Two Years with a Midwife in Mali by Kris Holloway

(author interview at Here on Earth
A women spends her time in the peace corps living and working beside a midwife in Mali. It’s a great memoir that allows you to experience an African village through all seasons. What I really liked about this book is that it goes through not only when she was in Mali but her reentry into the United States and the communication she had with Monique and her family after her experience.

sunandmooniceandsnowSun and Moon, Ice and Snow by Jessica Day George

(excerpt at Barnes and Noble)
This is a newly published book but it tells an old tail of an old Norwegian folktale that will appeal to contemporary readers. As I was reading this I was making connection after connection to books or stories that I had seen or read in the past 10 years. A good one to read right by the fireplace.

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Previously:

Allyson’s picks
Gillian’s picks
Janet’s picks
Susan’s picks
Bernie’s Picks
Stephanie’s Picks