Monday, March 2, 2009

A Week of Reading

At the library we try to have a little bit of something for everyone - something for every day of the week you might say. Here’s a few suggestions for a week of reading.

Right Away Monday by Joel Thomas Hynes. The second novel by an up-and-coming Newfoundland writer. Harper Collins sums it up this way: “Over the course of a write-off year, Clayton wrestles with the conflicting desires of wanting to matter to somebody and to care for no one, wanting to prove he’s different from the so-called wasters around him but not enough to say no to a pint.” David Adams Richards calls Hynes “the best young voice in years”.

Like Boogie on Tuesday by Linda D Grosvenor. Nina is smart and successful, but still looking for Mr. Right. Tim can’t seem to settle on just one woman. Their meeting and the relationship follies of their friends and family members form the basis of this contemporary romantic tale.

Any Wednesday I’m Yours by Mayra Santos-Febres. This noir mystery set in Puerto Rico is the story of Julián Castrodad who’s bad luck in love and work has led him to work as a clerk at the Motel Tulán, where he encounters a number of mysterious regulars who take advantage of the hotels by-the-hour rental policy. Translated from the Spanish Cualquier miércoles soy tuya (which the library also owns in our Spanish collection).

The Man who was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton. From the library catalogue: “The seven members of the Central Anarchist Council call themselves by the names of the days of the week. But events soon cast a doubt upon their real identities, for Thursday is not the passionate young poet he appears to be, but a Scotland Yard detective. Who and what are the others?” Originally published in 1907.

The Friday Night Knitting Club
by Kate Jacobs. A group of women meet weekly at a Manhattan yarn store. Along with their knitting, the group members begin to share their lives and become a support network for each other. This first novel has become a hit, no surprise for fans of character driven stories of female friendship.

Saturday by Ian McEwan. Told through the eyes of Henry Perowne and on a single day in London in 2003, the New York Times said “"Saturday" reads like an up-to-the-moment, post-9/11 variation on Woolf's classic 1925 novel "Mrs. Dalloway."

Sundays with Vlad by Paul Bibeau. Subtitled “From Pennsylvania to Transylvania, One Man's Quest to Live in the World of the Undead” this hilarious book follows the author in his quest to figure out how Dracula has become such a major cultural reference point.

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