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I was feeling book poor so while doing my errands, I stopped by the Valley branch of the Library.  I’m not sure why I feel that way as there are plenty of books on my horizon:

Dangerous Neighbors and Man in the woods are waiting on hold for me at another branch.

Driftless needs to be read by next Monday for book group.

And I also have Small Room by May Sarton which needs to be finished by the 31st for an on-line discussion.

But I stopped by anyway and passed on Booker Prize listers C by McCarthy – after Long Song and Room I felt I needed a prize list break. I also passed on Mr. Peanut as I hear it can be challenging to read.

And I picked up two from my To Be Read List (whittling it down slowly) and one I haven’t heard of but struck my interest. The Birth of Love doesn’t hit any of my “have to read” buttons but it did sound interesting.  Black Water Rising was one of the first books to go on the TBR list when I first started looking at Reading Blogs on the internet. And I also got a book of short stories published in 2003. So here is the list with details from the book jackets:

The Birth of Love by Joanna Kavenna:  From the winner of the Orange Award for New Writers, a gripping novel of childbirth – past, present, and future.  In Vienna in 1865, Dr. ignaz Semmelweis has been hounded into an asylum by his medical peers, ridiculed for his claim that doctor’s unwashed hands are the root cause of childbed fever. In present-day London, Bridget Hughs juggles the needs of her young son, husband, and mother as she plans for her home birth, unprepared for the trial she is about to endure. Somewhere in 2153, in a world where humans are birthed and raised in breeding farms, Prisoner 730004 is on trial for concealing a pregnancy…The Birth of Love is a powerful novel of science and faith, madness and compromise, and the epic journey of motherhood.

Black Water Rising by Attica Locke: Jay Porter is hardly the lawyer he set ot to be. His most promising client is a low-rent call girl and he runs his fledgling law practice out of a dingy strip mall. But he’s long since made peace with not living the American Dream and carefully tucked away his darkest sins: the guns, the FBI file, the trial that nearly destroyed him.

Houston, Texas, 1981. It is here that Jay believes he can make a fresh start. That is, until the night in a boat out on the bayou when he impulsively saves a woman from drowning…Her secrets put Jay in danger…But before he can get to the bottom of a tangled mystery that reaches into the upper echelons of Houston’s corporate power brokers, Jay must confront the demons of his past.

Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer: Packer dazzles with her command of language, surprising and delighting us with unexpected turns and indelible images, as she takes us into the lives of characters on the periphery, unsure of where they belong.  We meet a Brownie troop of black girls who are confronted with a troop of white girls; a young man who goes with his father to the Million Man March and must decide where his allegiance lies; an international group of drifters in Japan who are starving, unable to find work; a girl in a Baltimore ghetto who has dreams of the larger world she has seen only on the screens in the television store nearby, where the Lithuanian storekeeper holds out hope for obtaining his own American dream.

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