What do you think of these Algonquin titles?
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Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Educating Esme by Esme Raji Codell
Flower Confidential by Amy Stewart
Wolf Whistle and Music of the Swamp by Lewis Nordan
Gap Creek and Boone: A Biography by Robert Morgan
Candyfreak by Steve Almond
Coal Black Horse by Robert Olmstead
Facing the Music by Larry Brown
Enslaved by Ducks by Bob Tarte
If You Lived Here, I'd Know Your Name by Heather Lende
If You Want Me to Stay by Michael Parker
Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv
Lunch at the Piccadilly by Clyde Edgerton
On Agate Hill by Lee Smith
New Stories from the South series
Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
Granted, at this point in the game, I'm biased (since I now work for Algonquin), but prior to joining their ranks (back in the days of bookselling), I knew I could trust an Algonquin title. I'm so excited to hear that others feel the same!
ETA: I'm Canadian enough that I'm only guessing WA is for Washington. :)
Tomato Girl on the other hand was easy to fall into, and I read it in one day. Between Here and April , I loved.
Gap Creek is on my TBR short stack. It was given to me by a friend.
I also have not yet read Water for Elephants, I keep picking it up but I am afraid it is too sad....
Thanks for mentioning Between here and April. as that's one I want to remember to read when it becomes available.
Gap Creek is excellent.
Incidentally, I'll be doing an AuthorChat here September 3rd-17th. I hope some of you can stop by to talk.
One of the best things for me, about ARCs is discovery. When books show up to be read and reviewed, mostly they are books that I would probably not pick up for whatever reason. But many of them have turned into books that I enjoy a lot, and given me new authors for my always buy list.
I admit that sometimes it is the cover art that keeps me from bothering to look at a book. That cartoony look that is so popular really bugs me ( think Sophie Kinsella)
The other Algonquin book I've read isn't on your list because it isn't out yet, but I received My Father's Paradise from LibraryThing Early Reviewers and I thought it was absolutely awesome (I see others thought so too, the average rating is almost 4.5).
I also just finished reading My Father's Paradise and posted a review for Early Reviewers. I thought it was a fabulous book. I read a lot about the Middle East and this was terrific.
Water for Elephants is one of my all time favorites.
Lee Smith is one of my favorite southern authors, so I guess my next book should be On Agate Hill.
Nice to be in this group!!!!
What a great newsletter, I just finished reading it and of course added several more books to my list that I need to read. Thanks for the link.
My most recent Algonquin read is Mudbound by Hillary Jordan. It's narrated in several voices, which I really like, and is a haunting and moving tale.
At one time, this came in the mail -- I have the first 12 or 15 issues, but then it went on line. I know this is a cost saving thing, but the little pamphlets were really neato/keeno/peachy!
I bought Ellen Foster yesterday and I blame Jim.
I never saw the movie and probably would not.
I love Esme Codell. Saw her when Sahara Special was published. She was so kind to my daughter who went with a group of teachers to a reading, and then came to our school the next day and performed for all the 4th graders completely gratis. It was amazing and the kids will remember it always. We had 20 copies in our library and they were always out.
I have Saving the World on my TBR pile and I love her other works.
OxAm says it's the title of a Robert Earl Keen song, "...Brown dabbled in guitar, though his friends playfully critiqued his playing, claiming he refused to learn more than three chords. Maybe that's because 'The Road Goes On Forever' only requires three chords: A, G, and D."
Imagine that? How dare they interrupt my reading time. LOL The book is great!
Also to bostonbibliophile...It's worth buying and I believe it is due out in paperback if not already. I loved it!!! Many people are using it as a reading group selection. I doubt you will be sorry.
I can't wait to read Tomato Girl, I have heard so many good things about it. I read the reviews on LT and the readers all love it.
Yes, Mudbound is a wonderful book. I have to read Ellen Foster. Thanks for the invites today. :-)
I thought it was going to be terrible. ( based partly on the cover, you know how it is , and partly on the title !?) It was not. I was pleasantly surprised and quite entertained. I gave it to my sister who felt the same. It is a fun read.
To be honest, I've gotten book suggestions for myself out of there as well. It's geared towards parents and teachers of public (and private) schooled children, mainly (lots of tips on how to get involved with the school - fundraisers and such, and engaging large groups of children with books), but her ideas are so wonderful, and of course there are the book lists. It's intoxicating really.
I'm actually an alum of Teach for America, the program where Mike and Dave started before founding KIPP so I know a fair amount about them. I'm very interested in it, but I didn't sign up for it in Early Reviewers, because there were other things I found interesting and I thought there was a good choice I'd be matched with Work Hard Be Nice instead because of my library. I would be interested in reviewing it, though.
Wow Ellen Foster too is from Algonquin? Didn't know that. I have that book in my to read pile too.
And yes, you can definitely buy Tomato Girl at Amazon. I'd love to hear your thoughts when you have a chance to read it.
I have a copy of Ellen Foster on mooch if anyone wants it. Link from my profile..
I snagged The Music Teacher through LTER and it prompted me, too, to check out this group! I'm really liking the novel ... just 30 pages till I finish and now I find I'm stalling, don't want it to end. As #3pdebolt wrote, Ages ago (Algonquin) books were small in size, which set them apart and made them easily identifiable -- The Music Teacher is also small; not sure if that's just because it's an arc, but I noticed it and especially liked that aspect, it feels intimate.
Candyfreak is amusing and entertaining. it's an easy read and highlights the decline of localised food and sweets.
I received The Music Teacher recently from Algonquin, but I must say that I found the book to be irritating. The main character needed a good sharp quick kick up the backside to stop her being the idiot she was. I know others will not agree with me, but I still enjoyed being given the opportunity to read a book I might not otherwise have picked up.
"but I must say that I found the book to be irritating. The main character needed a good sharp quick kick up the backside to stop her being the idiot she was"
I often think that! I hate it when authors make their main character an idiot..
I thought that book was pretty good, but some books.. i just figure that the idiot is getting whatever s/he deserves for not paying more attention to their lives and having more common sense..
I have not read Paradise.. I have it.. I cannot bring myself to read it just now..
I will though..